What’s missing from this retirement picture?

You’ve done what you’ve always considered a good job saving for retirement. Following the suggestions of your financial planner, you began paying yourself first, putting away 10 percent of your earnings at a relatively young age, maxing out your employer matches and then some. You have remained faithful to this process, resisting the urge to withdraw money for emergencies, kids’ college, first home purchase, etc. You took advantage of dollar cost averaging and, in the process, have built up a reasonable nest egg; one that is larger than you ever dreamed possible, but it still seems vaguely inadequate. In addition, you managed to pay off your mortgage and eliminate your debt, just like the financial gurus on TV have told you to do.

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