Financial Planning For Your Fifties

Your 50s are a pivotal time in your financial journey. With retirement on the horizon, time is precious, and big financial mistakes can be life-altering. Start planning today to help set the stage for a comfortable retirement in the future.

Prepare for Retirement:  

As retirement approaches, it is crucial to evaluate your savings, investments, and goals. Assessing your retirement income sources and expenses can help you determine if you are on track to meet your retirement objectives.

Individuals in their 50s have the option to make catch-up contributions to their company retirement accounts/401(k)s. As of 2024, the maximum deferral amount is $23,000, and the catch-up contribution is $7,500. Additionally, they can contribute to their retirement accounts/IRAs with a maximum contribution of $7,000 and a catch-up contribution of $1,000. This offers an opportunity for higher savings potential, which can help increase your retirement savings as you approach your retirement years.

Assess your budget and make room to take advantage of these additional contribution opportunities.

Address Evolving Healthcare Needs:

Health considerations become more important as we age. It is essential to review and adjust your health insurance coverage to make sure it meets your current and anticipated future needs. Additionally, consider long-term care insurance, weighing the options of self-insuring versus purchasing insurance coverage.

When moving towards retirement, decisions around healthcare move up the priority list, particularly if one is considering retirement before age 65, when Medicare becomes an option.  Assess your financial situation, health, and family history to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

Revisit/Update Estate Documents: 

As your life circumstances change, so should your estate plan. Reviewing and updating your will, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, trusts, etc., can help prepare for a smooth transition of assets to your heirs in the event of premature death. 

Seek Help from a Professional:

As you enter your 50s and your time to accumulate wealth runs short, it is important to make decisions carefully and avoid catastrophic mistakes.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, or confused about retirement planning, it may be helpful to consider consulting with a financial advisor. These professionals can provide assistance with investment management, estate planning, and other financial matters. Their expert insights and personalized recommendations can help you navigate your financial journey with confidence.

It’s important to remember that while building wealth becomes more challenging in your 50s, it’s never too late to take control of your financial future by making informed decisions that align with your goals and priorities.



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Marshall Clay CFP, J.D., is a Partner and Senior Advisor at The Welch Group, LLC, specializing in providing Fee-Only investment management and financial advice to families throughout the United States. Marshall is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.  In addition, Marshall is a frequent guest on local television stations as an expert on various financial planning matters.



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