You may be able to use time to your advantage when investing for wealth accumulation.
The longer you invest, the more potential your money has to compound interest. If your portfolio has not fully recovered from losses in recent years, you may wish to consider a more aggressive allocation to make up for lost ground and get back on track to accumulating wealth.
However, with fluctuations in the stock market, it is important to remember that more conservative retirement strategies typically have only a portion of the assets invested in the stock market. Allocations can be set aside for more conservative investments and/or secured* income contracts such as annuities. *Fixed Annuities are long-term vehicles designed to generate supplemental income during retirement. They have minimum guarantees backed by the strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. After all, the last thing you want to do is lose more ground during the next market correction.
* Annuity guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing carrier.
Note: Withdrawals from annuities, including partial withdrawals and surrenders, may be taxable. If you take a taxable withdrawal before age 59 ½ you may have to pay a 10% penalty to the IRS in addition to your normal income taxes. Purchasing an annuity with a retirement plan that already offers tax deferral results is no additional tax benefits. The guarantee of the annuity is backed by the financial strength of the underlying insurance company. Guarantees and benefits are subject to claims-paying ability of the insurance company. Although it is possible to have guaranteed income for life with a fixed annuity, there is no assurance that this income will keep up with inflation