Start planning for retirement today
You may have an idea of what you want to do once you retire from the workforce. But have you thought about how much income you will need to fund your retirement?
Whatever your retirement goals look like, we are here to help you reach them. With a little planning today, you can be financially prepared for retirement.
How do I plan for retirement? (3:34 minutes)
Retirement is a very personal choice and means different things to different people. Our finances and personal situation will play a part in the decision making process. However, it may also be influenced by factors that can be outside our control, such as our health and work options.
When planning for retirement, it can be hard to know what questions to ask or where to go for help. As you move towards this life change, gaining a better understanding of what's involved can help you manage your finances and make more informed decisions. Talking to your family and friends about your priorities can also help clarify your retirement priorities.
Working out your living costs in retirement is an important step in helping you to know what you can afford. It may also help you decide whether you want to initially reduce your working hours to part-time to help your retirement savings last longer.
Thinking about when you're looking to retire is also important as it'll help you understand what actions you can take to maximize your retirement planning. Retirement income, for many people, will be a combination of the Age Pension and their superannuation savings. Knowing what government benefits are available to you and when you can access and maximize them can be really helpful.
The Financial Information Service is a free government service available to assist with any questions you may have about government benefits. You can call them on Centrelink's Older Australians phone line 132 300, and they're open Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Superannuation can be accessed in several ways, including lump sum withdrawals and income streams. How and why you decide to access your super may depend on your retirement plans, along with your age and eligibility to access your retirement savings.
When considering retirement planning, the options can sometimes be overwhelming. Our Education Hub provides dedicated articles to help you build your knowledge and make informed decisions. The articles cover all phases of retirement planning, such as Planning for Retirement and Super in your Fifties, along with What Should I Do With My Super at Retirement?
There are also tools and resources available to assist you with your retirement planning. For example, if you'd like to know when you can access your superannuation and the Age Pension MoneySmart's Super and Pension Age calculator can help. If you're thinking of boosting your super savings before retirement, tools such as MoneySmart's Super Contributions Optimizer could also be useful.
For more information on retirement planning, our Wealth Concierge team can give you complimentary general advice or refer you to a financial planner for personal advice. To get in touch, make an online inquiry through our website or drop in and see us at your local Bendigo bank branch. Or if you already have a financial planner, you can simply contact them and ask for some personal advice.
So, whether retirement is around the corner or in the distant future, here are our top tips to help you be retirement ready.
1. Work out when you want to retire
This is an important place to start. You may want to wait until you can access the Aged Pension. On the other hand, you may choose to retire earlier and access your super if eligible as a lump sum or as an income stream.
2. What does retirement look like for you?
Retirement is different for everyone. Some retirees have few outgoings, whereas others have a more expensive post-work lifestyle.
Regardless of what you have planned, it’s helpful to think about what annual income you’ll need to fulfil your retirement ambitions.
The table below provides benchmarks for the yearly household budgets and living standards for those aged around 67.
|Modest lifestyle||Comfortable lifestyle|
Table courtesy of ASFA (The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Ltd), accurate as of March quarter 2023.
3. Are you on track to reach your goal?
How much super do you have and how much income can it pay you in retirement?
A retirement planner can help you find the answers. It’s also important to consider if you’ll have other sources of income at retirement. This may include investments such as property.
Additionally, it’s vital to include a review of your debts and whether you will be able to pay them off prior to retirement.
4. Put a plan into action
If there is a gap between what you are likely to have in retirement, compared to how much you will need, create a plan.
In some cases, there are ways to get you closer to retirement and grow your super. Consider making additional contributions to your super, repaying your debts earlier, or investing some of your savings.
Retirement planning can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. And it’s never too early to start thinking about this phase of your life.
If you would like to discuss your retirement plans, get in touch with our wealth specialist team. They can assist you to maximise your retirement income by providing expert help with investments, cash flow and superannuation.
For more helpful advice, check out our Education HUB.
A Wealth specialist can help guide you. Make an enquiry today.
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Things you should know
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