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Financial Planner - Answered on Sep 20, 2023

Asked on - Jul 20, 2023Hindi

Hi, I need advice on retirement - I am 43, Single, no kids, will never have any. I own a 2BKH in pune and there is no loan for it. My parents are on Maharashtra state pension of 45K per month. My total corpus is 4+ crore. Majority of the corpus is invested in Equity mutual funds. I have kept 20 Lakhs in Debt mutual funds for emergency. Some portion is in Liquid MF from which money gets STPed to equity mutual funds every month. Our total monthly expense, including that for my parents and their medical bills is 60K. My own monthly expense is not calculable - but roughly it can be 60K minus their pension which is = 25K. I have bought Health insurance for myself and a separate Accidental disability insurance for myself. I have also bought senior citizen health insurance cover of 15lakh for my parents. My current salary is 2+ lakhs per month(of which 1.5 lakhs go in equity MF SIP) I don't know how long I will live and if I should retire now?
Ans: Retirement doesn't look the same for everyone, and we all have different definitions of what's "enough" money you need to finally put to work in your rear-view mirror. But if you've accomplished the actions listed below, you're probably nearing the home stretch before your well-earned rest and relaxation

You have enough money to have the retirement you want. Figuring out how much money you need to have saved before you can quit working is a job in and of itself. Some say that you should save at least 10 times your annual salary by the time you're 67. Others point to the 4% rule, which states that you should be able to comfortably live off of about 4% of your investments in each year of retirement, thus allowing you to cover expenses for about 30 years.

You have a fund for unforeseen expenses. One of the biggest mistakes a retiree can make is not having an emergency fund. In retirement, a lot of your investments and sources of income are less liquid than cash, since you can't just go to your bank and withdraw cash from your account instantly when your money is invested in the market.

You have a diverse portfolio to protect your wealth. It's not a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to creating sources of income for retirement. You mitigate risk by spreading your savings and investments across multiple streams of future income.

You have a plan to afford healthcare

Healthcare costs rise exponentially in retirement. Many people receive health insurance through their employers, but this benefit typically ends once the individual no longer works there.

"Retirement is not a destination, it's a journey. And like any journey, it's important to be prepared. That means being mentally as well as financially prepared."
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