Five Ways to Make Retirement a Little Less Scary

To avoid lying awake at night once you’re retired, consider having these strategies in place before you take the plunge.

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On July 10, 2023, I walked out of my old office for the last time. Upon my departure, I gave up a lot of my identity. I spent eight years with the firm and was one of four owners. I lost some relationships. No, I didn’t lose friends or leave on bad terms, but I walked away from the thing that connected us and the daily social interaction it facilitated. I said goodbye to the daily structure.

And, oh yeah, I gave up a nice paycheck. No matter how much money you have in the bank, how well prepared you may be, that’s scary. And while I wasn’t retiring, almost every retiree faces these same challenges.

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Evan T. Beach, CFP®, AWMA®
President, Exit 59 Advisory

After graduating from the University of Delaware and Georgetown University, I pursued a career in financial planning. At age 26, I earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.  I also hold the IRS Enrolled Agent license, which allows for a unique approach to planning that can be beneficial to retirees and those selling their businesses, who are eager to minimize lifetime taxes and maximize income.