C-Suite Advisory

A Guide For High Net Worth Persons To Retire In Comfort

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What I am going to write about today does not solely apply to High Net Worth Individuals (HWNIs) or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs). The title may be suggestive of the same, but the guide is helpful to anyone who wishes to have a comfortable post-retirement life. Things, however, become relatively complicated for these individuals because of the complexity of assets, liabilities, and commitments. Thus, before retirement, all of these things must be sorted out.
Today’s guide is not the technical one. It is simply a guidebook for the HWNIs and UHNWIs out there. Retirement may sound like a simple transition from an active professional life but it is much more than that. It is highly advised to these individuals not to let too absorbed in enhancing their worth that they forget this vital aspect of life.
However, let me clarify that the word ‘retirement’ does not imply an absolute refrain from an active lifestyle. For many HWNIs and UHNWIs, retirement is just limiting your activities and spending away more time with yourself and your family.

On this note, let us see how you should plan right for your retirement years. Here are a few tips for you!

  1. Start Early
    It is never too early to start thinking about retirement. There is indeed nothing wrong with preparing in advance. Generally, it is advised that one should actively start preparing in their 20s. But, money grows with time, and perhaps, your net worth jumps up high later in your life. It doesn’t matter! As soon as you are capable, you should start. Of course, the later you begin, the more rigorous your retirement strategy will become. Things also change depending on when you want to retire. Despite that, start! Don’t think that mere accumulation of money is all there is to be considered. It is advised that you hire a financial advisor to help you figure a way out.
  2. How You Want To Spend Your Post-Retirement Years
    You have to ask this question yourself, or else your financial advisor will do that. You have a mountain of assets, responsibilities, and liabilities to be taken care of. There is no way you can get away with an “I just want to enjoy those years” kind of attitude. To devise your strategy, you will need to figure out how you want to spend your retirement years. Are you willing to cut down on luxury? Do you intend to settle in a particular country? Do you expect a low-key life with your family?
    The distribution and utilization of your current and future assets will heavily depend on the answers to these questions. For instance, a luxurious post-retirement life means you will need to have a continuous flow of income during that period. Or, you should have saved enough by then.
  3. Cut down on your debt liabilities
    It is a horrible idea to carry forward your debt liabilities to your retirement years. Right now, it would be best if you started working towards eliminating the existing debt and limiting the amount you borrow. For that, you might have to cut down on your expenses, strategically invest your assets, work doubly hard to pay off loans, and whatnot. A few years of grind will give you comfort in the future. These debt liabilities should not be passed down to your family as well. The less debt you have, the more you will be able to dedicate your resources to your retirement plan.
  4. Decide the matters of succession
    Great stories have been penned on the disputes of succession. After all, they are quite a spice to the readers. But certainly not to the family. You have amassed a gigantic sum for yourself and your family. Up until your retirement, you will be looking after matters of business. But, what about later? You have a company, for example, and cannot leave it without a successor. If you do, you are pushing the fortune of the company and its people into a tailspin. Moreover, you will be hounded by the disputes of succession during retirement. So, once you are sure who should do what, you should officially settle the matters of succession.
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Alexandra Dimitropoulou

Alexandra Dimitropoulou

VP and News Editor
Alexandra Dimitropoulou is a VP and News Editor at CEOWORLD magazine, working to build and strengthen the brand’s popular, consumer-friendly content. In addition to running the company’s website, CEOWORLD magazine, which aims to help CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives get smarter about how they earn, save and spend their money, she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Global Business Policy Institute. She can be reached on email alexandra-dimitropoulou@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.