Looking towards the next eclipse: a financial strategy exercise.

New York Life | April 9, 2024

A father and daughter watching an eclipse

The next total eclipse visible from a large part of the United States won't be here for another 20 years, in August 2044. It's a long way off, but that timeframe offers a valuable perspective when considering your financial goals.

Where are you in your financial journey?

networking illustration

Fresh out of college: You might be focused on paying off student loans, establishing an emergency fund, and starting your career. Prioritize building a solid financial foundation and explore employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Piggybank illustration

Mid-career: Perhaps you're thinking about buying a home, starting a family, or saving for your children's college education. This is a time to focus on budgeting, debt management, and maximizing your retirement contributions.

Car that says 'just retired' on the back

Nearing retirement: Your priorities likely shift towards ensuring a comfortable retirement lifestyle. You might be saving for healthcare costs, finalizing your estate plan, or considering long-term care options.

The eclipse as a financial strategy tool.

Regardless of your life stage, the concept of the next eclipse in 20 years can be a springboard for financial planning:

Lightbulb illustration

Long-term goals: Thinking 20 years ahead forces you to consider your long-term financial needs. What kind of lifestyle do you envision in retirement? What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Calendar illustration

Prioritization: By acknowledging the extended timeframe, you can prioritize saving and investing strategies. Small, consistent steps now can make a significant impact two decades from now.

Rollercoaster illustration

Course correction: If your current financial trajectory doesn't align with your long-term goals, the eclipse serves as a reminder to course-correct. Explore ways to increase your income, reduce your expenses, and optimize your investments.

It's never too early (or too late) to plan.

Even if you don't expect to witness the next eclipse, financial planning remains crucial.

Pencil illustration

Estate planning: Ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

gift giving illustration

Gifts for loved ones: Consider gifting strategies to reduce your taxable estate and support future generations.

Person sitting on a yoga mat illustration

Long-term care planning: Explore options for financing potential future care needs.

The next eclipse may be far off, but  taking control of your finances today will ensure a brighter future, no matter your timeline.


Go back to our newsroom to read more stories.

Media contact

Kevin Maher
New York Life Insurance Company
(212) 576-7937