Generally the first question most retirees ask when discussing their retirement is: “How long will my retirement savings last?”
People naturally want to be confident that their income streams and investment portfolios will provide adequate income for their life expectancy.
For individuals planning their retirement, lifestyle should be considered in the long-term wealth creation process. The sum of money that retirees accumulate during their working lives will drive their total retirement income and therefore influence their lifestyle choices. Once in retirement it becomes more unlikely that individuals will be able to ‘top up’ their capital base.
Changes in medicine have ensured that life expectancies are longer and all the evidence suggests that this trend will continue. The proposition that some of us will outlive our savings is not at all unrealistic.
One thing is almost certain – you will be relying on your retirement savings for the financial peace of mind to enjoy retirement. Those years between now and retirement are important for generating income to build your retirement savings or to top up your superannuation to reach those retirement goals.
The great news is that if you have reached your preservation age you can use a transition to retirement pension to access your superannuation as a non-commutable income stream while you are still working.
This may be particularly attractive if you have reduced your working hours and need to top-up your income to maintain your standard of living.
So the key is to plan ahead. This can help you make the most of the opportunities that are available and help you achieve financial security, reduce uncertainty and enjoy your retirement.
There are a range of issues you need to consider when you are planning for retirement including taxation, protection of your wealth and assets and how to structure your investments and make the right investment decisions.
For more information or to discuss your individual circumstances, please contact your Edwards Marshall Financial Solutions Advisor.
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