Choosing your Investment Vehicles Right

When planning ahead for retirement saving, you will need to think about a variety of determinants, including when you are going to retire, where you’re live and what you’re to do while retiring.

One, you got to begin planning for retirement as soon as possible, and two is you need to organise your investments that align with your anticipated needs for retirement as well as your perceived risk levels. You just have to perform a thorough research, and you’ll find a lot of options to diversify your investments and the ensuing income, and a financial planner may be the best suited in most cases.

Of course, if you fancy that golf club membership for playing year long, then factor that into what you need to stump up with. The risk aversion of the individual also plays a huge rule in what you need to plan. Nothing can beat having different channels of passive income over retirement. It could be the shares in the company paying a dividend, or those timber forests finally returning the payout after years of holding.

At some point that you’ll need to create changes to your investment portfolio. There are various retirement investment strategies out there. The very best retirement investment planning takes this into consideration and invests in various options at once to guarantee a solid investment portfolio that’ll do well, irrespective of what or how the market behaves. For those who can take a higher level of risk investing in safe and in demand commodities like gold and silver could be a great option. Why hoard all your precious wedding rings and trinkets when you have no use for them. Instead turn them into commodity stocks or other bonds which are easier to maintain and require nothing in the form of extra insurance premiums.

The most common form of retirement income besides superannuation that most prefer is to have money in the bank, and wait for the interest to be deposited at the beginning of the month. For many others, a common choice is to use a segment of their nest egg to purchase an annuity that may guarantee them regular payments for the remainder of their lives.
Again, this works for many based on their risk level, however, for someone like me, this is criminal when you can safely and smartly get a much better return for your after-tax dollars if you manage it properly.
Amongst the safest investments, it’s possible to do is in real estate. Again if you aren’t comfortable in putting all your eggs in one basket, diversify. If you prefer having your cash liquid, you can pre-plan and invest a portion into mutual funds for retirement investing because they enable you to put money into a likely safer bundle rather than going into stock outright without adequate research on your part.

Reverse Mortgages are being increasingly popular of late, whereby you are pre-selling your house to investors or banks at an agreed amount, and them paying this out monthly to you. As our society is evolving with less and less importance being given to leaving something for the next generation, this sad plan is actually gaining a lot of traction. One must, however, consider the risks of using up all that money and what happens if with the increased life expectancy that you live longer than you ever anticipated. Make sure you do have a backup plan and don’t even think about going to your children for rescue once you have spent all that money on your house.

If you really want to carry on

In some industries, people don’t need to retire, and a few will work part-time for the remainder of their lives. This is often true for many established business owners.

A lot of business owners would prefer to keep their businesses running, and would prefer not to sell up. In fact, they have never planned for or thought about an exit strategy. Quite often they have managers and so called trusted aides run the business for them, and it all appears to be smooth on auto pilot.

Many a business has been plundered to the ground by these so called business aides and trustees, as often it becomes very hard to keep on top of things, when you aren’t as sharp as you used to be, or when you trust someone too much with your money.

Mobility differs, perception differs and very frankly, the energy levels you have or have preserved greatly determines what you want to do. I have a friend whose father is in his mid-nineties and still religiously goes to work every single day.

For a few, they believe that’s what gets them going; having a purpose or the feel of wanting to do work. In some cases, this often causes problems, as we all have a mind that degrades or wears off with age, often what seems like a sane decision may not be the right one.

Take my friend’s dad, for example; he makes what often seems like the silliest of decisions when it comes to managing the day to day activities of the business. However, no one would dare ask or contradict his opinions being the founder of a large successful business which is now dying because of his inability to align with the current market needs. Reminds me a lot of Henry Ford who kept on insisting on only making a model T and nothing else.

So when is the ideal time under such circumstances to retire? This is often a hard one, as the person does not want to retire, as mentioned above, that is what drives them. In some cultures, especially Asian ones, it would be not in line to question the elders of their decision making, whether they are sane or not.

How one tackles the situation is difficult to explain. It would be fair to say if you are in such as instance, one passes the rein without leaving it for too long. Then again there is the argument, which once one does it is all gone.