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What Matters More In Retirement: Income, Or Savings?

February 25, 2020

Retirement saving is not just about accumulating assets. It is also about laying the groundwork for retirement spending. Any retirement strategy has a core goal: the goal of helping an individual or couple pursue their retirement dreams once their careers have concluded. So, from that perspective, the amount that needs to be saved directly relates to the amount a retiree household may need to spend. To live your best retirement, your degree of retirement savings needs to be great enough to try and correspond to that vision.

Often, articles state that pre-retirees will need to live on 70% to 80% of their final working incomes. This is a general guideline, yet it may or may not prove true for a particular household. Some people retire and find they are spending less than they once did. Others spend as much as they did while working, maybe even a bit more, due to traveling, hobbies, and social engagements. What does this imply for retirement saving? While you arguably cannot save too much for the future, you can save too little.1