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Planning for retirement while you work

Norrenberger supports retirees’ plan for financial security

Most people planning towards their retirement start late, leaving issues about their retirement until the last few years of their working life. Leaving retirement planning till this stage is dangerous. Successful retirement planning is best achieved by starting early on in your career, and perhaps right at the beginning to be on the safe side.

Stanbic IBTC Pensions says retirement planning should start while you work. Under the new contributory pension scheme workers can actively participate in decisions regarding their retirement. From the choice of Pension Fund Administrator (“PFA”), to additional voluntary contributions and well planned withdrawal modes, workers can plan and ensure a safe and secure retirement. Other issues such as owning a home, taking life insurance policies, writing a Will, and setting aside towards your health care in retirement are issues that young workers should be concerned with.

Workers planning towards their retirement should also seek to monitor closely the performance and activities of their PFAs, and other financial advisors. Workers must be aware that the choice of a PFA is a serious decision that should be made after serious consideration. Many workers have chosen PFAs based on subjective reasons, and many others have simply followed the “band-wagon”, without proper enquiry. A proper enquiry into the PFA’s experience and track record in investment management, financial resources, quality of ownership and management as well as quality and transparency of customer service and reporting should be made before a choice is made. The law guiding the contributory pension scheme allows workers to switch PFAs at least once in a year without any reason, meaning that people who may have made sub-optimal decisions regarding the choice of PFA can easily and conveniently change to another PFA.

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Another issue in planning your retirement while you work revolves around changing jobs and redundancy. For the upwardly mobile worker, changing employers under the new contributory scheme poses no challenges at all. The RSA is portable, and all that will change is that your old employer would stop contributing, and your new employer will be informed of your account details, and will continue contributing on your behalf.

Taking an early retirement is also something that a lot of young workers consider today. People in very high energy professions like banking suffer burn outs and fatigue after years of working, and wish to retire at about 45 years or so to settle for a less demanding personal or family business. Decisions like this are becoming increasingly popular. People should plan adequately towards an early retirement, and where they want to run a private family business, should thoroughly research it, so that it doesn’t become another high-stress activity like their previous employment was.