How Does Your Magic Number for Retirement Compare to Others’?

Americans this year expect to need more to retire comfortably than they thought they’d need last year. Here are four questions to get you thinking about what you’ll need.

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No two people are exactly alike, and neither are their dreams for retirement. However, there is a common thread that unites them: Most Americans believe they will need $1.27 million to retire comfortably, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2023 Planning & Progress Study. This number ticked up from $1.25 million last year.

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Aditi Javeri Gokhale
Chief Strategy Officer, President of Retail Investments and Head of Institutional Investments, Northwestern Mutual

Aditi Javeri Gokhale holds executive accountabilities for Northwestern Mutual’s strategy to drive growth, competitiveness and relevance. In addition, she leads teams that oversee more than $540 billion in company and client assets, including over $325 billion in the institutional investment portfolio and $215 billion in retail client assets. She is also accountable for NM Future Ventures (the company’s venture investing arm) along with digital disruptor, Wyshbox.