What you need to know about retirement

Traditionally, retirement involved leaving the workforce and slowing down to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life. But as changes occur with both life expectancy and the economy, retirement is also evolving.

Some people are opting or being forced to work during retirement for a variety of reasons. It is, therefore, important to make decisions about retirement early and then make plans on how to achieve these goals.

It is never too early to begin planning for retirement. A number of factors can come into play before and after retirement that can significantly affect your financial circumstances. 

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Pensions and government assistance are not guaranteed sources of income, so it’s wise to have contingency plans in place. During young adulthood, you should be focusing on organising finances and instituting a budget that allows for wise spending, saving, and investing.

It’s also imperative to manage debt to avoid excessive credit/loan balances. To begin preparing for retirement, people should save as much as possible each month.30s and 40s are typically your peak earning years.

This means that contributions to savings and investment accounts should also be at peak levels. Insurance policies are another integral part of retirement planning because these policies offer protection against loss.

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Generally, it’s optimal to purchase life insurance during your youth, before advancing age contributes to health issues. Life insurance will also help take care of surviving family members in the event of your death.

A will is also part of comprehensive retirement and estate planning. This instrument will outline the distribution of your assets after your death.

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In the 50s and 60s, you are getting closer to the traditional retirement age. By this time, you should begin reassessing goals to ensure that everything is on track to achieve the desired retirement plans.  

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