We might see sustained inflation, more market volatility, and an overall tighter economy. For one person, that might mean reassessing their risk tolerance and portfolio holdings to make sure that they hold assets that will at least sustain their value or provide a safer return, such as an interest rate or a dividend yield. Others may take a closer look at their income streams and see how they can either adjust their lifestyles to fit increased inflation or move assets around to provide them with more supplemental income. And others may have sold their homes to downsize to a new one, only to find it harder than before to sell at their target price or to find a mortgage rate that fits their budget.
When markets were smooth sailing, it may have felt easy to put your retirement finances on autopilot and watch them grow. But retirement is a long-term game, and along the way, there are bound to be setbacks and downturns like the one we’re seeing now. So, preparing for the likelihood of a pullback or recession is crucial when it comes to retirement planning.