Investing in your fifties

Many young people neglect to plan for their retirement during their early working lives, arguing that they will take care of it later in life when they are earning a bigger salary. However, on the flip side of the coin, as people get older they assume that they must rebalance their portfolios into more conservative investments.

Luckily, most people are choosing to retire later in life.

If you have left investing in your retirement until later in life, there may be a risk in investing too conservatively (not enough exposure to growth assets like shares and listed property) as your investments need to continue to outperform inflation in retirement. Alternatively, you may be tempted to invest in very risky investment schemes. It is really important to construct portfolios which have clearly set out objectives that will be able to meet the targeted return before and after retirement.

How much income do you need per month? Will you need to buy a new car or fund a holiday? You need to know exactly what your retirement goals and dreams are. This will give you an accurate indication of how your assets have to be invested to cover these expenses. You need to be comfortable and knowledgeable about your retirement. You should know exactly how much money you can safely draw to enjoy your retirement without eroding your capital base.

One of the most important things to try and achieve by the time you retire is to be free of debt. You don’t want to be in the position where you have to settle a mortgage or other debt with retirement capital.

Just because you are retired it doesn’t mean you should stop working. Instead, you should re-focus your sights on a pursuit of happiness. People often still make money during retirement. With a lifetime of experience behind you it wouldn’t make sense to not stay busy. View this as the time you have been waiting for to do something you have always wanted to do, but felt like you never had the time to do. Who know, it may turn out to be a successful business venture.

If you need some help working out a retirement plan or would like to revise your current plan give me a call and we can work something out.