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Like a complex recipe, planning for retirement can have a lot of ingredients with a lot of instructions. To enjoy a successful retirement, you need all the ingredients, in the right amounts and in the correct order.

On this date 75 years ago (June 6, 1944), the Allied Forces took on a task that some thought impossible – gaining a foothold in German occupied territory during WWII. In some ways, it feels as though investors and advisors alike are fearfully awaiting their own “D Day”. A day that we all know is eventually coming whether we like it or not - economic recession and bear market.

The classic Abbott and Costello comedy skit, Who’s On First?, used a play on words to teach the names of the players of the baseball team. The peculiar names of the players—Who, What, I don’t know—result in a back-and-forth conversation full of confusion, perplexity, and, by the end of the skit, notable irritation. Sound somewhat familiar?

I can’t tell you how many times I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I can’t tell you all the ways people my age planned to spend their fortune when they became a superstar. I can tell you, however, that not one of those people ever mentioned saving for retirement. That was the last thing on any millennial child’s mind. But, we’re adults now.

As the retirement plan industry continues to evolve, many financial advisors find themselves struggling with their retirement business. I have spent the last 10 years of my career dedicated to assisting plan advisors in all aspects of their qualified plan business. Here is what I’ve learned.

What’s the difference between a market storm watch and a market storm warning? What factors are we looking at? On any given day you can look at the radar and see some storms brewing somewhere in the country.

I’ve resisted overanalyzing my spending patterns for years, primarily because I was afraid of what I might find. But I recently embarked on the quest to discover what it costs to be me. And if I can survive the journey then you can, too.

How did you feel during the fourth quarter of 2018 as the global stock markets swooned? The experience should still be fresh in your mind. Did you resist the urge to bail out when you saw the markets dropping like the Roadrunner’s anvil?

A car accident may only cost you about $775 out of pocket while a hurricane or tornado may be 10 times that amount. Your earnings may be more volatile and unpredictable. To safeguard against shortfall, you may need to stash well over six months worth of your income into savings for greater peace of mind.

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