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Here are 5 mistakes to avoid while planning for Retirement?

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Retirement as a stage is distinguished by expenditures to meet your responsibilities while also pursuing your dreams. As a result, in order to fully enjoy your retirement and fulfil your responsibilities. To live the life of leisure that you have always desired after retirement, you must be extra cautious about your retirement planning. You must understand that retirement means a permanent halt to your regular salary being credited to your account. It is important to begin planning your retirement finances at a young age. Let's go over the five most common mistakes people make when planning their retirement and how to avoid them:

 

Failure to Establish a Sound Retirement Savings Plan

Failure to Establish a Sound Retirement Savings Plan

Saving for retirement is a long-term endeavour. You will spend many years of your life accumulating retirement savings, which is why having a plan in place is critical. Begin by estimating your monthly financial needs after retirement, taking into account the size of your family, the number of dependents you are likely to have during retirement, and the expenses for each individual, including yourself. 

Ignoring Medical Expenses

Ignoring Medical Expenses

Retirement is the golden age, but it is also the age at which people are most vulnerable to critical illnesses and health problems. As you get older, your risk of developing critical illnesses rises, as do your healthcare costs. Even paying for these necessary expenses can eat into your savings. As a result, having insurance becomes essential at this age.

Early withdrawals from retirement account
 

Early withdrawals from retirement account

Taking premature withdrawals reduces your overall savings and increases your tax liabilities. Early withdrawals from your retirement plan reduce the amount of money you have saved for retirement. Making such withdrawals depletes your retirement savings. A better option would be to time your investments so that one of them matures when you reach the age of 40. That way, you'll have a good chunk of money coming your way just in time for big expenses like buying a house. In the same way, it's important to plan your finances for each milestone between now and retirement to avoid diluting your returns.

Taking on Debt in Retirement

Taking on Debt in Retirement

Carrying debt into retirement can be difficult to manage with no source of income and a limited pool of funds. Although most people plan for loan repayment through their regular income sources, it is critical that they plan for loan repayment in the unfortunate event that they are absent.

Thinking it's Too Soon

Thinking it's Too Soon

The best time to start saving is when you first start earning money. Assuming you start working when you are 21-24 and retire when you are 60, you will have 35-40 years until retirement. Your savings and investment returns become your sole source of income during your retirement years. As a result, the earlier you begin, the larger your retirement pool will be. Furthermore, early retirement planning allows for the possibility of retiring early. Indians are becoming more aware of this issue and starting to plan for retirement earlier than previous generations.

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Story first published: Saturday, December 3, 2022, 15:29 [IST]
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