Worldwide people are living longer and the number of retirees is growing. By 2050, the global retirement population will almost triple to 2 billion1, growing at twice the rate of the population at large. Longevity should be a blessing, but many investors are worried they will outlive their savings.
Living longer around the world
Average expectancy at birth 1950-1955 and 2005-2010
Source: United Nations Population Division, April 2011
Note: Life Expectancy at birth, both sexes combined.
"So what do I do with my money?"
Not only should investors consider saving for retirement as early as possible, but also think about how to invest when in retirement. Compounding (where returns are reinvested to grow additional capital or income) can be a useful strategy to put cash which is unneeded today to work and the sooner investors begin investing for their future needs, the greater wealth they could accumulate. And in later years, with retirement likely to span twenty or more years, those at age 60 and beyond may reasonably consider some carefully tailored exposure to risk assets (such as shares) over the long term to support them in retirement.
Before using this strategy, we recommend you seek professional financial advice to ensure it’s appropriate for your individual situation and investment goals.
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Some investing ideas to consider
BlackRock’s breadth of capabilities
For investors building a well-diversified portfolio, BlackRock offers a broad range of investment solutions, spanning asset classes, geographies and different strategies.
BlackRock’s Consensus Funds (For Professional Investors Only)
BlackRock’s consensus funds are global, multi-asset funds which use index funds as efficient building blocks. The range contains portfolios tailored to different risk appetites, offering diversified exposure to global markets across asset classes.
BlackRock’s Equity Income funds
BlackRock’s family of equity income funds, including Global, Continental European and UK, seek income above the market average and provide scope for capital growth over time.
iShares – full range of ETFs
iShares ETFs are a transparent, low cost and efficient way to diversify your portfolio and gain exposure to global markets.