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Recent research by Westpac Bank and others have indicated that in retirement, the average couple will require an income of about $44,000 per annum after tax to lead a comfortable life style.

Under current tax and social security rules it is possible to generate this income for a couple tax free.

In order to generate this level of income a couple will need at least $300,000 invested and be entitled to substantial social security benefits.

The effect of inflation will mean that the above figures are in "today's dollars". The actual amount that will be required will be greater.

If inflation stays at around current levels then it is reasonable to expect to receive $6,000 in income for every $100,000 invested. Based on this a capital sum of $735,000 will be required for a couple to be self funded retirees on a sustainable basis ($16,666 of capital will be required to produce $10,000 of income).

Current AgeYears to RetirementCapital required to produce $10,000 income in future dollarsMonthly savings required to save this amountCapital sum needed for a 'comfortable life stlye' ($44,000pa)Monthly savings required to save this amount
2540543,6001682,391,840739
3035469,0002182,063,600959
3530404,5002861,779,8001,258
4025349,0003831,535,6001,685
4520301,0005281,324,4002,323
5015259,7007681,142,6803,379
5510224,0001,242985,6005,465
605193,2002,647850,08011,647

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