The Road to Retirement: Essential Steps for the 'Peak 65' Generation

The Road to Retirement: Essential Steps for the 'Peak 65' Generation

March 11, 2024

As Americans approach their mid-sixties, they will encounter a significant milestone known as 'Peak 65'. This phenomenon can have profound implications for retirement plans. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's projections, by 2030, all baby boomers born from 1946 through 1964 will have reached the age of 65 or older. This demographic shift signifies that one in every five Americans will have entered the traditional retirement age bracket. Understanding the impact of 'Peak 65' and seeking guidance from a fiduciary can be crucial in helping you move through this phase effectively. Here's what you need to know.

What is 'Peak 65'?

'Peak 65' signifies the age when many individuals contemplate retirement or transition from full-time employment to pursue other interests. As you might have anticipated, the ALI focuses on retirement income, presenting some thought-provoking statistics for those nearing the Peak Zone:

  • When the 'Peak 65' generation entered the labor market in 1980, about 60% of private sector workers relied on pensions as their only retirement account, as compared to 4% in 2020.
  • The majority of Peak 65'ers (66%) are worried about having enough money for retirement, 79% are worried about the cost of healthcare in retirement, and only 24% are "very optimistic" about retirement."

This wave of upcoming retirees is reshaping the retirement planning landscape and also presents the task of protecting wealth for an extended duration. One of the positive aspects of 'Peak 65' is that it prompts individuals to reassess their retirement savings, investments, and overall financial readiness for retirement. This demographic shift carries profound implications for the wealth management sector.

As an investor approaching retirement age, your retirement plan must adapt to this new reality to effectively meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's retirees. It goes beyond simply having enough to retire; the focus is on sustainable retirement funds, allowing individuals to fulfill their aspirations of leaving behind a meaningful legacy. Let's explore how wealth management can play a pivotal role in achieving these goals.

Employing A Wealth Preservation Strategy

Financial readiness takes center stage as individuals approach the 'Peak 65' milestone. Those nearing retirement must meticulously evaluate their retirement income sources to gauge their readiness for this stage of life. This requires the adoption of a wealth preservation strategy.

While the concept of wealth growth focuses on accumulating more assets, wealth preservation is centered on protecting your wealth against erosion. Various investment strategies are tailored to help secure wealth over the long term. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, diversifying your investment portfolio across various asset classes can help spread risk and potentially enhance returns. 

Consider a mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, and alternative investments. By embracing a diversified investment approach and incorporating alternative investments toward wealth preservation, individuals can help protect assets from significant declines in value.

Having An Estate Plan

Leaving a lasting financial legacy for children and grandchildren is a key priority for many retirees. As the baby boomer generation ages, they are preparing to pass the torch to the next generation in more ways than one. One crucial aspect of this transition is the astounding $53 trillion in assets that boomers will transfer to their heirs. In order to provide a smooth and efficient wealth transfer, it is imperative to have a well-crafted estate plan. 

Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and help control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and help ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so.

At Agemy, our fiduciary advisors can help you navigate the intricacies of estate planning. This includes crafting a comprehensive plan for the distribution of assets, helping minimize tax liability, and identifying the right type of trust to suit your needs. This brings us to our final step in managing wealth that lasts.

Healthcare and Long-Term Care Considerations

With 'Peak 65" comes an increase in people needing long-term care. The cost of long-term care can be substantial, and it's not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare. On average, a year in a nursing home can cost around $108,408 per year for a private room. 

It's crucial to remember that nursing home costs vary significantly by location, emphasizing the importance of checking specific rates in your area. The financial commitment associated with long-term care necessitates careful consideration and planning to help ensure both the well-being of your loved ones and your financial stability.

Planning for long-term care needs is essential to help ensure that retirees have the necessary resources to receive the care they require. This can involve creating a financial plan, researching care options, and discussing wishes with loved ones. Ultimately, working with a fiduciary can help you plan for these costs.

Getting The Help You Need

Navigating the complexities of retirement planning, especially during 'Peak 65', can be daunting. This is where the experience of a fiduciary can be valuable. Working with a fiduciary can be a highly useful tool for Americans transitioning to their golden years. What's more, fiduciary advisors must act in their client's best interests, providing objective advice.

At Agemy Financial Strategies, we offer customized retirement planning services so our clients can get sound advice and gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Goal Setting: We will help you establish clear and attainable retirement goals, crafting a personalized financial blueprint to realize your retirement lifestyle aspirations.
  • Risk Assessment: Identifying potential financial risks is the cornerstone of our approach. We'll work with you to develop sound strategies that not only identify these risks but also help mitigate them.
  • Portfolio Management: Our experience extends to implementing and managing a diversified investment portfolio meticulously aligned with your long-term objectives and risk tolerance.
  • Regular Reviews: Financial landscapes are ever-changing. That's why we're committed to consistently monitoring and fine-tuning your financial plan to help ensure it remains in harmony with your evolving circumstances.

At Agemy, our top goal is to empower clients to make informed decisions and confidently navigate the financial landscape's complexities. Our team takes the time to understand each client's circumstances and long-term objectives, helping to ensure that your retirement plan aligns with your values and aspirations. 

Final Thoughts

As 'Peak 65' continues to sweep across the nation, we remain committed to providing the knowledge and direction you need to help manage your wealth effectively while confidently navigating your golden years. 

Agemy Financial Strategies is a Connecticut-based financial firm (with offices in Denver, Colorado) that understands the challenges an aging America faces. Our purpose is to educate retirees - whether planning for retirement, legacy planning, wealth management, or just holding your hand when it's time to leap into retirement.

Contact us today to get started on this important journey.