When considering retirement, an obvious truth is that your approach should be different based on your age. In your 20s, 30s and 40s, you should be automatically putting money into your retirement account and pretty much ignore what the market is doing. You shouldn’t be too worried about what the level of the stock market is because you will benefit from so-called dollar-cost averaging, which over time allows you to buy into the market at a low average cost.
As you get closer to retirement, you must begin to figure out how much income you will earn from various sources to allow you to support your lifestyle. At this stage, individuals become very aware of exactly how much money they have and their behavior changes as a result. For instance, it’s normal to get nervous – or even panic – when the market crashes if it directly affects your living circumstances. More