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Volatility, which creates sudden changes in the prices of investment assets, can appear unexpectedly. 

People who’re planning to retire must protect themselves from volatility even if they’re not investing in the stock market. Economic recessions and crashes cause all financial markets to lose value, so volatility can negatively impact your retirement and delay your potential of living a life without hard labor. 

Investors around the globe are looking for ways to protect their portfolios due to 2020’s economic uncertainty. One sure way to protect your retirement account from volatility is to reduce or eliminate investments that have high risks. Reconsider your investments in businesses, stocks, or homes if you want to ensure that your retirement funds are there when you need them. Here are four tips that protect your future retirement should markets become volatile:

Avoiding Your Social Security
Keep your Social Security as part of your retirement plan, but consider it as a “secondary option” should financial markets experience major calamities. By waiting until age 70, you give yourself the best chance of receiving payments from Social Security that closely matches what you made while employed.

Using Annuity Insurance
Insurance agencies offer annuities as retirement funds that you can build over time. Many investors turn to annuities when markets become volatile, and these investors, like with an IRA, build their funds up until the time of maturity. Annuities can be a great aid to you if you can wait during a maturity period of roughly ten years.

Getting Dividend Payments Through Stocks
Stocks are considered risky investments, but stocks that pay out dividends can lessen the financial damage that you incur during a volatile recession. You can expect dividends to be paid out every business quarter or annually. Companies that pay $5 in dividends, for example, will pay this amount times the number of shares you own. 

Allocating Your Savings for Monthly Use
The more volatile that financial markets become, the more likely you’ll need to rely on your current savings as a way of protecting your retirement accounts. “Bridging” is what people who’re preparing for retirement do in order to supplement their incomes until they officially retire. By bridging, you enable yourself to calculate how much you can take out from your savings until your retirement funds are released.