If you're near or in retirement, congratulations! Retirement is a new life chapter—full of opportunities, places to go, things to do and fulfilling ways to spend your time. It can be an exciting period, but planning for it can be daunting.
Some approach retirement planning primarily as a financial exercise. Have you been saving enough? What are your likely income needs? How far will your pension benefit go towards covering your expenses? Will it make sense to change your pension investments or take a pension distribution? How should you allocate investments outside your pension? These and questions like them are absolutely essential. And it can be almost impossible to really consider what you want to do when you retire if you don’t have a pretty clear sense of your financial situation. If you’re interested in more resources on planning for a financially comfortable retirement, you can find material on retirement planning and investing for your retirement on our website.
But if you focus solely on creating a financial plan, you may end up neglecting some other important aspects of retirement, such as safeguarding your health and living in a suitable home. In what follows we’ll offer some strategies and questions to help guide your planning for a meaningful, happy and long retirement.
What good is having more free time if you aren’t in good health to enjoy it? Being proactive about your health and establishing healthy habits can help you enjoy your retirement and the people you love for as long as possible. To plan for a long and fulfilling retirement you can:
Where you retire matters for your health and happiness. You might choose to stay put, move closer to children or grandchildren, relocate to a country house or an urban apartment, or retire to a different climate or country. As you evaluate where you’ll spend your retirement, consider the following:
Even after you’ve decided where you’ll retire, you may still need to consider your housing. You could buy or rent a home or an apartment, or move into a retirement community. As you weigh your choices, the following considerations can help you determine what sort of housing will best fit your situation.
Finally, in retirement, especially if you choose to “age in place,” some basic safety measures can help keep your home safer. If this is something you’re concerned about, here are some of the measures you can take:
While finances are important, planning for retirement is more than assessing your financial wellbeing and balancing your income and expenses. To create a retirement plan that works for you, you’ll likely need to take a more comprehensive approach.
Fisher Investment UK can help you plan for your financial future and take some of the responsibility, so you can focus on living a happy and healthy retirement. To learn more about us or about retirement planning in general, download one of our educational guides as the first of our ongoing insights or call and speak with one of our qualified representatives today.Investing in financial markets involves the risk of loss and there is no guarantee that all or any capital invested will be repaid. Past performance neither guarantees nor reliably indicates future performance. The value of investments and the income from them will fluctuate with world financial markets and international currency exchange rates.