Daniel Thompson, B.Ec & Com, M. App Fin: Retirement Planning | Self-improvement Atlas #17

In this episode, Aditi Kutty sits down with Daniel Thompson – Partner and Financial Adviser at Finnacle, Australia

Many people ask when they should start thinking about retirement planning. Should you wait till you’re 50, or may you begin as soon as you’re 25? And, if so, what are your financial options? Let’s look into these issues with Daniel Thompson.

Meet Daniel Thompson

Daniel Thompson is a Partner and Financial Adviser at Finnacle in Australia. Having experienced life in various parts of the country, from the outback to the city, he noticed a common issue: financial struggles. He co-founded Finnacle to help people manage their finances better to address this. Aside from his professional endeavors, he’s a proud father and a passionate fan of the Essendon Bombers.

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Aditi Kutty, Daniel Thompson shares valuable insights into retirement planning, stressing the importance of starting early. He challenges the notion that a specific amount, like a million dollars, guarantees a comfortable retirement. Instead, he emphasizes that retirement planning is a personal journey shaped by individual goals and circumstances.

Daniel clarifies that retirement planning isn’t solely about relying on government support; it’s about attaining financial independence and freedom. He suggests you can begin saving and investing even in your mid to late 20s. This provides you with a 20 to 30-year window to accumulate your retirement funds gradually.

Daniel advises starting small and uncomplicated for those embarking on retirement savings. He recommends living within your means, paying off high-interest debts, and progressively increasing your savings. This solid foundation allows you to venture into various investment options such as stocks, property, and cryptocurrencies, diversifying your portfolio to minimize risks.

The specific amount needed for a comfortable retirement isn’t a fixed figure; it depends on several factors. Daniel encourages individuals to evaluate their unique financial requirements and work toward tailored financial independence that aligns with their lifestyle and preferences.

Daniel also emphasizes the importance of saving tiers, suggesting the creation of an emergency fund before diving into investments. He highlights that consistently being in the market matters more than trying to time the market, enabling you to build your savings and assets over time.

In conclusion

Starting early, making informed investment choices, and actively managing your finances can pave the way for a secure and satisfying retirement. Also, retirement planning includes focusing on personal growth and self-improvement to further enhance your prospects of financial success and a more fulfilling life.

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