Seven ways to prepare for retirement

Follow these steps to create the retirement you see for yourself.

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Want to live out retirement on your terms? Start preparing today, even if it’s still far off.

Begin by contacting your Edward Jones financial advisor so you can develop a solid retirement savings strategy to help you live comfortably after you stop working. How much to you need to save? Find out by using our retirement calculator.

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There are lots of things in life you can't control, but saving for your future doesn't have to be one of them. Harness the power of saving money over time with systematic investing.

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Think about the "what ifs"

Don't let unexpected events stop you from achieving your financial goals, like retirement. You can make sure you’re financially stable by establishing an emergency fund, getting insurance and creating an investment strategy designed to withstand the market’s ups and downs.

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Establish your risk threshold

The biggest risk you face isn't in the stock market – it's the possibility of not reaching your long-term goals. See how you can balance your comfort with risk against the return you need on your investments to reach your goals.

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Determine your emotional readiness

There’s no perfect age to retire, and the decision is more than financial - it’s also emotional. If you’re starting to think seriously about when to retire, these questions can help as you decide when is right for you and your family.

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Prepare your portfolio for the next chapter

Growth doesn't stop once you retire. It's important to make a plan to have your investments not only get you to retirement, but through it. Find out how you can fend off the effects of inflation, focus on what you can control and achieve the right balance in your portfolio.

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Get ready to care for family members

As you work to save for retirement, you may need to care for a family member at the same time. That doesn’t mean you need to choose between your retirement strategy and your loved ones. While you’re dealing with multiple priorities, we have multiple ways to support you.

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Use a retirement checklist

You plan, dream and talk about retiring for decades - and now it’s in sight. This checklist will help you plan ahead and outline your vision for retirement

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