Afraid to Retire? How to Put Those Fears to Rest

Second-guessing your decision to finally retire is an all-too-common occurrence, even for the wealthy and well-prepared. When the worries start to stack up, here's how to knock them down.

I spoke recently with a successful corporate executive who has been planning her retirement for several years. But as the date drew closer, she began to worry about several possible scenarios that could derail her plans. Her concerns ranged from how to pay for an unexpected health scare to the impact of a stock market crash.

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Financial FearLikelihoodLevel of Control
Afraid to Spend MoneyPossibleHigh
Stock Market CrashPossibleLow
Health IssuesPossibleMedium
Become DestituteRemoteVery High

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Charlie Jordan, CPA, CFP
Partner & Wealth Adviser, CI Brightworth

Charlie Jordan is a partner and wealth adviser at CI Brightworth providing comprehensive investment and wealth planning advice to high net worth individuals and families. His passion for integrating retirement, estate and charitable giving strategies allows his clients to do retirement well and focus on what matters most to them.