Most seniors will underestimate the importance of a retirement plan. However, they realise that they missed out on an opportunity to grow their portfolio and live comfortably in their sunset years. If you do not have a retirement plan, do not wait any longer. The article below explains how to create a retirement plan. 

Hire A Retirement Planner

Although retirement planning could seem like a straightforward task, you will need an expert to help out with the technicalities of the plan and ensure you abide by the plan. Retirement planners are financial experts that specialise in helping clients diversify their investment portfolios. When hiring a retirement planner, it is prudent to conduct some background research to ensure they are the right fit. The rule is to assess the planner's reputation, accreditation, specialisation and people skills. Remember, you will create a lasting relationship; hence it would be disappointing if you fired the planner before finalising the retirement plan. 

Consolidate Your Assets

A retirement plan is a long-term financial plan. Therefore, you need to consolidate your assets to determine your net worth. For instance, if you inherited property or have assets from a previous marriage that are not in your name, you need to transfer them to your name. Examine your current debts. For instance, you could be repaying a mortgage or car loan. In most cases, it makes sense to dispose of assets you no longer need to offset your current liabilities. For instance, you could make a decent amount by selling off your old car and furniture you no longer use. 

Set Savings Goals

Examine your current income vis-à-vis your expenses to establish how much you can save. Most people fail to save because they think they need to save a considerable amount at once. However, small monthly contributions eventually become a sizable amount over the years. Your savings must be reasonable and consistent. Therefore, do not make huge compromises to save. If you do so, you could end up in debt. 

Formulate An Investment Plan

Your retirement planner will assess your portfolio, interests and savings and recommend a viable investment plan. One of the objectives of a retirement plan is to compound your earnings. Usually, the retirement planner presents various options for you to consider. For example, you could rent out a portion of your property or a property you do not use. Alternatively, you could invest in non-tangible assets such as bonds and shares. Although the returns might be small, they compound every year. 

Reach out to a professional who can discuss retirement planning with you.