Retirement: A reminder…

Are you in Denial mode regarding your retirement financial needs?

I cannot comment for every one, but too many people I meet are in denial about their financial needs for retirement. Most of us do not want to accept that we will buy 3-4 washing machines, air conditioners, refrigerators, maybe about 2-5 cars, at least one or two houses during our retired life! Imagine you retire at 49 and live till 87. Ask yourself have you ever lived 40 years in one house? have you used one car for 40 years? Ditto for all white goods…so you know what I mean. Luckily the inflation as applicable to these assets is not high, but what about a residence? What if you have to buy a unit in an old age home? In a geriatric care room?

And all this buying will happen with our own money – i.e. by selling our mutual funds, unit linked plans, shares, etc. and from our pensions!

Strong financial planning is the key to a comfortable retirement

If you’re planning to spend your retirement in comfort, you’ll need to rely on some pretty strong financial planning. You’ll want to take into account your current financial position and your anticipated retirement income, preparing for contingencies and unexpected expenses along the way. Then you’ll need to develop a strategy for setting aside money on a regular basis to fund your retirement financial planning and choose wise investments so your money will build as much as you need. It’s kind of a daunting task, and it’s no wonder that so many people planning their retirement are worried about the quality of financial planning available in the country.

Benefits of the top financial products for retirement planning – Critical need for Long Term Care Insurance.


There is a critical financial aspect of retirement planning today. If you lose the capacity to take care of yourself and require either in-home assistance or be transferred to a nursing home, all the financial resources you set aside when planning your retirement may be spent in just a few years on the cost of health care. Long term care insurance will cover the cost of your medical needs without jeopardizing the wealth you’ve accumulated for retirement or want to pass on to your heirs.

Unfortunately no such insurance is available in India as of now.

From whatever discussion that I have had with a few insurance companies, there is no such plan in the near future also. Choosing the right type of life insurance is also part of planning for the financial circumstances of retirement. If something were to happen to you before you retire, you likely would want your spouse to still have the lifestyle and financial security in retirement you envisioned in your planning, and the right life insurance policy can ensure that.

happy retirement.. Did you know you could ‘Retire Rich Investing Rs. 40 a day?”. You could do that if you started at age 23, and kept increasing the amount regularly – say 5% per annum. Does not sound difficult right?

Go, get started.

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One Response to “Retirement: A reminder…”

  1. 40 years is quite a long time to think in terms of specific stuff like air conditioners or cars. things which were superluxuries 40 years ago. if the trend of technology is to be believed, these things will drop drastically in prices.owning cars themselves might be a thing of the past if transportation-as-a-service matures.ola and uber have already removed my desire to own a camry or a jetta.

    nursing costs are what one can care about.one needs to look at older countries like Japan to understand what an ageing population will want. its definitely not material things. its care and comfort. so robots which are helpful around the house are popular. in 20 years, indians will own robots too.

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