Retirement is the time to do the things you have always wanted to do. Careful planning can help ensure you are financially set up for a comfortable retirement.
How much money will you need in retirement?
The answer is different for everyone but, The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) estimates that, for a couple to maintain a modest lifestyle in retirement, they’ll likely spend around $675 per week compared to a couple who wish to live a comfortable lifestyle who are likely to spend almost double that, at around $1,160 per week1.
A comfortable lifestyle includes extra items that are considered to be ‘comforts’, such as updating the kitchen or bathroom, eating out from time-to-time, entertaining at home, having private health insurance at the top rate, enjoying an occasional overseas holiday and being able to afford to buy nice clothes and gifts.
How much do you need to save?
ASFA suggests the lump sum amount required for a single person to support a comfortable lifestyle is just over half a million dollars. And, this is on top of owning your home.
Lump sums required
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Is there a gap in your retirement savings?
Take a look at the retirement gap calculator which can help you compare how much you have and how long it will last, compared to the lifestyle you want.
How a financial planner can help you
If you’re worried that your savings, super and investments won’t meet the retirement you want to make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner. Planning ahead can assist you in making the most of what you have and help you achieve financial security, reduce uncertainty and enjoy your retirement.
The Bridges Retirement Lab
The Bridges Retirement Lab is an online tool that lets you test out various retirement scenarios in three easy steps:
- Picture your lifestyle in retirement.
- Test if your savings, super and investment strategies measure up to meet the retirement lifestyle you want.
- View your results, see what action to take and how financial advice can help.
Getting the right advice
To discuss and understand what the results of the Bridges Retirement Lab mean for you, make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 08 8212 6166 or by dropping into Level 3, 400 King William Street, Adelaide.
The initial consultation is complimentary and obligation-free.
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