Cash flow issues in retirement

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Mark Price
October 17, 2022
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For many retirees, a lack of regular income is a major source of stress because it makes it difficult to cover basic costs of life, especially now with the high rate of inflation. There are plenty of people who work their entire lives in the hopes of having enough money to retire comfortably, only to find that their retirement savings may not be enough. Making sure you can pay your monthly bills year after year requires a solid plan. As an added bonus, having a plan in place will give you peace of mind so that you may enjoy retirement without worry. You can rest easy knowing that there are numerous choices to meet your cash flow requirements.

What factors are squeezing cash flow?

Expenses tend to pile up as we age. Costs associated with regular living, such as utility bills, maintenance on your property, and medical care, can add up quickly. Furthermore, retirement is the time when we hoped that we can finally relax, see the world, give back to our communities, and indulge in all of the other pursuits we've put off while working.

Why is financial flow such a concern for retirees?

When we're earning a living wage, we're referred to as being in the "accumulation phase" of our financial lives. We have an income, which we use to cover our expenses and also save for the future. After we retire, we enter what is called the "decumulation phase," during which we start spending some of the money we saved up. There is a chance that we won't be able to maintain the same style of living we've become accustomed to during our working years if we didn't save enough or if we had to stop working earlier than we expected to.

Methods for ensuring a steady income in old age

How can an elderly person guarantee that they will have sufficient income to live the way they want to in retirement? The good news is that retirees have choices.

  • Part-Time Work
    In order to supplement their income after retirement, an increasing number of retirees are taking up part time jobs.

  • Annuities
    Many retirees plan to invest at least part of their assets in an annuity. Income from an annuity is guaranteed for a set period of time, typically between five and ten years. Investing in an annuity gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing for sure how much money you'll receive each month, year, or other time period you specify. Retirement-age individuals trying to plan their monthly budgets with certainty may find tremendous solace in this sort of fixed monthly income. It's crucial to consult a financial counsellor before buying an annuity so that you can make an informed decision about the costs and other terms and conditions.
  • Reverse Mortgages
    Over 55+ homeowners with equity in their homes maybe eligible for a reverse mortgage. Property equity loans are mortgages in which the borrower uses the value of their home as collateral. There are no restrictions on how the money from a reverse mortgage is spent, and most lenders will let you borrow up to 55%of your home's value.

    The ease of eligibility for a reverse mortgage is one of its main selling points. You don't need a high credit rating or a substantial salary to qualify. It's possible that the interest rate on this form of loan will be greater than that on a home equity line of credit or a standard mortgage, but there will be no regular payments to worry about. You don't have to worry about paying back the loan until you either sell the house or die away, at which point the interest will be added to the principal.

    Reverse Mortgages are becoming increasingly popular as a means for seniors to augment their income. This is a because of how quickly they will be approved and how much money they will get access to with selling their home.

    It is possible to retire without worrying about whether or not you will have enough money to live comfortably. Following a lifetime of hard work, retirement is supposed to be a time to unwind and enjoy life. The key is figuring out how to improve your cash flow.

    Do you need help meeting your financial obligations in retirement? A reverse mortgage may be the answer. Contact us at 250.212.4424 and a Mortgage Broker will assist you in determining your best course of action.

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