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Individual Retirement

With an IRA from DMCU, you’ll get great rates as you save for your retirement. Open your IRA with any amount and make regular contributions through direct deposit, by mail or in person. You can even manage your IRA account online by using our Retirement Central portal! Choose the IRA that is right for you:

Traditional IRA: With this IRA, you may qualify for a tax-deductible contribution — and that means your overall tax bill at the time of funding will be lower.

Roth IRA: Contributions are made with after-tax dollars. At retirement, both your contributions and the earnings may generally be taken out as tax-free withdrawals.

Highly competitive credit union retirement account rates and tax savings make these accounts ideal for retirement savings. They are insured up to $250,000 for added security. You can see your savings with our handy financial calculators.

For more information about opening your IRA call (313) 568.5000 or visit one of our branches.

Retirement Planning

Most everyone dreams of the day they can finally retire and live the life of leisure. Yet recent evidence suggests that most near-retirees and retirees need to do a better job of timing and long-term planning.

One study, conducted by the Society of Actuaries, looked at retirement risk factors and concluded that while decisions around the timing of retirement are among the most critical, for most individuals, those decisions are not carefully planned out.1

The study found that while a high percentage of retirees/pre-retirees have considered delaying retirement when asked how a three-year delay in retirement would or could have affected them financially, almost half of the current retirees said a delay would have made them no more financially secure. Among current workers, nearly 40% felt a delay would have no impact on their future finances.

Another trouble spot is time horizons. According to the study, the typical retiree has a planning horizon of just 5 years; pre-retirees plan just 10 years out. A shockingly low number — 7% of retirees and 13% of pre-retirees — look 20 years or more into the future when making important financial decisions. Even fewer respondents have plans to account for their life expectancies.

Clearly, these gaps in planning can have major implications for your financial security and standard of living in retirement. Consider the following points when planning for your own retirement.

Should You Delay?

For many, Social Security is a major component of their retirement income. Social Security benefits increase substantially with retirement age. For instance, for those with full Social Security benefits the monthly payout is substantially higher at age 70 than it would be if you opted for early retirement at age 62. For example, a 50-year-old today would receive an estimated $1,030 per month by opting for early retirement at age 62, $1,577 by waiting until age 67, and $1,995 by waiting until age 702. Visit the Social Security Administration’s website at www.ssa.gov for more on benefits and retirement age.

Consider a Long Horizon?

Regardless of income level, maintaining lifestyle expectations through a retirement that may last 30 years or more requires careful planning. Researchers refer to this planning challenge as “longevity risk,” or the risk that an individual could outlive their retirement income. To plan for such a contingency, many financial experts suggest the following game plan:

  • Withdraw very conservatively (just 4% or 5% annually) from your retirement accounts.
  • Consider purchasing a long-term care insurance policy, which covers nursing home and other long-term care expenses.
  • Maintain an allocation to stock investments, for their long-term growth potential3.
  • Consult with a financial professional.

1. Society of Actuaries, “2009 Risks and Process of Retirement Survey Report,” February 2011.
2. Social Security Administration, Benefit Estimates Quick Calculator.
3. Investing in stocks involves risks, including loss of principal. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Tom is here to help with your retirement planning!

Tom Landis has over 27 years of experience and his passion is helping individuals and families work toward their long-term financial goals and guiding them through life changes along the way. He understands that trust is earned through listening and understanding each client’s unique financial goals while offering unbiased advice and non-proprietary products. He is committed to creating a financial plan that helps address each person’s and family’s unique expectations, producing an investment strategy aligned with their financial goals and life story. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with Tom Landis Today!

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