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Be Smart Now to Enjoy Later

Taking time to plan for a retirement and start putting away funds in a superannuation account can result in a better future. It is smart to put aside funds for retirement because the account grows with tax-free investments that make the future after work a little easier.

Understanding a little about the account, how it works and the best ways to help it grow will provide the opportunity to enjoy a retirement without concerns about the financial situation.

 

 

Superannuation Basics

When planning for the future, it is important to understand the available options. Superannuation, which is also called a pension plan in some areas, is a useful tool for enjoying freedom during retirement.

Understanding the basics of how superannuation works will make it easier to enjoy a comfortable retirement. The term is used to describe a type of program that employers provide to employees as part of a benefits package.

Employees put aside funds into the account. Since the funds are put into the account for retirement, it is not taxed by the government until withdrawals are made in the future. These tax free funds are able to grow over time as the cash is put into different investments for a return.

After putting in money for a certain number of years, it is possible to start making withdrawals from the account. Depending on the particular superannuation account, the minimum age will vary. Some accounts will allow withdrawals after the individual reaches 55 years old while other plans will require reaching an older age. The specifics of the account are usually provided before funds are placed into the account.

 

Retirement Planning

Opening a superannuation account is part of retirement planning. Retirement planning is about saving for the future because work is not available to cover necessary costs. Instead, the growth of a retirement account due to investing and saving provides the necessary cash for a comfortable and even interesting retirement.

Taking time to plan for retirement is a smart move. Any individual who plans for the future is taking steps to ensure better stability, even if it is so far in the future that it seems like funds are being wasted.

Any money put aside for years in an account that grows at a reasonable rate will end up with more cash than expected. Between the funds gained by compounding the returns on investment and the cash put into the account from work, it is possible for the retirement to grow exponentially over the course of a lifetime.

Making a plan starts with determining the best account for personal growth. Superannuation or a pension plan from a job is a simple way to plan for the future. The downside is that it has less personal control that other options, so many individuals use a combination of the pension and other retirement options.

Reading the Details

Before making the final plans and setting retirement savings into motion, it is important to find out all of the details about the superannuation account and the payout options.

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Benefits in an account differ based on the employer and some contributions might be required, depending on the particular account. Taking time to read the details will ensure that the retirement option is appropriate for individual goals and future comfort.

 

Compounding for a Comfortable Retirement

Being smart by putting aside money for the future can result in savings that allow travel to exotic destinations, interesting activities and maintaining the current standard of living that provides personal comfort.

Compounding is a key tool when it comes to retirement planning. The way compounding works is through the growth of funds due to investing. When an investment is made, it provides a certain return. Over the years, the growth of the initial investment is high because the gains from previous years are adding to the account and providing more income.

 

 

By making more gains on the previous gains, a snowball effect occurs. The account grows at a faster rate as gains on investments increase the funds available. Over time, the gains each year become surprising and the funds available at the time of retirement are usually more than triple the initial funds put into the account.

 

Setting Up Automatic Systems

Since superannuation is through an employer, it is possible to set up automatic systems to put funds into the account. The employer can take a certain amount and set it aside in the account as directed by employees.

By taking the funds directly out of the paycheck and putting it into the account, it is easier to ensure a steady flow of funds are put aside for retirement. It also avoids the complication of taxes because the funds are automatically put into a tax-free account.

Beyond improving the ability to set aside funds for retirement, setting up an automatic system prevents overspending. Saving in the present ensures a brighter future. That means it is necessary to set aside funds before it is possible to spend every penny of a paycheck and find that the cash is not available to put into an IRA or other retirement account.

The future starts with making plans in the present and following through. When it comes to a financially secure future after reaching retirement age, it is important to plan ahead. Planning to put funds into a superannuation account or other retirement options is a smart move the will result in a comfortable retirement.

 

 

Resources:

  • http://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/pathway.aspx?pc=001/002/064&alias=super
  • https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/tools-and-resources/calculators-and-tools/superannuation-calculator

 

– Article by: Australian income protection experts, Income Protection Insurance Australia (IPIA)

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