Tackling United Pilot Retirement: Where to Start

Why should you, as a United Pilot, do so much planning and saving for retirement? A successful retirement can come from years of careful retirement savings through the PRAP (Pilot Retirement Account Plan). Knowing how to start the financial planning process can be challenging, but the importance cannot be stressed enough. No one wants to hit mandatory retirement age with inadequate savings. But where to start? This post will review some essential retirement planning and savings tips specific to being a United Pilot.

Determining retirement needs can be a complex process involving various factors. Here are some key factors that can affect retirement needs:

  1. Lifestyle and Expenses:

    One primary factor determining retirement needs is an individual’s desired lifestyle. This can include factors such as where they want to live and what activities they want to engage in. Whatwill your expenses be in retirement? This can consist of fixed expenses such as housing costs, utilities, insurance and variable expenses such as travel, entertainment, and hobbies. One way to simplify your living needs and budget is taking distributions within a specific withdraw rate.

  2. Healthcare Costs:

    Healthcare costs are another important factor to consider in retirement planning. As people age, healthcare expenses tend to increase, which can be significant. It is important to consider the cost of health insurance and out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and copays. United has set up a vehicle to help save for retirement healthcare costs through the Retiree Health Account or the RHA.

  3. Pension Benefits:

    As United Pilots, you have access to pension benefits. As a legacy United Pilot, you have your PBGC pension. As a legacy Continental Pilot, you have a Frozen-A Plan. We believe both pensions are important when planning for a successful retirement.

  4. Inflation:

    Inflation is the rate at which the cost of goods and services increases over time. It is important to plan for inflation by investing in assets that have the potential to outpace inflation, such as stocksand real estate. It is important to consider the impact of inflation on retirement savings, as it can erode the purchasing power of those savings over time. For example, the PBGC does not have a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for your pension unlike your Social Security Benefit.

Retirement needs will vary depending on an individual’s unique circumstances and goals. It is important to consider all these factors when planning for retirement to help ensure that retirement savings are sufficient to meet individual needs and goals.

The most significant retirement savings vehicle for United Pilots is the PRAP. Within the PRAP, participants have access to invest in core funds, but they also have access to a Personal Choice Retirement Account or PCRA. The PCRA is a brokerage option within the PRAP to allow access to the broader market but also to have professional management. Maxing out your contributions every year is an important step to formulating a successful retirement and retirement plan. Below is the contribution limit breakdown:

The earlier you start the process of saving and planning for your retirement the better. The importance of financial planning cannot be understated. However, we realize that the topic of retirement can be intimidating. If you still have questions on where and how to begin financial planning for retirement or how to utilize all your options within the PRAP, please contact us. We would be happy to help you with starting your financial planning.

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