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Myth vs. Reality in Retirement Planning

Myth vs. Reality in Retirement Planning

  • I’m not that old:  It’s not about NOW but saving for your old days when you can no longer work full time. 
  • I’ll wait for a lump sum is just an excuse to postpone planning or procrastinate.
  • Assumed Family/External Support: It’s better to be prepared for eventualities and have contingency funds in hand.
  • Financial Requirements Decrease: Medical costs increase with age. Inflation and other factors might also come into play.
  • I will not live that long or I won’t retire: People tend to live longer, but they will suffer from medical ailments.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Retirement Planning and importance of Retirement Plans

To have a secure and financially independent retired life during your golden years with regular post retirement income, a corpus of savings/investments and a safe shelter or home.

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To achieve your retirement goals and objectives – you need to have the right amount of corpus to take care of your regular needs post retirement. 

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Savings and investments should be part of a monthly budget even when young or just starting a career.

You cannot save enough if you are waiting until your late 30's before thinking about savings and investments.  Then credit cards and loans will drag the savings with added responsibilities like marriage, children, care of parents, etc.

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  • Create a full inventory of expenses in front of you: Categorize them into fixed and variable; urgent and non-urgent; necessities and luxury; avoidable and unavoidable.
  • You can create a hierarchy of needs and decide which one’s to address first. It’s all about prioritizing. 
  • Accept that you have limited resources and unlimited wants. But you have to manage your resources. The sooner you accept this fact, the better you can control your impulses towards avoidable expenditures.

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What early retirement means

Early retirement is not defined as when you stop working forever, but as having the freedom and flexibility that saving up enough money can give you if you want to leave a job.

The idea that when you retire, you are done working is an old school idea. Working is actually good for you. People that altogether quit working start losing their mental faculties and may die sooner.

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  • The aging population is causing fewer contributors.
  • More people are retiring due to increased longevity.
  • Corporate collapses, such as bankruptcy of Enron negatively affect private pension plans.
  • Defined pension plans do also fail from time to time.
  • Many employers shift from defined-benefit to defined-contribution plans.

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