No savings at 40? I’d drip feed £500 a month into UK shares in an ISA to retire in comfort

Nothing in the bank and worried about retirement? I think buying UK shares can help investors boost their wealth and build up a sizeable nest egg.

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It’s never too late to try and get rich with UK shares. The proven rates of return that stock investors can enjoy over the long term make this the case. They mean that one doesn’t have to spend a fortune investing for retirement, either.

Studies show that long-term UK share investors make an average yearly return of 8-10%. This means a 40 year-old who can spend £500 a month on building a shares portfolio can expect to have created a bulky retirement fund by the time they reached their State Pension age of 68. They’d have likely made anything between £592,716 and £841,532 by that time.

It’s never been easier

The constant attacks on the State Pension, as the government struggles to balance the books while supporting an increasingly-elderly population, means it’s essential that people take steps to safeguard their financial futures, post-retirement.

Fortunately though, it’s never been easier to try and build a huge cash pile with UK shares. There’s a wealth of information out there from experts like The Motley Fool to help build a winning investment strategy. There’s also plenty of easy-to-use financial products like Stocks and Shares ISAs and SIPPs to help you on your way. These particular products stop the taxman taking a big bite out of investors’ returns too.

Investing despite the gloom

It’s clear 2021 might be another tough year for the global economy. And corporate profits could come under fresh strain as lockdowns re-emerge and travel bans kick in. But it doesn’t mean I’ll stop buying UK shares for my own ISA today. There are still plenty of great shares that’ll deliver big shareholder returns this year and beyond.

Let me give you an example. I’ve bought shares in Clipper Logistics and Tritax Big Box REIT. This is because the e-commerce phenomenon should keep growing at a rate of knots in 2021, whatever happens to the broader economy. These businesses provide logistics and warehousing services to help online retailers get their product to their customers.

More UK shares in my ISA

I also own Unilever in my Stocks and Shares ISA and reckon it’ll have another robust year in 2021. Sales of its food and personal care products remain strong, regardless of the state of the world economy. And its goods like Magnum ice cream and Dove soap that have the brand power to let this FTSE 100 stock effectively raise prices even during downturns like this.

I think CVS Group will have another strong 12 months too, as consumer spending in the animal healthcare market goes from strength to strength.

These are just some of the UK shares I think will perform brilliantly in 2021. And, as I said, The Motley Fool can help you find even more with its huge catalogue of exclusive and free reports.

Should you invest, the value of your investment may rise or fall and your capital is at risk. Before investing, your individual circumstances should be assessed. Consider taking independent financial advice.

Royston Wild owns shares of Clipper Logistics, CVS Group, Tritax Big Box REIT, and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Clipper Logistics, Tritax Big Box REIT, and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

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