If you saved for retirement for a while, you might look forward to a break from financial responsibility for the remaining portion of your life. But striving for economic betterment should not end when you hit retirement. You may continue to work toward new financial goals every year or every decade to manage the freedom you worked so hard to enable. Here are four financial goals that older individuals may consider.
Keep an Eye on Your Budget
With inflation hitting nearly double digits since the COVID pandemic, those planning for a steady 2% to 3% per year have found themselves adjusting to significant increases in consumer prices. It is important to keep a close eye on your budget so that you may quickly make adjustments to your committed expenses or your savings withdrawal rates. Sometimes, you may even need to reevaluate when to claim Social Security payments.
Plan for Gifts
You may want to begin distributing your assets to your children and other loved ones so you may watch them enjoy your hard-earned money. And by providing these gifts during your lifetime, you may be able to manage the value of your estate enough to avoid any estate tax.
However, not all gifts are equal. It is important to have a gifting plan so that you and the recipient might get the most out of your financial gift—whether this means avoiding taxes or even setting up a “spendthrift trust” to manage the spending of the money.
Watch Out for Fraud
Scams continue to become more sophisticated. The older you get, the fewer defenses you may have against a well-prepared scam artist. Take advantage of the resources available to guard against fraud, such as multi-factor authentication or an encrypted password manager. Above all, do not click on links in an email you do not recognize, and do not make payments in gift cards or untraceable money transfers.
Set Specific Goals
Whether you want to fund a home improvement project or lower your expenses to prepare for a move, it is important for any goals you set to have specific parameters and to break the goals down into stages. Not only may this make it easier for you to assess progress, but it might help you identify what works—and what does not—when it comes to sticking to a financial goal.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax or legal advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific situation with a qualified tax or legal advisor.
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