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Retirement Planning Geelong

Retirement – A phase many of us daydream about. Whether it involves spending more time with family, travelling the world, or volunteering for a cause we’re passionate about, one thing is certain: retirement costs money.

So, when should you take the plunge into retirement, and how much money is enough to comfortably retire on?

 

What Is the Best Age to Retire?

Ultimately, deciding when to retire is a highly personal choice. However, here are some key considerations:

Average Retirement Age: Of the 140,000 Australians who retired in 2020, the average age was 64.3. Most people still expect to retire in their mid-to-late- 60s.

 

Financial Factors

Your ability to finance retirement plays a crucial role. Key sources of income for retirees include:

 

Factors to Consider Before Retiring

 

But it is not just about the money

While the financial aspects of retirement are vitally important, it is not the only consideration. In many ways, and perhaps more importantly, the non-financial aspects need to be considered carefully. Ask yourself, and honestly answer the following questions:

 

How will you spend your time?

A couple of weeks in retirement will just feel like being on holiday, but how will you adjust to every week being like the weekend?

 

Will you suffer from irrelevance?

When people are working and are part of a workplace structure, they have a certain status that comes with the position they hold. They may be an expert in a particular field. However, in retirement, that status may simply evaporate.

 

Has your health called “full time”?

For some, the time to retire may be heralded by physical or mental health concerns. Perhaps either the brain or the body is no longer able to cope with the day-to-day pressure of work. Sadly, for some, this may be at a time much earlier than they would have liked.

 

Caring for others

The current generation of people entering retirement is sometimes referred to as the “sandwich generation”. They become the carers for their grandchildren and their older parents and relatives. While the need to care for others will often be the driver behind people deciding to retire, careful consideration needs to be given to incorporating plenty of time for yourself. You should not swap one full-time job for another (unpaid) full-time job.

 

While finances and other personal circumstances can dictate the right time to retire, merely retiring because you have reached some arbitrary age dictated by a bureaucrat somewhere in their ivory tower should not be an option. Remember, in Australia, there is generally no mandatory retirement age.

Retire on your terms and when it is best for you. Seek qualified, independent financial advice to tailor your retirement plan to your specific circumstances. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but thoughtful planning can help you transition into a fulfilling retirement phase.

 

The content within this blog has been sourced from our Licensee, Alliance Wealth’s blog ‘Realise Your Dream’.
https://blog.centrepointalliance.com.au/realiseyourdream/when-is-the-right-time-toretire
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