Investment is a popular way to supplement a retirement fund, and investments can even be used as income when you stop working. Because of this, it’s important that you look at all of your investment activities as part of your retirement planning. To have confidence going into retirement, you will need to be well prepared with enough savings and a robust investment portfolio that allows for continued income generation.
Here’s what the most successful investors do ahead of retirement…
Create a Budget, No Matter Your Financial Situation
There are many who go through life without maintaining a budget. Even if you stay in the black with money left over each month, you could still use a budget to streamline your finances and create more opportunity for savings and investments.
Maintain a tight budget and automate your outgoing payments. When you develop the habit of sticking to a budget you will be more mindful of what you do with your money. Smarter spending means more money saved or invested for your retirement.
Go into Retirement Without Debt
Your income will drop significantly when you stop working. Even if you can make enough from ongoing investments, it’s still not advisable to go into retirement with existing debt. The only real exception would be a mortgage, which should be approaching the end of term as you enter retirement.
Balance Savings with Risk Based Investments
You should be saving more and saving now! It’s never too early to start saving, whether it’s into a 401k, or even a long term Certificate of Deposit that can grow your wealth with absolutely no risk of losing your money. Investments alone are not enough to carry you through retirement, no matter how diversified and ‘safe’ your portfolio is.
The sooner you start saving, the earlier you’ll gain confidence when you start to think about retirement.
Diversify Investments and Minimize Risk
When you’re younger, riskier investments can be exciting. As long as you’re not using money that you don’t have to lose, then the worst that can happen is that you lose the investment and learn a lot about the market in the process.
As you get older, you need to minimize risk and invest in a way that gives you greater exposure. A world equity stock fund is one suggestion that would give you market exposure to key stocks around the world, minimizing the risk and potentially allowing for larger gains. Consolidating investments to more affordable managed funds is also advisable as you head towards retirement.
A comfortable retirement is all about planning. The steps are not complicated, and things will be much easier when you make changes earlier in life. A well planned and diversified inve
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