Avoid these common money traps to make sure you have enough put aside for a comfortable retirement.
When you’re in your 50s and 60s, you know you’ve worked long and hard for what you’ve achieved in life and probably have a fair idea of how you want to live in your future retirement. But it’s important not to become complacent and ignore the warning signs of not having enough money for a comfortable retirement.
Here are some common money mistakes and suggestions on how to avoid them:
One of the most common mistakes people make is to start using their super too early, such as when they reach their preservation age. This can leave a significant shortfall in retirement savings when you need it most.
To avoid falling into this trap, ask yourself:
If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, you can access the how much super do I need article from the AMP website. Utilise the AMP super simulator to work out how much you could save by making extra contributions to your super.
Another common oversight is not preparing well enough in advance for retirement. Learn about how to prepare for retirement and then start thinking about ways you can boost your retirement savings now.
One way to save more for retirement is to consider a transition to retirement strategy. If you are aged 55 + and are still working, you can either work less hours for the same income or work the same hours to give your super a tax-effective boost. Talk to us to find out if this strategy is right for you.
Some people think they will be able to survive on the Age Pension, but this will only provide a basic standard of living in retirement. If you want to be able to afford a few luxuries, such as a new fridge or the occasional holiday find out about saving for a comfortable lifestyle in retirement.
Be aware of any entitlements or what you can claim to stretch your dollar further in retirement. Find out now if you will be eligible for government benefits or other payments and visit the AMP website to find out how to make the most of your retirement entitlements.
Just because you’re nearing retirement doesn’t mean you should put your retirement savings at risk for the sake of higher returns. Make sure you have a diversified portfolio and are aware of things to watch out for when you are investing and retirement investment risks.
People in their 50s are sometimes referred to as the ‘sandwich’ generation where they’re tasked with looking after their own children, as well as their elderly parents. Visit the AMP website to read about how not to put your retirement plans at risk when the kids won’t leave home or to fund aged care options.
It’s no use building savings, if you still have financial pressure from other debts hanging over your head in retirement. Think about prioritising other debts before tackling your home loan debt, or consolidate all your debts into a home loan with a lower interest rate. Check out the AMP education module on paying off debt.
Having a valid, current and legally binding will removes the burden on loved ones and avoids any confusion after your passing about how you want your assets to be distributed. If you decide to make your own will, make sure it is checked by a solicitor, otherwise your beneficiaries may not be entitled to receive any of your estate.
Also, check your appointed executor knows exactly where your personal documents are kept and that they are aware of their responsibilities.
If you’d like help with any of these areas, start a conversation with us to discuss your personal circumstances.
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