How can I retire without debt in Australia?

August 9th 2017 | Categories: Retirement | Debt Management |

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Whether you’re looking to pay off a mortgage in retirement, or you’ve relied too much on your credit cards, many Australians face entering their golden years with debt hanging over them.

REST Industry Super recently revealed that 46 per cent of Australians predict they will retire with debt. Of these, 25 per cent will still have outstanding credit card bills and 21 per cent will have not paid of their mortgage debt.

If you’re asking yourself ‘how can I retire without debt in Australia?’ here are some key tips depending on your age group. However, for a better understanding of your finances and planning for retirement, please speak to a financial adviser.

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Younger generations

 Millennials and Generation Xers are in the best position to retire without debt in Australia, as they have the most time to accumulate wealth and pay off any arrears. Yet, Roy Morgan Research found that nearly 40 per cent of those aged between 30 and 34 thought retirement was too far off for financial planning. This figure falls to just below 17 per cent by ages 45 to 49.

While you’re younger, you have a number of options to avoid debt, including:

 Approaching retirement

Younger baby boomers are now approaching retirement. The good news is that just 8 per cent of 55 to 59-year-olds think it’s too early for them to consider financial planning for retirement. The bad news is that if you’ve only just started getting your ducks in a row, you don’t have a lot of time left.

If you’re struggling to retire without debt in Australia, you may wish to consider:

In retirement

If you’re reading this and you’ve already finished work, you may be wondering ‘how can I pay off debt in retirement?’ Some of the options mentioned above still apply, such as using a lump sum from your super to pay off mortgage debt or speaking to a financial adviser to plan a strategy.

You could also:

Would you like to discuss how you can retire without debt in Australia? We can get in touch.

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