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Planning for retirement

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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.

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How do I plan for retirement?

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
Single $32,665.66 $51,278.30
Couple $46,994.28 $72,148.28

Table courtesy of ASFA (The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Ltd), accurate as of December 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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