Define your expectations

What will life be like in retirement? It's different for everyone. Learn about common emotional and financial considerations to help you decide when to retire and understand what to expect.

Retirement age

While it's difficult to know exactly how long your retirement will last, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of retiring early or later can help you make a smarter decision.

Retirement lifestyle

Envision your retirement lifestyle, including who you want to spend time with, what you want to do and what you'd like to accomplish.

Emotional stages of retirement

Preparing for the emotions you might feel as you near and enter retirement is as important as preparing financially. Researchers have discovered six distinct emotional stages of retirement.

Unexpected events

Prepare for unexpected events such as an inheritance, serious health condition, divorce, loss of your spouse or domestic partner and more.

Family obligations

Understand the potential financial impact of caring for aging parents and adult children who need your support, and find out how a financial advisor can help.