Retirement Planning

Make the most of your retired life!

You have worked hard and built a life for yourself and your family—one full of dreams, achievements, and happiness. Now, as you near retirement, you may have new dreams and goals in mind.

You may want to spend more quality time with your loved ones or travel the world. You may also want to fulfil commitments like your child’s higher education or wedding.

With a little retirement planning, you have the power to fulfil your wishes while maintaining your financial independence.

In this page, we cover all aspects of retirement planning.

What is retirement planning?

retirement planning

Retirement planning means preparing today for your future life so that you continue to meet all your goals and dreams independently. This includes setting your retirement goals, estimating the amount of money you will need, and investing to grow your retirement savings.

Every plan for retirement is unique. After all, you may have very specific ideas on how you want to spend your retired life. This is why it’s important to have a plan that is designed specifically to suit your individual needs.

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Why plan for retirement?

plan for retirement

You retire from work, not life. You may have a new set of dreams for your post-retirement life. At the same time, you may also want to maintain your day-to-day lifestyle without worrying about expenses.

By planning in advance, you can define the path to achieve these life goals without any financial dependence.

Here is how retirement planning can help you:

To maintain the standard of living

To maintain the standard of living

You want your current lifestyle to continue even after retirement. Today, these expenses are covered by your monthly income. After retirement, you can plan to get a regular income to cover your daily expenses

To be prepared for a longer life

To be prepared for a longer life

You may need to save a lot more for your post-retirement expenses since the average life expectancy is higher today10. By planning in advance, you can make all the arrangements for a longer post-retirement income

To be emergency-ready

To be emergency-ready

You would not want to depend on anyone in case of any financial emergencies or medical expenses. With the right retirement plan, you can build an emergency fund that will keep you prepared for unexpected events

To fulfil retirement goals

To fulfil retirement goals

Every retirement is a new lease of life. It’s that beautiful point in life where you have the time to fulfil goals like travelling to new places, picking up a new hobby, or even starting your venture. You may also continue to have commitments to fulfil like sending your child abroad for higher studies. With the right retirement plan, you can secure all these dreams

To fight inflation

To fight inflation

In India, the prices of consumer goods grew 6.2% in 2020, as per CPI inflation data12. This can affect your standard of living. After all, what you could buy today for say, ₹ 1,000, will probably cost a lot more tomorrow. By planning for retirement, you can invest in advance and grow your money to beat inflation

To leave a legacy

To leave a legacy

You have worked hard to build a life of comfort for your family. You want to ensure this comfort lasts for years to come, even in your absence. When you plan for your retirement and build your retirement savings, you can plan to leave wealth behind for your family too

To maintain the standard of living

To maintain the standard of living

You want your current lifestyle to continue even after retirement. Today, these expenses are covered by your monthly income. After retirement, you can plan for a regular income to cover your daily expenses

To be prepared for a longer life

To be prepared for a longer life

You may need to save a lot more for your post-retirement expenses since the average life expectancy is higher today10. By planning in advance, you can make all the arrangements for a longer post-retirement income

To be emergency-ready

To be emergency-ready

You would not want to depend on anyone in case of any financial emergencies or medical expenses. With the right retirement plan, you can build an emergency fund that will keep you prepared for unexpected events

To fulfil retirement goals

To fulfil retirement goals

Every retirement is a new lease of life. It’s that beautiful point in life where you have the time to fulfil goals like travelling to new places, picking up a new hobby, or even starting your venture. You may also continue to have commitments to fulfil like sending your child abroad for higher studies. With the right retirement plan, you can secure all these dreams

To fight inflation

To fight inflation

In India, the prices of consumer goods grew 6.2% in 2020, as per CPI inflation data12. This can affect your standard of living. After all, what you could buy today for say, ₹ 1,000, will probably cost a lot more tomorrow. By planning for retirement, you can invest in advance and grow your money to beat inflation

To leave a legacy

To leave a legacy

You have worked hard to build a life of comfort for your family. You want to ensure this comfort lasts for years to come, even in your absence. When you plan for your retirement and build your retirement savings, you can plan to leave wealth behind for your family too

A step-by-step guide to planning your retirement

We have created a step-by-step guide that can help you plan your retirement.

Step 1: Set your retirement date

The first step of retirement planning is to answer the question: At what age would you like to retire?

You may want to retire at the age of 60, or you may want to plan for an early retirement. The time you have until retirement can affect a lot of your decisions.

For example, if you are 15 years away from retirement, you can choose to invest smaller amounts every month. You can also afford to take a more aggressive approach towards investing. In contrast, if you are 1-2 years away from retirement, you may need to invest a large amount in safer options.

You may also want to consider factors like pending loans, current savings, ability to take workload or stress, among others.

Step 2: Decide what you would like to do after retirement

You may want to live a simple life, or you may have large dreams like starting a new venture or taking up new hobbies. Your post-retirement lifestyle can dictate how much you may spend on a daily or monthly basis.

Here are some questions you can answer to find out your ideal retirement:
· Would you like to relax and spend time with family?
· Would you like to start a new business?
· Do you have any specific goals to fulfil after retirement?
· Does volunteering and helping your community excite you?
· Do you have responsibilities like your children’s education or marriage to fulfil?

These are just some of the factors you can consider to understand your ideal retirement lifestyle.

Step 3: Find out what expenses would continue after retirement

Your monthly expenses today may or may not continue post retirement. For example, you may be paying for your child’s education currently. But if they are likely to graduate before you retire, those expenses may not continue.

You may also have lifestyle-related expenses - some of which may continue even after retirement. For example, utility bills like electricity and internet are likely to continue.

This is why you may want to go through your current expenses and identify which ones are likely to continue post retirement.

Step 4: Estimate the cost of your retirement goals

You may want to buy a vacation home to enjoy your post-retirement years. You may also want to take your spouse on a cruise or explore a new country every year. You need to estimate the cost of these goals that you plan to fulfil during retirement.

Step 5: Plan for an emergency fund

There can be unexpected circumstances like medical emergencies or accidents. Such situations can create a financial strain after retirement. By building your retirement savings, you can build a cushion that can minimise the impact of such unfortunate events.

Step 6: Tally the amount and add inflation

By now, you may have a clear picture of your retirement lifestyle and goals. The next step involves listing these down and assigning an amount for each goal or expense. For example, you can make a list like below:

Expense Cost
Living expenses ₹ 50,000 per month
Travel ₹ 5 lakh per year
Child’s education abroad ₹ 2 crore
Emergency fund ₹ 50 lakh

Note: These numbers are just indicative in nature.

In the above example, traveling once every year for 10 years will need a budget of ₹ 50 lakh. Similarly, for 20 years after retirement, the living expenses could cost another ₹ 1.2 crore. Add to this, child’s education of ₹ 2 crore and an emergency fund of ₹ 50 lakh.

When you add up all these expenses, it amounts to an estimate of ₹ 4.2 crore.

You will also need to factor in the impact of inflation on this amount.

Step 7: Calculate how much you have saved already

You may have saved regularly over the years. Your workplace may have also contributed regularly to an Employee Pension Fund. You should take stock of all your investments to date.

Next, estimate how much these investments may grow until your retirement. This can give you a good idea about how much you may need to invest further.

For example, let’s assume you are 45 years old and you have already saved ₹ 60 lakh over the years. You may expect to earn 8% returns per annum over the next 15 years. You can then expect your investments to be valued at ₹ 1.9 crore at the time of your retirement.


Step 8: Decide your monthly investment amount

You may want to invest a certain amount every month towards your retirement savings. The amount of money you invest can have a big impact. For example, if you can invest ₹ 50,000 every month without fail for 10 years, you can set aside ₹ 60 lakh. This money can grow over the years and add a lot more value to your retirement savings.

Once you decide how much you plan to invest, you can find out the estimated value of your retirement savings. You can compare this amount with your estimated cost of retirement. This can help you identify any gaps and make necessary changes to your plan.

Step 9: Choose your investment option

Every investment option has a different way of earning returns. Some options, like equity, have a higher potential of earning returns, but they come at the cost of higher risks. Other options, like debt or fixed-income investments, offer a safer approach but may earn lower returns.

You can also choose a mix of equity and debt to grow your money.

Step 10: Choose if you want regular income or lump sum payout

The last step of retirement planning is about deciding your income after retirement.

You may plan your investments such that they mature on the day you retire and give you a lump sum amount. You can also plan in such a way that when you retire, your investments give you a lifelong regular income.

You can also invest your lump sum in an annuity plan and get lifelong regular income every month, quarter, six months or year.


Where to invest for retirement?

Many investment options can help you save for retirement. Some options may attract higher risks; others may help you protect your wealth.

We understand that growing your money safely is important. This is why we have designed retirement plans that suit your needs. Some of these plans offer you the potential to grow your money. There are also plans designed to ensure a guaranteed1 regular income for life.

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Benefits of retirement plans5

Regular income after retirement

Regular income after retirement

Guaranteed lifelong income

Guaranteed1 lifelong income

Safe and secure investment without market volatility

Safe and secure investment without market volatility

Customisable as per your needs

Customisable as per your needs

Tax benefits on investments

Tax2 benefits on investments

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Types of retirement plans

Depending on your requirements, you can select from these two types of retirement plans:

Retirement Savings plans

Retirement Annuity plans

Retirement Savings plans

These plans help you grow your money over the years before retirement. With these plans, you can invest regularly over a period of time and build your retirement fund. Two plans that you can consider are ICICI Pru Lakshya Lifelong Income3 and the ICICI Pru Signature4 – systematic withdrawal plan option. These plans also provide a life cover11 to protect your loved ones.

Typically, you select such plans when you want to grow your money in a safe manner and are planning for retirement well in advance.

Retirement Savings plans
Retirement Annuity plans

These plans help you get regular, guaranteed1 income throughout your life. You have the power to decide when you want to start getting your regular income. You can also choose whether you want your regular income every month, quarter, six months or year. An example of a retirement annuity plan is ICICI Pru Guaranteed Pension Plan.

Typically, you select annuity plans to secure your retirement with regular, guaranteed1 income all your life.

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Retirement Annuity plans

How retirement plans work

How Retirement plans work

Before choosing a plan, you must, first, identify your needs and goals. If you have some years until retirement and want to build a corpus, you can go for a retirement savings plan. If you are nearing retirement and have some funds to invest, you can choose a retirement annuity plan.

If you invest in a retirement savings plan, you get a lump sum amount as your retirement fund on maturity. You can invest the entire lump sum amount or a part of it in an annuity plan to get lifelong regular income.

When you invest in retirement annuity plans, you will start getting regular income every month, quarter, six months or year starting either immediately or at a later period as per your need.

Depending on the Retirement plan you choose, you have the power to control5:

- How you want to grow your retirement fund - If you want lump sum or regular payouts - When your regular income starts - Whether you get your regular income every month, quarter, six months or year

Factors to keep in mind while
planning for retirement

Start as early as possible

Start as early as possible

When it comes to retirement planning, time is your best asset. The more time you have, the better you can grow your money, and the more goals you can fulfil

Invest first, spend later

Invest first, spend later

Schedule your investments a day or two after you get your monthly income. This way, you can maintain your investing discipline and control your expenses

Pay costly debt first

Pay off costly debts first

While working on your retirement plan, you can direct your savings towards paying off any debt first, especially if the interest rate is high. This can help secure your retirement from liabilities

Set automatic transfers

Set automatic transfers

You can make it easy to invest by setting up automatic bank transfers. This can help you avoid any delays or misses in investing each month

Set up annuities

Set up annuities

To secure your post-retirement income, you can rely on annuity plans for guaranteed1 lifelong income

Check for tax efficiency

Check for tax efficiency

When you choose an investment option, you may want to check on how the returns will be taxed.

Monitor regularly

Monitor regularly

You should check your investments at least once a year. This can help you adapt your plan better and make quick decisions if your returns are not as expected

Change investments closer to retirement

Change investments closer to retirement

As you inch closer to retirement, you may want to move your investments to low-risk options. For example, you can use the Switch Funds option to reduce your equity exposure

Keep paperwork ready and involve family

Keep paperwork ready and involve family

You may want to keep your family aware of all the important paperwork and financial details. This comes especially handy during emergencies and unfortunate events

Choose the right partner

Choose the right partner

When it comes to money matters, it’s important to work with trusted brands. This can ensure your money is safe in their hands

Start as early as possible

Start as early as possible

When it comes to retirement planning, time is your best asset. The more time you have, the better you can grow your money, and the more goals you can fulfil

Invest first, spend later

Invest first, spend later

Schedule your investments a day or two after you get your monthly income. This way, you can maintain your investing discipline and control your expenses

Pay costly debt first

Pay off costly debts first

While working on your retirement plan, you can direct your savings towards paying off any debt first, especially if the interest rate is high. This can help secure your retirement from liabilities

Set automatic transfers

Set automatic transfers

You can make it easy to invest by setting up automatic bank transfers. This can help you avoid any delays or misses in investing each month

Set up annuities

Set up annuities

To secure your post-retirement income, you can rely on annuity plans for guaranteed lifelong1 income

Check for tax efficiency

Check for tax efficiency

When you choose an investment option, you may want to check on how the returns will be taxed.

Monitor regularly

Monitor regularly

You should check your investments at least once a year. This can help you adapt your plan better and make quick decisions if your returns are not as expected

Change investments closer to retirement

Change investments closer to retirement

As you inch closer to retirement, you may want to move your investments to low-risk options. For example, you can use the Switch Funds option to reduce your equity exposure

Keep paperwork ready and involve family

Keep paperwork ready and involve family

You may want to keep your family aware of all the important paperwork and financial details. This comes especially handy during emergencies and unfortunate events

Choose the right partner

Choose the right partner

When it comes to money matters, it’s important to work with trusted brands. This can ensure your money is safe in their hands

Trusted brand. The reason we exist

Trusted-brand

Trust is our foundation and our cornerstone. Over the last two decades, millions of people have trusted us for the financial security of their loved ones.

- One of the top life insurers6 in India, thanks to our customers - Voted as one of the most valuable brands in India 7 times in a row by over 32 lakh customers7 - ICICI Pru Guaranteed Pension Plan has been voted as the ‘Product of the Year’ under the Retirement and Pension Plans category8 in 2021 - Received FICCI Award for excellence in claims and service in 2020, a validation of our commitment towards serving our customers9

Know more about retirement planning by ICICI Prudentiall Life Insurance

1. Why do you need retirement planning?

You may have several dreams for your post-retirement life. With a little retirement planning in advance, you can fulfil your post-retirement goals while maintaining the same lifestyle.

With rising inflation, the cost of all products and services is increasing. With a sound retirement plan, you can ensure that your retirement funds are protected against inflation as well. It can also help you be ready for any unforeseen financial emergencies.

2. Why choose a retirement plan?

A retirement plan is designed to take care of your post-retirement days and help you lead a stress-free life. One such type is a retirement savings plan, which helps to grow your money and provide a regular income for life. Such plans help you set aside some amount towards your retirement while you are still working. The other type is a retirement annuity plan where you invest a one-time amount and receive a guaranteed regular income either immediately or at a later period from the purchase date.

3. What is the ideal income I need during retirement?

Every retirement is unique. This is why, the money you need for your retirement depends on various factors like:

- Your retirement age
- Your health and lifestyle
- Any loans or liabilities
- The retirement goals you may have
- Any commitments you may have to fulfil

We can help you find out the amount you would require in a matter of seconds with our pension calculator. Just answer a few basic questions on your income, age, the number of years till you want to retire, and the premium amount you want to invest.

You can use our pension calculator to understand the ideal income you would require as per your needs.

4. What is deferment?

When you buy an annuity plan, you can choose to get your regular income from the very next month onwards. These plans are called immediate annuity plan.

However, you can also choose to start getting your regular income at a later date, provided it is within the time frame specified in the terms and conditions of the plan you choose. This is called ‘deferment’. For example, in the Deferred Annuity options of ICICI Pru Guaranteed Pension Plan, you can choose to get your regular income at any time between 1 and 10 years from the date of purchase.

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6. Source: https://www.turtlemint.com/life-insurance/articles/top-insurance-companies-in-india/

7. As per BrandZ, top 75 most valuable Indian brands 2020, 2019, 2018 and BrandZ top 50 most valuable Indian brands 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. Study by KANTAR Milward Brown and published by WPP

8. ICICI Pru Guaranteed Pension Plan - 2021: Winner Life Insurance - Retirement & Pension Plans Category. Survey of 2250 people by NielsenIQ across categories

9. FICCI Insurance Industry awards 2020

10. Source: State, area and gender key to life expectancy, shows data

11. Life cover is the benefit payable on death of the life assured

12. Explained: Why inflation risk is growing in India

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