Planning for Retirement

Transform Your Financial Habits to Prepare for the Future

Your 50s are a good time to take stock of the asset allocation of your portfolio and evaluate your position relative to your retirement plans.  For an accurate estimate, consider at what age you would like to retire and the lifestyle you plan to have… will you travel, have a vacation home, take up an expensive hobby?  Project a budget, keeping in mind that some costs, such as health insurance, may increase and others, like your mortgage payment, may disappear.  Once you have estimated your living expenses, then estimate how much your assets will be worth at retirement, and how long they are likely to last.  You can do this with Guardian Credit Union’s retirement calculator.  Also estimate your Social Security income.  With all this information at hand, you may want to increase your retirement contributions.

As you enter your 60s, fine-tune your projections and your asset allocations.  If you retire before
age 65, be sure you have medical insurance to cover you until you are eligible for Medicare.

Guardian Credit Union can help you in your planning for retirement lifestage to increase your IRA contributions.  Please contact our Member Service Representatives for more information.

Here are other ways pre-retirees can enhance their financial position at Guardian Credit Union:

1. Take advantage of our interest-bearing money market account

2. Conserve time, money and paper with Guardian Credit Union’s convenient checking accounts with FREE online banking and FREE bill pay and no-charge ATM services

You’ll reduce the time it takes to pay your bills and save on the expense of printed paper checks and postage while helping the environment as well.

3. Catch up on your IRA or other retirement plan

After age 50, you are qualified to boost your plans with “catch-up” contributions. Contact our staff for more details.



  • Become aware of opportunities to reduce your lifestyle costs, e.g., downsizing vehicles or your home may provide convenience while lowering the costs and time of maintenance. 
  • Determine your financial priorities, make a list with deadlines and start accomplishing them. 
  • Start the decision-making process about where you want to live during retirement and figure all the associated costs. 
  • Spend time doing what you plan to do at retirement to help yourself determine if you’re ready.

Need Some Help?

For help determining the best accounts and products for sound and productive money management during your Planning for Retirement Lifestage, please contact us at 334-244-9999 or