How much income do you need in Retirement?

How much income do you need in Retirement?

The question people ask about retirement income planning is how much do they need to live on? Does the 70% of your pre-retirement rule apply?

The following is excerpts from the Book - Preserving Wealth - written by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP®, Senior Wealth Advisor with Assante Financial Management Ltd., Burlington, ON, describes how much income you need in retirement.

“You’ve been retired for a while. How much income do we actually need in retirement, Uncle Wayne?”

How Much Income Do You Need in Retirement?

Uncle Wayne got up, walked to the counter, and poured another glass of orange juice. “I like to break it down into day-to-day expenses, which are your normal daily living expenses and what I call ‘do what you want when you want’ spending, which is really your fun money. This could be travel, bird watching, writing a novel, and perhaps your bucket list items. For this spending, I’d suggest you plan to do that in your first ten to fifteen years of retirement, when you’re healthy.

“Other costs to consider would be replacement costs for things such as a new roof, furnace, or car. Also, you have contingencies that may occur, such as helping grandkids with their education, or health care expenses, such as funds for a retirement home or a long-term care facility, or extra help at home if required.”

“That’s a lot of stuff to think of,” Mark commented. “Where do we start?”

“I’d suggest the starting point is to determine how much you want to spend each year, so look at your current expenses and then deduct what expenses you may no longer have once you stop working. Next, determine your sources of guaranteed income, such as Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, and company pension plans like Sally has. The difference between your guaranteed sources of income and what you want to spend is how much income or cash flow you’ll require from your own investments. Once you find this out, you can see if conservative investments such as GICs or bonds will provide you the income you require for the rest of your lives. If not, you’ll have to look at other options.” Uncle Wayne sorted through his papers and gave each of us a sheet. “I had thought that you might ask this question, Mark, as you’ve hinted at retiring over the last several months, so I printed this out yesterday for you to review.”

“The Wayner is always thinking ahead,” I added.

Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP® Senior Wealth Advisor, Assante Financial Management Ltd.

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For more information on the retirement income and cash-flow planning you can refer to Chapter 3: Protecting and Preserving your Wealth from the book Preserving Wealth The Next Generation - The definitive guide to protecting, investing, and transferring wealth, by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP®


Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP, is a Financial Advisor in Burlington, with Assante Financial Management Ltd. As an Assante advisor, he can help you gain peace of mind and achieve your dreams for the future. If you are looking for a financial solution that will simplify and enhance your life, please contact Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP for a confidential consultation.

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Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP® Senior Wealth Advisor, Assante Financial Management Ltd.