Retirement Risks You Should Be Aware

Jenny Handwerk |

Retirement Risks You Should Be Aware 


For many people, retirement is the time to enjoy the results of their labor and the freedom from day-to-day responsibilities. It can, however, be uncertain, and retirees frequently have a limited ability to pivot when unexpected difficulties strike. Even one of the most desired features of retirement – living a long life — raises the possibility of outliving your assets.


It's critical to plan for the unexpected when it comes to retirement. Any post-retirement dangers, such as the unexpected death of a spouse, a long illness, stock market volatility, a bankrupt pension plan, or even unanticipated longevity, can derail even the best-laid retirement plans. 


As seniors underestimate their lifespan and stock market volatility increases, the likelihood that they will outlive their funds decreases. Adjustments must be done immediately to avoid irreversible damage.

Retirement planning should ideally be a long-term, planned process. Understanding the hazards you may face when preparing for retirement allows you to take proactive steps to ensure financial security once you've stopped working. 

Many of these risks are the same whether you're working or retired. However, given the restricted amount of money you may make after retirement, it's a good idea to analyze and review how these risks may affect your retirement savings. 


1. Longevity risk


Many of us aspire to live a long life. Unfortunately, data shows that both retirement savers and retirees are apprehensive about outliving their assets. 

People are living longer lives due to healthier lifestyles and medical breakthroughs, a global trend. While this is a good thing, it has changed the game for retirement planning. Due to the possibility of extended retirement years, investors will need to acquire additional financial resources to see them through this era.

According to Social Security forecasts, one in every three 65-year-olds will survive above the age of 90, and one in every seven will live past the age of 95. If you retire at 64 and live to be 100, you will need income for 36 years. This is longer than many people's whole working careers. Even if you only live another 20 years, that's a long time to save for a life.

When planning for longevity, it is critical to consider the increased levels of medical care and costs and ensure that the income you draw during retirement accounts for the likelihood of having many years ahead of you.

You may run out of money if your annual or monthly income withdrawals are too significant. Engaging a financial consultant is the best approach for many retirees to determine a safe annual drawdown amount (the amount of retirement savings removed).


2. Inflation


Not only might typical living costs spiral, but healthcare inflation in retirement will quickly outpace the rises investors are used to before retirement.   Inflation can take away your savings and disrupt your lifestyle. The longer you live in retirement, the more significant the influence.

 Designing an income strategy to outpace inflation and stay up with rising prices for products and services is critical. Inflation is known as a loss of buying power caused by an increase in the price of goods. The average inflation rate since 1914 has been 3.24%, which should remain steady even if the percentages have recently been high. While spending power is important in retirement, it may be politicized and overblown, especially when supply-chain concerns and price gouging exist.

Avoid them if your risk tolerance does not match speculative or high-risk assets, such as private equity, penny stocks, and alternative investments.


3. Health Care Risks


Unexpected medical expenditures and excessive out-of-pocket healthcare costs can deplete retirement funds. According to Fidelity Investments' 2023 research, a couple retiring 65 in 2023 may expect to pay around $315,000 in health care costs. A single person should expect to pay half that amount.

Costs are unavoidable unless the American healthcare system changes, so it's best to be prepared. Some retirees may have lower expenses than others, but the consensus is that they will rise overall.

Planning should consider a wide range of potentially changing needs and market situations. It should include funds for unforeseen needs such as health care, long-term care, and increased family support.


4. Withdrawal Strategy


Create an income strategy to help you keep up with inflation. The rate at which you withdraw savings and investment assets in retirement to pay for current living needs is essential in deciding how long your income will last.

Choosing an appropriate withdrawal strategy is important to most people's retirement income planning. A flexible spending strategy related to the market and other variables may be your greatest hope for long-term income.



As concerns about Social Security provision escalate and average lifespans rise, so does post-retirement danger. There is more than one approach to retirement planning, which necessitates consulting with a chief financial officer to review all available options for your specific scenario. Even if it is a difficult and nervous first step, discussing retirement alternatives with a professional is never too early.