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4 Legs of Retirement Income

Financial advisors used to refer to retirement income as a “three-legged stool.” This meant that the stool was supported by:

  • (1) Social Security benefits,
  • (2) an employer pension plan or other employer-sponsored plan and
  • (3) personal savings/investments. Today, retirement income is less reliable because fewer employers offer pensions, and employees have not been able to save as much due to stagnant wages and high levels of debt.

One approach to building a retirement income strategy today is to visualize it as a “four-legged stool.” This is comprised of the three components mentioned above, plus a guaranteed income annuity. To create that fourth leg, an individual may need to reposition a portion of funds from other retirement accounts. However, while the retirement stool may be shorter than in years’ past, that fourth leg can help offer a bit more stability and confidence in your retirement income plan.


The content provided here is designed to provide general information on the subjects covered. It is not, however, intended to provide specific legal or tax advice.  Contact us at info@securedretirements.com or call us at (952) 460­-3260 to schedule a time to discuss your financial situation and the potential role of investments in your financial strategy.

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Danielle Christensen


Danielle is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. As a Paraplanner, Danielle helps the advisors with the administrative side of preparing and documenting meetings. She is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict, with a degree in Business Administration and began working with Secured Retirement in May of 2023.

Danielle is a lifelong Minnesotan and currently resides in Farmington with her boyfriend and their senior rescue pittie/American Bulldog mix, Tukka.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys attending concerts and traveling. She is also an avid fan of the Minnesota Wild and loves to be at as many games as possible during the season!