When it comes to retirement savings, the goal is quite simple for most. To accumulate as much wealth as possible so that they are able to retire in comfort and style, while they enjoy the fruits of years of labor. For those with a high-net-worth, being able to maintain their lifestyle into retirement might require a little more skill when it comes to saving. To help maintain a high-net retirement savings, below are a few mistakes that one may wish to avoid.
Failing to Diversify Taxes
For most people, the idea of paying a lot of their hard-earned money in taxes during their retirement is far from appealing. Unfortunately, once most retirees hit the age of 70 and a half, they may notice a significant hike in their tax bill, due to required withdrawals from their retirement accounts. Once withdrawn from the account, the money is considered taxable income for the year, and it will result in the retiree being taxed at their highest tax bracket. Even though certain accounts, such as 401(k)s and IRAs allow contributions tax-free, when it comes time to remove the money, the IRS will come to collect. One approach to limiting taxes is spreading out some of the investments across Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s, and insurance products, which may provide retirees with a steady income that is non-taxable.
Holding Fast to Traditional Strategies
Most investors know the typical strategies used to help amass wealth, such as Roths, IRAs, and 401(k)s. Yet, for investors who have high-net-worth, it may be advisable to include other products and strategies into the mix, which might provide you with a better chance of growing money faster than more traditional routes. By opting for differing strategies, you may enjoy greater benefits such as tax-free withdrawals. Some strategies will allow you to pay the taxes on your retirement money upfront and then benefit from tax-free money when it comes time to withdraw.
Another benefit of trying multiple investment strategies is that it may result in more flexibility with the money. Some options will have a lot more flexibility in their terms, allowing retirees to withdraw earlier with little to no penalties.
Not Taking Longevity Into Account
Even though trends are showing that people are living longer through the benefits of medical advancements, many people are not financially planning for an extended life. Most people will estimate the age they will live to and plan their retirement financing to that age, but ultimately if that age is exceeded, they might possibly come up short. Try planning for a decade loner than expected. For those who believe they will live to the age of 80, having enough funds to make it to 90 should be the goal. This way, if a person only lives until 80, they will still be able to live comfortably and might even be able to pass something on to their loved ones.
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