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Is Retiring Early with a Pension a Good Idea?

Thinking about an early retirement? You’re not alone. If you’re one of the 15% of private sector working Americans who have a pension retirement plan, you might be wondering if now is a good time to make your exit.1 But before you start planning your retirement party, it’s wise to have all the facts, especially when it comes to how the rising inflation and interest rates may be affecting pension plans everywhere. 

Pension Plans and Inflation

Pension plans used to be the norm for many companies (and their hard-working employees). But in recent years, company pension plans (and their beneficiaries) have seemingly been overshadowed by what seems to be the more popular 401k plan—especially companies in the private sector.2 Many government or service-oriented companies and organizations might still offer pension retirement plans. 

If you’re planning on funding retirement on a pension plan, you know that there are two ways to receive your hard-earned money: a lump sum or a monthly check. The amount of money you receive, as a lump sum or through a monthly check, is based on a variety of factors, some of which include your age, how long you’ve been with the company, and the benefit interest rate. 

If you’re near retirement age, you might be wondering how inflation and interest rates will affect your pension. Some pension plans may not account for the cost of living or inflation rates. Most employers calculate employee pensions at the start of each year based on the current interest rate. If the interest rate has been affected by inflation like it has throughout 2022, you’ll notice a hefty dent in your lump sum pension fund. 

How Your Pension is Calculated

Pension calculators take your years of service, multiplied by your average ending salary, multiplied by your accrual rate.That number will give you your annual lifetime benefit. When you divide that by 12 months, that will tell you how much to expect if you choose to receive a check every single month instead of a lump sum. 

If you are considering your options with your pension and want a better understanding of different payment options, check out this retirement with pension calculator. Retirement with pension calculators will help you put some facts and numbers down on paper to help you decide what may be the best plan of action for your individual situation.

Retiring with a pension

Retirement planning is an important part of having a solid financial strategy. And if you’re counting on your pension to get you through, that’s ok. But it’s also important to remember that having more than one stream of income during retirement is key. 

Talking with your financial advisor is a good step you can take to work on a solid retirement strategy. We’ll help you determine how far your pension will take you during your retirement years. Contact a SageSpring advisor today.


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The foregoing information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that it is accurate or complete, it is not a statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision, and it does not constitute a recommendation. Any opinions are those of SageSpring Wealth Partners and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected. Every investor’s situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment. Prior to making an investment decision, please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation. 

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Jeffrey Dobyns
Jeffrey T. Dobyns

CFP®, CLU, CHFC

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS 
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Jeffrey T. Dobyns

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS

Jeff Dobyns has enjoyed extraordinary success providing comprehensive financial planning to retirees, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and executives by taking the time to truly know his clients, understand their goals and develop and execute their ongoing, strategic, financial plans.

Jeff earned his finance degree in business administration from Ohio University and has held executive positions with financial planning firms for more than two decades. After serving as Vice President of Investments of Lykins Financial Group, CPA’s, in his hometown of Westerville, Ohio, Jeff moved to Nashville, Tennessee to found SageSpring Wealth Partners in 2002. As its President, Jeff has led SageSpring to remarkable success, holding the distinction of being one of Raymond James’ top independent contractor offices, and a member of its Chairman’s Council*, every year since 2008.

Jeff’s true calling, however, is working directly with clients, helping them plan their financial futures in a manner that aligns with their values and helps provide them with financial confidence. To help meet these goals, Jeff leads the team of Dobyns Wealth Team and also incorporates the expertise of attorneys, accountants and other professionals to provide quality financial, tax and estate planning, and ongoing asset and risk management.

As independent advisory businesses, neither SageSpring Wealth Partners nor Dobyns Wealth Team hold any assets on behalf of clients, with such custodial and brokerage services being provided by Raymond James. As a leader in wealth management, Raymond James has an exemplary reputation and today serves more than $930 billion in client assets through 8,200 financial advisors worldwide (as of 9/30/2020).

In order to meet the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the industry, Jeff is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner**, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant. Jeff is also a participant of the Dave Ramsey SmartVestor program.

Jeff’s work and personal life are both guided by his faith and the Christian principles of honesty, generosity, compassion, and integrity. Accordingly, Jeff devotes considerable time and resources to a number of causes, including serving as a board member of Men of Valor, a prison ministry and mentoring program. He is also on the advisory board of The Signatry of Middle Tennessee, which works with families to increase their charitable giving to their favorite causes. Additionally, Jeff is on the advisory board for Halftime Institute, an organization that coaches marketplace leaders to discern and engage in their life purpose. Lastly, Jeff serves on the board of the Legacy Center of Nashville, a collaboration of independent coaching resources. He is a past board member of Porter’s Call, a Nashville charity that provides free counseling for musicians and their families, and the Martha O’Bryan Center, which empowers those in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.

Jeff and his wife, Amy, are raising their family in Brentwood where they are members of the Brentwood Baptist Church, and their children, Gracyn, Hunter, and twins Tanner and Logan, attend the Christ Presbyterian Academy. For recreation, Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.

* Membership is based on prior fiscal year production. Re-qualification is required annually.

**Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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Ramsey Solutions’ relationship and agreement is between SageSpring Wealth Partners only. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. is not affiliated with the solicitor arrangement between Ramsey Solutions and SageSpring Wealth Partners.

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