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man-putting-coin-of-cash-into-ceramic-piggy-bank-wondering how much to Save for Retirement

Personal finance involves many aspects, like paying for education, financing the acquisition of real estate and other durable goods, food, and health. But that’s not all. When it comes to managing your personal finances, your retirement should also be factored in. 

 

However, the biggest conundrum of this is how much to save for retirement. Personally, I never stop thinking about my retirement plans and savings. I have even written about some of it.

 

In general, the principle dictates that you save as much as you can for your retirement. But maybe this age-wise analysis of how much to save at each stage might help. 

 

So, how much should one have saved by, say, 30? Financial experts suggest about 50% of your annual remuneration. This is achievable by saving 15% of your monthly salary. And 50% of it is invested in stocks or some other income-generating enterprise. 

 

Consequently, at the age of 40, you should be saving two times your gross salary. At 50, four times, and eventually, the goal will be 10 times your annual salary as you progressively age. 

 

Don’t miss this related article! Thinking About Retirement? Will Your Retirement Income Be Enough?

 

How Much Should You Save for Retirement?  

The general rule is that you should save 15% of your income to finance your retirement requirements. That is if you are young, in your 20s, and have just landed your first job. You have around 40 years before you retire, but it pays to start early. This gives you more time to save and allows your savings to benefit from the magic of compounding interest. 

 

However, if you are starting to save for retirement a bit later in life, say in your 30s, then it is advisable to save for more than 15% of your income. Experts recommend saving at least 23% of your income if you fall into this category. This way, you will try to at least make up for the lost years of savings. 

 

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How to Get an Estimated Retirement Figure 

The most efficient way to help you estimate how much you might need during retirement is by looking at your present expenditure versus what will change after you leave the office.

 

That means envisioning the kind of retirement lifestyle you want for your golden years as a senior citizen. Being realistic about your retirement expenses would be the first step in the right direction. This will assist you in estimating how much you need to save for this eventuality. To make your work easier, there are retirement calculators to help you get the math right- somehow. 

 

First and foremost, you should know how much you would spend on food, clothes, health, housing, and, ultimately, vacations. This may include those expensive adventures on your bucket list. 

 

Time is the other component you need to factor in. When do you plan to go on retirement? How long will you spend the money before the final curtain call? It is foreboding and morbid, but time consideration is of utmost importance.

 

The calculations are done on the basis of your current age, the age you wish to retire, your current household income, all sources of your money, be it pension payments and annuities, and the total amount you have presently saved. The calculators also factor in the expected rate of return on investment, the income required at retirement, and, ultimately, the years of retirement income. 

 

Unfortunately, no one answer fits all when the question of how much money to save for retirement arises. And it is of paramount importance to note that as you progress through life, the figure might change. So, it is good to keep revisiting your calculations if and when need be. 

 

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How to Make Your Expected Retirement a Reality 

Have a Retirement Savings Account

This could be your best retirement instrument. If you are working for a company that has a retirement benefits package with matched contributions, you are in luck. 

 

Employer-sponsored retirement packages are almost like free money.  These carry high contribution limits and get you reasonable tax rates. 

 

However, this does not mean that if you are self-employed, you have no saving options. You can still save using NSSF or open an individual retirement account with private institutions. 

 

You can also have personal savings, and the amount you can save from this for retirement will largely depend on your contributions to the same.

 

Looking for a retirement account? Here are Individual Retirement Plans in Kenya to Consider

 

Make Some Extra Income 

Making some extra income is important not only to finance your current lifestyle but also to your future days in retirement. If you are looking for ways to save more so as to have more money to spend during retirement, then you will need to find extra sources of money to employ in savings. 

 

Living a Frugal Life Before Retirement 

Sometimes, it will call for stringent measures in terms of budgeting and reigning in frivolous spending. Picturing the future life you want to live in retirement can give you the incentive for frugality. 

 

It has been said in different forums that a majority of people tend to overthink retirement. Buying cheap, investing for the long haul, and being patient and consistent will reap far more income for retirement. Not forget your risk tolerance because high-yield schemes always come with inherent high risk.

 

Final Word

This article is simply enlightening you on how much to save for retirement and how to go about it. But as previously stated, it is not one answer that fits all. It is a generalized view that applies to almost everyone. To make sure you make the right saving decisions, it is advisable that you see a financial advisor or planner.

DISCLOSURE: THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO MY READERS IS GENUINE AND PRECISE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE. THE LINKS PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE DO NOT BELONG TO ANY AFFILIATE PARTNERS AND I AM NOT PAID FOR THEM. THE ARTICLE OFFERS GENERAL INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OR HELP THAT CATERS TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL GOALS. KINDLY SEEK HELP AND ADVICE FROM YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR FOR PERSONALISED ADVICE AND HELP. ANY ACTION TAKEN BASED ON THIS INFORMATION IS AT YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK.

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