Investment Strategies for Retirement The slideshow presentation that you would like to view is too large for your current screen resolution. Click here to view to view the slideshow at full resolution. Launch Presentation » Share | Related Content 18 Years Worth of Days The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days? Social Security: Maximizing Benefits There are other ways to maximize Social Security benefits, in addition to waiting to claim them. Retirement Plan Distributions There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.