8 Pearls of Financial Wisdom
What do you want and how will you get it?
What are your retirement goals and objectives? Where are you now in relation to those goals? What kind of investments do you want to make? Create a plan that sees you enjoying the fruits of your labours as well as one that aligns with your values. Act now to make sure your finances can achieve your dreams and that your investments do not fund industries that goes against your values.
It’s not just about returns
Every investment has some degree of risk. Understand the differences between the various investment assets available and make your decision wisely. Everyone has a different comfort level and risk appetite, generally the more risk you take you will be awarded with a higher return. As you grow older, you might prefer stable returns as opposed to higher returns. So make sure to discuss with your adviser about your financial goals, circumstances and risk appetite to make the most suitable investments tailored to your financial circumstance.
Share it around
To help reduce risk, share your investments across several asset classes – and within those asset classes. The right balance can depend on your financial objectives, the time you have available to invest and your risk tolerance. Diversifying across a range of asset sectors and industries reduces market risk and can improve your investment potential. You don’t have to worry about trying to time the markets for the right time to invest. With a diversified portfolio, you are always in the market.
Don’t forget Super
Superannuation will be your bank account when you’re no longer working so consider ways to boost your super fund balance. At least 9.5% of your income is being contributed to your Superannuation, so make it count. How you invest your super will make a big difference to your retirement. Remember, you can choose what your Super is funding so choose a fund that aligns with your values. And if you are making additional personal contributions, be aware of the annual limits as penalties will apply if you exceed those limits.
… Or Tax
Tax is the trickiest area of all. Always seek professional advice. A restructure of an underlying asset, an investment vehicle or ownership structure could help you minimise tax and maximise your return. Determine your tax bracket and be aware of your claimable expenses and deductions. And make sure to lodge your tax returns on time to avoid any penalties.
Retirement can last another lifetime
Thanks to medical technology and improved lifestyles we are living much longer lives. Being prepared for a longer retirement means that you money must last much longer, so do not be too conservative with your investments. You can also make additional contributions to your Super, be sure to invest in a Super fund that aligns with your values and brings you positive returns.
You are in this for the long term so when market fluctuate and investments unexpectedly fall in value, don’t panic and sell. Over the last 100 years global share markets have experienced many major setbacks, including the Great Depression of the 1930s, several wars, the ‘crash of 1987’ and the Global Financial Crisis 20 years later. But for every low, a recovery has followed – they just take time. Make sure to discuss with your adviser prior to making any decisions, review your portfolio and stay focused on your long-term goals.
You are never too old to learn. Financial advisers have an important role in giving you tailored advice, but you still need to make your own informed decisions. Make sure you understand your plan and if not ask questions or do more research.