When Can You (Really) Expect to Retire?

When will you be able to retire? That all depends on three factors: how well you’ve been saving, the lifestyle you want upon retiring, and the age you want to stop working. The experts over at CNNMoney recently tried to provide some answers to this big, important question.

Mortgage Q&A – Mortgage Options Approaching Retirement

Q: My wife and I are retiring in three years. We plan to move west to be closer to our kids and grandchildren after we retire. We owe $220,000 on our mortgage and we’re paying a 6.75% mortgage rate. We missed the chance to refinance when rate were low a few months ago and, even at a lower rate, we aren’t sure if paying a lot of closing costs on a loan we'll only be on for three years makes sense. Should we just sit tight or are there other options? A: You can take advantage of a 1st Lien Home Equity Loan. The rate is fantastic and the closing costs are very low. Let’s do some math. Rate – 3.75%     Closing Costs – $400 Current rate (6.75%) – New rate (3.75%) = $1,427 payment vs. $687 payment = $740 monthly payment savings. $740 × 36 months is $26,640. Because the Home Equity loan is interest only, you won?t be paying down principal, so you?d need to add back the $7,500 you would have paid your current loan down. You can save a net $19,100. The loan is tied to the Prime Rate. It will adjust. However, all forecasts point to the Prime Rate remaining low for the foreseeable future. Even if Prime ticks up a full percentage point, or even two, over the three year period, you will still have a lower interest rate than you have now!

Retirement Savings Tips For Every Age

With politicians tossing around the idea of raising the retirement age to reflect an increase in life expectancy, workers of every age are likely wondering “Will I ever be able to retire?” The answer is “yes,” if you are smart about your money starting at whatever age you are today.