Nov 6, 2014 Generation X and Last-Minute Retirement Planning

Procrastination is rarely a good thing. When it comes to retirement planning, Generation X can’t afford to wait until the last minute. According to a recent Pew Charitable Trusts study and a PwC survey cited by, Generation X is struggling to save for retirement. Moreover, experts say Generation X was hit hardest by the housing crash, which means many of them won’t be able to rely on the equity in their homes when they retire. It’s not too late for people in their late 30s and 40s to improve their retirement outlook and start planning for a secure future.

Make saving enjoyable

One key is to make saving a joy instead of a painful experience. Most people avoid pain and gravitate toward pleasure. According to, encouraging Gen-X’ers to put aside 10 or 20 percent of their income backfires by giving them a feeling of deprivation. Instead, experts suggest putting half of future raises into savings. View your balance on a yearly basis so you can experience the pleasure of seeing how your money has grown.

Automate your finances

Another retirement planning strategy is to have money automatically deducted from your paycheck and funneled into a 401(k). If a company match is involved, save up to that level. Otherwise, have money deducted from your paycheck and moved into a Roth IRA. A married individual who doesn’t have earned income can open a Spousal Roth IRA as long as the spouse has earned income. Automating your retirement savings makes it easy.

Avoid lifestyle inflation

Another key aspect of retirement planning is to know what kind of lifestyle you want to have in retirement. Then you need to have enough of an income stream when you are older to support your desired lifestyle. By avoiding “lifestyle creep” or lifestyle inflation, you can make up for lost time. In other words, choose a simpler and less extravagant lifestyle. Buy a home that you can easily afford to pay off in 15 years instead of 30 years. With no mortgage to pay in retirement, you can more easily live on dividends generated from investments.

Although it’s not necessary to know where you want to live in retirement or how you want to spend your days, it is good to set some financial goals. If you plan to financially support children or grandchildren in retirement, you’ll need to have more money invested. A financial adviser can help you set priorities for retirement and make sure you are in a balanced position.

Investing involves risk including loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss.

Company News

Welcome, Liz Stokes!

Employee Spotlight – Jacqueline Cremen

Shreds and Meds Day – October 28th at The Valley Mall

Employee Spotlight: Chelsie Smith

Employee Spotlight: Dirk Bernd

Market Commentary

2024 1st Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 4th Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 3rd Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 2nd Quarter Investment Commentary

Debt Ceiling: Should Investors Worry?

Retirement Planning

2024 Key Financial Changes

Social Security Benefit Increase of 3.2% for 2024

The 4 Changes from SECURE Act 2.0 You Should Know for 2023

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2023 Begins October 15th

Social Security Benefit Increase of 8.7% for 2023

Tax Planning

2024 Key Financial Changes

2023 1099 Release Information

2023 Year-End Tax Planning

When do I start my Required Minimum Distribution?

UPDATE: Washington State Long Term Care Payroll Tax

Cyber Security

Red Flags When Transferring Money

Cybersecurity 101 – 2022 Update

Cybersecurity 101

New Changes to Web-Portal Password Requirements

Equifax Data Breach Update: Make a claim today

Important Disclosures

Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors, PLLC (“LRIA”), is an SEC registered investment adviser located in the State of Washington. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. For information pertaining to the registration status of LRIA, please contact LRIA or refer to the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website (

This is provided for general information only and contains information that is not suitable for everyone. As such, nothing herein should be construed as the provision of specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investments may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. There is no guarantee that the views and opinions expressed herein will come to pass. This newsletter contains information derived from third party sources. Although we believe these third-party sources to be reliable, we make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party incorporated herein and take no responsibility therefore.

Any projections, forecasts and estimates, including without limitation any statement using “expect” or “believe” or any variation of either term or a similar term, contained here are forward-looking statements and are based upon certain current assumptions, beliefs and expectations that LRIA considers reasonable or that the applicable third parties have identified as such. Forward-looking statements are necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions or beliefs underlying the forward-looking statements will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results or outcomes. Some important factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements include, among others, changes in interest rates and general economic conditions in the U.S. and globally, changes in the liquidity available in the market, change and volatility in the value of the U.S. dollar, market volatility and distressed credit markets, and other market, financial or legal uncertainties. Consequently, the inclusion of forward-looking statements herein should not be regarded as a representation by LRIA or any other person or entity of the outcomes or results that will be achieved by following any recommendations contained herein. While the forward-looking statements here reflect estimates, expectations and beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes. LRIA has no obligation to update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, including any revisions to reflect changes in economic conditions or other circumstances arising after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of events (whether anticipated or unanticipated), even if the underlying assumptions do not come to fruition. Opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice and do not necessarily take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations, or particular needs of all investors.

For additional information about LRIA, including fees and services, please contact us for our Form ADV disclosure brochure using our contact information herein. Please read the disclosure brochure carefully before you invest or send money.