Retirement isn’t always the first thought for most people who are just beginning their carriers or hitting their strides in the peak of their professional carriers. In fact, most people in their 20s and 30s focus on making as much money as possible while neglecting their personal finances, hoping that whatever they save would be enough to tide them over in their later years.
That though is one of the worst financial decisions that you can make as letting your money sit idly in a bank while the economy constantly deteriorates means that at the end of the day when the time arrives that you finally stop working, you might not have enough to fund the comfortable post retirement lifestyle that you’d always dreamed of.
So, what is the solution? Investing. More correctly investing a solid retirement plan that makes your money work just as hard as you do.
Of course, we always have the State as well as the company run pension plans but the money from those avenues are often just enough to scrape by and come nowhere close to what you would need in order to actually enjoy your post retirement life. That’s where private pension plans step in!
Now there are a few main factors that you must keep in mind while choosing one of these private pension plans, I’ll go over the most important ones down below.
1. Setting up a Diverse Portfolio
Depending on the amount of money you have saved and just how much of it you are willing to risk, a financial advisor can make up your stock portfolio. Now stock markets are a fickle thing and no one can accurately predict them so it is always advisable not to put all your eggs in one basket. Thus, if you have a diverse portfolio that covers both high and low risk stocks from various industries, you can always minimize your losses and even bail out if need be. Also, another benefit of having a diverse portfolio is that you have trade options across a range of spheres which means if a particular industry starts rising rapidly, you get the opportunity to be one of the early investors in it.
2. Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Profits
Many financial advisers start by creating a financial profile of their new customers so that they can figure out what stage of your life you are in, your current financial position and stability and also your overall knowledge of investments and the stock market. It is highly important while choosing a private pension plan that you opt for one that has experienced financial advisors on their rosters. As much as the stock market fluctuate, trying to make money off of these sporadic swings isn’t the best idea if your capital investment is in the form of your pension funds. Instead choosing to go for stocks that would rise over time and give steady profit margins is the safer bet in these situations.
3. Minimizing the Associated Costs of Investment
Most private investment schemes charge an annual fee that can vary from as low as 0.5% to as high as 3%. Thus, it is in your best interest to choose a company that has their rates as low as can be when choosing to invest with them for your pension plan. Do be aware tho that sometimes this can backfire as too low a cut might mean your financial advisor has very little incentive to invest your money into diverse stocks and might instead choose to invest in bulk in slow rising stock which in the long run defeats the entire process of investing and creating a wide portfolio.
However, as it is with all private investments, be aware that private pension plans are subject to the whims of the stock market so unless you are brave at heart, you might consider sticking to a stocks and shares ISA which generally is way safer. But if you spend some time on research and get knowledgeable about the share market, and invest into a good private pension plan, the retirement of your dreams might just come earlier than even you expected!
After all, as Benjamin Franklin, founding father of the United States had once widely remarked-
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.