What are your retirement goals?
The concept of retirement means different things to different people. Whether it is the opportunity to travel, spend time with family, start a new project, or dabble in a mixture of all of the above, retirement is a time to enjoy and be free of financial stress. It can be a major life transition and we need to be honest about what our goals are and what trade-offs we are willing to live with. Even if retirement seems a while away, it is good to have a plan. Here are some tips to help you plan for retirement.
- Start saving early and consistently as every little bit helps. Compound interest adds up over time so the sooner you start the better.
- Calculate your retirement expenses to estimate your future needs: use some of the tools mentioned towards the end of the newsletter to calculate how much you might need in your budget and what your retirement income could look like.
- Diversification of the Scheme means your investments are not stored in one ‘basket’ and are not impacted by the performance of one company or industry.
- As an Employee Member you can make additional contributions to the Scheme and these are limited to deductions from your salary, except in very limited circumstances.
- The cost of living is a big topic currently so factor in inflation and how this might affect your long-term retirement income, some members choose to keep their savings in the Scheme even after leaving employment.
- Think about medical insurance implications.
- Regularly review and adjust your retirement plan as needed. The most common preference is to think about finances and insurance annually. Key calendar dates are a good reminder, such as the change of year.
- Members can also leave all or part of their benefit in the Scheme after leaving employment. There is a detailed factsheet available on the website for this.
This information has been prepared by Mercer (N.Z.) Limited for general information only. The information does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs.
20 March 2023