Give up the 9 to 5 and re­lax ... right?

Countryman - - RETIREES’ VOICE | SHAPING YOUR LIFE AFTER WORK - Fabian Ross

Re­tire­ment is on the hori­zon and you’re over the moon — but only briefly. You won­der if re­tire­ment re­ally is a cause for cel­e­bra­tion th­ese days. What will you do with all your time? Will you be healthy enough and have suf­fi­cient money to do ev­ery­thing you want to do?

Un­for­tu­nately for many, re­tir­ing th­ese days is any­thing but re­lax­ing. Be­tween man­ag­ing your fi­nances, un­der­stand­ing the ever-chang­ing su­per rules, stay­ing healthy and wor­ry­ing about the grand­kids, who has time to re­lax?

In our 30s we pic­tured our re­tire­ment and imag­ined a stress-free time to en­joy the fruits of our hard work. Right now, you’re prob­a­bly wish­ing you could go back to your 30-year-old self and of­fer three words of ad­vice. Start sav­ing early!

If you feel like this, then you aren’t alone. And that’s the rea­son WA Su­per has part­nered with West Aus­tralian News­pa­pers on the Re­tirees’ Voice Survey.

We want to know what’s on your mind, so we’re ask­ing you to take the time to fill in the survey.

We know that su­per­an­nu­a­tion can be com­pli­cated, which is why we be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to know how to pre­pare for a com­fort­able re­tire­ment and to seek help with tough de­ci­sions.

No one plans to fail, they just fail to plan. We be­lieve that it is re­ally im­por­tant to get pro­fes­sional help from ei­ther a fi­nan­cial plan­ner or some­one from your su­per fund. Don’t rely on what your mate says at the week­end bar­be­cue!

Fabian Ross is chief ex­ec­u­tive of WA Su­per www.wa­su­per.com.au

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