If life begins at 40, then 60 is a great decade to hit your stride and enjoy the best that life has to offer. This means you have about an entire decade (or two) to prepare for your well-deserved relaxation. When you start planning to retire, you should also start thinking about your investments.
You can never plan too early for your retirement. This especially applies to OFWs who have spent years away from their loved ones and are aiming to come home for good. When you have a retirement date in mind, planning helps you keep track of your financial goals. This allows you to set up various income streams that will secure your and your family's future even when you've stopped working.
We have listed down tips on how you can manage your wealth once you retire – feel free to discuss any of these options with your financial advisor today so you can look into potential investments and ways to make your hard-earned money grow.
It’s not a bad idea to run some numbers through retirement calculators to get an idea of how much you need if you want to retire comfortably at 65. Better yet, consult a professional wealth or investment planner. An investment planner can help you get a better idea of where you currently stand and how much you need to save to meet your goals after retirement. They can come up with a personalized plan when it comes to saving and investing.
Hold on to bonuses
Your quarterly, semi-annual, or 13th-month bonus used to be allocated for extra family or home expenses. With retirement, this means having a new financial plan in place. Starting today, consider any kind of income beyond your usual paycheck as money you can shore away in a fund for future investments.
Identify additional income sources
As you plan your retirement, this is also the time to look into other streams of income. Do you have extra rooms at home or other properties that you can rent out? Becoming a landlord is a great way to supplement your current paycheck.
Consider your other interests or hobbies, too. Do you think you might want to turn them into an income-generating activity later? It's never too late to pursue your lifelong passions, after all.
Sign up for a new policy
Ideally, you should be insured at every stage of your life, but acquiring a new policy is especially helpful when you're planning to retire. Seek out a reputable insurance firm and discuss the options open to you concerning life insurance. Several life insurance policies double as investment plans these days so it is a good idea to look into placing your funds where you can earn money, while you secure yourself and your loved ones.
FWD’s Family Hero plan is an insurance and investment plan that protects your family at home from unexpected setbacks such as health-related expenses while providing passive income that has the potential to grow your family’s wealth.
Try stocks and bonds
The earlier the better is always the best time to begin exploring stock and bond investments. If you're not familiar with this field but are interested to learn, then consult with your financial advisor. Discuss your options and study what markets you would like to invest in. A good advisor can steer you towards low-risk ventures if those are more your speed. Otherwise, why not aim for high-yielding stocks and watch your money grow? The risk is greater, but so is the potential for higher gains – the choice is yours.
Become a silent partner
Perhaps you have friends who are putting up a new business venture but may need additional capital, and it just so happens you have some savings put away. If you believe in the product or service they are offering, why not join as an investor? A business can be a rewarding way to follow your passion and secure another income source before planning to retire. Keep in mind though that it may take a while before you start gaining returns. Also, make sure you have everything down in writing with your new partners. Business can swing both ways, so it is important to secure your investment and leave little room for ambiguity.