by Sanjeev Kumar Gopalakrishnan, Investing
12 Oct , 2018

How to Be Financially Independent in Your Post-Retired Life?

Most parents nowadays are keen to lead a financially independent life in their golden years. This societal transformation from when children financially and otherwise took complete responsibility of their aging parents is gradual but a clear shift. Whether we like it or not, the earlier concept of joint families, family business, and children or extended family members caring for the elderly is no longer being followed. So while you are in your financially productive period, you should definitely think about a time when you will not be in a position to earn a living. In such a case, you will need to find sources of income from investments. This income must be sturdy enough to cover all your expenses for the rest of your life.

Here are some pointers to consider when you plan for a financially independent post-retired life.  

Start young

Statistics prove that human life expectancy is increasing, which indicates that you are looking at about at least 20 to 30 years of life when you are not in a position to work for a living. This means you definitely need a robust corpus fund. Hence, to avoid taking up excessive stress in your thirties and forties wondering how you will meet the financial expectations of a long journey, it is safe to start when young.

Make smart investment choices

Your investment plan should look for three types of financial needs – short-term needs that fulfill immediate goals, emergency funds that cover unexpected events, and strong long-term investments for that will give you a sizable income even when your health does not allow you to work for a living. This is where insurances, EPFs, NSC, and pension schemes come in. Government and many private organizations offer pension schemes. Ensure that you make use of the opportunity to create a fund for your retired life. Of course, you also have tax benefits when you avail these options. But this will not be enough; hence go in for a select set of long-term investment after you carefully determine the risk, returns, and interest from these investments.

Account for rising inflation

The combination of rising prices and extended life expectancy can make surviving the post-retirement stage quite a challenging task. Hence when you make an investment plan for your golden years, remember to account for inflation when you calculate the finance you will require on a monthly basis to cover your expenses. Divide your expenses into portions, with a significant proportion going for medical expenses.

Get a medical insurance immediately

Yes, medical expenses are the greatest worry in your golden years. While children will definitely contribute in your tough times, you will be definitely in a stronger position when your medical insurance can help you cover your expenses. Of course, there are limitations. Your eligibility to avail a medical insurance becomes a question mark if you consider this options later in life, say, in your late forties. Hence, make  a smart move and invest in a medical insurance in your twenties and commit to pay your premiums sincerely to take complete advantage in your post-retirement life.

Balance your risk-taking ability

Create a healthy investment portfolio with pension schemes, medical insurance, other insurances, and fixed deposits with specific advantages for senior citizens. But do take on some risk with a small percentage of your money by investing it in mutual funds. Of course, make smart decisions with the help of a strong investment advisor.

Other options

Most Indian homes still go in for traditional savings options of home and gold, but take a step back from using these assets to create money-making options. For example, reverse mortgage of homes can be considered as one option to give you a steady income while also giving you the power to continue to live in your home. With not much information available on using this option of earning an income, such routes are still not being used often.


Planning for your golden years requires a lot of serious thought and planning, with sincere implementation. In your twenties and thirties, allocating a considerable percentage of your income for these years will be easy. Hence plan for strong long-term investments that help you transition into your golden years with confidence and pride.

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 About The Author

Sanjeev Kumar G, an IBS Chennai Alumni, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) from India, since 2005. He has 22 years of experience and is an expert in various personal finance areas like portfolio construction, investment research, life insurance and financial planning.


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