Perspectives on Money: What is Your Risk Tolerance?

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One of the most crucial things to understand in retirement is your risk tolerance. But what exactly is risk tolerance? It’s your ability to withstand investment losses without panicking and selling at the wrong time. Your risk tolerance might be high if you’re okay watching your investments dip in value occasionally, confident they’ll rebound. On the other hand, you might have a low-risk tolerance if you lose sleep knowing your retirement savings took a hit due to market volatility.

Understanding your risk tolerance is an essential step in designing your retirement plan. It’s not just about numbers on a page but about your peace of mind and financial future.

Financial advisors help you make sense of your finances, clarify your retirement goals, and craft a strategy that aligns with your risk tolerance. They will ask questions, listen to your concerns, and factor in your financial goals, age, income, investment experience, and emotional ability to handle market fluctuations. It’s not an exact science, but it’s a critical process that helps ensure your retirement strategy aligns with who you are and what you want from your golden years.

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Now, if you’re the type of person who likes to play it safe – someone with a low-risk tolerance – annuities may be a suitable option for you to consider. Annuities, particularly fixed and fixed-indexed, are often called “safe money.”

Annuities are contracts with an insurance company where you make a lump-sum payment or a series of payments. In return, the insurer promises to make periodic payments to you immediately or at some point. With fixed annuities, the insurance company guarantees the rate of return (interest rate) and the payout.

The beauty of annuities lies in their stability. They may provide you with a steady and reliable income stream for life, or a specified period, depending on the terms of your contract. However, annuities are not one-size-fits-all. They come with different features, benefits, costs, and contractual provisions, and not all offer lifetime income guarantees. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of these specifics before you commit your hard-earned money. This is another area where a financial advisor is invaluable. They may help you navigate the complex world of annuities, aligning your choice with your financial goals and risk tolerance.

If you want to enjoy a stable retirement, understanding your risk tolerance is critical. A financial advisor may provide insights into your financial personality, and annuities may be a viable solution if you have a low-risk tolerance. But remember, it’s all about finding a tailored strategy that suits you. Your retirement should be about relaxation and enjoyment, not worry and stress. And with the proper planning, it can be just that.

Contact a trusted advisor today and figure out what your risk tolerance means for your retirement strategy.

  • Understanding your risk tolerance is crucial for designing a retirement plan that brings peace of mind and aligns with your financial future.
  • Financial advisors are vital in helping you make sense of your finances, considering your retirement goals, and crafting a strategy tailored to your risk tolerance and other factors.
  • Annuities, predominantly fixed and fixed-indexed annuities, can be suitable “safe money” solutions, offering a stable and reliable income stream for life or a specified period. Still, choosing the right annuity that aligns with your specific needs and goals is crucial.

Brad Pistole, a native Missourian, is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully transparent approach to money management. Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved.

Trinity Insurance & Financial Services Inc. 5511 N. Farmer Branch Rd., Suite 101, Ozark, MO 65721. 417-581-9222 Brad Pistole (retirevillage.com)

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