Retirement means different things to different people. Whether you’re looking to continue to work in one capacity or another, embark on a new project or hang up the metaphorical suit for good, financial freedom allows you to choose the path you want to pursue.
Of course, retirement is not only about having the right financial plan in place (although it doesn’t hurt). It’s more important to recognise that a change in one area of your life means change in other areas too, whether that’s having more leisure or family time, setting up a new business or even relocating. Having a well-prepared retirement plan, can give you options and flexibility as to how you can achieve your goals.
Whatever retirement looks like for you, it’s important to review your situation and make plans now, so that you have the freedom to enjoy the time when it comes, however you choose to fill it.
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Planning for retirement: LIFE considerations
It’s important to think about the long term. This includes big questions such as where you want to live, how you want to spend your time and what you want to achieve, either for yourself or others.
To ensure you can make the most of your retirement you should understand what you expect to need in terms of income and at what time in life. Look across your potential sources of retirement income and consider if they are likely to meet your expectations and needs. A Wealth Planner can help you build a cashflow forecast to model your retirement and help you understand the options you may have available.
Your retirement won’t just affect you and it’s important to consider your loved ones. Your family situation may well change over the course of your retirement, including changes due to death or divorce, or perhaps welcoming new partners and possibly even grandchildren.
Financial independence gives you the freedom to continue to work, retire, or find a middle ground when it suits you. Whether it’s more of the same or something new, be sure to fill your retirement with the things – and people – you love.
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Retirement is a very personal stage of your life. Yes, there are other people in your life who get a say, but your retirement should feel like a reward and a time to enjoy what’s important to you. Questions you might want to consider:
- What does a dream holiday look like?
- How much time do you want to spend with family?
- What matters the most to you?
Life beyond work
For many people work offers a sense of purpose and structure to their day. Suddenly losing our regular routine can make even the most well-planned of us feel a bit uncertain. Whether you have grand plans or more modest ambitions for your retirement, it’s worth asking:
- Do you want to plunge into a big new project immediately, or perhaps take some time to reflect and adjust into your new lifestyle?
- How do you intend to structure your day, and future years?
- Do you already have a passion, or do you want to explore something new?
Many people find that their expenditure in early retirement can be significantly different than pre-retirement. When thinking about the finance you need throughout retirement, be sure to consider:
Typical annual income
By mapping out your proposed cash flow, you can visualise when you might have a future income shortfall, what gaps there may be in your plan and how your assets could come into play at key times.
Big ticket items
Be sure to factor in some flexibility so even if something comes out of the blue, your finances can accommodate that eventuality.
“What if” scenarios
It’s always worth considering how you’ll be impacted by big events and how best to protect those you love.
In terms of income generation in retirement, the options available today are far more varied than they’ve ever been. Consider the following steps before making any decisions:
What assets do you have?
Complete a full review of your current financial situation – consider the various savings, pension pots, investments, ISAs and other assets.
What do your outgoings look like?
it’s a great idea to look forward and project your cash flow expectations throughout your retirement.
Tax efficient savings
There are several ways to save and invest in a tax efficient manner and if you’ve not made the most of them yet, some tax allowances and exemptions may well be impactful on your net position.
Investing for future income or access to capital
Professional investment managers can help you build a diversified investment portfolio designed to meet your anticipated cash flow requirements.
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Prepare for your retirement by booking a consultation with one of our experienced and qualified wealth planners now. We are delighted to offer an initial consultation at our expense, with a fee only being charged if any advice is formalised.