Over time, with life expectancy and the cost of living rising, it could mean that some retirees are at risk of running out of pension income in later life. So what can you do to make sure that you have a big enough pension to meet your needs for the whole of your retirement?
To begin with, we all know when planning for retirement, the earlier we start saving and investing, the better off we’ll be, thanks to the power of our money compounding over time. And even if we start saving later in life or we’ve yet to begin, it’s important to know that we’re not alone and that there are steps that can be taken to increase our eventual retirement savings.
After years of hard work, retirement is an exciting period in life. You might be looking forward to taking more trips to sunnier climes, dedicating more time to a favourite hobby or spending more time with family and friends. However, to ensure that you are able to continue to pay the bills and live comfortably when you are no longer drawing an income, you need to start putting money aside as soon as possible. The thought of it may be daunting, and it can feel like an impossible mission.
The process of building a retirement pot typically involves a combination of consistent saving and long-term investments, but saving and investing for your retirement can look pretty different during your twenties versus your forties.
With discipline and determination, you can be on your way to a comfortable life after years of hard work. Building a retirement pot requires more certainty in your financial planning and less risk-taking. But first, you need to figure out how much you need in order to set a goal.
Retirement is personal and full of surprises, so it’s important to decide what you want yours to look like first, and then plan how to make it a financial reality. We’ve provided some tips to help boost your savings – no matter what your current stage of life – to enable you to pursue the retirement you deserve.
Setting up a retirement goal requires you to find out how much income you need when you have stopped working. To get an indication of this, use the following questions to help you:
Are you a ‘conservative’ investor who would not like to see the value of your savings go down?
Can you sacrifice the certainty of having your principal protected in order to gain higher potential earnings?
If you do not already have a large sum of retirement savings, you shouldn’t take too much risk when you invest, since you may not have the luxury of time to recoup any investment losses as you approach your retirement target age.
If appropriate, generally a bigger portion of your retirement pot can be apportioned for higher-risk investments if you start early in your career.
As you progress closer towards the retirement years, it’s usually prudent for your pension pot to focus increasingly on lower-risk investments or savings with the objective of providing more stable returns.
If you choose to save your way to retirement by putting cash into a savings account, the value of your money could potentially be eroded due to inflation. Therefore, in order to ensure that the money you have now preserves its purchasing power during your retirement years, you need to choose savings or investments that have the potential to provide you with higher returns.
While putting all your retirement savings into a bank account can be potentially risky, so too can investing all of your savings in shares. The key to growing your retirement fund will typically include having different asset classes in your portfolio, which is otherwise known as ‘diversification’. Diversification not only helps you manage the risk of your investments, but it also involves re-balancing your portfolio to maintain the risk levels over time.
It’s important to consider allocating your investments into products suitable for different investment horizons (short, medium and longer-term) depending on your risk appetite. For example, a long-term investment could include some riskier assets such as single equities or investing in a fast-growing speciality fund.
Building a retirement pot is a long process. By starting late, you may find that you need to set aside a larger amount for your retirement. This could reduce your current disposable income and may cause you to reduce your current quality of life.
Therefore, you’d want your retirement sum to be an affordable amount for your current lifestyle. We can work with you to help you take a look at your current commitments to make saving for your retirement a sustainable habit.