So, you’re getting older. An inevitable part of life, it’s a time in which you’ll have to make big changes. From having to invest in products such as that offered by Men’s Liberty to getting your finances in order and your funeral plans, it might all seem very depressing.
But growing older doesn’t have to feel this way. It can be seen as a new and exciting chapter in your life filled with the opportunity to travel, to enjoy your hobbies and to have fun away from the requirements of the 9 to 5 job.
If you’re in your late 50’s, it could be time to start thinking about retirement. To get the process kickstarted, here are four things that you should keep in mind:
You’ll Need To Start Saving Early
Unfortunately, being able to retire comfortably isn’t a cheap thing to do. You will want to start saving and putting money away early. From putting money aside in your own accounts to signing up to a pension, there are ways in which you could gradually save those precious pennies throughout the years.
It’s vital that you don’t dip into your funds over time. As by doing so, you’ll only be causing yourself financial worry in the future – even if it benefits you in the present.
Many people also create investment portfolios. Listing the ways in which you can secure a long-term investment through your property to stock investments, it’s an essential document for millions of retirees.
When You Can Retire
This will very much depend on your location and your gender. In some countries, you can retire as young as 60, whereas in others it’s closer to 70. Over the years in many countries, the retirement age also changes due to a number of factors including to promote longer working careers due to a shortage of experience within that field.
It’s important that you know the age in which you’ll have to retire and to keep up to date with any changes within this. This will ensure that you have enough money saved and that you’re mentally prepared for when the change will happen.
How Much Money You’ll Get Each Month
This is a very important thing to think about and discover. You don’t want to find that you haven’t got enough money each month after all. You can add up all of the income by looking at:
- What social security benefits you get – found through the Social Security Administration Website.
- If you have a pension from either a current or past employer.
- If you receive funds from an annuity.
- The value of any real or intellectual property you own.
- How much you’ll need to pay in terms of distributions.
- Any money you’ve previously saved in any retirement savings accounts – e.g 401(k)s and IRAs.
- Any money you have in investment or savings accounts.
- The value of any other valuable property you have – e.g art, cars, etc.
How Much Tax You’ll Have to Pay
Unfortunately, even when you reach retirement you’ll have to pay tax. And although this can be lower than when you were working, it’s still something that you have to consider.
Many retirees forget about this, resulting in financial trouble later on in life. A good way to help guarantee this lower this, is by maximizing your tax-deductible contributions as soon as possible.
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