Editor's Note

Don’t fear the Reaper

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How would you like to die?” asks Fundhouse’s Rob MacDonald in his article for this issue of Blue Chip, which is focused on retirement. It’s not a yes or no question, but it does make us think. The uncomfortable truth is the retirement marks the end of one’s working life, and the beginning of the ... end. In between those two points is a period of life, the quality of which is determined by how successful one’s retirement planning has been.

Much as clients may wish not to be reminded of the inevitability of their own demise, it is something that the financial planner has to bring into the conversation. The benefit is that the client will then really focus on how they want to spend the rest of their lives. There is also the equation between longevity and income. No longer do most people retire at 65 and meet their maker five years later. If the client has invested in their health and is planning to live a long time, the extra years lived beyond retirement must be taken into account in advance.

These are some of the issues dealt with expertly in this issue of Blue Chip. Enjoy the read.

Correction: Please note that in the previous issue, Allan Gray CIO Andrew Lapping’s surname was misspelt “Lanning”. Our apologies for the misunderstanding.

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