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5 Steps to Gift a Smart Retirement Plan to Your Parents

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  • 15th Feb 2022
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5 Steps to Gift a Smart Retirement Plan to Your Parents

It comes as no surprise that your parents strive to offer you everything, and in doing so, they often sacrifice more than they should have. From encouraging you to enrol in summer camps or dance classes to investing considerably in your higher education, they toil hard to provide you with the best. To make your life worry-free, your parents often fail to secure a sufficient amount for their retirement savings. During their sunset years, when they should be enjoying the fruits of their labor, they add pennies to make ends meet.

As a young adult, you are often preoccupied with the novelty of adulthood, intriguing employment opportunities, developing relationships, etc. Among the many things you want to learn more about, strategizing a retirement plan for parents isn’t at the top of your list. However, the fast-paced world in which you live is full of uncertainty, and it passes you by so swiftly that you have few or no opportunities to renew. As a result, it’s a good idea to help your parents plan ahead of time to enjoy those golden years. It offers them a sense of independence and peace of mind, but it also gives you plenty of time to pursue your aspirations while planning for theirs without feeling rushed!

Though building a secure and financially stable retirement and understanding the entire process of retirement planning seems daunting, it is not impossible. This retirement planning guide will outline a detailed strategy that will help you create a smart retirement plan for your ageing parents, custom-fitted to their necessities.

A Step-by-Step Retirement Planning Guide For Your Parents

Step 1: Start early and initiate an open conversation about your parents’ needs.

Understanding how they envision their sunset years is important to formulate a smart retirement plan for your parents. Whether they want to travel around the globe or continue working, ask them questions about how they plan their post-retirement years. Discover their liabilities, fears, dreams, aspirations, and goals for retirement, if any, to foster a clear understanding between each other.

Step 2: Know about their current financial condition.

It is only fair for parents not to be upfront about their monetary situation with their children. However, to plan a financially-stable future for them, you should know all about their current savings, outstanding loans, pension funds, investments, monthly expenses, etc. This is necessary to analyze their assets and liabilities and undertake efforts to minimize their debts.

Step 3: Get your parents appropriately insured.

With growing age, susceptibility to diseases and ill-health becomes inevitable. So, apart from helping them maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to buy adequate health insurance for your parents. Then, compare and contrast the alternatives available and opt for the one that best suits their needs.

Step 4: Ensure a steady flow of income post-retirement.

For your parents to continue their current lifestyle and living standards, it is crucial to maintain a consistent flow of income even after their retirement. What proves to be the best solution is investing in term plans or retirement plans. With different means to strengthen your future financial condition, these plans strive to achieve the same goal. If your parents have a grim financial situation, another small effort can be to downsize their expenses and share their burden.

Step 5: Track and set their documents in order

For your parents to have a worry-free future, you need to ensure all their documents are in order. As responsible children, you should consider financially protecting your parents in the event of a death. Ensure their assets are not held in one person’s name and have a formal nomination. Another measure is to have a will in place. Therefore, under proper legal consultations, help your parents draw a will.

These simple yet highly effective measures can go a long way in helping your parents kick start their retirement planning. Parents devote their entire lives to making your life better! However, the greatest gift you can give them in their elderly years is peace of mind, which you can provide them by rebuilding their corpus and redesigning their portfolio.

- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life

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