Most of us realize we should put some regular effort into saving money for our futures. However in reality we don’t all manage to do it. One report just released by HSBC says people in the US have only managed to save for around two thirds of their retirement years (on average). Of course none of us knows how long we will have to enjoy retirement, but according to the study the average length of time we have finances to cover is 14 years. The study also found the average retirement stretches out for 21 years.
The figure does not become any more promising if we take a look around the globe. Other countries find themselves in a similar position, with far less in savings on average than the number of years people have left to live.
How can you make sure you don’t become one of these statistics?
There is a lot to be said for living for the moment. But we also have to look ahead and ensure we can live comfortably in the future too. After all we spend so much of our lives working: it seems a shame not to enjoy our retirement and have a reasonable amount of money to see us through this period of time.
So it is a delicate balance we must strike: to spend money today and also to save for the future. If we can make sure we are able to do both, we should avoid becoming one of the statistics mentioned above.
How can we plan for the future?
The real task is to ensure we live properly today while freeing up some cash to invest in our futures. The current period of time is challenging for many people, with wages stagnant and many goods and services shooting up in price. This means many people are struggling to save anything at all. Many do not even have the luxury of a financial cushion to rely on in case anything should happen.
So you can see the task is to take a serious look at your finances now to see where you could possibly make savings. Many people can free up some cash in one way or another, depending on their situation. Even if it means giving up one or two so called luxuries, wouldn’t you rather have something to invest in your future? After all once your retirement arrives you will have no more time to build a nest egg to survive on.
They say the longest journey starts with one small step. This is true, and so is the need to focus on your desire to plan for the future. Even if you only start in the smallest of ways, you will be heading in the right direction. And once you get started you may gather pace and find new ways to save for your retirement.
The figures do not lie, and if you want to be able to fund your retirement the best time to start is now.