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Are You Afraid You Will Outlive Your Savings?

Are You Afraid You Will Outlive Your Savings?

By Gary Foreman

Gary Foreman recently shared a post concerning many retiree’s and soon-to-be-retiree’s fear of outliving their money. This post delves into this issue further.

According to The Journal of Accountancy the biggest fear of retirees is outliving their money. And that was true for high net worth retirees, too. So we wanted to get some ideas on how to address this problem. We turned to Bryan Slovon, CEO of Stuart Financial Group in Washington, DC.

Q: Many (most?) retirees are afraid that they’ll outlive their income. Is this a rational concern? Or are they worrying without a good reason?

Mr. Slovon: Yes, with interest rates still nearing all time low and negative rates in Europe, stock market volatility, if monies are not properly allocated along with living within your means this can be a tremendous problem.

Q: Are there certain traits or activities that are common among people who outlive their income?

Mr. Slovon: Undisciplined, with no plan would be among the top traits.

Q: Are there any early warning signs that someone is about to outlive their income? And, if recognized, is there anything that the retiree can do to prevent that outcome?

Mr. Slovon: Warning signs may be excessive worry, spending down of all the assets, and people wanting to do planning only at the last moment rather than when it should have been implemented years before.

Q: Are there habits and/or techniques that will tend to prevent a retiree from outliving their income?

Mr. Slovon: Yes, working with a qualified income planner who strictly focuses in this area. It is a specialization and requires focus on a budget, lifestyle as well as the investments.

Q: What happens when a retiree outlives their income and Social Security isn’t enough to cover their needed level of care?

Mr. Slovon: Maybe look at a reverse mortgage or major lifestyle change like renting an apartment, scaling down, etc.

This article originally appeared on The Dollar Stretcher.com and in the After 50 Finances Newsletter and was reprinted with permission.

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Gary Foreman is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who founded The Dollar Stretcher.com website in 1996. He's been featured in MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business, The Nightly Business Report, US News Money and CreditCards.com. The site features an active section for baby boomers that's updated weekly.