The Smart Financial Strategies for Aging Adults is a tailored approach designed for older individuals to enhance awareness of the risks of financial exploitation and equip them with the skills to plan and make informed financial decisions. This study aimed to assess the financial circumstances of older adults engaged in retirement financial planning and identify ways to enhance support for their financial well-being. Through individual, in-depth interviews with 29 participants facilitated outside Nico Life Insurance in Lilongwe, Malawi, three key themes emerged: vulnerability to financial fraud scams, challenges with money management, and difficulties in meeting financial obligations. Approximately 40% of the respondents indicated that their annual household income was less than MK10 Million (equivalent to 5,883 USD), while an additional 35% reported an income range between 10 million and 15 million Kwacha. 82.8% of the participants were either retired or not seeking employment at the time of the interview, hence substantiating their level of retirement. The Smart Financial Strategies has proven valuable to comprehend for older adults, especially those from middle and low-income backgrounds, who may lack access to financial education workshops or seminars offered by private or Government financial institutions. Participants acknowledged the Smart Financial Strategies for Aging Adults as beneficial if learned at their younger ages than older ages, as it heightened awareness of the importance of their financial well-being and provided support in navigating their financial challenges. The main findings of the study highlighted the evolving landscape of smart financial strategies for aging adults, emphasizing the importance of long-term planning, technology adoption, healthcare cost considerations, diversified investments, Social Security optimization, awareness of economic trends, financial education, and the role of supportive networks in achieving a secure and fulfilling retirement


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Author Biography

Duncane Batizani, Center for Strategic Studies, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Blantyre, P.O Box 5196, Limbe. Malawi.


Dr. Duncane Batizani is a PhD graduate in Business and Management from the University of Zambia. He is a multidisciplinary researcher with interests spanning management sciences, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business development, supply chain management, education administration, quality assurance, digital innovation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, green and renewable energy technologies, and policy analysis. In his research, Dr. Batizani employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. His work has provided insightful perspectives and significant findings that contribute to the existing literature on these subjects. In addition to his research, Dr. Batizani teaches postgraduate students in the subjects of Organizational Behavior and Human Capital Management at the Malawi College of Accountancy as an adjunct lecturer. He also serves as the Assistant Registrar at the Malawi University of Science and Technology.




How to Cite

Batizani, D. (2024). NAVIGATING RETIREMENT: EMERGING AND CHALLENGING SMART FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR THE AGING ADULTS. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Knowledge, 12(1), 70–85.