Whether you plan to keep working after becoming eligible for NZ Superannuation or not, 65 still looms as the defining age for retirement, and it looms even larger in your fifties. Depending on your circumstances, the prospect of reaching 65 can lead to feelings of joy, fear or uncertainty. The ten years before retirement are like the last lap of a marathon race. If you are leading, you could easily trip and fall before the finish line. If you are at the back of the pack, it is still possible to have a surge of energy for a respectable finish.
Power up your savings
How much you save during the last few years of your working life will determine how well you live in the twenty or thirty years of your retirement. Work towards living on whatever your retirement income will be and save the rest.
Blitz your debt
Crunch your remaining mortgage by having part of it floating or as a line of credit, so you can make extra payments without penalty. Put your credit card on ice and use a debit card instead.
Slash your outgoings
If you have no dependents and a good asset base you may be able to cut back on your life insurance. Shop around for the best deals on utilities.
Boost your investments
It’s a myth that all your investments need to become more conservative as you get closer to retirement. Match your investments with the time frame in which you will need to access your capital; conservative for short term, growth for medium and long term.
Plan your dream retirement
The amount of money you need will depend on how you want to spend your retirement. Be clear on your retirement goals so you have a financial goal to make your dream real.