Most women can’t afford to retire today!
There is much talk about retirement, and how much money we will need to retire comfortably. Women in particularly are the most vulnerable, the figures indicate that one in three reach retirement with no funding, and the average woman retires with less than $100,000 in Superannuation or a pension fund. What will your retirement lifestyle look like? Is a partner a retirement plan?
These figures are mimicked throughout the western world, women in particular are at most risk, because of the gaps in their working lives for example –
- Staying at home with the children
- Parttime employment
- Equal pay still not a reality
- Death of a spouse
- Ill health
- Working from home
Men are in trouble also
The list goes on, it cannot be denied that men will also feel the effects of lack of funding for retirement, they may have a little longer to enjoy their retirement, but they will also suffer the same consequences.
It’s not just about money…its about lifestyle and happiness…
Those retiring in the next few years are particularly at risk, for a number of reasons. When you look at the working life of most women, over the last couple of decades, you will find large gaps while taking care of children at home. It’s understandable that women cannot afford to retire…
In addition when they were working, it may have been part time, so the income isn’t there to collect in significant contribution.
No one likes to talks about this…
Super funding was introduced into Australia in 1992, we are looking at only 25 years ago, so those retiring now, are already behind the eight ball. They have lost a couple of decades of their working life, contributing to an old age funding scheme.
We could extend that by a few years, because it took some employers time to adjust to this new system, with many resisting changes.
In addition… throw in those that were working for themselves or using their ABN…. we have a recipe for disaster.
In fact there is a huge moving bubble of baby boomers, ill prepared for retirement and approaching retirement age. No one likes to talk about that, they talk about people not being able to retire because of lack of funds.
The only acknowledgement of this issue of time frame, is to extend their working life, beyond 65 years. (maybe they can catch up, if they stay in good health)
The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has estimated the yearly income required for a retiree, they broke them down into a number of categories. These figures are interesting and sobering at the same time.
|Retirement Standard||Annual Cost|
|Couple – Modest||$34,560/Year|
These figures are based on the retiree owning their own home, and in reasonable health. (Source ASFA)
Do you really need less money when you retire?
They always say you need less income when you are retired, I’ve always questioned that type of reasoning.
For example you may use less fuel because you don’t have to commute to work… but then you go out more and take day trips… more travel, longer distance.
You still consume the same amount of electricity, maybe more…. Spending more time at home in front of the heater in the cooler months.
You eat the same amount of food. You might save a few hundred dollars here and there on insurances because of your age and concessions can help. We are talking about lifestyle here, I know I don’t want to be talking about the cost of everything and complaining about life. I want to live!
Let’s Break Down – Single Income (Single Modest)
|Food @ $130/weekly||6,000|
|Mobile @ $70/monthly||840|
|Internet @ $60/monthly||720|
|Holiday for a week||2,000|
|Body Corp Fees||?|
We have already hit expenses of $21,444, and still haven’t completed all the variables, yes it’s true, we can save in this area or that, but at the end of the day this isn’t what I would call a modest single income. You are on the poverty line and we still haven’t finished the expenses.
If you have a $100,000 in the bank, you may get an additional $200 per month or $50 per week if you can access it. However your principle isn’t growing. I’m not a financial planner and I have no skills in this area, my only qualification is how I live and what I would expect a secure lifestyle to look like.
This isn’t the purpose of this exercise, to make you feel without hope. However most of us don’t want to think about it, hoping we might have a ‘win’ somewhere, maybe a long lost relative leaves us a fortune, or we have a windfall by winning the lottery.
I know because I have been there too. Is it too late to enjoy our later years, living life to the full? Traveling to distant places, indulging in the things we have put off.
Is there a solution? Or are we doomed to struggle, after a life time of working…
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All the best with your retirement, I wish you well and good health and a great lifestyle…