How do you know you are psychologically ready to retire? As a start, ask yourself four questions.
One, is your work meaningful?
If it is emotionally and psychologically fulfilling, if it gives you a strong sense of purpose and identity, then there may be a voice inside your head telling you not to retire yet. You may want to listen to it.
It can be tempting to see retirement as a “finish line”: no more long workdays, long commutes, or stressful deadlines. But it is really a starting line: the start of a new phase of life. Ideally, you cross the “finish line” knowing what comes next, what will be important to you in the future.
Two, do you value work or leisure more at this point in your life?
If the answer is leisure, score one for retirement. If the answer is work, maybe you need a new job or a new way of working rather than an exit from your company or your profession.
An old saying says that retirement feels like “six Saturdays and a Sunday.” Fantastic, right? It is, as long you don’t miss Monday through Friday. Some people really enjoy their careers; you may be one of them.
Three, where do your friends come from?
If very little of your social life involves the people you work with, then score another point for retirement. If your friends are mainly your coworkers, those friendships may be tested if you retire.
Creating a financial strategy for retirement is important. But there are also other important factors, including your physical health, your mental health, your relationships with family and friends, your travels and adventures, and your outlets to express your creativity. Building a life away from work can be a plus.
Four, what do you think your retirement will be like?
If you think it will be spectacularly different from your current life, ask yourself if your expectations are realistic. If after further consideration they seem unrealistic, you may want to keep working for a while until you are in a better financial position to try and realize them or until your expectations shift.
Ideally, you retire when you are financially, emotionally, and psychologically ready.
Why you are retiring is as important as when you choose to retire. When you are motivated to retire, you see retirement as a beginning rather than an end.
As always, we’re here to help you evaluate your options and see you through life’s big changes. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if we can help.
Your Eagle Wealth Team
East Coast Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes (serves 6)
2 to 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 to 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
¼ cup celery, finely diced
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 lb. lump crab meat
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
Canola oil (use enough to cook the crab cakes)
1 cup mayonnaise
1½ Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. red onion, finely chopped
1 to 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Use a baking sheet and line with aluminum foil.
- Make the crab cake mix by combining the eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay seasoning, salt, celery, and parsley in a large bowl, and mix well.
- Before you add the crab meat, inspect it for any shells or sharp bits, then combine into the mixture. Add the crab meat and panko with a rubber spatula; gently fold the mixture as to not to shred the crab meat. Mix just until the ingredients come together – be sure that you don’t overwork the mixture.
- Shape the crab mixture into 6 crab cakes (each about ½ cup) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Allow the cakes to set in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Bring a large nonstick pan to medium heat and add canola oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cakes and cook each side until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Be careful as oil may splatter. Season the cakes with salt right when they come out of the pan and serve right away with tartar sauce and a squeeze of lemon.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until it comes together. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef 
The Week on Wall Street
Stocks turned in a mixed performance last week as investors struggled with headlines suggesting that the Fed was unlikely to soon ease up on its current monetary tightening policy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.13%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 0.36%. The Nasdaq Composite index picked up 2.15% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 0.23%. 1,2,3
Ahead of Friday’s employment report, stocks were generally higher, highlighted by a Wednesday rally triggered by fresh earnings surprises and a better-than-expected economic report. The rally was especially notable because it occurred when multiple Fed officials said that the fight against inflation hadn’t ended, perhaps throwing cold water on the idea that the Fed might pivot due to weakening economic activity and the prospect of cooling inflation.
Aside from this single day of enthusiasm, markets were a bit jittery, especially as investors monitored Speaker of the House Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. A robust employment report on Friday reinforced the idea that the Fed would likely stay the course on monetary tightening, resulting in a mixed market for the week.
The U.S economy added 528,000 jobs in July, doubling the consensus expectation of 258,000. The unemployment rate ticked lower, falling from 3.6% to 3.5%. Coincident with this job creation was strong wage growth, as average hourly earnings rose 0.5% in July and 5.2% from a year ago. 4
Leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and healthcare lead the way in reported job gains, as seen in most sectors of the economy. Even sectors such as construction, particularly vulnerable to rising interest rates, saw job gains. The labor force participation rate moved slightly lower, slipping to 62.1% — its lowest level this year. 5
THE WEEK AHEAD
KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Wednesday: Consumer Price Index (CPI). Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index. Factory Orders
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Producer Price Index (PPI)
Friday: Consumer Sentiment
Source: Econoday, August 5, 2022
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COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Monday: Dominion Energy, Inc. (D), Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN)
Tuesday: Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)
Wednesday: The Walt Disney Company (DIS)
Thursday: Illumina, Inc. (ILMN)
Source: Zacks, August 5, 2022
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