Whew! We’re almost there. Step 6 is calculating your retirement net worth. Your retirement net worth gives you a picture of your assets minus your liabilities and debt = your net worth. Knowing where you’re at, is a big step in your financial literacy and your ability to feel secure in retirement. Knowledge is power!
For a retiree to generate $40,000 a year after stopping work, he or she will need savings of about $1.18 million to support a 30-year retirement.”
According to AARP
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Why should you calculate your net worth?
- To get an Accurate Picture of your Overall Financial Health – Calculating your net worth can show you where your money is at. By having an idea of where your assets and liabilities are, you can to focus on areas you want to improve. Do you want to increase your assets or decrease your debt?
- To Track your Financial Progress Your net worth can fluctuate as the stock market goes up or down, as your assets increase or as your debts increase. By comparing the value of your assets and liabilities each month or year, you increase your awareness of your financial progress. If your net worth is going up, you are moving in the right direction. If your net worth is declining, you’ll want to course correct.
- Knowing Your Net Worth Can Provide Motivation Set a financial goal for yourself. Do you want to get out of debt or save a million dollars for retirement? Tracking your net worth lets you monitor how close you are to your goal. If your net worth numbers show that you are on track to hit your financial goals, it can encourage you to continue doing what you’re doing.
Did you know….
- Today, a healthy, upper-middle-class couple aged 65 have a 43% chance that one or both partners will live to see 95.
- According to AARP, “you’ll need 70 to 80 percent of your preretirement income after you finish working.”
- As you age, your expenditures decline except for healthcare expenditures. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics…” the total annual expenditures averaged $49,279 among older households. Expenditures declined from $56,267 for the 55–64 age group to $36,673 for the 75-and-older group.”
What are the steps to calculating your net worth?
- Step 1 -Locating Retirement Assets – Employer Accounts
- Step 2 – Liquid Asset Inventory
- Step 3 – Non-Liquid Assets Inventory
- Step 4 – Pulling Your Assets Together
- Step 5 – Inventory Your Debt
- Step 6 – Calculating Retirement Net Worth
Let’s Start Calculating Your Retirement Net Worth
You’ve inventoried your assets, including your employer retirement accounts, liquid, and non-liquid assets. In step 4, you pulled your assets together, and in step 5, you inventoried your debts. Now, let’s calculate your retirement net worth!
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So, you’ve recorded your assets.
Then you inventoried your debts on the 2nd tab of the spreadsheet.
Now the third tab will pull your asset and debt information into the Balance Sheet tab and calculate your Net Worth. You can enter the present value of your long term assets in this tab. For example, the current value of Mary’s house is $200,000, and her car is $8,000. In our model, Mary’s total assets equal $562,163, and her liabilities are $94,557. Mary’s net worth is $467,606.
Ignorance is NOT Bliss!
What is your net worth? Is it enough to carry you through retirement? Few people feel prepared to cover their retirement spending.
Only 10% of pre-retirees age 50+ said they felt prepared for a 30-year retirement, 16% said they are prepared for a 20-year retirement, and 27% percent are prepared for a 10-year retirement.According to a 2017 Merrill Lynch study
Set yourself up for success by knowing your retirement net worth. Track your progress, and, if needed, you can start ramping up your savings plan and paying down your debt.
You should be so proud of yourself for working through these steps to calculate your retirement net worth. Now, you can explore options like paying down your debt, increasing your savings, changing your retirement timeframe, or starting a side hustle.
Were you surprised at your net worth? What steps are you exploring to increase your retirement net worth?