Friends With Money #127: Ready, set, retire


It may seem like a long time off, but are you ready for retirement?

Planning for the future now will save you a lot of stress and frustration when you finally decide to leave the workforce.

This week on the Friends With Money podcast, Money's Michelle Baltazar chats with Money senior writer and columnist, Vita Palestrant.

friends with money podcast 127 ready set retire with vita palestrant

They discuss what you need to consider well before your last day on the job, including:

  • When should you start planning for retirement?
  • Steps to take 10 years before you retire
  • Can downsizing help top up your super?
  • What kind of retirement do you want?

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Michelle Baltazar is editor-in-chief of Money magazine and an award-winning journalist, editor and publisher. She has worked at media companies including BRW, Shares Magazine (London) and industry newspaper Financial Standard, and has written about superannuation, wealth management, investment technology and financial advice.

Vita Palestrant was the editor of the Money section of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has worked on major metropolitan newspapers here and overseas and has won several prestigious journalism awards including the 2001 Citigroup Award for Excellence in Journalism, Personal Finance Category.
Martha Lucia Malkun
December 1, 2023 7.53am

Hi Michelle,

It will be great to see an article in the Money Magazine on some good advice once we are retired and with some good amount of funds in the pension account to live comfortably. Surely, we should continue monitoring and reviewing how the funds are allocated. I do not see articles about people that are already retired. It will be useful to a lot of people.


Martha Lucia Malkun

Keep up the good work. I love the Money Magazine. I am a long-time subscriber and I have learnt a lot from the articles.