Retirement Planning

Everything you’ll read at Thomtax is based around a single aim – generating and keeping wealth . Then one day I read about the FIRE movement and it struck a chord with me. If you haven’t heard this acronym before, FIRE stands for – ‘achieve financial independence and retire early.’ FIRE has become a popular movement as more and more people dedicate their time and earnings towards retiring much earlier in life than traditional retirement plans or budgets would usually allow. There are various levels of frugality and extreme savings that you can adopt to achieve this  but essentially the point is to concentrate a certain amount of savings and investments each month on retiring a lot earlier in life. Some people choose to put everything into their retirement, taking an extreme approach to preparing for the future at the expense of the present. My approach will be a little more nuanced than that, with increasing income for my retirement a side hustle, meaning that I can still enjoy the life I am currently leading, whilst building those savings. Now, getting that perfect balance between retirement savings and enjoying life in the present isn’t always easy and getting a firm grip on your finances will require commitment and discipline. But what I hope to do, and what I hope you will do with me, is to show that it is possible to do without too much complication and without the expense of financial professionals taking their cut. With some good sense, a judicious use of all the free information out there and most importantly the ability to take a long-term view, financial freedom should be well within our grasp.

Taking the Long-Term View with Your Finances

There’s a lot to think about when you decide to start saving for your future and there are a lot of changes you can make. But underneath it all it is a very simple process. Clear your debts, start living within your means, be smart and put aside a bit of money every month for your future. Take the long-term view, whilst enjoying the present and you too will find yourself retiring a lot earlier than most people and with a decent sized chunk of change to look after you and your family.

Investing For Your Retirement

A lot of people are naturally cautious of putting their money anywhere other than in the bank or into their house. They see investing as basically the same as saving, except with a lot more risk and think to themselves, why should I bother investing, if it means I could lose my money? And yes, investing definitely comes with some risks attached. When you put your cash into a savings account you know that money will be safe.

Income or Growth Investing

In this series of articles, we will look at the advantages and disadvantages of both and how £100,000 would look if it was invested for growth or for income.