Retirement Planning Checklist: 5 Retirement Planning Steps to Secure Your Golden Years

Retirement Planning / 21.06.2022

Retirement Planning Checklist: 5 Retirement Planning Steps to Secure Your Golden Years

While retirement is a time that many people look forward to, especially if it is only a few years away, it can also be a daunting time if you don’t feel financially prepared.

Retirement planning is a process that is better done earlier rather than later. Your retirement savings and how much income you have coming in will ultimately determine your retirement lifestyle.

Many people go above and beyond to ensure that they’ll attain the quality of life they want in retirement. But you can enjoy retirement the way you’ve always dreamed of with personalised financial planning and a comprehensive retirement plan.

However, retirement planning is easier said than done.

It’s easy to get carried away with life and forget to think about your retirement income especially if retirement is 10+ years away.

But if you don’t plan for retirement now, your options in retirement may be limited.

To avoid making mistakes in your retirement plan and enjoy the dream retirement you deserve, follow our retirement planning checklist below!

#1 – Determine How Much Income You will Need in Retirement

It’s essential to determine your retirement income needs and make plans to ensure that they will be fulfilled. You can do this by looking at the income you receive today and more importantly, analysing what you are spending your money on.

Additionally, a financial planner can help you determine a more accurate number of how much income you may need to live the lifestyle you want in retirement.

Naturally, you wouldn’t want to run out of money in your golden years, so it’s crucial to understand how much your monthly expenses will be. You’ll need to consider how much of it will go to your living expenses and how much can be set aside for other things such as healthcare, travel, and leisure.

#2 – Prepare a Budget and Plan Your Retirement Income Streams

From having an understanding of your retirement expense needs, you must prepare a budget that will help you monitor your retirement income over the years. To do this, you must consider how much money is coming in and how much is going out every month.

Furthermore, it’s important to consider your future income and what this will look like once you reach retirement age. Consider your retirement income options such as:

  • Superannuation and an account based pension
  • Centrelink and the Australian Government Age Pension
  • Any money you have in savings and bank accounts
  • Investment income from investment property or other investment assets

#3 – Pay Down Your Debts

Most people plan to pay off all their debts before they reach their retirement however, that isn’t always possible.

It’s important to aim to be paying off your debts in the years leading up to your retirement. This can be done through an effective debt management plan.

Naturally, if you still have debts, this will affect your monthly retirement budgeting. However, if you’re able to pay off your debts in the years leading up to your retirement, you’ll be able to make your retirement income stretch much further.

#4 – Gain Access to Government Benefits and Maximise your Age Pension

As part of your retirement plan, consider how you can gain access to Centrelink benefits – particularly the age pension t supplement your other retirement savings.

If you’re eligible for government benefits during your retirement years, you must take advantage of these incentives.

Retirement Planning Advice from financial advisers can help you understand how to structure your investment and assets to ensure you maximise your age pension entitlements.

#5 – Keep an Eye on Your Investments

Before you retire, it’s a good idea to do a review of your current investments to ensure they are aligned with your goals and financial situation.

Your investments may include:

  • Your superannuation account
  • An investment property
  • A portfolio of shares

Retirement planning strategies can help you adjust your current investments to your retirement plan and ensure that you minimise the negative tax implications of your investments.

For example, investing in super before you retire can help you not only grow your retirement nest egg (ie. super balance), but you can potentially have access to tax deductions.

You can also choose to top up your contributions if you’re self-employed to make your savings grow faster.

Start Your Retirement Plan Today with Personal Financial Advice from TNR Wealth Management

Retirement planning with a financial adviser by your side can help you to get the most out of your retirement years and retirement savings.

Your retirement years must be spent enjoying the fruits of your hard work, whether you’re planning to travel the world, explore your hobbies, or spend time with your family.

TNR Wealth provides top-quality services for retirement planning in Byron Bay. Our financial planner offers tailored financial planning and retirement planning advice to retirees looking to make the most out of their golden years.

Our team of financial consultants will ensure that you’ll get the retirement you deserve with smart retirement planning strategies.

Reach out today and book a complimentary meeting with our financial adviser, Adam Wade. We’d love to work on your financial plan together to secure your future!

 

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