Retirement readiness is about more than just whether you’ve saved enough for a financially secure future. It’s important to understand the bigger picture: how to prepare, what steps to take and important things to consider as you begin your journey into retirement.
Here are some important things to consider:
The age when full benefits begin ranges from 65 to 67, depending on your date of birth. But you can receive reduced benefits as early as age 62 or delay benefits after age 67. Learn more.
Medicare begins at age 65 (or earlier for certain disabled individuals). If you plan to retire before you are eligible for Medicare, you'll need to consider other medical coverage options such as COBRA or the Long Service Plan if eligible. Learn more about your options before age 65 and after age 65.
Retirement plan company contributions and bonuses
When selecting your retirement date, remember you must be employed on December 31 and complete 1,000 hours of employment that year to receive the annual profit sharing contribution. You must be employed through the entire bonus period to receive that period’s bonus payout. Learn more.
Retirement balance options
When you retire, you can leave your balance in the plan, roll it over into an IRA, take a full lump sum distribution, or receive installment or periodic payments over time. Learn more.