Except for the lucky few who have sufficient wealth, no one is uninterested in what happens when you stop earning. Fear of the unknown is always present.
We’ve all known seniors who struggle to meet all of their financial obligations. When one does not have enough money, life becomes difficult.
Rely on conventional deposits for interest income
Many retirees go through a cycle of overspending and underspending. When an individual retires with gain, they receive this amount of money, which can range from R50 f R60 lakh. Seems like a lot. It is almost certainly more than what the retiree ever received in one payment in his or her life. They believe they have unlimited purchasing power. Many investors assume R50 lakh to be a lot of money and hence, withdraw an equal amount every month without knowing that the money will be backing it up for a limited time. An alternative method is to step aside R15 lakhs and put the rest R35 lakhs in fixed deposit for five years. This way, they can pay themselves R25,000 each month for five years at the end of which they will have little more than R48 lakh. They can then set it aside again R15 lakh to earn monthly pension income R25,000 with the remainder being kept R33 lakh in fixed deposit. In this way, the cycle continues even though it is marred by only the disadvantages of owning R25,000 each month to pay expenses, therefore, does not take into account the continued depreciation of money.
Some would put their money into a Senior Citizen Savings Program (SCSS) to earn quarterly interest at eight percent annually. However, given the impact of inflation on daily life prices, are these investment methods sufficient to advance a retiree’s lifespan of 30 years or more?
The above assumptions are just hypotheses designed to draw the individual’s attention to inappropriate retirement planning. First of all, the retirement group is up to R60 lakh is not enough to sustain the remaining years of one’s life, especially when there is no income and increased exposure to hospitalization and medical treatment. The tendency to stick to traditional investment options after retirement lies in the firm belief that the retirement group should invest in options that are 100% safe. This “safety net” is what everyone is after and it is this mentality that has made many retirees dependent on their relatives for money or for the necessary financial resources during emergencies.
Determine monthly withdrawals
Apart from that, the concept of a “safety net” is a misnomer and can be described as nothing less than an “illusion”. Realizing how inflation can hit our savings and affect our earnings in the long run, it makes sense to not only make the right investment choices after retirement but also to decide how much assets one should withdraw without losing the entire amount to expenses and inflation. At the current rate of inflation, one would need four times as much money to pay daily living expenses, thus, entailing the need to not only take out the accumulated money to earn more money but also to enable larger withdrawals during the golden years of one’s life. Assessing how much you’ll need can be just as taxing as assessing how much you’ll have to withdraw each month to live comfortably all the time.
How much money should you withdraw each month?
It’s not rocket science to decide how much to save, invest, and withdraw to avoid depleting your retirement pool. Common sense determines how we should decide our withdrawals based on the interest rate income on our savings and the corresponding rate of inflation. Only withdraw what your savings earn above the inflation rate to support the inflation-adjusted withdrawal rate. Think about it carefully. You only have to withdraw no more than one percent of the financial assets each year if your savings earn eight percent and inflation seven percent. This will ensure that your savings grow at least in line with inflation, preventing you from losing all your money in old age.
Eight percent returns on debt money or other investment opportunities may not be enough, which highlights the need to put some money into stocks as well. However, equity investments should last at least five to seven years to achieve medium-term financial goals and more than a decade or so to achieve long-term financial goals.
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First posted: Jan 17, 2023 07:57 am ist