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Written by Money Mata - aka - Damodhar Mata
on November 21, 2013

At age 50 wondering how to save for retirement can be perturbing and even discouraging.

But It can also be a great stopping point to sit down, review and plan ahead for one's financial future.

If you have not planned for your retirement till now due to various commitments, don't be disheartened! Now is the time, when the resources like time, money and experience are more than willing to help you save for your retirement.

Around 50 years of age, you would be at the top of your professional skills and abilities, thus resulting in increase of income.

Most of your personal responsibilities would be more or less over. Children would be out of college, ready to propel their own future. Goals like owning a home, starting a business, touring may have been achieved, thus resulting in higher disposable income.

More income and less expenses is a wonderful recipe for a successful retirement savings.

While savings is essential to build a nest egg, wise investment of your savings is crucial to mitigate inflation and currency risks.

You should carefully choose a good retirement savings plan which takes into account the following aspects; 

How to save for retirement? Characteristics of a Robust Retirement Plan

Low Premium Payment Term 

The premium payment period should be between 2 years to 7 years and no more. A plan with longer premium payment term comes with higher surrender charges, if the plan has to be stopped earlier than planned.


When you are looking for a company to protect and grow your wealth over a number of years, do all the due diligence necessary and choose the company which has solid foundations, giving you the confidence that your money is in safe hands.

Favorable Currency 

As an Expat in UAE, your retirement plan has to take into account the currency exchange risk.  Particularly Expats from India, and other South East Asian countries, whose currencies are falling down in value.

They would be better off, investing in Retirement or Pension plans in UAE in US Dollar Denomination, protecting them from currency depreciation risk.

Click here to know Why NRIs should invest in a Dollar based Life Insurance and and Investment Plan in UAE.


The investment has to be diversified into various asset classes, industries and geographies to ensure that the portfolio is balanced and is not exposed to extreme volatility


The retirement plan should be flexible enough to adapt to the possible changes in your financial situation.

Check if the following flexibilities are available;

  • Increase or decrease of the premiums
  • Partial Withdrawal
  • Full Surrender

Tax Efficient 

It is always advised to choose an Offshore plan protecting your income earned as an Expat in UAE. This protects your savings from the tax implications in your home country. It also allow you to decide where and how the Maturity Proceeds of the plan are to be paid.


All savings and retirement plans have charges and other important caveats.

It is extremely important to read the terms and conditions of the plan with your financial adviser, and demand satisfying answers; before signing up for the plan.

Your financial adviser plays a crucial role in helping you choose and manage your retirement plan. Be very careful on choosing your financial adviser.

Obtain as much as information as possible about his back ground, experience, and qualifications.

Seek testimonials of his past clients and other relevant information.

Arrange a Free Consultation to know more about How to save for retirement or to help you choose and manage your existing investment portfolio.

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