Five Investment Tips for 50-somethings

When you start nearing retirement age, you start worrying about the value of your investments, and want to maximize your savings, so you can live the lifestyle you deserve after you retire. Most of us believe that a simple 401 K plan will not guarantee the money we need for old age. Many people plan to travel and take on hobbies as soon as they have free time. If you want to maximize your investments in the last ten-fifteen years of your employment, find some tips below.

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1. Try Trading and Earn an Extra Income

If you have spare money to invest, you can try forex or long term investments to earn profits and put towards your retirement. Before you would start, however, you need to check whether you have what it takes to make it on the stock or foreign exchange market. Look through the advice provided at trustedforexbroker and decide whether or not this way of earning an extra income is for you.

2. Create Multiple Income Streams

You might want to take on an extra part time job that allows you to pay in more into your savings account or make an investment that will guarantee an income long term. Alternatively, you can start a small business to fund your retirement, and live of your main job. It is worth to make the sacrifice to avoid having to work after you are retired. You can start a blog, a small gardening business, or even tutoring to pay for things you will need in the future.

3. Track Your Spending

It is important that you don’t dig into your 401 K plan, and you are not spending over your budget. In your 50-s, you might be already close to paying off your mortgage, and own a car outright. Put off luxury purchases, so you can make your money work for you. Get financial help if you believe you can’t make ends meet, and let the kids look after themselves. Make sure that they are self-sufficient by the time you retire, so you don’t have to support them financially after your retirement.

4. Check and Top Up Your Retirement Portfolio Regularly

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It is important to keep an eye on your investments regularly. You have the freedom to move your money around if your current plan doesn’t deliver profits, and get advice on the best investment plans around. It is, however, important to mention that every time you move your portfolio someone is likely to charge you a fee for the transaction, therefore, think it through well to make sure the change is worth it, to avoid making costly investment mistakes that will affect your future.  

5. Increase the Value of Your Property Portfolio

The greatest value and security you can have for your old age is your home. If you have a spare income, you can buy a second home to let out, or a holiday home to generate a yearly income. The tenant fees will cover the cost of the mortgage, and when you retire you can still sell the real estate for some cash.

Planning for your retirement is challenging. Make sure you have multiple sources of income and keep on building your portfolio to live a comfortable life after you stop working.

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