How do I manage my savings and other assets?

  • You do not know how long your retirement will last. It is important to invest in diversified assets, even as you enter retirement. Consider how much risk you can tolerate in making your investments, and get good advice about how to best invest your assets to fit your personal situation.
  • Consider investing part of your retirement savings in an annuity (or other investment option) that gives you a steady “paycheck” for your entire retirement. Be aware that these can be complex financial products.
  • Set aside at least a year’s worth of living expenses in cash to avoid having to sell investments at low values.
  • The amount you withdraw for living expenses is critical. Don’t withdraw too much:
    • Make sure you have enough money for at least 30 years of retirement.
    • Many advisors recommend that you don’t withdraw more than 4 percent of your savings in the first year. However, this number is subject to debate in the financial community, especially given market and economic conditions as well as your personal and financial circumstances.