How to optimise your retirement savings and retire richer.

Preparation can go a long way in ensuring you’re emotionally and financially ready for the road ahead, whilst it’s easy to be discouraged by superannuation and fear you will never have enough money saved to stop working, remember even a modest superannuation balance can make a big difference in retirement.

Making the most of your retirement savings is essential if you want to build a comfortable nest egg, here are a couple of tips on how to optimise and stretch your retirement savings:

  • Give it Time

Don’t delay!  An investor’s most valuable asset is time, and it’s never too early to start planning your retirement.  The longer your money has to grow, the more you’ll get out of aggravating returns.  

  • Every bit helps

Even if you can’t set aside a lot of money now, any amount you invest will have the chance to grow. Over time, even a small start can make a difference.  The more you can put into super before retiring, the more money you’re likely to have when you retire.

  • Minimize your fixed expenses

When you want to make your money last longer, it is imperative that you minimize your must-have expenses. These are the things that you really can’t go without – like food, shelter, and transportation.

  • Consolidate

If you have more than one super account, consider combining them to put all your money in one place – joining your accounts could save from paying multiple fees.

  • Craft a plan

Define your goal – a retirement plan doesn’t need to be daunting; it’s important to just get started.  Once you know where you are headed, it helps to get and stay on track to your retirement destination.  Having a robust spending plan will help you establish what you want to be able to afford in retirement.  From there, a financial planner can help you figure out what type of nest egg will be needed to support your dream retirement.

  • Don’t stop

While it is never too early to start making additional contributions to super, it is also never too late. Even small steps towards the end of your working life can and will make a difference to the way you live in retirement.

  • Save, save, and save!

The key factor in achieving a successful retirement is to save as much as possible during your working years.  Saving is a habit, and saving for retirement is no different. Integrate saving into your budget, even if it’s just a little bit, save as much and as often as possible. 

Our best advice to optimise your retirement and retire rich, is when it comes to saving for retirement is to start saving early, and add to your investment whenever you can afford to – Maximizing your retirement savings is about viewing your retirement holistically from the beginning.  The earlier you start, and the more consistent your planning, the more likely you are to build lasting wealth.

To maximise your retirement nest egg, be sure to seek expert advice from our financial advisers as they will be able to assess your situation and help you develop a strategy to thrive in retirement.


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