Loss aversion sounds like a good thing — trying to avoid losing. What could be wrong with that? Unfortunately, if taken too far, it can actually be a threat to your long-term financial health. Loss aversion is the tendency to prefer avoiding potential losses over acquiring equal gains. We dislike losing $20 more than we like getting $20.
When we think retirement age, 65 is often the first number that comes to mind. But that doesn’t mean it should be your final answer. While it’s often a starting point for consideration, there are several factors that could make another age a better choice for you. Here are eight considerations to keep in mind when making this very important decision.
According to Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study, more Americans are worried about money (44%) than either their personal relationships (25%) or work (18%). So if you’re concerned about having enough money for retirement, you have company. Putting a plan in place can help reduce anxiety about your financial future.