Pre-retirement Tips

What are your retirement goals? The concept of retirement means different things to different people. Whether it is the opportunity to travel, spend time with family, to start a new project, or to dabble in a mixture of all of the above, retirement is a time to enjoy and be free of financial stress. It can be a major life transition and we need to be honest about what our goals are and what trade-offs we are willing to live with. Even if retirement seems a while away, it is good to have a plan. Here are some tips to help you plan for retirement:

  1. Start saving early and consistently as every little bit helps. Compound interest adds up over time so the sooner you start the better.
  2. Calculate your retirement expenses to estimate your future needs: use some of the tools on our website to calculate how much you might need in your budget and what your retirement income could look like.
  3. Diversification means your investments are not stored in one ‘basket’ and are not impacted by the performance of one company or industry.
  4. The cost of living is a big topic currently so factor in inflation and how this might affect your long-term retirement income. 
  5. Consider possible large expenses and health care treatments you may need after you retire.
  6.  Regularly review and adjust your retirement plan as needed. The most common preference is to think about finances and insurance annually. Key calendar dates are a good reminder, such as the change of year.

09 August 2023