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Retire Confidently Guide

  1. 1. An Educational Guidefor IndividualsRetire confidentlyPlanning for retirement Retirement risks and numbers to knowstarts with youIf you want to retire confidently, having a plan is a step in Longevity Risk is the possibilitythe right direction. Your plan should be tailored to meet your of outliving retirement assets.needs, time horizon and risk tolerance and include some People are living longer and may 63%important criteria: spend 20 or 30 years or more in Probability that one person retirement, which means a longer from a couple, both age 65, • A Predictable Income Stream that is reliable and period of time to stretch lives to age 90.1 can help you avoid unwanted surprises functioning retirement assets. smoothly in good markets and bad. Inflation Risk is a reduction in purchasing power over time. At a $264.12 • Access to assets for flexibility to meet your changing minimum, your income needs to The amount needed in 2010 needs over time. keep pace with inflation to help to match the buying power of maintain your standard of living. $100 in 1980.2 • Growth opportunities so your income has the Cost of Health Care has risen potential to keep pace with inflation helping you dramatically in recent years, 8.3% maintain your standard of living. sometimes even exceeding the Average annual price rate of inflation. This may become increase of prescriptionIncorporating these criteria into your plan can also help a significant challenge during the drugs from 1994–2005.3you address some of the important risks that could have a later years of retirement. Market Risk is the potential yousignificant impact on your retirement. may lose money that you’ve 4 invested. Investment losses will Number of years the S&P 500®Developing a sound retirement plan is integral leave you with less money to live Index had a negative return on in retirement. from 2000–2009.4to retiring with confidence. Excessive Withdrawals Risk 70% is withdrawing too much too Percentage of people that quickly which could result in believe they can safely running out of money. withdraw 10% or more a year from their retirement savings.5 Source footnotes are located on back page NOT A BANK OR CREDIT UNION DEPOSIT OR OBLIGATION  •  NOT FDIC OR NCUA INSURED  •  NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY  •  NOT GUARANTEED BY ANY BANK OR CREDIT UNION  •  MAY GO DOWN IN VALUE
  2. 2. Fundamental components of your retirement strategyA sound plan includes a retirement strategy that addresses to react to life’s needs without withdrawing from other assetsessential planning criteria with three fundamental components: that could impact your predictable income stream. Note: When • Predictable income stream choosing assets for this component, please consider any fees or • Access to your liquid assets; and penalties for early withdrawals. • Growth potential Growth potentialActively managing the allocation of your retirement savings to Growth is an important aspect of your retirement strategythese three components is a key to retiring confidently. because it provides you with the most opportunity to sustain your long-term needs. It can also help you maintain yourPredictable income stream standard of living. However, typically the greater theThis component uses financial vehicles that provide reliable potential for growth, the greater the investment risk.income in both good markets and bad. For that reason, it Future growth, if any, provides you with:provides a solid foundation for your plan. Once you createyour predictable income stream, you’ll be in a much better • The opportunity to purchase additional predictableposition to address other needs or goals, such as health care income as needed to potentially outpace inflation.or legacy planning. • The ability to leave a legacy to your heirs. • Maximum flexibility to help ensure aBy using a portion of your retirement assets to create confident retirement.predictable income you: • Always have the benefit of income you can count on. A retirement strategy with predictable income, • Create a “floor” to help cover your basic living expenses, such as food, housing and transportation. access to your money and growth potential • Allow the growth portion of your portfolio to can form the basis for a sound plan. accumulate more efficiently by reducing the amount or the need to withdraw money from it. Working Years   For an added layer of protection against longevity risk you Retirement 11+ years can purchase financial vehicles that provide guaranteed Long-term strategylifetime income.The guarantees associated with an annuity are based on the Growthclaims-paying ability of the issuing company. FocusedAccess to your liquid assetsThis component of your retirement strategy uses conservative, Access Predictableliquid financial vehicles for emergencies and special needs. IncomeIf you choose to, you can also set aside assets in longer-termconservative financial vehicles for supplemental income needs ·· Longest investment time horizon.or discretionary spending. The access component allows you ·· Generally has the largest growth allocation to support future predictable income needs.
  3. 3. Your retirement strategy should reflect your needsNow that you understand the fundamental components of No matter how distant your retirement, your strategy willa retirement strategy, to get started, ask yourself two eventually transition to a near-term strategy. For this reason,important questions: you want to be sure your strategy is flexible enough to meet 1 | When do I need to start receiving income? your changing needs. 2 | How much predictable income do I need to cover my Key considerations for designing your strategy basic living expenses? Once you identify your retirement horizon you can beginPlanning when you will begin taking income and how much to design your strategy and start choosing funding vehiclesyou will need are the critical factors in determining how to for each of its components. These will vary based on yourallocate your money among the income, access, and growth needs, preferences, time horizon and risk tolerance.components of your retirement portfolio. Your risk tolerance is an important element in determiningRetirement strategies generally fall into three scenarios: the aggressiveness of your investment selections, the balance • Long-term – for people who need income in 11 or of assets among the three components of your strategy and more years. the need for guarantees. • Intermediate-term – for people who need income within 6 to 10 years. When you need to start receiving income, • Near-term – for people who need income immedi- how much income you’ll need and your risk ately or within the next 5 years. tolerance will be key influences on your retirement strategy design.    Retirement Retirement 6 – 10 years Retirement Now – 5 years Intermediate-term strategy Near-term strategy Growth Growth Predictable Access Predictable Access Income Income Focused ·· Retirement crunch time – results in these years can ·· May require more assets allocated to predictable income to significantly impact retirement. cover basic living expenses. ·· Careful balance between growth and access. These ·· Access component offers longer-term conservative assets assets can be re-allocated to provide a predictable available for supplemental income needs. income stream.
  4. 4. Retire confidentlyHere are some important points you should remember toretire confidently. Ask your financial professional • Developing a sound retirement plan is integral to retiring with confidence. today how you can work together to • A retirement strategy with predictable income, access develop a retirement strategy so to your money and growth potential can form the you can retire confidently. basis for a sound plan. • When you need to start receiving income, how much income you’ll need and your risk tolerance will be key influences on your retirement strategy design.Your retirement strategy should be reviewed throughout yourretirement, not just at the time you retire. Actively managingyour retirement strategy on a consistent basis will be the keyto retiring confidently.1 Annuity 2000 Mortality Table, Society of Actuaries2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index calculator, April 20103 Kaiser Family Foundation calculations using data from National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Industry Facts-at-a-Glance, at, based on data from IMS Health, June 20064 The SP 500 is a list of securities frequently used as a measure of U.S. stock market performance: 2000: -9.1%, 2001: -11.9%, 2002: -22.1%, 2008: -37.0%, FactSet, April 2010. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. An index is unmanaged and not available for direct investment.5 Survey of people age 50+, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, 2009The information provided is not written or intended as specific tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for purposes of avoiding any Federal taxpenalties. MassMutual, its employees and representatives are not authorized to give tax or legal advice. Individuals are encouraged to seek advice fromtheir own tax or legal counsel.Annuity products are issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and C.M. Life Insurance Company. C.M. Life Insurance Company, Enfield, CT06082, is a subsidiary of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, MA 01111.© 2011 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, MA 01111-0001. All rights reserved. MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name forMassachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives.AN7738  611 CRN201207-136443