After more than a decade of hovering at normal-to-below-average levels, inflation became a hot topic again in 2021 when it rose to over 4%. By March 2022, it had hit a 40-year high of 8.5%. This prompted the Federal Reserve to take its usual course of action to combat inflation: raising short-term interest rates. Over the next 18 months, the Fed hiked rates at a historically aggressive pace. As usual, this created extreme volatility in the financial markets, but ultimately inflation did come down again to just over 3% by late 2023.
Nobody likes rising prices, but one positive outcome of the recent inflation spike is that it has prompted more people to think about inflation as it relates to their retirement goals. According to a recent survey by Global Atlantic Financial Group, 71% of Americans aged 59 to 75 said they believe rising inflation will negatively affect their retirement savings, while 46% said they believe inflation will make it more difficult to have a steady income in retirement. 1
Those are valid concerns, but the good news is that at least people are thinking and talking again about the potential long-term effects of inflation. It’s good because underestimating the impacts of inflation is one of the most common and devastating mistakes people make when it comes to retirement planning. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed, and it is possible to “arm yourself” very well against the long-term effects of inflation. We’ll explain how in this report. You will learn:
- The many ways in which inflation can negatively impact your retirement.
- The even more dangerous effects of healthcare inflation.
- Steps you can take ahead of retirement to combat the future effects of inflation.
- How a financial strategy geared toward retirement income can ultimately help make your retirement plan “inflation-proof.”
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