6 ‘Retirement Killers’ to Avoid at All Costs

It's unfortunate, but people make the same money mistakes all the time. Here are six surefire mistakes that can kill your retirement – and remedies that can help get you back on track.

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If you’re starting to wonder if you’ll ever have enough money saved to retire, you aren’t alone.

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2022 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 28% of respondents said they were “very confident” they would have enough money for a comfortable retirement. And 58% said preparing for retirement makes them feel stressed.

I get it – planning for retirement can be challenging, even if you start early, have help and earn a good living.

But when I see those numbers, it also reminds me of all the things I’ve seen folks get really wrong – actions that, at the very least, can throw a retirement off track and, in some cases, have potentially irreversible consequences.

I call them “retirement killers.” Here are six I see all the time:


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Edward Grosko, IAR and ChFC®
Founder, Integrated Wealth Management

Edward Grosko is the founder and partner of Integrated Wealth Management. (iwmgameplan.com). He has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Investor Adviser Representative.