Retirement planning is not a subject many people take seriously. But it is a very important matter because it is a life event that is as sure as death.
For instance, many young people think that only the old ones should be thinking about how they would live after retirement. As a result they fail to take the right steps to start saving early enough for the day they will be too weak to work.
One study revealed that less than 40% of the working population do retirement calculations. Retirement calculation helps you know the amount of money you need to save for retirement. Any wonder that there is a growing number of senior citizens who survive on public support.
The need to plan how you earn and live during the period when your bones can no longer handle your working tools cannot be over-emphasized.
In this post, we will be taking you through some ways you can start planning for retirement. There are certainly not rocket science tips but literally things we look at every day in our financial lives.
You can start putting them into action for a better financial life. Being financially stable after retirement might seem almost impossible but the fact remains that, it doesn’t happen in a day. It takes conscious planning and implementation to achieve a stable financial life after retirement.
Follow these tips if you want to retire well
#1. Saving is everything
Saving is the very first crucial thing you have to start doing. No amount is really too small. Having a stable financial life after retirement starts with every penny you start saving now. You need to set a savings plan and judiciously stick to it.
Make the effort to save monthly into a designated account. This might not come easy as you might be less on cash for some months, but you really need to stick to your monthly saving plans. Saving is definitely the first step you have to take if you desire a stable financial life after retirement.
#2. Identify your retirement needs
Retirement could become frustrating if you didn’t have a plan down of exactly what you want after your life’s work. The process starts with saving but surely extends to knowing what part of your life requires your funds more.
Take for instance an individual who had his first child 5 years before retiring. Of course, his retirement plans will include the future of his child. As compared to an individual who before 5 years to his retirement, his/her kid are independent, or compared to someone without any child at all.
Different needs, therefore, vary individual to individual. The bottom line here is to know what exactly your needs are before retirement. Doing so means you are only a few steps away from being ready for life after retirement.
Now you have your savings and you know exactly what your needs are after retirement, let move to the next step of planning for retirement.
#3. Partake in your company employer’s retirement saving plans
Most companies all over the world have the employer’s retirement saving plan. You really should not think twice about it, but join immediately the opportunity comes knocking. But first, you need to make sure you get all the necessary information needed before you partake in any savings plan.
You need to know the various range of amounts that can be contributed and the possible time you will get back your savings.
This usually takes about the number of years you’d want to spend working for such a company. Get all the necessary information needed and start saving up immediately. The earlier you begin saving the better. The long term return of your savings will be worth it.
Every amount saved now is purely Gold in the future.
#4. Partake in the company pension plan
Most companies have a pension plan.
You need to make inquiries and know if the employer has any traditional pension plan in place. If they do, then you need to out rightly partake in it. You need to know if it covers you and how it works.
Go further and inquire what the benefits are. What would you get at the end of the day? All these questions are very crucial to understanding how the whole process works. Don’t forget to also inquire if it covers your spouse as well.
#5. Get basic investment knowledge
A large part of your saving process could include investing in different sectors and securities. You need to get the right set of investment knowledge before knowing where to put your money.
Some sectors are great for investing while some might not be doing well at the moment. Diversifying your investment funds into different sectors and security is the best form of investment out there. This way the risk of loss is drastically reduced and you’d gain more in the long term than the short term. Get that investment knowledge and move to the next step.
#6. Transfer of retirement savings
If by chance you happen to want to leave a particular company for another, you need to be diligent on getting the right information on how to transfer your savings to your new company plan.
Touching your initial savings could mean losing both principal and interest. And that certainly wouldn’t be nice, as you might not gain anything additional in all your years of saving. Sadly you may also lose certain tax benefits you’d have gained. It is therefore advisable you do not touch your current employer savings plan.
#7. Suggest a retirement savings plan
Again as said above, not all employers offer retirement saving plans. If you happen not to, it is advisable you suggest a retirement saving plan to your employer. There is quite a different type of plan you both can work on. Whichever one picked should suit both parties involved.
#8. Save into an individual retirement account
It only gets better if you can save some of your savings into an individual retirement account. You can start with $6,000 or a lower amount. Whichever you choose, you just need to make sure you remain consistent with it.
Individual retirement account (IRA) in most countries of the world does offer some form of tax advantage. But it offers one of the best options for planning for retirement. It is effective and could really turn out profitable. It can be set up in a way that a fixed amount automatically gets transferred from your savings account to your individual retirement account.
#9. Examine your risk tolerance
It is sad but the truth is, there is some level of risk associated with investing your money. You need to adequately assess your risk tolerance to your investment goal.
You need to know which sector is likely to create more loses and which is likely to get you more gains in the long run. Carry out this analysis and look for possible solutions. Losing all your money would certainly not be nice.
#10. Get answers
You are at a pivotal point in your life. Again retirement is nice but is quite scary if not properly planned for. You need to at this stage ask all questions there is to ask. You need answers and that’s is only gotten by asking. Talk to experts, your lawyers, banks, your employer, and literally everyone who is instrumental to your funds.
Ask all the necessary questions and get the needed answers.
When Should You Start Planning for Retirement?
The earlier you start planning you you live after retirement the better. I tell you, start immediately you leave college and start earning a living. This period for most people is when they are in their 20’s.
The benefits for starting early is that it less stressful to save when you are younger than when you are much older. For instance, if your target is to have $100,000 when you are 60, the amount of money you will need to put aside monthly to achieve it will be lower if you started to save at age 20. Compare to what you will need to save monthly if you are starting at say, age 50.
All said, it is now left for you to act on the right information gotten. No amount of information will do you good if you do not ask for them.
You, therefore, need to start acting today for a better tomorrow. When the right information is being acted upon, you can be sure of getting the required results.
This is whishing you a stable financial life after retirement.