Seeing there’s actually no fixed aged when you can retire, it’s really completely up to you. What it does come down to usually is, can you fund it?
Most start thinking in their’s 50’s about how it’s all going to work, as entitlement to the Age Pension is somewhere between 65 and 67, depending on when you were born.
Often a gradual transition is the way to go, slowly cutting back on days at work, going part time before finally exiting the work force for good. Other conditions to consider when approaching retirement and leaving the work force for good are the loss of social interaction provided by work and the mental stimulation that’s provided.
Do you have hobbies that can take the place of your usual schedule or will boredom quickly creep in? Exiting slowly can help you keep a hand in, whilst transitioning slowly, giving you a taste for what lies beyond work.
Some may choose to continue working part-time towards their 70’s as life expectancy moves forward. Others have always wanted to volunteer for a local school or charity and now enjoy giving back to their local community.
If you still have a partner, discussing expectations and plans for life after work is essential to ensuring you’re on the same page. Suddenly being together 24/7 isn’t everyone’s ideal start to their retirement years.
For others, it’s time to buy that caravan or Harley (or both!) and join the multitudes of Grey Nomads touring the country!
For others it’s not so easy. Forced retirement may be brought on by having to assist in caring for aging parents or unwell children or grandchildren. This can seriously impact your ability to put away additional funds to help in your retirement years.
And still, financial considerations remain top of mind. How much you’ll need in retirement is completely dependent on the lifestyle you’ll be living… And what you have saved to boost your pension will often dictate that lifestyle.
You might want to sit down with your planner long before retirement is on the horizon and discuss strategies that may suit your circumstances. If your debt is low, it may be time to give your superannuation funds a boost by implementing salary sacrifice strategies. For those closer to retirement, it might be worth considering a Transition to Retirement strategy. Those on a lower income may be able to take advantage of the Government’s Co-Contribution strategy.
Getting the right advice for your situation is likely the best investment you can make in your future. So how does retirement look for you?