Retirement Tools for Soon-To-Be Retirees

John Jellinek
2 min readJul 13, 2020


Retirement is a complex issue for many Americans. Numerous factors go into making the choice of when to retire. Some of which often include:

  • Age
  • Amount of Social Security one is eligible for
  • Savings
  • Health

Luckily, there are many online tools to help.

In addition to seeking out professional financial planning services, these tools are useful for those deciding on retirement options:

  1. AARP:

Answering questions about things like savings and income allows AARP to show users the optimal time to retire.

2. Bankrate:

This tool uses variables such as annual savings and income amounts that users can change to see how their potential retirements may be influenced. It can help users put their financial habits and goals into perspective for themselves going forward. This will assist users in making the most beneficial choices when it comes to their retirement.

3. Medicare:

Having access to healthcare after retirement is an important consideration. This tool shows users what their eligibility status is and possible premium amounts. Users may find, for example, that it’s better for them to wait longer so that they may be eligible for the maximum amount of coverage later down the road.

4. NerdWallet:

Financial considerations are crucial in choosing when to retire. This tool is able to help users see objectively if they are able to retire in the manner they hope to. Having a firm grasp on their financial situation can help people understand the risks and rewards of retiring at certain stages of their lives.

5. Networthify:

This tool uses numerous factors to tell its users when they will be able to comfortably retire. Factors Networthify will take into account include things like annual income, annual savings, and one’s current expenses and financial obligations. Users can see where they may save money and possibly fast track their objectives.

6. SmartAsset:

SmartAsset takes users’ financial goals into account, assisting with retirement planning by looking at different variables and allowing them to see how near or far they are from their target.

7. Social Security Benefits Analysis:

Users can utilize this tool to show them in black and white what their benefits would be if they were to retire early or later on in life. With this information, they can decide whether or not it would be worth it to retire earlier, or wait a little bit longer to reap all possible benefits.

Originally published at on July 13, 2020.



John Jellinek

John Jellinek is the President of the private equity investment firm Jelco Ventures, Inc. John Founded the company in 1971 |