Medical advances and better health means people are now living longer than ever – placing an even greater importance on planning correctly for retirement. Having strategies in place to help build your retirement savings as much as you can before you retire is an important step towards helping to ensure you enjoy your retirement years.
It’s hard to look ahead when you’re in one of the most expensive and work intensive times of your life – with mortgage payments, family expenses and work pressures being top priorities for most people. However, it’s important to consider what you want your retirement years to look like so you can start planning now.
Ask yourself what you want – do you want to downsize, move to the beach or the bush, hit the road in a caravan or spend time travelling to see family? These activities sound great but they won’t come easily for many unless they are planned and worked for.
Once you know what kind of lifestyle you would like you can then look at how much this will practically cost you and what you will need to do to make it happen. Now is a good time to do a review of your financial situation so you know where you’re starting from. Here are a number of things to look at:
Once you’ve done a review you might find you need to play ‘catch up’ with your superannuation or savings to make sure you have enough to retire with the lifestyle you have in mind. If you are at the peak of your earning potential now might be a good time to put money away for your retirement. A financial planner can help you with this.
Planning for retirement can be a daunting process, some may even find it stressful without the help of a professional. Now is the time to consider talking to a professional financial planner to help you review your situation and strategies moving forward. A financial planner can provide you with strategies to help make your ideal retirement a reality.
Heritage has teamed up with Bridges, one of Australia’s largest, national financial planning and stockbroking organisations. To find out more visit Heritage’s financial planning hub.