• Thursday, May 23, 2024
businessday logo


Peeping into your future will help you plan better


Life while working is completely different from life after work. If you are not clear about this, go and ask your retired uncle, I am sure he will have a better explanation. It is important that as you approach your last years before retirement, you begin to peep into what that time will be like; you begin to have a picture of what your income at that period will offer you; what kind of life style you would be able to sustain at that period.

Getting clearer understanding of this will help you readjust you plan and avoid the shock of meeting what you did not expect. Here are a few steps to guide you planning.

Make a retirement budget that is practical 

It is essential that you plan your retirement budget in a practical way. If you have plans for going to luxury cruises, pampering yourself extensively, you should think twice. Make sure the budget you set is practical. Your expenses should not go past your income, which you get from pension. It is best to make the assessment before you give up your work. You can have a comprehensible idea about your necessary expenditure against your monthly income.

Allocating your assets: 

You need to take necessary precautions when you are allocating your assets. If you distribute all of your money reserves into assured investments like treasury securities, you may face the danger of finishing your income soon. So, try to distribute your savings in such a way that you do not run the risk of depleting all your earnings. You can try out procuring an allowance which will offer you assured income throughout your life. You can also opt for longevity insurance, if you like. If you are willing to take risks, you can allocate some of your assets to mutual funds or other equities. You can also invest in stocks and corporate bonds. Just like added risk, the income from these sources is also higher than fixed income sources.

Finish your debts before retirement: 

Debts are bad, even during your working period. If you have previous debts, try and get rid of them completely before you stop working. In absence of loan repayment, you will be able to save a lot of money. However, if you are unable to do so, try and refinance, which will help you to improve your cash flow after your retirement. This is one of the methods having the least risk associated with it.

Finally, effective planning of taxes: 

Having taxable accounts can help you to get a steady flow of income. This won’t have any extensive effect on the tax, which you need to pay. You can use your Roth IRA accounts for larger amount of withdrawals like paying off your loans. This will save you from paying extra taxes on your income. So, tax planning is also essential for saving your money, even after you retire.