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[nectar_dropcap color=”#0071bc”]R [/nectar_dropcap]etirement planning is a crucial aspect of financial security, ensuring you have the resources needed for a comfortable and fulfilling life after your working years. In Australia, understanding the amount of money required to retire comfortably can seem like a daunting task. However, with guidance from the ASFA Retirement Standard and tailored advice from a financial planner, navigating this landscape becomes more manageable.

The ASFA Retirement Standard: A Guide to Your Retirement Needs

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) provides a benchmark for retirement savings, known as the ASFA Retirement Standard. Established in 2004, this standard offers a detailed breakdown of the expenses retirees might face, aiming to maintain a healthy, vital, and connected lifestyle in retirement. It distinguishes between a ‘comfortable’ and ‘modest’ lifestyle for both singles and couples, providing a clear picture of the expected weekly and annual expenditures.

Comfortable vs. Modest Lifestyle

A comfortable lifestyle allows for a broader range of leisure and recreational activities, a good standard of living with a reasonable car, good clothes, private health insurance, and the capacity to maintain your home. On the other hand, a modest lifestyle covers the basics, ensuring a level of security and health not much beyond what is offered by the Age Pension.

  • For a Comfortable Lifestyle: Couples might need up to $71,723.56 annually, while singles could require $50,981.27. As you age, these figures slightly decrease, reflecting changes in lifestyle and possibly health status.
  • For a Modest Lifestyle: Couples may need around $46,620.05, and singles $32,417.48 annually. This figure also decreases as one moves into the older age bracket.

Lump Sum Requirements

The ASFA Retirement Standard also outlines the lump sum needed at retirement to fund these lifestyles, assuming you’ll draw down all your capital and receive a part Age Pension.

  • For a Comfortable Retirement: A couple needs about $690,000, while a single person needs approximately $595,000.
  • For a Modest Retirement: Both couples and singles require around $100,000.

Note: These figures are calculated assuming a retiree will draw down all their capital over their retirement years and receive a part Age Pension, highlighting the importance of planning and saving accordingly.

Why See a Financial Planner?

While the ASFA Retirement Standard provides a valuable benchmark, personal circumstances vary widely. A financial planner can tailor a retirement plan to your unique situation, taking into account your goals, health, lifestyle preferences, and financial resources.

At Andrew Rowan Wealth Management, our expert financial planners specialise in providing personalised financial planning advice to help you navigate the complexities of retirement planning. We can support you with:

  • Tailored advice based on your financial situation, goals, and retirement aspirations.
  • Financial modeling to determine how we set up your CashFlow Optimiser system to help you to eliminate budgeting stress and complexity.
  • Strategies to maximise your superannuation and investments for a more secure retirement.
  • Expertise in Australian financial regulations, ensuring you make the most of your entitlements and avoid potential pitfalls.

Final Thoughts:

Retirement planning is about more than just numbers; it’s about securing a future that aligns with your vision of a fulfilling, active, and secure life post-work. By understanding the benchmarks set by the ASFA Retirement Standard and seeking personalised advice from a financial planner, you’re taking a critical step towards a rewarding retirement.

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ASFA Retirement Standard. (2023). Retrieved on 19 February 2024 from ASFA website https://www.superannuation.asn.au/resources/retirement-standard/

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and does not constitute financial advice. It’s always best to consult with a qualified financial planner or advisor to understand your unique circumstances and needs.