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5 Important Tips to Secure Your RetirementCareer Development December 17, 2015
You may be at the prime of your life now: great job, good friends, accolades here and there, a family that is very supportive.
What more can you wish for? Perhaps the more important question is, do you know where you are headed? More specifically, do you know how to prepare for retirement? One of the greatest mysteries in life is its unpredictability.
Sometimes even if you think you have fully prepared yourself for any eventuality, disaster can strike when you least expect it. While you may be at the top of your game now, it is critically important to start your retirement planning soon.
Now is the time to put some effort into planning your graceful exit from the world of productivity so that you can also enjoy the fruits of your decades-long labour. While it may be daunting to fully map your future, going through some of the tips we have listed here can help you better prepare for your golden years.
Tip No. 1 – Set a Goal
It is important that you have a goal so that it becomes a lot easier to identify what strategies you need to take in order to achieve them. The key to successful financial planning is in the establishment of highly specific and very realistic objectives.
Tip No. 2 – Be Prudent
You may be earning a lot now but you have to understand that it will soon cease. If you are living way beyond your means, then there is simply nothing left that can be saved for the rainy days. Sticking to a budget requires discipline. If you have to bankroll your retirement needs, do it.
Tip No. 3 – Invest in your Health
The sad fact of aging is that you become more vulnerable to degenerative conditions. You may be physically fit now but you simply cannot expect to stay that way until your twilight years. Investing in a sound health insurance now can save you and your spouse a few hundreds to thousands of dollars on health care costs during your retirement years.
Tip No. 4 – Factor Economic Forces in your Planning
The economy may be doing great now but as history will show, it does fluctuate, often in relation with other global events such as geopolitical changes and disasters, both natural and man-made. So you also need to consider any changes in the financial market and the economic infrastructure of the country in your planning.
Tip No. 5 – Consider Long-term Care
Whether you like it or not, at some point in your golden years, you will require long term care. Seven out of 10 retirees have been shown to need long term care. So you need to have this duly considered when planning for your retirement.
While we can have a long list of mistakes to avoid for retirement, it is very important for you to understand that it all begins with the awareness and recognition of this fact of life – that your productivity will come to an end someday. You cannot just keep working like you’re young for the rest of your life, it’s time to look back down the memory lane, relax and enjoy.
When that time comes, you deserve to be enjoying the fruits of your labour, not worrying till death about where to get your next meal. That is why they call it the golden years. Make sure to strive for that gold while you still can.
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