Communicating About RetirementA recent survey suggests that many couples are not communicating clearly about retirement goals and strategies, even as they approach retirement age. The couples surveyed were at least 46 years old with a minimum annual household income of $75,000 or at least $100,000 in investable assets. (1)

Only 41% said they handle decisions on retirement savings and investments together, and 73% disagreed on whether they had a detailed strategy for retirement income. Many couples also disagreed on when they would retire and whether they would continue to work in retirement. (2)

In general, wives expressed less confidence than husbands about handling retirement-related financial decisions (see chart). This trend is of special concern considering that women often have longer life expectancies than men and may eventually have to make financial decisions on their own. (3)

Talk It Over

Recognizing and working through these kinds of issues could help prevent unpleasant outcomes. Even if you and your spouse communicate well about retirement, it may be helpful to discuss these basic topics:

 When each of you plans to retire. Where you would like to live. What kind of lifestyle you envision.

 Whether either or both of you plan to continue with some type of work.

 How much income you expect when you retire, your expected sources of income, and your confidence in the amounts they could provide.

 How well you both understand your investments. Whether you both know where official documents are located and have all necessary account information.

Preparing for retirement can be a major challenge. Making sure you and your other half are in agreement and working toward common goals may help you avoid wasted effort and lost opportunities.

Rich Mino, Financial Advisor Del Mar Financial Partners, Inc. 12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 280 – San Diego, CA – 92130 Phone: 858-859-6300, http://www.delmarfp.com/Rich-Mino.e415958.htm

1–3) financial-planning.com, June 29, 2011

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