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Planning for retirement can be tricky.

myOrangeMoney™ will show you the future monthly income you may need and your progress toward that goal. All we need are answers to five simple questions:

How is myOrangeMoney™ calculated?+
  1. What is the purpose of myOrangeMoney™?
    myOrangeMoney™ is designed to give you a simple and actionable view of your retirement income needs and your current progress towards meeting those needs whether in 5 years or 40 years. Our goal is to make sure you know where you stand regarding your readiness to retire and to ensure that you know how to improve your outlook.
  2. How is my retirement income goal determined?
    To start, your retirement income goal is set to equal 70% of your current annual pre-tax pay as provided by your employer or input/edited by you. This is why we ask you to enter your salary the first time you use myOrangeMoney™. This number is an estimate of the income you may need in retirement to maintain your standard of living. This number represents an accepted standard in the financial services industry and should only be viewed as a starting point for your retirement planning. Every individual's needs are unique.

    The reason 100% of your pre-retirement income may not be required to maintain your standard of living in retirement is because your expenses may change when you stop working. Some expense may go down or away, such as taxes and work related expenses, while some may go up, like health care costs and money you spend on new hobbies or activities. Some examples of expenses that typically go down:

    • Social Security and Medicare tax (FICA). This currently accounts for 7.65% of annual pay for most people
    • Annual Savings for Retirement are no longer needed. Depending on your savings rate and pay, this could equate to 14% of annual pay.
    • Tax efficiencies associated with drawing a lesser income overall (~2%)
    • Living expenses and spending habits typically drop over the course of a 30 year retirement equating to a 5-15% reduction in annual spending. *
    * Research shows that individuals' consumption gradually drops over the course of a 30 year retirement, even though health care costs typically increase as a percent of overall consumption.
  3. Are retiree health care costs included in my goal?
    The default 70% replacement income assumes coverage of all retiree expenses including retiree health care costs.
  4. Why do you need my date of birth?
    Your date of birth is needed to calculate your future retirement income estimate, which is based on the estimated growth of your assets between now and the time you intend to retire.
  5. How do you calculate the progress towards my goal?
    • Your retirement income may be made up of several components that we have estimated on your behalf. Your progress is graphically represented in a visual dollar bill progress display. These estimates are hypothetical and for illustrative purposes only and do not represent current or future performance of any specific investment. All investments carry a degree of risk and past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Generally speaking, the greater the return, the greater the risk.
    • The illustration presented identifies your monthly retirement income need ("goal") as a percent of your current pre-tax pay. Your estimated monthly retirement income may come from multiple sources: your future retirement account balance (including ongoing contributions by you and/or your employer), pension benefits, Social Security retirement benefits, and other retirement income you identify. A shortfall is presented if your monthly goal amount is estimated to exceed your estimated monthly income. A surplus is presented if your monthly goal amount is estimated to be less than your estimated monthly income. These estimates follow generally accepted financial calculations, as well as requirements set forth by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
    • The investment rate of return is assumed to be constant during the period in which your assets accumulate. Monte Carlo probability analysis, which considers the volatility of investment returns over time, is not used in the analysis.
    • Your assumed rate of return for the purposes of this tool is defaulted to 6%. You may adjust the Investment Style slider based on your personal selected investments, however it is essential that you accurately model this return in order for the estimate we provide to be valid. Please note that generally, the greater the return, the greater the risk associated with achieving that return.
    • Contributions per paycheck are assumed to be made at the beginning of each pay period and increase annually at a rate equal to the stated salary increase rate. Contributions are assumed to grow by the stated investment rate of return until your stated retirement age is reached. Contribution amounts are constrained each year by the lesser of Plan or IRS limits. It is assumed that no additional contributions are made after the stated retirement age is reached.
    • Monthly Employer contributions (if applicable) can be accommodated in this tool by adding those contributions to your total monthly savings amount. Employer contributions are assumed to grow by the stated investment rate of return until your stated retirement age is reached.
    • Your current account balance in your retirement plan(s) and current balances in other retirement assets you identify (e.g., an IRA), are assumed to grow by the stated investment rate of return selected on the slider until your stated retirement age is reached.
    • Social Security benefit estimates are based on the Social Security Administration's Primary Insurance Amount table which defines Social Security retirement benefits at the normal retirement age. In order to provide an estimate, your earnings history is approximated using your current age, retirement age, annual salary, and annual salary increase. Under most circumstances, Social Security retirement benefits cannot be collected prior to age 62. For illustrative purposes, if your stated retirement age is less than age 62, benefit estimates that would be available starting at age 62 are displayed. Benefit estimates have been adjusted for early or delayed retirement. Due to the complexity of calculating future benefits, these are merely estimates that provide a general range of benefits. More precise benefit estimates are available from the Social Security Administration.
    • If you provide a monthly pension benefit estimate for a specific retirement age, and subsequently provide a new retirement age, you should update your benefit. Also note that monthly pension benefit estimates must be entered in today's dollars.
    • Retirement income estimates for your current account balance, future contributions, employer contributions (if applicable), and other assets set aside for retirement are for illustrative purposes only and are not guaranteed. Income estimates assume you make a lump sum purchase of a single life immediate annuity at retirement which would pay you a level income amount each month as long as you live. Using this annuity assumption allows us to translate your projected retirement portfolio into terms that are similar to other retirement income sources like Social Security or any pension benefits. The estimated income amount shown is the income you would receive at retirement in terms of today's dollars. Note that inflation will erode your spending power over time. The projected amount of the annuity income payment is based on the combination of the Society of Actuaries' Annuity 2000 Basic Mortality Table and recent Immediate Annuity interest rates from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) (http://www.pbgc.gov/prac/interest/ida.html), a federal agency created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Please keep in mind that this approach to generating your income estimate does not constitute a recommendation to purchase an annuity at retirement. Each individual's retirement needs are different so an annuity purchase may or may not make sense for you.
    • These estimates illustrate retirement needs for a single person and do not take into account spousal or beneficiary information.
    • Stated retirement age is capped at age 80. If you plan to work after this age, enter income as "outside assets" to be reflected in your future income estimate.
    • A 3.00% annual inflation rate is assumed.
    • Neither Federal nor State income taxes have been factored into the illustration.
    • All calculations adhere to IRS code.
    No representations, warranties or guarantees are made as to the accuracy of any projections or calculations. Neither ING Life Insurance and Annuity Company nor ING Institutional Plan Services, LLC shall be liable for any damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way connected with your use of this calculator. This information does not serve, either directly or indirectly, as legal, financial or tax advice and you should always consult a qualified professional legal, financial and/or tax advisor when making decisions related to your individual tax situation.
  6. How do you know what my Assumed Rate of Return/Investment Style is?
    The rate of return (the money your investments earn) for the purposes of this tool is set to 6% (a 6% rate of return is a standard industry default for a moderately conservative investor. When coupled with a 3% inflation rate, this equates to a 3% real rate of return). You may adjust this rate based on your style of investing and/or if you feel your own investments' rate of return will be higher or lower than the 6%. Here's a tip: look for an average long-term rate of 5 or more years, if possible, since retirement investing is generally done over many years. If you do adjust the Assumed Rate of Return/Investment Style slider based on your own expectations of a return, it is essential that you make an accurate selection in order for the estimate we provide to be valid. Please note that generally, the greater the return, the greater the risk associated with achieving that return.
  7. How do I include my spouse's/partner's income in the goal?
    myOrangeMoney™ does not currently have specific spouse/partner features.
  8. Can I use this tool if I do not have a current income?
    No. This tool is designed to calculate your retirement income goal based on a percent of current income. Without a current income, it will be unable to calculate a goal.
  9. Can I use this tool if I am in retirement?
    No. This tool is designed to calculate your retirement income goal based on a percent of current income. Without a current income, it will be unable to calculate a goal.