Money Magazine recently ran an article on how much you should have in retirement savings based upon your age. The article suggested the following retirement savings amounts at certain ages in order to live a lifestyle in retirement comparable to your current lifestyle. It suggested you should have the following amounts in your retirement savings by the following age ranges:
|Age 35-45||1.5 times your annual salary|
|Age 45-55||3 times your annual salary|
|55+||6 times your annual salary.|
This makes sense if you do not have a pension but what about those who do have pensions? How much should you save on top of your pension in order to live a comparable lifestyle to your present one when you retire?
The answer may be a little frustrating without some help. Every state has different pension plans and different rules around Social Security. In an ideal world, you could simply figure out what your pension will pay you in retirement, add Social Security, and then compare that to your salary today. In reality, pensions can be confusing and planning your retirement can be overwhelming.
Here are some things that can help you think through how much you will need to save:
How much do you really need in retirement savings? It’s the answer we hate to hear: “It depends.” There are a lot of factors that go into your number. A financial professional can help you more clearly define the number that’s right for you. If you are not sure and want help, then talk to your local NEA Valuebuilder representative. At the NEA Valuebuilder Advisor-Assisted Web page [https://nea.securitybenefit.com/neavaluebuilder/advisorassisted.htm], our “representative locator” will quickly provide contact information for trained representatives who can help you with retirement planning and making difficult decisions that affect your future.
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 Walter Updegrave, “Retirement checklist: What to do from 35 to 55+”, Money Magazine, September 22, 2010.http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/21/retirement/retirement_checklist.moneymag/index.htm.
 Dunstan McNichol, “Teachers’ Pension Gap May Be Triple That Reported (Update1)”, Bloomberg Businessweek, April 13, 2010. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-13/teacher-pension-deficit-at-900-billion-may-be-triple-reported.html.