If Not, It May Be Time to Review Your Strategy
When you review your statements, is your financial plan doing what it’s supposed to be doing? If not, you may have some serious concerns about whether or not you will be able to retire comfortably.
Although it may not be much of a consolation, you’re not alone if you’ve found yourself being frustrated over retirement savings and income concerns. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the Alliance for Lifetime Income found that there is a divide between advisor and client retirement expectations, with one of the biggest being the thoughts regarding what it takes to reach the investors’ end goals.
For instance, the majority of advisors expect their clients’ retirements to last between ten and thirty years, while the clients themselves feel that their time frames could be closer to twenty to forty years.
Retirement Planning Disconnects Between Clients and Financial Advisors
In addition to the differences in anticipated retirement time frame, some of the other key “disconnects” between clients and financial advisors when planning their financial futures include:
- The amount of money that may be needed in retirement (as a percentage of pre-retirement income). In this case, the average financial advisor believes that retirees will need to replace roughly 74% of their working income, whereas only 24% of investors believe that they’ll need to replace between 71% and 80%.
- Financial challenges faced during retirement. While both investors and advisors primarily agree that medical expenses will be a key financial challenge, there is a fairly wide gap between the belief that longevity and long-term care expenses will also be challenging.
- Retirement income generators – primarily annuities. Retirement income-generating strategies are also a source of disconnect between advisors and those they serve. Here, for instance, 66% of financial planning professionals feel that annuities can remove the risk of outliving assets, but less than 50% of investors agree.
Filling in the Missing Piece in Your Retirement Plan
A big part of filling in any type of communication gap is communication itself! If you’d rather be educated about how to best move forward with your short and long-term financial goals – as versus simply being sold a bucket of unrelated financial products – we can help.
At Annuity Gator, our mission is to ensure that both consumers and financial advisors alike know everything about annuities and how they work – as well as how they may or may not fit in with an overall retirement planning strategy. Our retirement income specialists live and breathe annuities, and they can help you to narrow down which one(s) – if any – may be right for you, based on your objectives.
We can also provide you with all of the details you need about annuities so that you know what to anticipate going forward. So, if you’re ready to bridge the gap between assumptions and reality, feel free to contact us and schedule a time to chat by calling (888) 440-2468, or by emailing us through our secure online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.