Common questions

How do you bridge a gap in early retirement?

How do you bridge a gap in early retirement?

Using a Roth Ladder conversion is a really good strategy to bridge the early retirement gap. Particularly, in early (full) retirement so long as you can keep your taxable income low enough to take part. The basics involve converting your 401K/403B into a taxable IRA upon leaving your employer.

How do I bridge my retirement?

Plan your income

  1. Focus on curating a diversified portfolio of financial assets. Take another look at your asset allocation (how you invest your money).
  2. Double down on investment vehicles outside tax-sheltered retirement plans.
  3. Increase your cash reserve by saving at the local bank, for example, to help bridge the gap.

What is a bridge fund for retirement?

Retirement Bridge (RB) is an age-based, low-cost income drawdown solution. Available to people aged 55 to 75 regardless of the amount of their pension savings, it’s set up as a series of age-based income-paying accounts. *We have referred to funds on this website for ease of reference.

How much does a bridge account cost?

This amount is often $3,000, although it may be different at banks with investment accounts that have a lower or higher minimum balance. Once you have put the maximum into the bridge account, consider transferring all of the money into an investment account instead.

What is Bridge income?

To help you “bridge” the gap, you might consider investing a portion of your portfolio in a way that will produce enough income to cover the gap, while investing the remainder for total return.

What is the bridge period?

The bridge period is the time between leaving work and when you’re able to withdraw funds from retirement accounts. If you withdraw from a retirement account before age 59 1/2, you could incur a penalty.

What is a shortfall in retirement?

A pension shortfall is a situation where a company offering employees a defined benefit (DB) plan does not have enough money to meet the obligations of the pension fund. A pension shortfall typically occurs because the investments selected by the pension manager did not live up to expectations.

How do I fund early retirement?

How to retire early

  1. Make some adjustments to your current budget.
  2. Calculate your annual retirement spending.
  3. Estimate your total savings needs.
  4. Invest for growth.
  5. Keep your expenses in check.

Why delaying Social Security is the smartest retirement play?

Delaying Social Security after full retirement age causes retirement credits to grow at a rate of 8% a year. Those credits will help you maximize the benefit you receive for the rest of your life and potentially the rest of your spouse’s life, if you are the higher earner in a marriage.

What is the income bridge strategy?

Who are the companies in the retirement Bridge Group?

The Retirement Bridge Group comprise of various companies who provide, own and manage Home Reversion plans. Bridgewater Equity Release Limited is one of the largest companies in the Group. Bridgewater Equity Release is an award winning leading specialist Home Reversion provider.

How can I get support from retirement Bridge?

We continue to be able to offer our customers, investors and advisers support over the phone, by email or via video conferencing facilities so please continue to contact us as usual. To help us efficiently process your business we would ask that where possible you email documents to us rather than post them.

How does a pension bridge benefit work for a spouse?

The options presented may be limited or extensive, depending on the pension plan, and they often include choosing a survivor benefit of varying percentages of your pension that will be payable to your spouse upon your death. Bridge benefits are sometimes predetermined and sometimes optional.

Why is customer service so important at retirement Bridge?

The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we continue to work hard to maintain customer service levels. We continue to be able to offer our customers, investors and advisers support over the phone, by email or via video conferencing facilities so please continue to contact us as usual.

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