10 Retirement Tips for 2022

Posted by Greater Midwest Financial Group on May 24, 2022 12:05:00 PM


With the recent instability, many people are now revisiting their retirement plans and wondering: what now?

If you’re revisiting your retirement, follow these tips to get your retirement on track.

10 Retirement Tips for 2022

1. Be ok with being off schedule

The last few years have been incredibly volatile and stressful, and many people faced unanticipated financial shakeups. And for many, this meant that retirement plans went off-schedule.

You may find yourself forced into early retirement or retiring later than planned. Our advice is: it’s ok. It can be extremely discouraging when your plans are shaken up, but you can still create a smart retirement plan even when the timeline isn’t what you originally planned.

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2. Create a new retirement plan

That being said, if your timeline was derailed – it’s important to get a new plan in place. You’ll want to chart a general path forward, and a new timeline for your retirement. This timeline may change again in the future, but it helps to have some picture of when you want to retire in order to stay on track.

3. Review your long-term care plan

As you plan for retirement, another factor to consider are your long-term care plans. As we all age, we need to consider options for financing long-term care.

While this isn’t strictly a part of your retirement process, it is relevant as it’s something you’ll want to set up before retirement and likely access after retirement.

4. Track your current spending

It’s very likely that your current spending was different when you originally created your retirement plan. Now that the initial market shakeups from COVID are settling down, this is the perfect time to take another look at your current spending to have a more accurate idea of your budget.

5. Reduce as much debt as possible 

After you’ve reviewed your current spending, the next step is to make a plan to reduce your debt. This may be something that you had to put on pause during 2020-2022, so once you’re in a more comfortable position you’ll want to tackle your debt again.

The less debt you have going into retirement, the better. A financial planner can help you review your current expenses and areas they can be reduced. You can then use this money toward paying off debt.

6. Increase money set aside

You may also want to increase the money you’re setting aside for retirement, especially if you scaled this back in 2020 or 2021. Either way, while you’re planning for retirement you should take a look at what you’re setting aside for your retirement.

7. Look into part-time options

Increasingly, we’re finding that our clients moving into retirement aren’t ready to fully retire. Something to consider: will you want to wind down instead of going cold turkey?

This can take the form of paid part-time work, consulting or other income options (Airbnb, uber, etc.) to bring in a little extra income during retirement. It could also be non-paid volunteer work.

8. Identify a health insurance plan

There are an endless amount of options for insurance after you turn 65 – Medicare, advantage plans, supplementary insurance, etc. While the options change over the years, it’s still a good idea to take a look at each of these options and consider what health insurance plan might make the most sense for you post-retirement.

If you plan to retire before reaching 65, it’s even more critical to review these options. Will your employer provide insurance after you retire? Will you need to find a new health insurance plan to fill in the gap? These are all important to consider.

9. Consider an HSA

If you don’t already have a health savings account (HSA), now is a good time to consider one. These are tax-advantaged accounts that let you set aside money for medical expenses. These types of accounts can become invaluable after retirement – especially if your new health insurance doesn’t cover a desired procedure.

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10. Establish a relationship with a financial advisor

No matter where you are in your retirement planning, a financial advisor can aid with all the tips above and more. Establishing a relationship now with a trusted advisor ensures you have someone in your corner that can help you plan – no matter what life throws at you.

Charting your course for retirement? Our financial advisors at Greater Midwest Financial Group are committed to helping you balance your present and future finances so you can live comfortably and confidently well into the future.

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Greater Midwest Financial Group is a financial advisory firm serving St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the wider Twin Cities area. We specialize in wealth management, retirement planning, asset management, and other personal finance needs.

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