Heather Calhoun

Burgess & Associates

Inflation: The Silent Thief of Retirement Savings

Inflation poses a severe threat to all Americans and can cause profound damage to your retirement savings. As of June, the inflation rate in the US was a whopping 9.1%, the highest it's been since 1981. During times of high inflation, the price of goods and services skyrocket, including the cost of college tuition, healthcare, and housing. This trend is unlikely to change soon. Inflation can also lead to higher taxes as the government struggles to keep up with the rising cost of living. These factors create a perfect storm that could threaten your retirement lifestyle.Inflation can diminish the power of your retirement savings.One of the most significant ways inflation can hurt retirement savings is by negatively impacting the purchasing power of those savings. In other words, as prices for goods and services rise over time, each dollar of savings will buy less and less. This can make it difficult to cover basic living expenses in retirement, let alone enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.Inflation can also directly impact investment portfolios. For example, if a retiree has a significant portion of their portfolio invested in bonds, they may find that the interest payments they receive on those bonds fail to keep pace with inflation. As a result, the actual value of their bond holdings would decline over time.Another potential risk is that retirees could be forced to take more aggressive investment risks to keep up with rising prices. This could lead to larger losses in the event of a market downturn, which could quickly eat away at retirement savings.Could an annuity serve as your best line of defense against inflation?While there are several ways inflation can attack retirement savings, there are also some steps that savers can take to help mitigate these risks. One option is to invest in an annuity.Different annuities may offer a unique blend of growth potential, protection from market declines, and lifetime income that can shield against inflation. With some annuity products, you have the opportunity to directly or indirectly invest in the stock market. This may provide much-needed growth during retirement, especially if costs rise. Additionally, the tax-deferred nature of annuities allows you to reinvest your gains without having to pay taxes on them immediately. This can give your money a chance to grow even faster over time.Annuities can provide a level of protection against inflation that other retirement savings options may not be able to match. If you're concerned about how inflation might impact your retirement, it may be worth considering an annuity as a part of your overall retirement strategy.Nobody truly knows what America's economic landscape will look like in the future. If you are concerned that inflation will deflate your retirement savings give me a call and I will provide you with solutions. 
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Heather Calhoun

Burgess & Associates

3322 South Campbell Avenue

Suite P-4

Springfield, Missouri 65807


(417) 581-8220

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