Retirement Planning

Retirement InSight – January News


“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
Brene Brown

For some of us, the Coronavirus Pandemic has complicated the question. As Yahoo! Finance reports, a Harris Poll study conducted this past summer found that 25% of Gen Xers and 14% of baby boomers think they will retire later than they planned, because of the pandemic’s financial impact on their lives.

Will this perception be fleeting? Forty-nine percent of respondents cited the current state of the economy as the biggest obstacle to realizing their retirement goals, but the economy frequently changes course. Long-term retirement strategies consider potential short-term economic ups and downs.

If you are a retirement-minded baby boomer or Gen Xer, you might want to think about three factors. One, how did your investments perform in 2020. Two, the degree to which the pandemic is impacting your job security. If you feel you might be let go as a result of the pandemic’s economic stress on your employer, then it may be time to begin creating a retirement transition strategy. Three, the timing of retiring in 2021. If spending the first year of your retirement in a global pandemic has you down, consider waiting until 2022 or later to wrap up your career could be a better choice.RECIPE
Pan-Roasted Lemon-Butter Veggies & Sausage

Serves 6

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 bunch radishes, halved
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 small eggplant, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pt. red cherry tomatoes
1 pt. yellow cherry tomatoes
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 small zucchinis, diced
1½ lbs. chicken sausage, thickly sliced

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, stir together the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic. On a large baking sheet, arrange carrots, radishes, bell pepper, and eggplant in an even layer. Drizzle around 50% of the lemon garlic butter you have just stirred up over the vegetables, and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until the veggies are just tender (15-17 minutes). Then, add the tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, and sausage. Next, drizzle the remaining lemon garlic butter over the mix, and toss well to combine. Roast until all veggies are very tender and the sausage has begun to brown (another 17-20 minutes).  Serve in bowls. Yum! Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from 2DID YOU KNOW?
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Some large employers suspended matching contributions to retirement plans last year, but this was only temporary for many of them. Studying 260 such companies, consulting firm Towers Watson reports that 75% have already restored employer matches, with 74% matching at the same level they did before the arrival of the pandemic.5

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1. Yahoo Finance, December 4, 2020
2., December 15, 2020
3. Next Avenue, December 9, 2020
4., December 15, 2020
5. MarketWatch, December 15, 2020