How to Build an Investment Portfolio for Retirement

By Sofia Thai
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published April 23, 2021.

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We all dream of retirement - a time when we can put our feet up, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. However, retiring is not necessarily particularly straightforward from a financial perspective, so in this article, we will examine how to build an investment portfolio for your retirement.

Retirement Basket

An investment portfolio for retirement can be thought of as a basket that contains all of the investments you have made during your working career. This means that a diversified portfolio is ideal, as this will enable you to cover every base in the investment market.

The most important principle to remember across your investment portfolio is that it needs to grow with you, rather than restricting you during retirement.

Growth Stocks

Central to any long-term investment portfolio should be growth stocks. These activities will likely increase in value over a period of time. Often these can be big, established companies, which will continue to grow and increase revenue, regardless of the market conditions.

Employer-Backed Schemes

Investing in employer-backed schemes is certainly advisable, and often these are required legally. This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of your company's financial investments and benefit from a personal pension scheme or 401(k).

Private Pensions

Additionally, it is always worthwhile to sink any savings into private pensions as well. These can pay out both lump sums and regular income once a person reaches retirement. However, it is generally worthwhile to seek financial advice before committing to a particular pension scheme.


Another option that definitely merits consideration in this day and age is to have an algorithmic trader involved with your portfolio. These highly sophisticated digital platforms allocate and manage funds for you, so you benefit from their artificial intelligence, without having to actively manage your money.