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Planning Your Future: Potential Sources of Retirement Income

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Planning Your Future: Potential Sources of Retirement Income

When it comes to retiring in your later years, having a source of income is impertinent as it will completely replace your salary. Unless you are able to live an extremely frugal lifestyle, any type of old age security benefits or pension will not be enough to cover your living expenses. By arranging one or (preferably) more of the following potential sources of retirement income, you will be able to enjoy a well-funded and relatively safe retirement. Unfortunately, identifying and knowing which options are best for you will require extensive research on your part, however, we aim to make this a little bit easier. In this article, we will take a look at potential sources of income and a few tips on how to use them properly.

  1. Claim Social Security Benefits But After Seventy: this is almost always the first option that individuals think of as it is a government system that provides monetary assistance to those who do not have adequate income or no income. In the United States, it provides benefits to those who are retired, unemployed or disabled. When it comes to claiming social security benefits, those who are able to wait until the age of seventy are able to gain more monetary assistance than those who take it early at sixty-five.
  2. Use Reverse Mortgages or Downsize Your Home: utilizing the equity in your home is another popular way to meet retirement expenses. You can either take a reverse mortgage which allows you to continue living in your home for the rest of your life while receiving payments every month or a line of credit. You may also want to sell your home and downsize to a smaller home so that you have money from the sale of the house to go towards your retirement.
  3. Use a 401(k) or Similar Options: contributing to a 401(k) or similar is one major way of saving money for retirement. Generally speaking, you obtain one of these types of accounts through the company you are working for and are able to contribute up to a certain amount per year. The amount you can contribute will be determined by your age, with those over fifty being able to add more money per year than someone under the age of fifty. By placing savings into a 401(k) not only do you get some tax benefits, but your employer will also match a certain percentage.
  4. OptInto Annuities: a lot of individuals choose to opt into deferred annuities as it is akin to buying a pension of sorts. It involves handing over a chunk of money to a financial institution or insurance company and in return, you receive payments. These come in a variety of options and types that pay out in different amounts. It is important that if you are considering this option, you seek financial advice from an advisor that does not sell annuities to ensure that there is no conflict of interest when you go to buy some.
  5. Get a Pension from an Employer: for most career paths, permitting you have worked for your employer long enough to invest into the company’s pension scheme (typically after 5 years), you will be able to claim pension benefits. The longer you work for the employer, the greater your pension benefits will be.
  6. Invest Into Stocks: if you have the mind for tackling investment options and are willing to watch and wait for them to grow in value over the years, then this is a decent option. However, it is important to note that not all stocks will go up in value and so it takes quite a bit of time and effort to keep your eye on the prices of each stock and sell off the ones that are underperforming.
  7. Become an Entrepreneur or Own a Business: just because you have retired doesn’t mean that you do not have skills that are valuable and useful to businesses and the general population. Setting up your own business can be a great way to utilize those skills and your experience, while not having to retain a “job” throughout the day. Most retirees often choose to create a small business within the industry they have the most experience or skill set in.
  8. Consider Renting Out to Bring in Money: another great option, especially if you choose to not downsize your home, is to rent out a portion of it. The income that you get from this can either be used to pay down your mortgage faster or put away into savings for retirement. Other than this, you can always become the owner or part owner of a piece of real estate. There are two ways to go about this, either use the hands-off approach where you have a property management company do the day-to-day maintenance and running of the property or manage it yourself. If you choose to go with a property management company, this will cut into your profits but if you manage it yourself, it requires a significant investment in both time and effort. The only downside to rental properties is that because they are such a large investment, they cut into your ability to diversify across the market and they can cause cash flow problems if you are managing the property on your own without a real estate partnership with other investors.
  9. Delay Retirement and OptInto Part-Time Work: even if you choose to retire, you may want to consider getting a part-time job or a side job that gives you some extra income. Not only will it give you something to do on a daily basis but it will bring in extra income and provide you with psychological benefits, permitting you enjoy and find the job fulfilling. 

Regardless of whether you opt into regular part-time work, create your own small business, or choose to invest in property and stocks, you will need to make a plan that pulls income from multiple sources. The reason for this is anything can become insecure at any time, a property may burn down in a fire and a specific stock may plummet on the market, so having multiple sources of retirement income ensures that your retirement is safe.

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FSS and India Post Payments Bank AePS Partnership Advances Financial Inclusion in India

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New Delhi, January 12th,2020: FSS (Financial Software and Systems), a leading global payment processor and provider of integrated payment products, today announced partnering with India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) to promote financial inclusion among underserved and unbanked segments. As part of the collaboration, IPPB will use FSS’ Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) to deliver interoperable and affordable doorstep banking services to customers across India.

FSS’ AePS solution combines the low-cost structure of a branchless business model, digital distribution, and micro-targeting that lowers acquisition costs and improves reach. This strategic partnership offers significant opportunities to bring millions of unbanked customers into the  financial mainstream. Currently, there are nearly 410 million Jan Dhan accounts in India.  A primary reason for low usage of banking and payment services is the challenge of accessibility in rural areas and the cost of maintaining active accounts — including transaction and transport— outweigh the benefits. In rural and peri-urban areas, the average time to reach a banking access point potentially ranges between 1.5 and 5 hours, compared with the average of 30 minutes in urban areas.

Leveraging its vast network of over 136,000 post offices, and 300,000 postal workers, IPPB has been setup with the vision to build the most accessible, affordable, and trusted bank for the common man in India to deliver banking at the customer’s doorstep.  With the launch of AePS services, IPPB now has the ability to serve all customer segments, including nearly 410 million Jan Dhan account holders, giving a fresh impetus to the inclusion of customers facing accessibility challenges in the traditional banking ecosystem.

Speaking on the tie-up, Mr.Krishnan Srinivasan, Global Chief Revenue Officer, FSS said, “We are proud to be IPPB’s technology partner in this monumental nation-building exercise. The collaboration is evidence of FSS’ deep payments technology expertise and commitment to bringing viable, market-leading innovations that promote financial deepening. FSS’ AePS solution combined with IPPB’s expansive last mile distribution reach empowers citizens of the country with a range of digital payment products and advance India’s vision towards less-cash economy.”

“Through the vast reach of Department of Posts network along with the advent of the interoperable payment systems to drive adoption, IPPB is uniquely positioned to offer a range of products and services to fulfil the financial needs of the unbanked and the underbanked at the last mile. Having launched AePS services, the Bank has become the single largest platform in the country for providing interoperable banking services to customers of any bank. The strategic partnership with FSS provides us with an opportunity to expand the portfolio of financial services and improve customer experience whilst maintaining operational efficiency, thus building a digitally inclusive society,” said Mr. J. Venkatramu, MD & CEO, India Post Payments Bank.

The infrastructure created by IPPB addresses the accessibility challenges faced by customers in the traditional banking ecosystem. It fulfils the Government’s objective of having an interoperable banking access point within 5 KM of any household and creating alternate accessibility for customers of any bank.

The operation of FSS’ AePS solution is based on agents performing transactions on behalf of customers using a tablet, micro-ATM or a POS device. The system is device agnostic and can accept transactions originating from any terminal. Customers of any bank can access their Aadhaar-linked bank account by simply using their fingerprint for cash withdrawal, balance enquiry and transfer of funds into an operating IPPB account, right at their doorstep. FSS’ AePS exposes APIs to third parties to develop an expansive services ecosystem and extend a broad suite of financial products and tools including micro-insurance, micro-savings, micro-finance, mutual fund investments, enabling the bank to further services adoption among low and moderate-income consumers.

About FSS

FSS (Financial Software and Systems) is a leader in payments technology and transaction processing. FSS offers an integrated portfolio of software products, hosted payment services and software solutions built over 29+ years of experience. FSS, end-to-end payments products suite, powers retail delivery channels including ATM, POS, Internet and Mobile as well as critical back-end functions including cards management, reconciliation, settlement, merchant management and device monitoring. Headquartered in India, FSS services leading global banks, financial institutions, processors, central regulators and governments across North America, UK/Europe, Middle East, Africa and APAC. For more information visit www.fsstech.com.

About India Post Payments Bank

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has been established under the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communication with 100% equity owned by Government of India. IPPB was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on September 1, 2018. The bank has been set up with the vision to build the most accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man in India. The fundamental mandate of IPPB is to remove barriers for the unbanked & underbanked and reach the last mile leveraging a network comprising 155,000 post offices (135,000 in rural areas) and 300,000 postal employees.

IPPB’s reach and its operating model is built on the key pillars of India Stack – enabling Paperless, Cashless and Presence-less banking in a simple and secure manner at the customers’ doorstep, through a CBS-integrated smartphone and biometric device. Leveraging frugal innovation and with a high focus on ease of banking for the masses, IPPB delivers simple and affordable banking solutions through intuitive interfaces available in 13 languages.

IPPB is committed to provide a fillip to a less cash economy and contribute to the vision of Digital India. India will prosper when every citizen will have equal opportunity to become financially secure and empowered. Our motto stands true – Every customer is important; every transaction is significant and every deposit is valuable.

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Be Future-Ready: The Case for Payments as a Service (Paas)

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Is COVID-19 an opportunity for banks to skyrocket their electronic payments

By Barry Tarrant, Director, Product Solutions, Fiserv

Over the years, financial institutions have faced a myriad of changes in regulations, technology and customer expectations. Banks are now having to deal with the competing demands of maintenance and compliance on the one hand, and the need to innovate and deliver value-added services on the other. The balance of effort is increasingly consumed by the former with the share of investment in innovation and value generation being squeezed.

COVID-19 has changed customer behaviour, which will accelerate the need for more digital innovation, adding further to the demand on technology resources that are already stretched to the limit. While future investment plans may remain uncertain, banks need to consider several factors for their technology strategy, such as efficiency, where to invest and how to reduce capital expenditure.

It is apparent that the traditional approach to implementing and updating technology is no longer sustainable in the long-term.

The true cost of outdated technology

Maintaining technology has always been a challenge. What makes it more important now than ever is that innovation expectations have become far greater and exist on multiple simultaneous fronts. Today, there is more demand for product innovation, alongside the need to deliver consistently across multiple channels. On top of this, banks are facing structural changes, such as the convergence of payments.

Faced with this combination of imperatives, many banks are finding that continuing to maintain their payments technology in-house is no longer the most viable option.

Banks that persist with existing in-house infrastructures are in many cases spending large sums just to keep up, with little left for innovation. This can put them at a distinct disadvantage in today’s digital environment, where challenger banks and fintechs are fully embracing tools like the cloud to optimise operations while delivering truly transformational customer experiences.

Maintaining technology can be quite costly, and leveraging shared payment innovation can result in notable cost savings. Additionally, there are savings to be had in the areas of capital costs, opportunity costs, regulatory or payment scheme compliance costs, and the inevitable one-off costs from technology or infrastructure upgrades.

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And as the options available for customers to initiate payments across card and non-card payment rails increase, this will drive a convergence of the technology that supports the processing of those payments, further increasing the demand for change.

In this environment, migrating to an alternative technology strategy, such as PaaS, can be a strategic and cost-effective decision.

Why PaaS?

One solution to mitigate the risks and costs associated with maintaining technology is to outsource payments activity to a PaaS provider. The most obvious advantage here is cost reduction. However, there are many other positive and significant financial benefits that can be realised in terms of reduced capital expenses and the associated effects on balance sheet and free cash flow. This is particularly important in the current environment as capital investment comes under even more scrutiny.

Running a robust platform is a PaaS provider’s primary business, whereas for a bank it is just one of the many areas in which it has to invest. A PaaS provider is compelled to continually reinvest to ensure their technology never stands still long enough to become outdated, while also recruiting high-calibre personnel to support and advance it.

Geographical scale can also add value and increase opportunities for innovation. A PaaS provider with clients around the world sees and delivers innovation globally, which can be redeployed elsewhere rapidly and at a lower cost than custom development. Also, a global processing network can serve as a worldwide payments intelligence network, detecting trends, such as new payment types, consumer payment behaviour and cyberthreats.

One further consideration is how payments have become increasingly commoditised in recent years. As traditional revenue streams from payments have declined, it makes even less financial sense to retain payment processing in-house. By adopting PaaS and benefiting from the associated cost savings, retained payment margins can be maximised, simultaneously freeing up resources that can be diverted to innovation and value-added activities, such as enhancing customer experience and building the franchise.

Debunking the myths

Despite the compelling business case for banks to adopt PaaS, some remain reluctant to do so because of various myths. One example is the belief that outsourcing data is inherently risky. The reality is, in fact, the opposite. PaaS providers have the scale, resources and procedures to address and invest in key priorities – for example, cybersecurity. Keeping things in-house can actually create greater data security risk if resource constraints are an issue.

Budgetary considerations aside, experience and specialist tools are also major points of difference here. A typical bank IT manager might experience two or three major transition projects in their entire career. In contrast, teams at a PaaS provider collectively will have experience successfully delivering many major transformation projects, and will have also developed a whole range of specialised implementation adapters and toolkits that are continually enhanced and expanded.

Be more agile and tactical

When technology becomes outdated it can easily go from an asset to a liability. While COVID-19 has emphasised this reality for some, truly appreciating it requires a comprehensive assessment of existing technology and its long-term impact on business. Outsourcing through PaaS has a wealth of benefits that can radically transform this situation. Financial institutions can become more agile and tactical so they can continue to innovate and provide services that customers demand while differentiating themselves from the competition.

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Teaching Your Kids to Build Good Credit: The One Tool You Never Knew You Needed

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Teaching your kids about money can be tricky. You want them to understand the value of a dollar without putting undue pressure or stress on them too early on. It’s essential to have productive conversations with your children around money so they can have the knowledge to guarantee their own financial well being when they become adults. One of the most important conversations to have with your kids is on the importance of building good credit, the steps they can take to do so, as well as techniques for avoiding the risks of poor credit. While you may have already thought to educate them on credit cards and loans, there is one tool you may have never considered that can help you underline this lesson. Read on to find out more.

Tradelines – What Are They?

A tradeline is defined as a record of activity for any type of credit that has been extended from a lender to a borrower and is also reported to a credit reporting agency. In short, a tradeline is a record-keeping mechanism that tracks all of the activity associated with that borrower’s account. For each credit account you have, you will have a tradeline. Generally, tradelines are one of the most widely used tools credit agencies use to calculate an individual’s credit score.

Tradelines typically include the following information:

  • The name and address of the lender
  • The type of account
  • Partial view of the account number
  • Current status of the account
  • The date the account was opened
  • The date the account was closed (if it has been closed)
  • The date of last activity
  • The current account balance
  • The original loan amount or credit limit
  • The monthly payment amount
  • The recent balance (only applicable for credit cards)
  • The payment history

The Type of Tradeline You Never Knew You Needed

When it comes to educating your child on the logistics of building good credit, there is a specific type of tradeline that can help achieve this goal: AU tradelines. In this case, AU stands for authorized user. In this type of tradeline arrangement, a parent can add their children to their tradelines as a means of aiding in building their credit. In other words, AU tradelines are the perfect tool to get your kid’s finances started on the right foot as they enter adulthood. By providing your child with this assistance early on, you will not only boost their credit, but you will teach them a valuable lesson on how to “futureproof” their credit management and use such tools to their benefit.

Ultimately, holding constructive conversations with your kids around responsible financial practices is an essential step in guaranteeing their future prosperity. Not only will you enhance your children’s understanding of valuable financial tools, but you will set them on the path to financial security and freedom. The more freedom and stability they have, the sooner they will be able to achieve their financial goals of buying a car, a home, or paying for their education. At the end of the day, you cannot put a price on that kind of peace of mind.

 

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