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 not needed today to work. The sooner investors begin investing for their future needs, the greater wealth they could accumulate.
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.