This Element is an excerpt from Save Your Retirement: What to Do If You Haven’t Saved Enough or If Your Investments Were Devastated by the Market Meltdown (9780137029006) by Frank Armstrong, III and Paul B. Brown. Available in print and digital formats.
How much money will you really need to retire?
It’s expensive to retire. But just how much will it take, and how will you pay for it? To see, first check out the Social Security Benefit Calculator for a very close approximation of the benefits you and your family are entitled to under many different scenarios. Next, if you’re fortunate enough to have a defined benefit retirement plan at work, ask your employer for an estimate of your benefits.