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Managing your retirement savings in uncertain times

When markets experience volatility, you may see fluctuations in the value of your retirement savings. These are a normal part of long-term investing, as the value of investments can go down as well as up. This can be daunting, but there are ways you can ease your mind during times of uncertainty. Remember, this information is not a personal recommendation for a particular course of action. And, if you’re unsure about the right approach for you personally, you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

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Understanding uncertainty

If you’ve seen the value of your retirement savings fluctuate, it’s natural to feel nervous. But although past performance is not a guide to future performance, markets can and do recover. It’s important to remember though that the value of the investments in your retirement savings plan can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invest. While it can be unnerving, it’s important to remember retirement savings are a long-term investment and volatility is a normal part of long-term investing.

So, while it’s never nice to see your retirement savings fall in value, the most important point to remember is that this could well be a temporary setback.

Take your time

During uncertain times, feeling fearful could lead some people to make rushed decisions about their retirement savings, based on short-term circumstances. Some may think about selling or moving investments in the hope of minimising any loss, but this could have significant long-term consequences for your financial wellbeing and retirement, as you may miss out on any market bounce-backs.

So, think carefully and consider talking to an authorised financial adviser before making any decisions.

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