How to avoid social isolation as you age? Isolation is one of the key issues that we face as we age. Women more than men will be in this predicament as women tend to outlive their male partners. Are you are rattling around in that big house on your own? Have you thought about where you will be able to live now that you have reached the third half of your life?
There is a new trading platform which is as simple to use as online shopping. If you are a self-directed investor, like me, then growing your portfolio balance is important. Diversification has been talked about a lot lately. The saying ‘Don't have all your eggs in the one basket' rings true today as it always has. But what is diversification and how easy is it to achieve? Some say that owning a mix of Australian shares in different sectors is diversified. Others say that does not go far enough and we should be investing in un-correlated assets, like bullion and cryptocurrencies. Then some are also saying we should be investing in overseas shares.
Do you want more success in your life? Do you dream of things that you can accomplish? Do you know what ‘your success’ should/would look like? So many of us drift along through life without having a goal, a life plan and wake up one day and realise that a few decades have swept past. Where does all that time go and where are the accomplishments?
Longevity makes it imperative we make a conscious effort to save more money while we are still working. Life expectancy has continued to increase with females now aged 65 expected to live to 87.1 and a 65-year-old male can expect to live to 84.2 according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. I became a widow at 55, my girlfriend became a widow at 59 and my Mum became a widow at 83. The chances of women ending up on their own are greater than men and that is why women need to avoid running out of money.
The retirement vision is something we eagerly await. Some of us have a clearly defined picture of our future retired lives. We know the location, the activities, the travel and dream of the free time. What happens then when this definition of our retired life is not duplicated by our partner? After all those years together, could we possibly want a different life in retirement to them?