Six steps to protect your retirement finance
21 Jul, 2012 10:01a.m.
1. Watch out for frauds and misleading information
Every time you think of investing in a fund, look
out for any unachievable guarantees. There may be offers of irresistible high
return on your investment with low risks. Take this as a warning sign of a fraud.
Thigh returns is always associated with high risk. Opt for investments that is
reputable and has a good track record. Try to avoid high risk investments
2. Avoid pulling out your money
Market fluctuations are normal, so if there is a
drop do not go rushing to pull out your hard earned funds when markets are
down. Distract yourself and find something else to do with your time. Track
your funds at least once a month.
3. Review your asset allocation
The idea is that as you grow older, you need to
review your investments in terms of stocks and bonds. If you have no idea how
to go about allocating investments, a good rule of thumb is to invest percentage
of the money equal to your age in bonds and the remaining in stocks. Bonds may
be safer but relatively lower returns. Investment in real estate will be good
option. Always look out for the liquidity.
4. Check your contributions to your retirement fund
Make sure you are regular and do not go below your
minimum contribution amount when its time to pitch in that monthly savings.
Small drops make a big ocean, and your retirement pool needs to be big enough
to be able to sustain your lifestyle. Do not solely depend on your government
5. Watch your spending budget
Be frugal and be smart. Things are not getting
cheaper and you need to still look out for good deals while shopping for your
necessities.Tax rates are increasing, so make sure your wallet grows in the
same pace to sustain the same and a better lifestyle.
6. Plan on post retirement career
If you are currently reaching retirement age, thin
of taking up another career post retirement. It could be anything from starting
a business to taking up a position with lesser responsibilities. Look at it this way, you will enjoy what you are
doing and earn money by being productive with your time!
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