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As In Cricket, Need To Think About Your Retirement From The First Over: IDFC FIRST Bank CEO Vaidyanathan

Proactive retirement planning is essential to ensure a secure and comfortable post-retirement life.

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Amit Shanbaug
January 23, 2024
IDFC FIRST Bank CEO Vaidyanathan

IDFC FIRST Bank CEO Vaidyanathan

In the world of financial well-being, retirement planning stands as a critical innings, akin to a 50-over cricket match. The analogy drawn by V. Vaidyanathan, MD & CEO of IDFC FIRST Bank, sheds light on the importance of initiating retirement planning from the early stages of one’s professional life. Much like cricket players who realise the significance of accumulating runs only in the later overs, many individuals overlook retirement planning until the later stages of their career, leading to potential financial calamities.

Vaidyanathan emphasises the need to avoid the last-minute panic often accompanying delayed retirement planning. Unexpected events such as job loss or family illnesses can arise, making it challenging to make informed financial decisions in the rush. The key lesson here is clear: proactive retirement planning is essential to ensure a secure and comfortable post-retirement life.

One of the alarming aspects highlighted is the increasing life expectancy. Projections suggest an increase from 70 to 74 years by 2030 and approximately 78 years by 2040. The real risk lies in outliving one’s resources, a situation many face as the number of senior citizens is expected to double by 2050. The cessation of regular income post-retirement makes it imperative to manage expenses meticulously, with even minor charges becoming significant. Vaidyanathan advocates for raising awareness, particularly among individuals with lower incomes, who may struggle with daily expenses and find it challenging to divert funds towards retirement planning.

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To address these challenges, Vaidyanathan proposes that 20 per cent of one’s income should be dedicated to retirement planning from an early age. The power of compounding, he notes, plays a crucial role in building a substantial corpus over time. He explained that IDFC FIRST Bank is committed to supporting this cause by providing retirement tools to assist citizens in planning their financial future. Notably, the bank has taken a customer-friendly approach by waiving charges for 28 banking services, a move aimed at facilitating better financial management for their customers.

Considering the digital gap among senior citizens in India, Vaidyanathan acknowledges the changing landscape of retirement planning with the shrinking size of families. The need for a paradigm shift in how individuals perceive and prioritise retirement planning is underscored throughout the speech. The ticking age clock serves as a reminder that procrastination could result in missed opportunities to accumulate a robust corpus, where the power of compounding won’t come into play.

V. Vaidyanathan’s theme address at the Outlook Money Retirement Planning Expo 40After40 serves as a wake-up call, urging individuals to take retirement planning seriously from the beginning of their careers. Much like a cricket match, retirement planning requires strategy, foresight, and early action to secure a winning financial future.

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