Planning for Longer Retirements

Amyr Rocha Lima

3 min read

Have you considered how a longer life expectancy could impact your financial security in retirement?

In financial planning, there are two pivotal stages every investor faces: the “savings stage” and the “spending stage.” The first is about diligently building wealth, harnessing the power of compounding returns. The second, which begins at retirement, involves a significant shift—from accumulating assets to drawing upon them. This transition, while benefiting from a frugal lifestyle, introduces new challenges and risks.

In this blog, we delve into the retirement phase, particularly focusing on two primary risks. One is commonly feared by retirees, while the other, surprisingly, receives far less attention than it deserves.

The Eternal Fear: Market Volatility

Retirees often dread market downturns—a reaction to the natural ebb and flow of market prices, often triggered by global crises or economic downturns. These ebbs and flows, known as volatility, concerns the retiree primarily during market dips, as they fear the need to sell assets at lower prices to fund living expenses. Although this is a valid concern, it's manageable with prudent planning.

For instance, many savvy retirees maintain a cash reserve to draw from during such downturns, thus preserving their investment portfolio through rough patches. By enduring these periods of volatility with discipline, retirees can effectively mitigate the impact of market volatility.

The Under-Appreciated Risk: Longevity

The real challenge that we see often overlooked in retirement planning is longevity. Thanks to medical advances, improved diets, and healthier lifestyles, life expectancy has been rising. It's not uncommon for today’s retirees to live well into their 90s, significantly extending the duration their retirement funds are required to last.

This extended lifespan means that retirees need to plan for decades of living expenses, medical costs, and unforeseen needs, all from their pensions and investments. Unfortunately, many underestimate this longevity risk, jeopardizing their financial independence. It’s crucial that retirees therefore balance long-term sustainability over short-term fears, such as market fluctuations, to ensure they do not outlive their resources.

The New Realities of Planning for Retirement

As longevity reshapes retirement realities, both current and future retirees must rethink traditional strategies and expectations. And those still in the savings stage need to recalibrate how much they need to save to secure a comfortable and lasting retirement.

The evolving nature of retirement underscores the importance of robust financial planning. At Strategic Wealth Partners, our approach to retirement planning integrates ongoing reviews, ensuring that our clients are well-prepared for the future, however long it may extend.

We encourage you to revisit and refine your retirement strategy to effectively manage both market volatility and longevity risks. Ultimately, our aim is for you to confidently step into a future where your financial plan and lifestyle aspirations are achievable.

For a more detailed discussion on this topic, please feel free to contact us. Our team are always available to answer your questions and to help you with any of your financial planning needs. Here’s what we offer: A cup of coffee… and a second opinion.

Client Stories

Mark & David Client Stories Chartered Financial Planner Strategic Wealth Partners
Mark & David Client Stories Chartered Financial Planner Strategic Wealth Partners

"The trust and feeling of comfort has grown over the eight years since our first meeting."

Steve & Liz Client Stories Chartered Financial Planner Strategic Wealth Partners
Steve & Liz Client Stories Chartered Financial Planner Strategic Wealth Partners

"They are good listeners and make thoughtful recommendations that are relevant to what we are trying to accomplish in our lives."

Anne Client Stories Chartered Financial Planner Strategic Wealth Partners
Anne Client Stories Chartered Financial Planner Strategic Wealth Partners

"Working with them on my long-term financial plan has been a source of comfort since my husband's passing."

Our job is to make sure that every decision you make moves you closer to your goals.

Are You Ready to Retire?

Take our retirement readiness quiz to learn whether you're on-track to plan for your ideal retirement.

Contact Us

If you've never worked with a financial planner before, we'll guide you through the process.

If you have previously worked with a financial planner but believe it is time for a change, we can assist you in making that transition.