A recent survey of more than 1,000 people found that almost one in five respondents said they had accessed their retirement savings early or intended to do so. Meanwhile, one in four of the people who planned or had accessed their nest egg prematurely wanted the cash as a “back-up plan.”
The generation that has a lot of the big challenges of life (a mortgage, young kids, one-income or two-incomes with a childcare bill) were half of the group withdrawing super.
I don’t blame this group because Covid has been a very financially tricky time and cash flow crises have been quite common. That’s why I suggest you try to look at your finances as if you’re a business owner.
What is a money strategy?
Successful businesses have standout characteristics. They set goals and have a plan to make these goals happen. They also set up key processes or systems to ensure the goals are achieved.
Part of good business practice is to review all costs, assess the calibre of key suppliers and never get complacent about best practice and what innovations can help you run your business better.
4 tips to assess and create your own money strategy
Here are some steps by which you can manage your money:
- Make sure you know your goals. Write them down or put them on your computer where you can see them every day.
- Work out the processes that will help you find the money (either through better spending, saving or income-generation) to give you the funds and invest to build wealth.
- Review all the financial products (home loans, credit cards, term deposits and superfund) to make sure they are best-of-breed and reasonable when it comes to costs.
- What is your current investment or wealth-building strategy? Do you really have one? And are you sticking to it?
Three examples of an investment strategy
When it comes to your written down investment strategy, is it rigid or set in stone?
Here are some examples:
- I’ll save $100 each pay and after five pays I’ll buy an exchange traded fund that gives me access to the top 200 companies in Australia by investing in the S&P/ASX 200 Index.
- I’ll salary sacrifice $10,000 a year and invest that in a high growth option with my super fund.
- I’ll buy a home to live in when the real estate market is negative. It will be the worst house in a really good street in an up and coming suburb. I’ll renovate and sell it when the property market is buoyant, and trade up into a better street in a better suburb and do it again. I’ll do Do-It-Yourself courses so I can do a lot of the work and project manage the future renovations.