Fred Razak, Chief Trading Strategist for CMTrading, shares his thoughts

Fred Razak, Chief Trading Strategist at CMTrading

Johannesburg, 25 March 2024: As retirement concerns loom over South Africa, the recent 10X Investments Retirement Reality Report 2023 paints a grim picture, indicating that only 6% of South Africans are on track to retire comfortably. With inflationary pressures and economic uncertainties casting shadows over financial futures, many wonder if a secure retirement is possible.

Fred Razak, Chief Trading Strategist for CMTrading, delves into retirement planning and offers his expert analysis.

The Challenges of Retirement Saving

Razak explains the multifaceted challenges plaguing retirement savings, pointing to global market conditions and shifting societal norms. “Traditionally, homeownership served as the cornerstone of retirement planning, yet increasing housing costs have rendered this dream unattainable for many. Moreover, pervasive credit card culture and delayed marriages have exacerbated the issue, diverting funds from savings into high-interest debt.

“Many people choose to live on credit cards – living beyond their means – spending on clothes or travel, and then paying up to 30% on credit card fees to do so. Credit card fees are extremely high, and money should otherwise be used for savings. As Warren Buffet once said, ‘Paying off credit card debt is going to be way better than any investment idea I’ve got’.”

“People are also getting married a lot later than they used to. Being married gives you two incomes and a more significant percentage of income that can be invested in savings or even buying a home. By getting married later, there are fewer years of that combined advantage.

“Lifestyle choices play a pivotal role,” Razak emphasizes. “The allure of instant gratification often leads individuals to overspend, fuelling a cycle of debt accumulation.”

Strategies for Financial Resilience

Razak advocates for a paradigm shift in financial habits to tackle the retirement conundrum. “To navigate the path to retirement security, people must liberate themselves from the shackles of credit card debt. Establishing a realistic budget and adhering to it religiously is paramount. Furthermore, adopting the ‘pay yourself first’ principle, allocating a significant portion of income towards investments yielding favourable returns is instrumental in fostering financial discipline.

“For those in their mid-forties grappling with retirement anxiety, all is not lost,” Razak reassures. “Engaging the expertise of financial advisors or budgeting managers can provide invaluable guidance. With about 25 work years ahead, strategic planning and disciplined saving can yield substantial gains, mitigating the urgency of retirement preparedness.”

Investment Strategies for Long-Term Retirement Goals

Looking towards the horizon, Razak underscores the pivotal role of technology in shaping future investment landscapes. “In the quest for long-term retirement security, Artificial Intelligence (AI) investments emerge as a cornerstone. The inexorable integration of AI into various industries promises sustained growth and profitability over the decades to come. As AI permeates every facet of our lives, astute investors stand to reap substantial rewards.”

Individuals can confidently navigate retirement planning by cultivating sound financial habits, leveraging expert guidance, and embracing tech-driven investment opportunities. With strategic foresight and disciplined execution, a secure retirement remains within reach.

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