Financial planning, at any age, requires consideration of certain parameters. We may call them planning variables. The important variables that one should account for are-
- Age of the investor
- Risk appetite of the investor
- Planning objective
- Available investment instruments to serve the purpose
- Required amount of investment
- Associated cost
- Risk profile of the instrument
- Expected return
The information, so garnered, will help to identify the demographic and financial profiling of the investor. The later will lay the fabric of the rationale for choosing an investment vehicle for an investor.
Let us, look at the issues, a sexagenarian should keep in mind while working out his financial planning-
- The age is a demographic variable. This has a considerable impact on any financial planning. The financial planning of a youngster will not be akin to that of a person, on the verge of retirement. With changing age, change the needs. At 60s, one may prioritize health and security. At the age of 60, one should not ideally invest in risky assets.
- Try to reduce liabilities by paying off his home loan, auto loan, education loan, etc. This will help him to reduce the burden of paying regular interests.
- Invest in conservative assets like fixed annuities,
How soon after the Thanksgiving plates were cleared away did you feel the groan of your wallet? Yes, every year I swear I won’t go overboard with the Christmas shopping, but I end up spending more than I really need to on gifts. I blame the sales – it seems like you get a great deal on some things, but if you buy more, you’re using more money. I personally don’t want for much, but when you have kids you want them to have a good Christmas. Is it possible to achieve that and not go broke?
If you can set yourself a holiday budget and stick to it, you’ve won half the battle. It’s important to remember that not all the money you’ll spend will go to gifts. If you’re hosting the big Christmas or Hanukkah dinner, you have to buy food and other items to accommodate company. If you’re traveling to visit family, there’s gas money and possibly lodging to factor into your budget. No matter what your plans are, you want to get through the holidays with some money left over before the new year, so keeping track of everything you buy is key
I recently turned forty. This is not something I like to broadcast, and not just because it is impolite for a lady to discuss her age. I do find I must console myself at times as I come to the realization that I have reached middle age. When we are younger, we dream of achieving so many goals and dreams – we want to be firefighters or President of the United States. Then we hit forty and we dream of one day retiring. Lately, I’ve wondered if I’ll come close.
People have been nice to advise me of ways to prepare. I haven’t been completely lax, either, as I do have savings set up for future days. Given the current state of the economy, though, I face each day with mild trepidation, and reading articles that predict the retirement age to jump to eighty doesn’t inspire me. Nonetheless, I intend to begin this new decade doing everything I can to make sure the dream of retirement comes true, if it doesn’t kill me first.
So far I have picked up some good advice from experts and people who have been there. Perhaps these could work for