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WHAT LIFESTYLE DO YOU WANT IN RETIREMENT?

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By Jaco Prinsloo, Certified financial planner, Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants

 

The answer to this question will be different for everyone, so here are some things to think about:

 

Does it seem a long time away?

If you are under the age of 40, the chances are that thinking seriously about retirement may not be top of mind. The Covid-19 pandemic, sending the kids to school, disrupted holidays, and everyone’s health are more likely to be a concern. The fact is that you have time on your side, so now is the time to DO something and start saving. Consider this:

If you’re 25 and you save R500 a month for 40 years, with an investment return of 10% a year, you will have R3 188 390 at the age of 65.

If you’re 45 and you save R1 000 a month for 20 years, with the same return of 10% a year,

you will only have R765 697 at the age of 65.

The investment amount is the same, but it is compound interest (the interest on your interest) that makes the difference, because you have longer to invest. The key message here is: Make a start, no matter how small – it will add up over time.

 

Does retirement seem fairly close?

If you are over the age of 40, then retirement saving may well be on your radar, and if you are over 60 then you are probably seriously contemplating what retirement will look like for you.

 

Check what you have

Most people have worked in more than one job over the years and you may have a store of various pension pots waiting to be claimed as you moved from one place of work to another. Contact your ex-employers to see who administers these pensions or talk to a financial adviser to help you track down any hidden pots of gold. Those annual statements that are stuffed into a file somewhere may be very handy now. If you have moved address since you last worked at a company, make sure that you inform the scheme administrators so that they can send you up-to-date information – that is a responsibility many people forget.

 

Think about the lifestyle you would like in retirement

The days of working full time and stopping at retirement are now quite rare. People are generally still healthy in their 60s and many enjoy the social and mental aspects of working. Part-time working is becoming more common and now that ‘working from home’ is practically the norm, employers are being more flexible on hours. A ’phased’ retirement is much more common nowadays.

As a rule of thumb, you should plan for 60-75% of the amount you are earning before retirement once you actually retire. This can vary greatly depending on what you want to do. For many it can be the opportunity to travel or turn to a hobby full time. Some become carers for grandchildren or turn to volunteer and charity work. It is worth calculating a budget of what you think you will need. Don’t forget to factor in the impact of inflation; what you have today may not buy you the same in the future.

Often people focus on the early active years of retirement and forget that they may slow down over time. Some seniors will require nursing care and move to a frail care facility if their health becomes more fragile. It is best to start planning for that day early if you think you’ll need it.

 

How do I get there?

Once you have thought about what you might need in retirement and how long until you get there, you need to consider how much to save and to make your money grow.

 

Group retirement funds

If you are working and your employer offers a pension or provident fund, then make sure you join as soon as you can. You can contribute up to 27.50% of your salary – try to contribute as much as you can. Your employer will explain the fund rules to you and the investment choices available. If you’re not sure, then speak to a financial adviser.

 

Personal retirement funds

Suppose you don’t have access to an employer fund. In that case, you need to set up a personal pension, also known as a retirement annuity fund. Our advisers can help you with this.

 

Tax relief

You can contribute and deduct up to 27.50% of your taxable income or remuneration – whichever amount is the greater – against your personal income tax. This would reduce the amount of tax you are currently paying.

 

Investment decisions

How you invest your retirement funds will be important in helping you have the lifestyle you want in retirement. You may be new to investing and naturally want to avoid taking any risks with your money. The longer you have to invest, the more time your money has to recover from any downturn in the market, so don’t be afraid to take some risk.

Make sure you understand what you are buying and avoid anything offering outrageous returns; the current interest rate on bank deposit accounts is less than 6%, so anything offering returns above 10% a year must have considerable risk.

Our advisers will always recommend you hold some cash for emergencies but keeping your retirement savings in cash will not give you any growth on your money at all. Worse still, the impact of inflation over the long term will mean that your cash will buy less when you retire.

Understand how much risk you are willing to take; you don’t want to be up all night worrying that your money might be lost and you don’t want to sleepwalk into a retirement with no income. You need to take a sensible amount of risk to achieve a reasonable return.

 

Will I have enough?

 Remember that on average you are likely to live for 18 to 21 years after you retire and many people live well into their 90s now, so your money has to work hard to provide you with a decent income. Review your retirement plans once a year with your adviser to see if you are on track, be prepared to take action and stay focused on the lifestyle you want to live in retirement.

 

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A BRIEF GUIDE TO TRADING IN CRYPTOCURRENCY SECURELY

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Trading in cryptocurrency is becoming increasingly popular in the financial world. Crypto’s huge rises in value over recent months has encouraged many to consider it a valid and important way to invest their money. However, it can be tricky for someone new to the world of crypto to know how to start. The process of setting up can take a few days, but once you’re ready to go, it can be fairly simple to start trading.

 

Find A Crypto Wallet

To store crypto, you will need a cryptocurrency wallet. There are many wallets out there to choose from, in both software and hardware forms. You could choose a free to use software wallet, to begin with, and then invest in a more secure hardware wallet if you plan to hold amounts of crypto for the medium to long term. Hardware wallets typically cost anywhere from £50 to £150, so it is worth doing your homework and finding the right wallet for your needs.

 

Sign Up With A Brokerage

You will need an account with a brokerage service to begin trading. It would be best if you looked for brokerages that offer good security, an easy-to-use interface and plenty of cryptocurrencies to choose from.

You will need to provide some identification to open an account with a reputable brokerage, and it may take a few days to get your account verified. Therefore, it is vital to do your research and ensure that the brokerage you choose is legit before providing any personal information.

 

Get Help From Experts

Once you have your account up and running don’t rush to buy your first Bitcoin. As a beginner to the world of crypto trading, there are plenty of potential pitfalls, and talking to experts can go a long way to reducing the risks.

Check out Traders Of Crypto, a cryptocurrency community that provides expert, collective knowledge to those starting out with crypto trading. There you can find plenty of free guides to help you on your trading journey.

 

Choose Your Crypto

The next step is to decide on the crypto you want to trade in. There are thousands out there to choose from, with the most well-known being Bitcoin. The more popular the crypto, the more likely it is to remain stable, so it may help to start with Bitcoin for your first transactions.

Once you have some experience, you could branch out to smaller altcoins, though it is often wisest to keep most of your trades to the bigger coins.

 

Make Sure You Have The Capital

You will need sufficient capital to buy and trade cryptocurrency. You can add this to your brokerage account, typically by bank transfer or debit card payment. It is crucial to keep in mind that the value of crypto frequently changes, so ensure that you are spending only what you can afford.

 

Start Trading

You can start by either trading cash for crypto or crypto for crypto. However, keep in mind that there may be brokerage costs for each trade, so you should choose your trades wisely.

 

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SKILLING AND METROPOLITAN X PARTNER TO OFFER ADVANCED TRADING EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Skilling, a Scandinavian fintech providing online trading on a wide range of world markets, has announced a strategic partnership with the trading education and empowerment institution, Metropolitan X Group, which is set to establish and propel valuable trading education for its clients.

 

Metropolitan X Group, whose universal mission is to provide financial research and trading education to traders of all levels, has developed a training program that delivers a well-rounded curriculum through innovative theoretical-practical learning webinars. The program offers live trading sessions providing real-time analysis and commentary on market events. Together with live social market updates and insights, the Metropolitan X Group equips its student-traders with the tools and skills they need to analyse, evaluate and trade the markets effectively and with greater success.

 

This is Skilling’s first education-focused partnership and it marks a significant step forward in Skilling’s plan for trader education and its investment in upskilling traders. The education program is expected to open aspiring traders up to new possibilities through personalized learning and create in them a deeper understanding of the markets.

 

“Client education is a priority for Skilling. We want to empower our traders with market knowledge and trading education so that they can navigate any market environment more successfully. We are very excited to be providing top education through Metropolitan X Group’s trading and advanced learning programs and are excited to see traders utilise these newfound skills on their trading platforms,” said Michael Kamerman, CEO of Skilling.

 

By partnering with Metropolitan X, Skilling can deliver top-tier education from experienced trading professionals that will help clients improve their investing knowledge, and develop deeper market insights to be fully apt and equipped to identify better trading opportunities in the markets.

 

“We are excited to partner up with a broker that believes education is the key to success in this demanding market. Together we shall provide traders with the necessary tools and knowledge to tackle the ups and downs of trading. Traders taking advantage of our shared services with Skilling will receive exciting exclusive market insight like no other,” says Sebastián Hernandez, Director of MetropolitanX.

 

The power of this evolving partnership demonstrates Skilling’s firm positioning on trader education leadership and will drive success through strong growth in more educated and skilled new customers taking on the markets.

 

“There are undoubtedly both inherent opportunities and risks in trading and investment. Investor enthusiasm has shown it has the ability to storm the markets through organized online trading communities and unprecedented access to hundreds of instruments. This underpins both the scale and power of today’s individual traders, making it vitally important that individuals have the necessary education and also the right tools at their disposal to make smarter trading decisions,” said Michael Kamerman, CEO of Skilling.

 

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