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You Can Be Young Without Money, But You Can't Be Old Without It

Ian Fox
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Ian Fox
Published on:
March 07, 2020
Last modified:
July 4, 2023
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You Can Be Young Without Money, But You Can't Be Old Without It

Did you know there is a good probability you could outlive what you save for retirement? Scary thought isn’t it? Would you like some vital information for you to find out if you can outlive your retirement savings and live your life to the fullest? As the saying goes, “You can be young without Money, but you can’t be Old without it”..

So said Tennessee Williams, the American Playwright in the movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This quote was made in the 1950s and its relevance is never truer than now.

The Australian Pension age goes up to 67 by 2023 and at this stage is only available for those with under just over $800,000 in assets (in addition to the family home). It’s a catch 22. If you have planned well, by then your superannuation and other assets are likely to be valued at more than this. And if they aren’t, then the pension is not enough to live a comfortable retirement lifestyle.

How much is enough to retire on?

One way to look at how much you will need is to calculate your life expectancy (see table below), calculate your living expenses. If you are a couple, work out the amount for both of you.

For example, if you were a 60 year old female, you can expect to live another 26 years. If your living expenses for a comfortable lifestyle is $50,000 a year, then you multiply $50,000 by 26 to equal $1.3 million. You may need to adjust these figures to account for your own lifestyle taking in living costs, hobbies, holidays and medical expenses. You should also consider the effects of inflation on the cost of living. In the above scenario if YOUR lifestyle was $75,000 per annum you would need $1.95 million.

Table of Life Expectancy
Table of Life Expectancy: The following table shows life expectancy factors used for calculating the relevant number for males and females. The factors are based on the 2005-07 life tables published by the AGA. This table starts at age 50. The full table can be obtained from the AGA or is available on the Publications page on the AGA website.

There was a theory that the older you got in retirement the less you need. In one of the great paradoxes of the world one of the major reasons we are living longer is due to improving medical and health care. These allow us to do things we like to do for a longer period of time, but when you slow down later in life these costs are likely to rise. So whilst your living costs MAY drop, they will likely be replaced by medical and health care costs.

You can achieve your retirement plan savings in a number of ways. The intention to receive regular salary increases should not form a part of this plan. Why? – This is not something you can bank on. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the highest age earning bracket is for individuals aged between mid-thirties and mid-forties. Earning more is not guaranteed and even if you are earning a large salary, you are likely to still need to both save and invest for your future.

Inflation—the silent threat to your retirement savings

As you plan for your golden years, it’s crucial to consider the impact of inflation on your financial well-being. Did you know that the cost of living tends to rise over time? What seems like a substantial nest egg today might not be enough to sustain your desired lifestyle in the future.

It’s important to gain the knowledge and strategies you need to safeguard your financial future.

Don’t leave your retirement to chance. Stay ahead of inflation – Plan and protect your future. This will help equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the complexities of retirement planning and outsmart inflation.

Stay Ahead of Inflation: Plan and Protect your future

Going without

The sooner you start to plan for retirement, the more you’ll have, the more retirement lifestyle choices you get. Whether you have millions in assets or none, we can tailor a plan specifically for you that will protect what is most important to you whilst bolstering retirement possibilities. There is never a time to early to start but there can be a time that is too late, severely impacting on our retirement possibilities.

While we are young, preparing for retirement is not something that is front of mind. Being young and having money to spend is fun, but as the quote says, “You can’t be old without money”. With professional advice, exploring your lifestyle potential is just the beginning. Don’t leave it to chance… Achieve more is possible when you know how.

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