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The #1 Wealth KILLER


Albert Einstein once referred to compound interest as the 8th wonder of the world. Saying he who understands it earns it; he who doesn’t pays it. And he couldn’t have been more right. Today we’re going to be looking at the miracle that is compound interest and how can protect my retirement as it relates to the #1 killer of your wealth. Let’s get started. So the #1 wealth killer is debt. Yeah, I know, big shocker. But it’s really true and today we’re going to look at why that is.

The truth is, having too much debt can put a limit on your greatest wealth-building tool – your income. While it may be tempting to invest rather than pay off your debt, compound interest is a force to be reckoned with. In fact, I recently dedicated an entire video to its power. Financial advisors often use the example of Jane, who invests $100 per month ($1,200 per year) from the age of 18 to 25 and earns an average of 10% per year on her investments. By the time she stops investing at age 25, her nest egg will be worth just over $15,000.

However, before you start investing, it’s important to consider your debt load. Here are some reasons why paying off your debt first may be the smarter choice:

High-interest rates: Many forms of debt, such as credit card debt or personal loans, carry high-interest rates that can negate any potential investment gains.
Risk: Investing always carries some degree of risk, and if you have high levels of debt, taking on additional risk may not be advisable.
Stress: Debt can be a significant source of stress and anxiety, which can have negative impacts on your overall financial well-being.
Freedom: Paying off debt can give you a sense of freedom and control over your financial situation, allowing you to make better long-term decisions.
That being said, paying off debt doesn’t mean you can’t invest at all. Here are some steps you can take to balance debt repayment and investing:

Create a budget: Determine how much money you can allocate towards debt repayment and investing each month.
Focus on high-interest debt: Prioritize paying off high-interest debt first, as this will save you the most money in the long run.
Consider employer-matched retirement accounts: If your employer offers a retirement plan with a matching contribution, take advantage of it. This is essentially free money that can help you save for the future.
Seek professional advice: A financial advisor can help you create a personalized plan that takes your unique financial situation into account.
In conclusion, while compound interest is a powerful tool for building wealth, it’s important to consider your debt load before investing. Paying off high-interest debt should be a priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t invest at all. By creating a budget, focusing on high-interest debt, taking advantage of employer-matched retirement accounts, and seeking professional advice, you can balance debt repayment and investing to achieve your financial goals.

Over the course of the next 45 years, those investments will continue to grow. Assuming that it continues to grow at an average annualized rate of 10% per year she will end up with $1.1 million in her portfolio at age 70. That’s all achieved with eight years of investing $100 a month. Jane becomes a millionaire by investing $9,600 of her own money. On the other hand, we have John. John doesn’t start investing at age 18. Instead, he starts at the age of 26 (just after Jane had finished all of her investing). He also invests $100 a month. However, unlike Jane, he does it from the age of 26 all the way until the age of 70. John invests $54,000 of his own money over the course of those years and ends up with a nest egg of just under $950,000. So John ends up with approximately $150,000 less than Jane. This is in spite of the fact that he invested six times more of his own money than she did.

It’s no secret that excessive debt can put a damper on your ability to build wealth using your most powerful tool – your income. While the concept of compound interest is widely known to be an effective way to grow your money over time, paying off debt may seem like a counterproductive move. However, it’s important to remember that not all investments are created equal, especially when you’re dealing with debt payments.

Let’s take a look at an example: Jane invests $100 a month for 7 years starting at 18 and ends up with a net worth of $1.1 million at the age of 70. Now, let’s say John starts investing $100 a month at the same age and earns an average of 10% per year, just like Jane. Even if John continues to invest until he’s 100 years old, Jane would still have more money than him, and her lead would only increase with time. In fact, at the age of 100, Jane would have $19.2 million to her name, while John would have $16.7 million. This just goes to show the power of compound interest, as famously called by Albert Einstein as the 8th Wonder of the world.

However, when it comes to investing, it’s important to consider the context of one’s financial situation. Comparing someone who is debt-free to someone who is not will not provide an accurate comparison. While Jane invested $100 a month for 7 years, John was dealing with debt payments and didn’t invest anything for those first 8 years. But what if John managed to free up an extra $200 a year, or less than $17 a month, by paying off his debts? In that case, he would come out ahead of Jane by the time they’re both 70. And if he freed up more money than that, he would pass Jane even earlier.

So, what’s the takeaway? While compound interest is undoubtedly a powerful tool, it’s important to also consider the impact of debt on one’s ability to invest. Paying off debt and freeing up funds for investment can ultimately lead to greater financial success in the long run.

And given the state of the average American debt situation, $17 a month in payments is a remarkably conservative estimate. According to articles in business insider,
CNBC, and Forbes the average American debt situation looks like this: About $9,000 in credit card debt which is
often split between several cards. $30,000 in student loan debt. And assuming a used vehicle was bought a little
over $21,000 on a car loan. That’s around $60,000 in total debt. If we assume 18% interest on the credit cards
and 4.5% interest on the other loans and terms of 5 and 10 years on the car loan and student
loan respectively, the minimum payments could be roughly $900 a month. Freeing up that much cashflow could make a
tremendous difference in the previous example. Let’s look back at John’s situation from before
and assume that his household’s debt situation was that of the average American. John uses his $100 a month of excess cash
flow to pay off these debts.


Based on the numbers it would take him roughly
six years to become debt-free. This is assuming he did not work any extra
hours or sell anything to get out of debt faster. Once he was debt-free he would have almost
$1,000 a month left over to invest. If he starts the process of becoming debt-free
at the age of 18 when Jane was starting to invest he would have become debt-free by his
24th birthday. If he then turned around and started investing
the full $1,000 a month he would actually be further along in his investments by his
25th birthday then Jane was. Granted this is largely because he has invested
more money than Jane has at this point. Jane by her 25th birthday had only invested
$8,400. That’s quite a bit less than John’s $12,000
but think of the potential payoff of this down the road if John keepS investing that


He’ll also likely be able to lead a much
better lifestyle than Jane in the present due to his lower monthly expenses. Jane may eventually equal him in that regard
if she gets her debts paid off, but for those first several years after John is debt-free,
it is worth noting. Remember, compound interest is an incredibly
powerful mathematical force. But it can work just as hard against you as
it can for you. So it’s important to make sure that compound
interest is your ally in your finances, not your enemy. So with that being said how do we avoid this
killer of wealth? First, if you’re lucky enough to not have
any debt right now research some ways to ensure that you keep it that way.


If you’re planning to go to college look into
ESA or 529 plans. They are ways to start saving for college
while lowering your tax burden (which is always a nice perk). Also, look into scholarship opportunities
or PSEO. Don’t be afraid to have a summer job and work
during the school year part-time. For the record, this can also be a good option
in high school to give yourself a head start financially so long as it doesn’t take away
from your studies too much. Make sure that you always have an emergency
fund. It should contain three to six months worth
of expenses so that you don’t have to take on debt for those moments when life happens. Make sure you have insurance for those catastrophes
that you wouldn’t be able to cover with your savings. Catastrophic health emergencies are a good
candidate for this.


If you’re already in debt, learn about how
people have paid off their debts. Then choose the strategy that is most likely
to get you (and keep you) completely out of debt. Three of the most popular strategies are the
debt snowball, debt avalanche, and debt tsunami. I have done videos on all three of those and
they will be linked in the description. The debt snowball is the one made famous by
financial personalities such as Dave Ramsey. It has you order your debts from smallest
to largest balance and pay them off in that order regardless of the interest rates on
those debts. The plus side is the momentum you can build
up for yourself by quickly wiping out those bills. The downside is it isn’t the most mathematically
efficient way to get out of debt, all else being equal.


The debt avalanche is the more mathematically
efficient option if you can stick to it. It has you order your debts from highest to
lowest interest rate and pay them off in that order. This is regardless of the size of the loan
itself. The upside is the fact that you’ll be paying
less in interest. The downside is in some situations it may
take quite a while to get rid of that first bill. For those who are more motivated by seeing
the balances of the debts themselves going down this may not be much of an issue.


For those that are more motivated by the lowering
of bills, this could be an issue in some situations. The debt tsunami has you order your debts
from the most emotionally stressful to the least emotionally stressful and pay them off
in that order. In some cases, this could mean paying off
the largest balance that also has the lowest interest rate first. However in my experience that is not commonly
how it goes. Most of the people that I’ve seen use this
strategy tend to use it because there are personal loans between family or friends that
are causing a lot of stress in the relationship. The person with the debt uses the tsunami
to get rid of that loan first and then often switches to a different strategy such as the
snowball or avalanche. Which is another viable option for many people. There’s nothing stopping you from starting
with one strategy that will help get you going and then switching to another that will work
for you longer-term.


I know a lot of people who have started with
the snowball to get themselves some momentum and then switched to the avalanche once they
were on a roll so that they could save on interest. Another thing I would recommend looking into
is the power of the debt snowflake. If you haven’t heard, the debt snowflake is
a strategy where you find ways to free up money (or just happened to find the money)
that you can put towards your debt payoff strategy. The nice thing about it is it works well with
any of the other three strategies I mentioned. While by itself it isn’t game-changing it
does help your primary strategy do its job a little better. And as we know every little bit helps. If you need more motivation make sure to check
out Dave Ramsey’s YouTube channel and their debt-free screams playlist.


It’s filled with a lot of amazing stories
of people paying off loads of debt on various levels of income and getting to see their
relief when they are finally debt-free is very inspiring. You might also find their Turning Points playlist
interesting. It is essentially interviews of people who
have become debt-free talking about what made them decide to go through that process and
achieve that lifestyle. I’ll leave a link to both playlists in the
description as well..

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Two-Pot Retirement System Explained by Old Mutual Corporate

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Very few South Africans   reach the end of their working careers with 
enough money saved for their retirement. To help   retirement fund members preserve funds for their 
retirement, National Treasury has proposed a new   two-pot system for retirement funds. Your future 
retirement fund contributions will be allocated   to two components. One is a savings component, the 
other is a retirement component. For this example,   we'll use the pots to illustrate the concepts. 
When the two-pot reforms go into effect,   your retirement fund will value 
your existing retirement savings,   and will allocate this amount to its own pot, 
which the industry calls the vested component. The   current rules will still apply to your existing 
retirement savings. This money will be subject   to the existing rights of access and existing 
withdrawal tax tables. Then, 10% of this pot,   up to a maximum of R30,000 will be allocated 
to your savings pot and will be available for   you to withdraw. Going forward, 1/3 of your future 
retirement contributions will go into the savings   pot. This pot is designed to be your lump sum at 
retirement. However, in the case of an emergency,   you'll be able to withdraw the money from 
your savings pot once every tax year.

This   amount will be taxed to your marginal tax rate. 
Remember, any money withdrawn from your savings   component before retirement will reduce your lump 
sum at retirement. The minimum withdrawal amount   will be R2 000. The remaining two thirds of your 
future retirement contributions will be allocated   to the retirement pot. To preserve your savings, 
you won't be allowed to access this money until   you retire. At your retirement, you'll have to 
use it to buy a pension or annuity. The aim of   this is to provide you with an income during your 
retirement years. There are a few important things   to note. The two-pot retirement system is to 
be implemented on the 1st of September 2024.   This will only affect your future retirement 
contributions from this date.

If enacted,   the two-pot system will affect pension funds, 
provident funds, retirement annuity funds,   and preservation funds. Your existing retirement 
savings will be subject to the old rules, so   there's no need to panic. Provident fund members 
over 55 will have the option to stay and continue   contributing to all their retirement savings 
to their existing provident pot. The two-pot   system will give retirement fund members access 
to a portion of their savings in an emergency.   This savings component will also be available as 
a lump sum payment at retirement if you don't make   withdrawals. At the same time, the majority 
of your time and savings will be preserved to   provide you with an income during your retirement. 
If you have any questions about these proposals,   and how they might affect you or your retirement 
fund, please reach out to Old Mutual.


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How to Setup Solo 401k Plan to Invest in Gold and Real Estate?

hi there Welcome to our gold investment video series in today's video we'll discuss a question we received from a follower how to set up solo 401k plan to invest in gold and real estate let's find out solo 401K is designed for self-employed individuals or owner only businesses it's like your personal retirement savings turbocharger allowing you to contribute as both employer and employee here's what to do in order to establish a solo 401K check your eligibility mainly no full-time employees except for yourself and perhaps a spouse choose a provider remember if you're keen on gold and real estate opt for a self-directed plan set it up complete the application choose your plan features and sign the agreement fund it in 2023 you can contribute up to $58,000 or even 64,000 $500 if you're 50 gold is a classic hedge against inflation and Market downturns offering diversification real estate on the other hand gives potential income and appreciates over time here's how to invest in gold through your solo 401K select IRS approved gold coins bullion ETFs or even stocks direct the investment through your solo for 01k provider remember physical gold must be stored in an IRS approved depository not your personal Locker here's how to invest in real estate through your solo 401K pick your property type residential commercial or even arits inform your solo for a1k provider and move the funds remember the solo 401k will own and manage the property not you gold and real estate have their benefits but they also come with risks be wary of price fluctuations and prohibited transactions and remember there are rules like the unrelated business income tax and distribution rules that apply navigating the journey to wealth requires knowledge discipline and diversification with a solo 401K you're in the driver's seat just remember for the best decisions consult a professional thank you for watching our video for more in-depth information about gold Iris up to date comparison of the top gold Ira companies special promotional gold Ira deals and a free gold Ira investment kit visit raremetal blog.com or click the link below

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ACCOUNTANT EXPLAINS: The #1 Wealth killer no one talks about

so what's the number one wealth killer that no 
one is talking about I've just bought myself a   brand new car so I got myself a mercedesbenz 
GLC coup uh the 2024 one 220d so did I make a   financial mistake yes I did I should know better 
as a charted accountant by profession I know this   things and then also when you look into the 
spending household spending of many countries   if you look into the US the graph shows that 
number one spending for most people is housing   and then number two is transport and also when 
you look into the UK number one is housing and   then people spend number two on transport and then 
there's food entertainment and all sorts of things   so also here in South Africa I remember before we 
moved into this particular house uh our biggest   expenditure had become the car because as a result 
of this car it is a BMW a 420i because the house   that we were staying in was even much cheaper but 
now we've moved into an even more expensive house   now making the house more expensive compared to 
to the cars but many other people in South Africa   have cheaper housing and then their transport is 
more expensive because of the cars so let me give   you my figures to prove why a car is a wealth 
Destroyer so in terms of the car that I bought   it's a 48 months l so this particular car my car 
installment per month is around uh 23,000 rents   and then converted to US doll it's around $1,280 
us and then they still the insurance part of it   that is around 2,000 rent so uh in US Dollars it's 
uh around um 111 dollar and then there is your gas   or your fuel so I can estimate that to be around 
around maybe $180 I don't drive as much cuz I'm   working from home and then there is your cost of 
the tracker that's like uh a bit cheap I can say   that's around like $1 $10 so over a 48 months the 
amount that I would have spent towards this car   that I would have paid towards this car only on 
the installment is going to be around 1.2 million   converted to US dollar that's around 66,6 s us 
so you can just imagine after 4 years I would   have paid this particular amount and then now 
I give them back the car imagine if I do take   this particular amount and I say that I'm buying 
property every single month I will be paying um   1,280 towards a property and you know that with 
a property majority of the amount is going to   be paid by by the person who will be renting it 
will be paid paid by the tenant and then come four   years down the line I will still have a property 
unlike with the car come four years down the line   I won't have a car and guess what obviously I will 
want another car I will buy a new car while with   the property there will be someone who is paying 
for it and the property does retain value while   on the other hand your car depreciates all the 
time the moment it comes out of the dealership   it dep appreciate or another alternative I could 
have invested uh this money into the unit trust   every single month I put this money into the unit 
trust and then it's growing or it's accumulating   interest or I put it somewhere where it is uh 
in carrying or getting more interest by the   time it's four years time the money would have 
retained its value plus it would have also made   me some income or some form of Interest it would 
have grown if I had maybe been putting it towards   the share so you can just see how a car destroys 
the world but my view is this when it does come to   cars and housing obviously the same way I would 
not want to stay in h a house even if it can be   cheap I would still want a house that meet certain 
requirements I would still want a house that I can   be comfortable in so it also it's also the same 
with a car when you are driving on the road you   want to drive something that comes with that 
particular kind of comfort particular kind of   luxury but it's important to be something that 
is within your means something that you can be   affording because you know that interest sometimes 
they can go up and if your money the money that   you are getting is fixed while the interest is 
going up it means over time you might not even   be able to afford the car that is why my view in 
life is that I need to be making more money I need   to be making more money without necessarily always 
increasing my expenses that's why one of the goals   for this year as well is to get um more investment 
properties as well and also to be investing more   so as as much as I have bought a wealth Destroyer 
I will also be purchasing something that is going   to be building towards my wealth but these things 
can only be achieved when one is making more money   so if you are getting a fixed salary also just 
look at what other things you can be doing what   other side hustles you can be doing that can be 
increasing now your money so that you can be a   able to build your wealth so that you can be able 
to build the system because it can be difficult   to build the system if you don't know how to make 
more money because the car prices they just keep   going up every single year and even the secondhand 
Market I feel like it's it's gone up even now it's   even become so difficult now to afford a car I've 
said this before the first car that I bought was   um a polo in 2012 and I still have this particular 
car for me I felt like the polo that I've bought   was not a liability it feels like an asset so 
if you like this video don't forget to like to   subscribe to comment and to hit that notification 
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Retirement Planning: Are you Ready for Retirement? with Oak Harvest Retirement Success Plan

[Music] welcome to the retirement income show on Market Lane alongside the CEO and founder of Oak Harvest Financial Group that of course is Troy sharp Troy is a certified financial planner professional his team at Oak Harvest is incredible if you want to go to the website to learn more elk Harvest financialgroup.com Oak Harvest fg.com works as well a lot of great information on the website you can learn about Jared Kinney Ryan Kenny you can learn about Chris Paris Jessica canella the whole team there's just a phenomenal team Oak Harvest financialgroup.com and of course you can always go to the YouTube channel there's over 300 videos on there about any topic you can think about in the financial world the retirement world uh it's phenomenal and there's no cost you subscribe you'll know when all the new ones are out but there's no cost to any of that YouTube check out Troy sharp and Oak Harvest Troy's office located at 921 oral City Way I-10 and Bunker Hill they they are here for you if you need help they would love to help they just don't know if they can help until you reach out and you can do that just by giving them a call 800-822-64-34-800-822-64 34 today we're going to be talking the retirement success plan Troy is going to explain what this is and it's the process so it's about investment planning income planning tax planning health planning Estate Planning and they all go together Social Security and Medicare are in there as well you know you've done this for a long time you sat down with a lot of people so you kind of understand the common mistakes the common things that we Overlook as well this will be good going through the retirement success plan how are you going to inform us today of this retirement success plan well just like we have as humans we have basic needs right we have that hierarchy of we need shelter we need food we need security in retirement or once we get to retirement people have their the same concerns the same questions we all have the same let's call it fears do we have enough you know can you retire when can you retire how much can you spend when you do retire without the fear of running out of money we all want to pay less tax right the government can get their fair share but not a not a penny more and whatever that fair share is it's it's defined differently based on your plan so if you take the government's plan there they want to get as much from you as possible and the tax law is set up in a way that if you don't plan for taxes in retirement oftentimes we see people in situations where if they keep doing what they're doing 200 300 500 800 we sat down with a client prospective client recently and we're doing this analysis it was well over a million dollars in taxes if he kept doing the his way of things the way that his advisor had him doing it in regards to his income plan and tax plan and retirement well there was no tax plan obviously but his income plan was going to lead create this domino effect of his tax bill being over the course of time over the course of 25 years over a million dollars in estimated taxes that he was going to pay that he simply didn't have to pay if he went about a different approach the approach that I'm going to talk with you about today as far as step three of our retirement success process the tax planning aspect so just like we have basic needs as human beings we have basic concerns when it comes to retirement and we've created the structured process and that's the beautiful thing about the retirement success plan is it's a plan that is something that is actionable but it's also living and breathing it's something we will review with you throughout the year once you're a client but it's also a process and we believe in structure here we're really big on structure and process and that keeps us organized that keeps us on schedule and that keeps us ahead of the planning curve in order to do the things that we promise for everyone that's entrusted so much to us and I'm talking about your retirement you worked for 30 years 40 years 50 years in some cases and you save up whether it's five hundred thousand dollars or five million or 50 million you need a team of people that of course are knowledgeable but before education and certifications and designations and training and experience first and foremost you need somebody that cares okay if you start there with someone that's a fiduciary and not just you can be a fiduciary and still do the wrong thing I've seen it for years in the industry where fiduciary advisors still sell mutual funds that have high fees and commissions and they can make justifications for why they're selling them or why they think you're they're in your best interest I don't believe that they are personally um we would never put someone into a mutual fund that is charging a five percent front end commission and then you know has two or two and a half percent of hidden fees and we've seen that for for years coming from fiduciary firms fiduciary advisors so you start with from Ground Zero are you working with somebody who truly cares who's truly passionate about retirement so with that philosophy in mind that's the foundation of of what we look at when we hire people here at Oak Harvest Financial Group you could have all the designations in the world all the education all the experience but if if you're arrogant if you're not humble if you're not hungry if you're not continuing strive to be continuing to strive to be a better person we don't want you to work here because that foundational element do you care about the people that you're working with on a human level if that's not there then you know we don't want any part of that type of person I don't care how much you produce how what the metrics are when it comes to how we measure advisor performance so that's the foundation now once you have someone that cares you want a structured process in place to deal with those big questions that you have the big concerns that you have so do you have enough yet it's not just a yes or no question it's a function of how much do you spend what is your health situation if you're healthy yes of course you're going to live longer most likely but are you planning for the increased medical costs in increased probability of needing long-term care or Assisted Living these are aspects that healthier people do have to absolutely be concerned about those that are less healthy it's less likely you're going to have a two or three year four or five year stay in a long-term care facility or need nurses in the home so when we talk about do you have enough and can you retire these are all the answers to those questions are function of how much do you spend what is your longevity what is your health situation your of course your family history um but not only that it's what are we doing with the other aspects of this process meaning the income planning side the tax planning side what about the health care side you know are you retiring before Medicare do we need to look at some type of Health Care planning that qualifies you to receive a subsidy so you're not paying two thousand dollars a month for both spouses for health insurance that maybe we get it down to 400 a month or 600 a month or maybe no out-of-pocket costs whatsoever for health insurance premiums you can do that with proper planning but you need the right type of asset structure meaning if you have all your money in retirement accounts this is where tax planning comes in when you take money out that goes on to your 1040 your tax return and then you probably aren't going to qualify for as big a subsidy as if you had money saved and non-ira accounts so this the structuring of income planning tax planning Health Care planning and then of course the estate side of things this is all what the oak Harvest retirement success process the retirement success plan is and that's what you receive when you become a client it is a very clear and structured process that we go through but then it's also a plan that is living and breathing and we're making adjustments as time goes on tax law changes economic conditions change goals change your spending levels will change it retirement is and we've only learned this you know from years and years of experience the best delayed plans we can't just set him and forget them you know plans need constant monitoring just like a plant or a garden or you know a human being so the retirement success process we're going to get into today to to today we're going to focus on the first three steps the first step is risk management and investment planning next step is income planning so income planning is social security when do we take that it's not just based on the math which it does play a role but when we start to look at are you a conservative investor okay versus an aggressive investor investor that plays into the Social Security election decision of course your Health and Longevity plays in market conditions okay are we in a recession when you're thinking about taking social security are your accounts down 20 30 percent or did we have a really really good year last year and it looks like we're gonna have a good year this year all of these factors kind of tie in to that income planning component as well as many other we're going to talk about and then the big one we're gonna we're gonna get into is tax planning that's step three of the retirement success process and when you start to understand that retirement is a set of dominoes when you're young you work you put the kids through school you deal with traffic you deal with bosses you deal with if you run your own business all the headaches that come with that you deal with so many different things money is really really simple it's life that's complicated in the accumulation phase once we get to retirement now life gets a little bit more simple it's the money it's the decisions you have to make and the realization that every single decision you make how you invest the portfolio impacts not not only how much income you can take today but how much income you can take down the road the sequence of returns risk based on how you've invested sequence of returns is if the market goes down and you're also taking money out you exacerbate that downturn in the market because there's no paychecks coming in you're you're pulling money out and losing in the market so these decisions every single one that you make it's a domino effect it impacts everything else it impacts the tax plan it impacts the income strategy can impact the health care it can impact absolutely the estate plan so we walk you through this process so we have a plan in place we call it the retirement success plan and the goal is for you to have security first and foremost but what I find most often is the outcome is that people feel more comfortable they feel more secure and they're able to enjoy retirement a bit more because they've they have a plan in place that addresses all these certain needs but also through the continual monitoring and adjusting and conversations one thing I love about our process is when someone comes to us and we have that first meeting where it's just get to know you you know no pressure no obligation no cost we get the information we do an analysis between that first and that second visit and then when we come back on that second visit you actually get to see what it's like to be a client at Oak Harvest Financial Group because that second visit with us we're starting to go through the foundation of a financial plan we're starting to discuss the decisions that you have to make not only this year but in the future so that's almost exactly what it's like to have an annual review with us or a semi-annual review with us so I love that about our process is that you get to see before you ever decide to become a client what it's like to actually be a client when we have up on the big television screen all of the information the choices you have to make the impact of making different decisions how it impacts your taxes how it impacts your income how it impacts your account balances when we do a sensitivity analysis and and show you okay this outcome in the market and this outcome for income decisions versus this one here are the possible outcomes for those choices and that those combination of choices so you get to see what it's like to actually be a client just through our normal process of going through that first second and third visit with us many Engineers it takes a little bit longer than that sometimes it's four or five visits but our goal is to Simply provide value we want to make deposits in your life we want to provide value and you know people see that value and they say you know what I think you guys could be a great part of my financial team my retirement team and yes I want to work with you Troy so if that's you if you don't have a retirement success plan if you don't have 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Financial Freedom #2: Retirement Planning Strategies

Hello, and welcome to my latest video, where
we're diving deep into the realm of retirement planning. Whether you're approaching retirement or already
savoring the golden years, this video is tailor-made for you. I'm your host, Siddarth Tummala, and today,
we're unlocking the secrets to financial security in retirement. But before we dive in, if you haven't already,
please hit that subscribe button, and if you like my content, show me some love by hitting
the like button as well. And don't forget to check out my website down
below for more information. Now, buckle up, and let's embark on this journey
together! Our first stop on this financial adventure
takes us to the heart of retirement planning – optimizing 401(k) and IRA accounts.

Now, when it comes to 401(k)s, it's crucial
to maximize your contributions. If your employer offers a matching contribution,
strive to contribute enough to capture that full amount. However, not everyone can do this all the
time. Luckily, catch-up contributions exist. This allows people 50 and over to contribute
an extra 7,500 dollars on top of the standard limit, allowing you to “catch up” on the
investments you missed earlier on. For our friends with Individual Retirement
Accounts or IRAs, explore the options of Traditional or Roth. Each has its perks, and the right choice depends
on your unique circumstances. A Traditional IRA may provide a tax deduction
now, while a Roth IRA offers tax-free withdrawals during your retirement. Onto the big problem, healthcare costs – a
topic that can be a source of stress for many retirees. Fear not, as we're delving into invaluable
insights on managing healthcare costs during retirement, ensuring your savings remain robust.

First and foremost, educate yourself about
Medicare and supplemental insurance options. Understanding what's covered and what isn't
can save you from unexpected expenses. For example, procedures such as cosmetic surgeries,
fertility treatments, or laser eye surgery are not covered by most insurance companies. However, it depends on your insurance company
for what procedures are covered as each company has its own rules. Additionally, consider health savings accounts
or (HSAs) for tax-advantaged savings to cover medical expenses. These accounts allow you to dedicate your
money to a savings account that grows tax-free.

Then, if a medical issue arises, you can withdraw
money tax-free to help pay off medical expenses. Similarly, there are also other ways to proactively
reduce medical bills. Embracing a healthy lifestyle can be a viable
approach to reducing healthcare costs. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and preventive
care can contribute to both physical well-being and financial resilience. Now, let's talk about everyone's favorite
topic – maximizing Social Security benefits! It's a crucial income source that, with a
bit of strategic planning, can be optimized for your financial benefit. First off, timing is key. While you can start claiming benefits as early
as the age of 62, delaying until the full retirement age (usually between 66 and 67)
or even later, to a maximum age of 70, can significantly increase your monthly benefits.

Patience can pay off! Another tip – consider the taxation of Social
Security benefits. If you have other sources of income, a portion
of your Social Security benefits may be subject to income tax. By delaying your social security benefits,
you can tap into your other assets first which will provide you with less taxable income
during your retirement. Understanding the tax implications can help
save and prepare you for unexpected expenses. And there you have it, – a comprehensive
guide to essential retirement planning strategies. From optimizing your 401(k) and IRA accounts
to managing healthcare costs, and maximizing Social Security benefits, these key steps
can pave the way to a worry-free future. If you found this information valuable, don't
forget to hit the like button, subscribe to my channel, and share your thoughts in the
comments below.

Remember to stay financially savvy!.

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Big Problem With Fidelity Index Funds – Zero Fee Funds Explained

– Fidelity offers zero fee index funds. Can you believe it? They're such a kind,
privately held company that's willing to give
up a bunch of profit to help out the little guy
investor like you and me. – So you're telling me
there's a chance? Yeah. – Ah, not so fast. – What?!
– As with most things, there's a bit of a catch, and the Fidelity zero fee
index funds are no different. So, let's go through what you need to know about these things, then we'll stack up each one
to its fee based competitor. Before we get too deep into it, I need to say that I am by no means implying that you should
sell these index funds if you currently hold them. You could be investing in
much worse financial products, like anything that Cathie
Wood has her name attached to. I'm basically going to be giving you a peak behind the curtain of
these zero fee index funds to show you what isn't so
obvious on the surface, In 2018, Fidelity started offering four different index funds where they charge you $0 to own them.

These four funds consist of
a large cap, total US market, extended market and
international index fund. At first glance, this seems
like an odd thing to do, because they already offer
an S&P 500, total US market, extended market and
international index fund where they charge you to own them. Yes, the fees for these funds
are extremely cheap as it is. But by offering these zero fee funds, they're in direct
competition with themselves.

I can promise you they're not doing this out of
the goodness of their hearts. To help uncover why they're doing this we just have to follow the money, but not the money that they
don't make from these funds, the potential money that they could make in other areas of their business by offering you these zero fee funds. These funds are what you would consider to be a loss leader for Fidelity. Kind of like how Costco sells their rotisserie chickens for a loss to the tune of being out $30,000,000 to $40,000,000 per year. The goal for Costco, and
Fidelity in this case, is to get you into their ecosystem so that they can sell you on more profitable products and services. If you are already through
the doors of Costco to buy your unhealthy, corn-fed,
GMO, rotisserie chicken, then you're more likely
to buy additional items. If you are already investing
in Fidelity's zero fee funds, then you're more likely to use them first if you are looking for
a financial advisor, annuity, life insurance
or more expensive funds. This of course won't
work for every customer.

But the lost leader business model doesn't need to have a 100% success rate. They just need a small portion of people to buy these more expensive
products and services. Once Fidelity has you in the doors and investing into their funds, they lock you into
their umbrella even more by penalizing you if you wanna move to a
different investment platform. These Fidelity zero
fee funds are exclusive to their investing platform and cannot be bought on or transferred to any other platform. With their other fee based index funds, you can transfer those out of Fidelity and onto any other platform like Vanguard, Charles
Schwab or any of the others. They'll usually come with a transfer fee, but this is par for the
course no matter where you go and which fund you decide to move.

With these zero fee funds,
you have to sell them if you wanna move your
investment somewhere else, which means that you might
have to pay capital gains taxes if they're held within a
taxable investment account. It might not be a big
deal to you right now, but if for some reason
at a point in the future you become unhappy with
Fidelity, then you're screwed. Before I tell you my biggest issue with these zero fee funds, please help and support this channel, and my dog, Molly, who
actually just tore up her leg and had to get stitches, by
hitting that thumbs up button.

The word index fund
gets thrown around a lot by these large investment
institutions nowadays because of how successful
they've been over the years. At this point, a lot of people understand the power of investing in index funds. But not all index funds
are created equally, and it's not so obvious unless
you know what to look for. Technically, you could create your own custom stock market index. And if I wanted to create a
fund that tracks your index, then I could call it an index fund. The problem is that you are
most likely an unknown person with an unknown track record
and an unproven process. There's a couple levels of trust that need to exist
within this whole process between the financial index provider, the index fund and the investor. My fund needs to trust
your indexing process, and the potential investors within my fund needs to have some level of trust in how my fund attracts your index. There's a few different well-known and trusted
financial index providers that index fund creators like Fidelity, Vanguard and Charles Schwab pay a licensing fee to to create their fee based index funds.

The Fidelity zero fee index
funds are a lot different in that they don't want to
have to pay the licensing fee to these trusted index providers because they need to cut corners to reduce the cost to run their funds. Because if they're still
doing a bunch of work and you are not paying
them to do that work, they're gonna cut corners
wherever they can. But they still need to
track some sort of index to be able to call
themselves an index fund. To do that, Fidelity has created
their own internal index, which is what their zero fee funds track.

This might not seem like a big deal, but their indexing methods haven't been around for very long, which means that they are unproven. I'm also not sure how
I feel about Fidelity creating the index that
their zero fee funds track. Having an unassociated
third party index provider at least gives a little
bit of separation of power within the whole process. To show you why I'd prefer 75% of the fee based Fidelity index funds over the zero fee index funds, let's compare them against each other so I can show you the biggest differences. For the total market index we have the zero fee index fund FZROX and the comparable fee
based index fund FSKAX. The stock style for both are pretty close so there's really no issue there. Next, we can look at the
total holdings for each one. The zero fee fund holds 2,655 stocks, while the fee based fund holds 3,998. For me, I want my index funds, especially my total market index funds, to hold as many stocks as possible.

The zero fee fund fails to do this. Lastly, the portfolio turnover
for each is different. This is important to know because the higher portfolio turnover means more stocks are
being bought and sold which is going to cost you money. The zero fee fund is at 4%, while the fee based fund is at 3%. Not a huge difference, but for me, I prefer to keep
this as low as possible. I also like the option
of investing in the fund that charges 0.015% to track
a larger number of stocks, instead of only sampling 2,600 stocks like the zero fee fund does. For the large cap index, we have these zero fee index fund FNILX, and the comparable fee
based index fund FXAIX. The stock style for both of these are pretty darn close as well so there's nothing too concerning here. Since both of these are large cap only we see that the total
holdings are about the same, which it should be. For the portfolio turnover, we see that the Fidelity
S&P 500 index fund is at 2%, while the zero fee
large cap fund is at 5%.

I personally choose to
pay the extra 0.015% to hold the true S&P 500 index fund. We see the biggest divergence with the extended market index funds. For this comparison we have these zero fee index fund FZIPX and the fee based index fund FSMAX. As you can see, the stock
styles are way different. The stock style for FSMAX is more in the mid and small cap range with a tilt towards growth. FZIPX is more in these small cap stocks with a tilt towards value. The sector breakdown
for the fee based fund has more money going into technology, while the zero fee fund has more money going into
everything else except tech. Once again, the fee based
fund holds more stocks, which I like, at 3,703 of them, while the zero fee fund
only holds 2,143 stocks. The turnover ratios make me
sick just looking at them. 18% for the fee based fund
and 25% for the zero fund. I am not a huge fan of
any extended market funds, so I prefer to stay
away from both of these. The last zero fee fund that we have is the international index fund FZILX. We'd wanna compare it to the fee based international
index fund FSPSX.

Stock style for both
are basically identical. The sector exposure between them both are all over the place. So, I'll throw up a screenshot so you can pause the video
to see it for yourself. The holdings are a lot
different than you'd think. The zero fee fund holds 2,377 stocks, while the fee based fund
only holds 832 of them. One of the big reasons the
zero fee fund holds more stocks is because it encompasses both developed and emerging markets, while the fee based fund
excludes emerging market stocks and only focuses on developed market. Believe it or not, I kind of like the zero fee
international index fund a little bit more because I prefer developed
and emerging market stocks to get more diverse exposure. The only things I don't like about it is the 8% turnover ratio, as well as the fact that you're kind of stuck
in the Fidelity ecosystem if you hold these zero fee fund. Make sure to hit that thumbs up button to support the channel before you go. If you wanna see my preferred
Fidelity index funds or Vanguard ETFs that you can purchase on the Fidelity platform, then watch these videos to your left next.

I'll see you in the
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this is the airfield for private jets at düsseldorf Airport entrepreneur Christoph gröna is one of Germany's super-rich people who have a lot of say in this country but a rarely heard in public corner is worth millions and private assets and company shares all of it and self-made [Music] let's say you have 250 million you could throw it out the window and it'll come back in through the door you can't destroy it you can buy cars and they go up in value you buy houses and real estate is worth more you buy gold and the gold prices go up you can't destroy money by consuming we've been following coasts of Kona for six months through him and many others this film takes a look at inequality in Germany a first glance Germany is a rich and powerful country full of opportunities but if you look closely you'll see wealth is more unevenly distributed here than in just about any other industrialized country success often depends on your background [Music] why is that do the differences threaten social cohesion and democracy to find some answers we go around the world and speak to a Nobel Prize winner and other experts who have looked deeply into the issue of inequality the world is at a crossroads today people sense that the control of their nation is being stolen from inequality is the most pressing social problem facing us today welcome to the land of inequality [Music] it's almost 8:00 in the morning in Berlin good longer my house the driver is already waiting when the boss comes he has to get moving right away Christophe Colonna a teacher son has made his way to the top often working 20 hours a day he's what's called a high achiever I don't have a driver because I'm lazier I think I'm too good for that on the contrary I like driving I'm a passionate motorist but the question is what does my company pay me for for sitting behind the steering wheel or for working corner earns his money with real estate hardly any company in Germany builds as much as his cg group does and in the housing market the prices only go in one direction upwards his company has just bought a very special building the developer wants to turn their Stieglitz a Keisel office block into the tallest residential tower in the city custom governor is always up for a challenge he wants to run all the way to the top in less than five minutes a race against himself 30 floors 120 meters 600 steps an employee times him with a stopwatch it's half a minute faster than the last time angry well it was pretty perfect but I could still do it better I could still remember back when I was finishing high school I watched Boris Becker when in Wimbledon and I thought just you wait I'll be right up there with you you know today's an apartment here will cost between five and ten thousand euros a square metre from up here corner can look down on many of his construction projects you can actually follow the trail of the last 20 years here in Berlin nearly 4,000 apartments and another 3,000 are under construction we've played a big role in housing construction here one stop this is Coronas headquarters in Berlin every company like this is a realm with the boss at the top and the staff beneath him corners company now employs 500 people they all have good contracts he says the 2015 tax statement from your brother there's a lot to pay one of his most important employees is his personal assistant Angelique Lisa you still in Dusseldorf then he'll be going on to Zurich then tomorrow he'll be back in Berlin Friday and Leipzig and then he'll be away over the long weekend and what about sleep not a lot there are rumors of between four and six hours I also don't think it'll be much more depending on how busy he is or whether he's traveling you can tell from when his emails arrive I'm an assistant like her has at least the same level of stress I have the boss is only as good as his assistant you don't notice it with her she's only been in the job for a few months so she's still fresh but she also has the Constitution for it Mario Lauterbach guards the door downstairs he's had a permanent contract as a security guard for half a year benzine outside gets in yeah but I went to school for 14 years I speak two or three foreign languages so if I ever got the opportunity again and had the initiative I could imagine becoming a lawyer or a judge that's something that interests me a lot latter Bach earns about 2,000 euros a month gross that's enough for a modest life but not much more his boss on the other hand has been able to build up millions of euros and assets can the guard live on what he earns from me that's what counts if he can then I've done my job as an employer if I pay a guard so little that he can't live off a salary then I've done something wrong so you think comparing him with you is nonsense of course it's nonsense I've stayed home from work due to sickness three times in 30 years ask my guard how many times he's been out sick if I have a slipped disc I come to work if I have a 40 degree fever I come to work if my wife quarrels with me and keeps me up all night I still come to work ask my security guard comparing us isn't fair or correct justification is miscarriage dismissed fish dish will he ever be able to afford a house with a pool of course not but he does not want that I know my security guards I know my caretakers would you like to trade places with her groaner didn't say yes right away I guess if I had to answer spontaneously my first answer would be no and I believe if I thought about it for a long time it would still be no that's actually got a lot less to do with him as a person or what he does it's just a question of my own attitude I wouldn't want to have that much responsibility would you like to have a house with the pool yes but then maybe not here in Germany where in Greece so whereas the one can only dream of a house with a pool the other can afford several properties Kristoff corner has a villa in Berlin and a penthouse in Cologne with a view of the cathedral but little time off how much distance should there be between those in the middle and those at the top and how big is the gap in reality there's a lot of data about poverty in the poor but very little about the rich estate asset registry would help but there isn't one and so a team from the German Institute for Economic Research is trying to find out more if you try to represent the wealth distribution in Germany in a graphic way you can do it quite simply on an a4 sheet of paper and a few look you can imagine a coordinate system like at school with an x-axis and a y-axis and with the y-axis this here I show the amount of wealth you can easily display ninety-five percent of the population on this sheet here in the – area because a part of the population is in debt or even insolvent and then there's a relatively broad area where assets are virtually zero until it finally starts to increase exponentially at the outer edge instructors this describes 95 percent of the population but the question is of course how far away is the richest person from this manager magazine puts the Reimann family business at the top of its rich list for Germany the family's estimated worth thirty three billion euros so if 95 percent of Germans are graphed on an a4 sheet that aemon's would be a whopping six point six kilometers further away every era has its mother lode in the past car makers made big money earlier still the families who owned the big trading houses became hugely wealthy now real estate developers have joined them gustaf corners rice began here in leipzig 20 years ago he invested when prices below it was all ruins or scrap [Music] I love everything you see to the left and right has been redeveloped built and rented out by us his company says it now builds one in three new apartments in the city but coast of Cavanaugh's Korea has been unusual he was not born a boss he used to work on construction sites himself every other stone has been replaced here with expertise with a sense of proportion to create an entirety and it helps if you have worked on scaffolding like this yourself I can do masonry I can lay concrete I can lay steel I can plaster walls lay tiles put up the sods that was my career the company started out as christophe grew nabokov Steen's to building services then we took on specialized construction then contractor work and project development until we became the company that we are today Kona has also invested in this former industrial district this is the class family Thomas and Kirkland with their two children they live in a rented apartment around the corner they wouldn't mind having one more room well you have to say it's an oasis in a built-up environment each building has nine classic apartments and two penthouses one large and one small at the top I'd like to show you all the floor plans in the trailer so we're about where the woman is right no the house is next to that the houses themselves or at least 20 meters further back to the penthouse apartments there we have a four room 123 square metre apartment with a 60 square meter roof terrace I think we need to be realistic the penthouse isn't what we need or what we can afford I take a classic four-room apartment with a balcony or shared garden I think that's what we'd be looking for that would interest us then let's take a look at a floor plan parents would practically have a separate wing here a sandpit playground and recreation area so in general the target group is young families yes typical young families give me some idea of the scale I'd be interested in a four-room apartment first floor would come at three thousand four hundred fifty euros the foreign apartment would cost four hundred and fifty thousand euros to buy the classes are a typical middle-class family they both have good jobs buying property used to be the way to start building up assets was a Matthias tarbush at the spoke we were 30 before we could even start to think about our old age and accumulating wealth to date now I'm almost 40 and we still haven't managed to put away much in terms of reserves I even come up with the minimum amount of capital so that banks will be able to give us a loan a sticking point the screens not food the other fueled 94 percent of buyers here aren't from Saxony that means this is currently a market where normal Saxons can't participate even each Michi encode the class family isn't the only one with little chance of owning their own place in all the richest 5% of Germans own half the apartments and houses every second person owns no property at all most Germans rent and are having to pay more and more for living space the purchase price of an 80 square metre apartment has soared in the last 10 years leipzig is an extreme case only 10% of the people here own real estate 60% of all new buildings and 94% of refurbished all buildings have gone to bias from out of town [Music] don't you want to get your shoes dirty mister I can feel pretty fastidious while the Klaus family hesitates others are snapping up the houses on the market did he make a killing again he did did he get another bargain we keep getting repeat offenders here they buy one house after another this is the third right it's his second his second complete one and the apartments before we went for a meal and I said it won't cost less than 4.5 and he got it for 3 well I'm crazy right today the time is ripe for us to make money here with the standard and my company urgently needs it that's not a crime no I don't think it is such a bad thing the real estate market is symptomatic it enables those on top to make more profits while others can hardly afford to live in their own city anymore behind this is the more basic question does profit for the one mean loss for the others today's typical property buyers are rich people well-off retirees yes and investors the others like Thomas Klaus and his colleagues can only look on [Music] honestly when I look at what's being built in the sluicey district I need a practical apartment to live in and I don't think they're building them to be lived in they're building them as investments and I can't join in that game none of my colleagues can't either that probably also creates housing that doesn't meet the needs of the city and most of the population scary because many people are being left behind banks digna there are many parts of life see who are nowadays you find one place with high priced apartments and another where the people who just couldn't afford to live in them anymore had to move to it's a crappy situation when you say that for whatever reason you have to get out of your apartment but you'd like to stay in your neighborhood but that's not possible [Music] in a neighborhood in the eastern part of Berlin bigger schlosser has been the scene of an escalating conflict between residents who are afraid of losing out economically and the man they accused of making the deal of his life here Gustov kkona arrives and his security guard stays close by when he's here he usually gets police protection I'm going to be disturbing your lunch break today so let me at least say good morning Korea has been the focus of an angry backlash his opponents filmed the first encounter with residents and protesters let me ask you is this a dialogue it was nice whether they were meeting me for the first time we could call it the birth of the boogeyman they got to see an entrepreneur who has arguments on his side and won't back down and it's precisely this stupid thinking that prevails in society there's always a direct connection he makes money and he's become wealthy so we must have stolen it from someone it's all about politics he's charging 12 euros a square metre nobody can afford that well we have smaller apartments 35 40 50 square meters which any nurse can afford even at 14 euros a square metre as long as it's well made has great light she'd love to live there instead of in 60 square meters over there for 8 euros a square metre Clara knows that many of his workmen or the police officers who protect him had difficulties finding affordable housing but he says his millions of square meters are not the cause of the problem but part of the solution [Music] how do you strike the right balance between rewarding achievement and letting everyone share in it what consequences does inequality have for society the real general finding is that inequality being a way of making people feel more distance from one another stretches the social fabric it phrased the social fabric it pulls us apart from one another physically experientially and psychologically there's nothing necessarily wrong with inequality of course people have an unequal endowments of intelligence and beauty and they have different parents and where I start to worry as a sociologist is when people accumulate dynastic wealth and dynastic wealth means a lot of money that gets transferred down through generations because that starts to stabilize systems of inequality across society and that constricts the opportunities available to everybody else coast of Ghana may have worked his way to the top but even for him there's still a glass ceiling you can't buy your way into the world of dynastic wealth you can only be born into it Kirsti on fly – best all-time traces his family tree back to the year 1135 he's a descendant of the fogers one of the richest families of the Middle Ages you can always use a winch to pull in the deer and you've killed a stag which normally weighs well over 100 kilos then you need mechanical help to get it into the vehicle would look a bit odd when you drive around towing a dead deer in a trailer people sometimes find that a little strange the car he's is to transport dead stags as an old Austrian military vehicle when bechtolsheim uses it in the 300 hectares of forest he owns somewhere in central Germany we're not allowed to say exactly where back was his condition for letting us film him discretion is everything why had some visits in the morning a forest is a wonderful feeling because you have the run of it so to speak Keltie I think it was the publisher of deed site countess den Hoff who once said you always have to own everything you love I can comprehend the question philosophically but if I answer according to my natural instincts I'd say yes I like owning things that I find beautiful man rush to gardenia demonize Shirin imprinted by citizens not Eagles it had the great inequality that exists room on your folks is wanted for the economy and it's unavoidable obviously if you're an entrepreneur and you have inherited something and keep it running properly you will have more than someone who's just an employee do you think that things are by and large fair in Germany yes by and large I do I don't sense any real feeling of injustice and the part of most people on the street lights Lord after stars it can be not having during the week from best Hawthorne works with a view of the main river in Frankfurt he heads what he calls the family office this exclusive establishment is essentially what used to be known as a private bank perhaps you should add that this is one of the few old Frankfurt patrician houses that survived the Second World War intact this old terrazzo floor or this handle this banister you don't often find them in Frankfort today these display cases you can see the remnants of what once made patrician dining culture so special Oscar Moffitt you have to imagine a family office as just that an office that takes care of the interests and all the financial needs of a single family or an individual that ranges from let's say five or ten million to several hundred million not even the employees know all the names of the bank's clientele the wealthy come via personal recommendations they know that from battle time will offer them something that normal savers can't get from a bank these days interest and returns on their money we've done work together to create an asset structure one for the future let's say you want to invest so and so much in real estate and with real estate you also have apartments and commercial buildings and maybe even logistics stick stocks it's maybe thirty percent you might put 10% into pensions and 10% in cash the rest is invested in other things private equity forestry and so on we help families to maintain their fortunes for generations that is what we aspire to the legend surrounding germany's post-war economic recovery sometimes and evokes the notion of a kind of monetary zero-hour when everyone supposedly had to start from scratch if you wanted to get rich you had to work your way up according to the myth what's photomask Noveck shortly before the first world war a former interior ministry official published an almanac of millionaires in buda Shanda in these books you still find numerous names that look very familiar today if you look at the lists of the wealthy you get the impression that old money plays a huge role among the big fortunes today I'm hiding guns awesome for moving our biases line the ups transition dean dean the gap between those who only have work do you and those who belong to the upper class has increased enormously if i took for clue such i think if people understood how how deeply unfair economic competition was in the modern global economy they really would be up in arms [Music] it's the end of Thomas class's shift after visiting the construction site he and his wife considered the real estate agents offer at the moment the family lives essentially from his income his wife has reduced her workers to take care of the children [Music] the children are eager to tell their father about the events of the day they visited their grandmother once the children go to bed the parents talk about buying the apartment in the middle of the city when this dish walked on join us mommy first you are all enthusiastic and a bit dazzled by the idea and the beautiful project and by the question about whom the project is aimed at well at young families like you on the one hand that's flattering but on the other hand when you then hear the price and think about it again these are dimensions where I say that a family like us are out of it we aren't expecting an inheritance or any other sources of outside money we have to earn it on a monthly basis four hundred fifty thousand euros I don't even know how many annual incomes that would be as I income in the severan so at some point you start to worry that the step downwards into the lower middle class is much closer than the step up into the upper middle class I think everyone has the same feeling I'm lucky I have a big employer I feel like I have won the jackpot in Leipzig but that doesn't mean that we can keep up with the developments in the real estate market being mauled the classes are not poor but they belong to a group that has come under pressure in recent years the middle class the people who have no fortunes but have to work for prosperity in recent months thousands have sent in comments online for this film project under the hashtag on Graceland for example they've reported their salaries an industrial clerk in the car industry 1600 euros net a social worker in a rehab clinic 1648 net a civil engineer nearly 2000 net a medical specialist work 12 years of training 2768 net a net income of 3500 euros puts a single person in Germany's top 10% of earners accumulated wealth is particularly unequal half the population has less than 17 thousand euros in reserve that would let them buy a base-model VW Golf all shoes and clothing for 1.6 children from birth to the age of 18 or just 3.3 square meters of a newly built apartment in Frankfurt the vast majority of the gains and income have gone to people at the very top of the income distribution in the top 1% of the income distribution and incomes for people in the middle class and below the middle class have essentially not increased or have even fallen at the bottom very large middle class is necessary for peaceful and democratic societies and if you now have polarization in rich countries and if you have shrinkage of the middle classes then you really have a problem or you are really moving to a new territory that is just unexplored yet in u.s.

The question can really a successful democracy exist with very polarized of citizenship with lots of people who are rich but also lots of people who are below the middle-class level the world is at a crossroads today that if it doesn't try to write a new social contract those who have been hurt the many many people who have been hurt will repel [Applause] there are a few places where all social strata come together but even where they do exist it doesn't mean that the pool the rich and the middle classes actually meet how are they doing they're playing tactically Costa Fiona has paid for a place in a luxury suite in Leipzig main soccer stadium we in the luxury area of paying for their cheaper tickets through our high contributions everyone makes their own contribution maybe that guy pays 20 years for a ticket I'm actually paying 2,000 for mine there's a certain justice there now at the family office in Frankfort the bank's own Forester has come to call I brought all the figures let's start with Finland Christian fund bechtolsheim has been using his clients money to buy up forests in Finland New Zealand and Uruguay what's benefited us you can see it here in the timber prices in Finland the development last year spruce and pine have seen a huge increase since 2016 and that works to our advantage the Sweden solution copy mm-hmm authorities German forests are just insanely expensive there are very few areas available and when an area opens up people jump on it like crazy surprises a double tripled quadrupled over the past 10 or 15 years of course this is also due to the low interest rates that we currently have people are looking for everything they can find where can you invest money where can you safely invested or invested very profitably it's an intrinsic conflict can we briefly talked about Uruguay how does the return look relative to our plans we're doing quite well Uruguay is our most conservative projects this is a new global form of capitalism financial capitalism to find out how the system works sociology stat Brooke Harrington first trained as an asset manager it's a global profession and that's why I had to go to 18 different countries you know from the Cayman Islands and the BVI all the way out to the Cook Islands in the middle of the South Pacific to the Seychelles and Mauritius to New York and London and Switzerland all over one of the things you learn in wealth management school is to regard the world as kind of a legal financial shopping mall and you go to each different state in the world the way you would go to shops in a mall picking out the laws and the conditions that are most favorable for what you want to do or what your client wants to do with a particular asset so what you have to know is a wealth manager is where's the best place to get the laws that you need to do what you want to do with the art collection or the yacht or the family business the family office is the starting point of a global investment chain the wealthy entrust from best all time with their money among other things he invests with these fund managers they send it all around the world ensuring it earns much more interest than say a normal savings account I'm glad that you're here to say it at the outset we are really satisfied with the performance you have achieved so far currently we are at nine point three percent since the beginning of the year they say the secret of their fund is automated investment they have an algorithm that scans the global economic situation and converts it into traffic light signals green means the computer buys a lot of shares and when the signal jumps to yellow will read fewer yeah the curve is flat and you can see it because the signal isn't dark green we do the market timing we are the ones who ensure that a customer can re-enter the market because we operate without emotion we have no emotions our entire set up our entire algorithm is purely quantitative normal geopolitical upheavals such as those in Syria or Ukraine none of them has such a global economic dimension that it could really knock the world economy out of sync and that's our benchmark where we would intervene in the traffic light it has to be an event that knocks the world economy off-balance and at least in history no conventional war has done that many people would now say here are six well-to-do people sitting at the table and all they're doing is trying to increase their wealth for many you are kind of an economic bloat what would you say to them frankly nothing because no one ever asks net I think it's pretty tricky in Germany everyone thinks he can join Deutsche Bank as a trainee at 18 then become an authorised signatory and then eventually a department head and then retire at the age of 65 as a class-b director with a palm tree in the office and a chair with arm rests that world is definitely over that's for sure in the context of modern investor capitalism there's been this massive shift of power from labor to investment it's called financialization dissonance cloud these are very clear elements of an artificial world for which only an abstract amount of money counts a vanished but not the quality of life locally among the peoples in the markets in society now you can get rich from being a rentier capitalist that is not from your work not from the sweat of your brow as they say but from putting your money at the right place and at the right time the right things Tomasz class has been working as an engineer for siemens for nine years he sits on the works council and could imagine staying here until he retires with or without a palm tree we have employees who have been trained here they've worked here all their lives it's like a family it's not just work it's a bit of family and a bit of life the staff and I are very attached to what we do here together during the day good mind some – just recently Siemens posted six billion euros in annual profits but then worrying rumors began circulating investors were reportedly putting pressure on the company saying this plant wasn't fit for the future actually nothing is secure even everyday life living in a rented apartment is insecure we're currently secured by a single income and that is now on very very shaky legs you suddenly realize that when you get a situation like the one we're in now students really insist [Music] a few streets away from the Siemens plant cassava corner has invited all his staff to the company Christmas party he just bought this old post office railway station his wife Anna and his youngest daughter are the first to show up then the boss arrives a lot is riding on him his employees are also worried for much the same reasons as Thomas Klaus in recent weeks the financial Press reported that investors have taken over 50% of the company's shares [Applause] before though dear friends family it's amazing to be able to stand among you you are my motivation seasoned minam will to pursue is easy where my strength yeah I think you have been convinced by a letter from the management perhaps signed by me that we are still the same family no matter who owns the shares no matter who will have a say and so forth yes we do Capital Markets yes we have to refinance ourselves yes we have to reposition ourselves I will also be doing that no matter in what post I will be available to you in the future what we have achieved so far as to be a truly great and big family have a nice evening and thank you at some point every company reaches a certain size where its banking and financing structures are no longer sufficient I have to deal with the financial institutions and all that if I have that under control then I will remain in my post but if I don't then I'll be voted out faster than you can possibly imagine [Music] it looks like the whole world is being shaken up by big money it's a game that few can play and even fewer can win but when those at the top stopped a jump ship and those below have to worry about a crash what effect does that have on a country today and in the future [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music]

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Welcome, everyone, thank you for joining us today. My name is Ewelina Caplap, Wealth Management operations manager at Coastal Credit Union, where we bank better to live better. Today, we will be sharing with you three retirement savings tips before year end. So hopefully today you will come out of this session with some great action items. Joining me today are David Burk, CFS financial advisor, and Drew Snider, CFP, director of financial planning here at Coastal Credit Union. Welcome to you both. So before we get into our exciting conversation, we will very quickly cover our disclosure slide. Coastal Credit Union contracts with CUSO Financial Services to offer investment products to its members, which can fluctuate with market activity and potentially have some risk. So getting into our exciting conversation today about three retirement savings tips for year end. At this time, let's talk about tip one. Tip one, Roth IRAs. We hear about Roth IRAs quite a lot and the potential tax free income they provide. David, why don't you start us off with a little bit about what this tip is? Thanks, Ewelina.

A Roth IRA is an IRA that you're actually using after-tax dollars to invest in a credit union or an investment Roth IRA and letting that grow tax deferred so that after age 59 and a half, you'll be able to withdraw money out of that account that is 100 percent tax free. That's a huge financial and tax benefit that you should certainly consider before year end. Why don't you add a little bit more to that, Drew? Yeah, the Roth IRA is is definitely the greatest savings tool we have for retirement. As the illustration shows, the seed for our tree is what's getting taxed. And then you grow this beautiful tree with all this great money on it and you get to take the money off and you don't pay taxes on the money.

So it's fantastic and everyone should consider if they can do it or not. The beauty of looking at a Roth IRA going into December is you have a vision of what your income is for the year and you have limitations on contributions based on what your income was for twenty twenty one. So if your income is basically under about one hundred twenty five thousand dollars as a single person or one hundred ninety eight thousand dollars as joint filers, you should definitely be looking at a Roth IRA and coming into the credit union and talking to us to see if it'll work for you. That's excellent. What a great first tip to consider taking care of before the year end. So we're now going to move over to tip number two, and we're going to talk about some 401(k)s. What can you tell us here, David? 401(k)s are offered typically through an employer or as an employer sponsored retirement plan. They've been around for quite some time now, and many employees should be taking full advantage of this retirement savings.

And again, since we're now getting towards the end of the year, it's always a benefit to evaluate your income at this year, like Drew mentioned in the previous slide. But then also what your income will be next year and give yourself a savings raise of trying to increase your savings. Drew, I'll let you expand more about the comparison of Nick versus Maria and what their savings has done over time. Sure, I'd be happy to. This is a very simple graphic of two individuals who make the same amount of money and started off saving the same amount of money, the same percentage to their 401k plan. Nick maintained that savings rate, whereas Maria, each year, increased her savings rate by one percent or her contribution rate by one percent to her 401k plan until it maxed out at 15 percent.

And you can see that over time, Maria had quite a bit more money. This is after 30 years. She had twice as much money for retirement as did Nick. And you know what? You don't really need to concentrate on anything other than the fact that that right bar looks a lot bigger than the left bar. So with proper planning, we can help our viewers get there. Yeah, just one more comment here. Before year end, everyone should take a look at their 401k statement and see if they maximized. If they're trying to maximize the amount that they can contribute, they should take a look at that and see if they've been able to do that this year, because a lot of people may think that they are maximizing their contributions when in fact they haven't.

Right? Good point. And another thing, I'm not sure if we mentioned it, if you have a Roth 401k option on your plan, if we're talking about a Roth IRAs, certainly Roth 401k option is something that our viewers should be looking into. Can either one of you speak to that for a minute? Yeah, that's an interesting comment, Ewelina, because that's still relatively new in the marketplace and offered through employer 401k plans, but the numbers are astounding how few people are really taking full advantage of that Roth opportunity in their 401k. And what that means is, you can actually contribute more towards your Roth 401k than you can a Roth IRA outside of your employer-sponsored plan. Plus, your income is not a restrictive factor in being able to contribute to the Roth 401K plan. And just add to that, I would encourage anybody, even high income people who really do like the tax deduction that they're getting from their traditional 401k contributions. It's not an either/or situation. You know, if you're not doing either traditional or Roth, you can do some in both.

Personally, I do some in both of mine. I do some in the traditional and I do some in the Roth in my contributions. I do the same thing on my own planning as well. Well, certainly a lot to take in and consider for year end. So we're going to move on to our final tip. Tip three. Health savings accounts, right? HSAs. And who doesn't like the sound of triple tax savings? So, David, what don't you tell us a little bit about that first? The triple tax saving on a health savings account is phenomenal, and many people have completely overlooked this opportunity for their own household and and being able to save tax free money. So what ends up happening. If your employer offers you a high deductible health account, then you can participate in an HSA.

And what you're able to do is contribute on an individual basis or as a family, and that money can be tax deductible as far as the contribution. Once that money is in your HSA, it grows tax deferred. And then when you're ready to start withdrawing money from an HSA for a qualifying medical or health care expense, it's one hundred percent tax free as a distribution. And I want to comment here. As as you come to the year end, some employers are going to contribute some money to your HSA for you. You can add the rest up to the maximum. And you have until April 15th to do that. But the year end is a great time to take a look to see how much your employer has put into that plan for you. And then what is the calculation? What's the amount that you can add to it? Because you can reduce your taxes in your 2021 tax return, you get tax deferral and you can take the money out tax free for qualified health care expenses.

Excellent. So it sounds like there's a lot to get done here working with Team Coastal. So who are we right? Who is Team Coastal? Drew, can you talk to us about how we can help our viewers in meeting these three tips? Putting them into action? Yeah. Whether you're talking to Coastal Wealth Management about these concepts that we talked about today, or if you go into the branch, the credit union, you're going to get a team of experienced people that are going to be able to help you make your contributions, maximize your retirement. At Coastal, they're going to talk to you about your savings account options and Wealth Management.

If you have a more longer term perspective, we're going to show you some investment options for your IRAs. And then, you know, one thing about Coastal Wealth Management is, you know, we have lots of options to help you to find a great solution that you're comfortable with. That fits your risk tolerance and your needs, and we're all working together. So whether you talk to someone at the branch and you tell them, Hey, I'd like to get a better rate of return, than you're offering in that savings account, they're going to bring us into the conversation with Wealth Management so we can talk to you about how we can help. So we're all working together at Team Coastal. And then obviously, if you want to do a financial plan with us, we'd be happy to help you with that. Absolutely. And speaking of that financial plan, for our viewers, if they are not aware, it is a complimentary financial review to meet with our team and discover all the options available to you with Team Coastal, whether that be something that our retail team can help you or our Wealth Management department specifically, we all work together and can hopefully help you reach your goals.

Schedule your complimentary Financial Review with us today. You can call us at 919-882-6655. You can certainly send us an email [email protected]. And of course, you can find us online as well. There are some action items to take here with these three tips before year end. We're happy to help you with that. Thank you again… David Burke, CFS financial advisor, one of our dedicated advisors for being with me here today, and of course, Drew Snider, our financial planning director here at Coastal Credit Union. Thank you for your time today and thank you to our viewers for joining us.

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401K To Gold IRA Rollover

in a volatile Financial landscape imagine having an asset that's been a beacon of stability for Millennia gold are you amidst a career shift or contemplating your retirement security you're not the only one many of us are haunted by the uncertainty of our financial future but there's a gleaming Ray of Hope a gold Ira as you contemplate career changes or even setting up a regular Ira think about the potential of diversifying with gold transitioning from a 401k to a gold Ira is more straightforward than you think especially when you align with the industry's best leading gold Ira providers are not just reliable pillars they're equipped with a myriad of irs-approved precious metals ready to ensure a seamless rollover experience isn't it time to offer your savings the Golden Touch and shield them from the tempestuous tides of the stock market what's a gold IRA rollover ever wondered what a gold IRA rollover is let's dive deep and simplify it for you you can invest in physical gold gold provider stock a gold growth fund or an exchange-traded gold fund the gold must be stored with an IRS approved trustee away from your home thinking about rolling your existing retirement assets into a gold Ira that's a bit more complex and might cost you a bit more you'll need a self-directed IRA for that this special account allows you to invest in a wider range of assets bits then comes the custodian a trusted entity to help set up and manage your gold account they should be federally and state approved and importantly able to store that Shiny Gold for you and lastly to actually get your hands on physical gold you'll need a broker your trustee might know a few good ones picking a broker is crucial they ensure that the gold meets all necessary government standards for inclusion in an IRA at a minimum you want your broker to have the following characteristics certifications ensure your broker is equipped with all vital licenses bonds and insurance to protect your investment record reputation is key look for positive reviews check if they're endorsed by the Better Business Bureau and ensure they have minimal complaints attentiveness your broker should prioritize your needs familiarity with tax laws governing IRAs and a willingness to work closely with you are Essentials the truth about a gold IRA rollover a gold IRA rollover is your Bridge it allows you to transfer your retirement savings steering them into the radiant domain of precious metals here your Investments take a tangible form from gold and silver coins to magnificent bars and bullion but it's not just about ownership it's about security every precious item you invest in Finds Its place in an IRS approved depository safeguarded for your future can I roll my 401k into gold Ira an existing 401K can indeed be converted into a gold Ira or another precious metals Ira to make the switch there's one primary step leaving your current job is essential before making that 401k leap into a self-directed IRA with your newly rolled over funds you can invest in a glittering array of gold and silver assets diff difference between a gold IRA rollover versus gold transfer when diving into the world of gold Investments it's essential to understand the difference between a gold IRA rollover and a gold transfer a rollover is specific to certain situations maybe your employer's retirement plan administrator has shifted or perhaps you've left the company managing your finances even significant changes to your company's pension can trigger a rollover but not all rollovers are made the same there's the direct rollover and the indirect rollover direct rollovers involve assets moving seamlessly from a qualified retirement plan like a four on one k straight into an IRA it's like a relay race passing the Baton directly from one Runner to the next you don't touch the asset until it lands safely in its new home the indirect rollover sometimes called the 60-day rollover to technique has a bit of a detour here the investment reaches your IRA within 60 days of its withdrawal think of it like a layover on a long flight the investment might first be sent to your checking or savings and from there you'll transfer it to your new IRA benefits of rolling over a 401k to an IRA one strong choice is rolling over your 401k into an individual retirement account or IRA it offers flexibility and a wide range of investment options transfer your 401k to your new employer's plan if they have one it's a straightforward path but may limit your investment choices feeling tempted to cash out think twice taking the money now means paying taxes and facing a withdrawal penalty or you could just let it be if your previous employer allows it's the do nothing approach but remember to keep tabs on those funds lower fees with each step on the 401K Journey the byte of management and administrative fees can slowly diminish the green of your savings as these funds can be pricier than the average the money you hoped would grow might just trickle away add to this storm the general annual costs from the Giants who manage these plans of course the Majestic fortresses of 401K plans armed with Millions can access exclusive corridors with fewer costs with an IRA while there will still be expenses you're in the driver's seat you get to choose how where and what to invest in all while having greater control over the fees you shell out lower fees greater control your Investments your way take the key to a brighter financial future more cash incentives these financial institutions with open arms and eager eyes might tempt you with a golden handshake to transfer your retirement funds to their vaults and if Hard Cash isn't the song they serenade you with watch out for the melodious offers of free stock transactions and more relaxed rules on the other hand the Internal Revenue Service or IRS has standardized rules for IRAs this means that an IRA from One bank will have the same rules as an IRA from another another advantage of controlling your tax withholding with an IRA is that your retirement money isn't depleted faster than necessary this allows your Investments to continue to grow compounding tax deferred more investment options ever felt limited with your 401K investment options most 401ks offer only a handful of mutual funds often from just one supplier imagine a world with more freedom in your investment choices from Individual stocks to bonds to exchange traded funds ETFs the possibilities are almost endless more options mean more flexibility to tailor your portfolio to your unique needs and aspirations easier estate planning there's a high chance that after you're gone your hard-earned 401k might just be handed over in a single transaction a lump sum convenient but not necessarily tax friendly most companies prefer the quick Handover primarily so they don't have to manage the account of an employee who's no longer with them on the flip side inheriting an IRA isn't tax-free either IRAs come with more distribution choices it's like being handed a menu giving your beneficiaries options looking for more information with a team dedicated to finding the latest news and information for gold and precious metals IRAs the retired veteran is your 12 son One Source to help you with your investment Journey Don't forget to check them out you can find the link below

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Retirement Planning in Your 50s and Beyond

Your 50s are an excellent time to get serious
about retirement planning, and that's because at this point in your life, you may have figured
a couple of things out. You might have a decent idea of where you
spend money, what your preferences are, the things you don't care for so much, and you
might also have some financial advantages at this point in life. Perhaps you've paid off a lot of debt maybe. If you had kids, they're out of the house
or almost independent. And you might be in your peak earnings years
because you have gained some expertise and some knowledge in whatever it is you do for
a living, and one big reason to get serious is you might have more money than you've ever
had before saved up so now it really counts.

A 10 % loss in the markets, for example, hurts
a lot more than it did when you were 22 years old. But whether you're just getting started saving
for retirement or you've been doing it for decades there are some important things that
come up in your 50s that can help you pave the way to a smoother retirement down the
road. The first thing to watch for is catch-up contributions,
and this is not the condiment, this is a catch-up contribution that allows you to put extra
into your retirement accounts each year once you reach age 50. The IRS sets maximum limits on how much you
can contribute to those accounts, but at 50, you can do a little bit extra and that helps
to boost what goes into those accounts each year for example in your 401k or 403 b or
governmental 457 you can put in an extra six thousand six hundred dollars per year as a
catch-up contribution on top of the max that you had back when you were 49 years old and
your knees didn't hurt as much. For traditional and Roth IRAs, for 2022 that
number is a thousand dollars of extra catch-up contributions.

Of course, this is assuming that you have
the cash flow to make the maximum contribution and put the catch-up contribution on top of
that, and if you don't, that's okay, it's not feasible for everybody, just do what you
can. But if you are really trying to maximize your
account balances at retirement, those catch ups are a powerful tool. The next thing to do is to look at your Social
Security and pension benefits. It's a good time to start getting a realistic
expectation of what you might get, and that's because you might assume that you're going
to get a lot more or a lot less, but it's really helpful to start figuring out how those
systems work and how much you can expect each month.

If you're eligible for Social Security, you'll
want to go through your earnings history and make sure that that is accurate because if
any years are missing you may end up with a smaller monthly retirement benefit. Your benefit is based on your 35 highest earnings
years, so you want to make sure that those good earning years are in there and that you
don't have any unnecessary zeros in your history. Keep in mind that you may be able to get some
retirement benefits from a former spouse or your current spouse, so if you're widowed
or divorced, for example, you want to research those potential benefits and you might also
be able to get income on your spouse's earnings record if you are still married and there,
are some strategies you'll want to look at as you go through that process. By the way, I'm Justin Pritchard, and i help
people plan for retirement and invest for the future. So, there will be some resources down in the
description below that cover this in more detail and give you some other pointers.

Another smart move is to manage your debts
or make a strategy for them. So, if you have consumer debts like credit
cards for example, you definitely want to plan to eliminate those debts and make sure
that your spending stays within your income limits so that you're not digging yourself
a hole during retirement or as you head towards retirement. But what about so-called "good debts" in retirement? For example, a mortgage. There's a lot of benefit to being debt-free
and not having a mortgage payment when you're in retirement a lot of people really focus
on getting rid of that loan before their retirement date but it's not necessarily the end of the
world to have a mortgage in retirement, and paying it off quickly out of your retirement
funds can cause some problems.

As long as you can fit that monthly payment
into your income maybe that's your Social Security, pensions, and some withdrawals from
savings accounts, and you can manage that debt comfortably, then again, it's not the
end of the world, and remember that that loan payment will eventually go away someday which
frees up cash flow for other expenses maybe health care expenses later in life. Speaking of expenses, how much are you going
to need to spend? Well, that's something to start figuring out
and there are a couple of different ways to do that this video that's going to pop up
above will give you some pointers on that but basically you can look at your spending
today and maybe adjust that for inflation or you might look at an income replacement
ratio and say maybe I just need 80 percent of what I'm earning now that might or might
not be right for you or you can target a certain level of spending such as $50 or $100,000
whatever the case may be, and with those numbers you can set a goal to start heading for once
you have an idea of your spending and your retirement income sources and your assets
then you can run some calculations and again we're setting your expectations so that you
know if you're on track or not and this can alert you to some potential shortfalls or
maybe let you know if you could retire earlier than maybe you expected there are a lot of
helpful online calculators out there they can do a decent job of getting you in the
ballpark but make sure you understand what their limitations might be so they don't necessarily
get super detailed and you might not be able to adjust all of the assumptions but again
you can get some basic ideas of if you're sort of close or if you're way off on what
you expected another good move in your 50s is to refine your investment strategy so up
to this point you may have been doing some great things to get you to the point where
you are you've built up some nice assets but if you've been using high risk strategies
maybe speculating maybe day trading that sort of thing it's time to ask yourself if that's
something that you want to continue doing at this stage in life it is difficult to consistently
get good results with those high risk approaches and you might have more to lose now than you
did previously.

I'm not saying you can't do it or definitely
don't do it but I would say proceed with extreme caution and maybe just say hey I've done a
good job up to this point maybe I'll reevaluate what I'm going to do going forward. At 50 it's time to start thinking about long-term
care if you haven't already been thinking about it there's a 70 percent chance that
you might need some type of long-term care and that might include everything from somebody
helping you out at home maybe this is a loved one assuming you have somebody at home who
is willing and able and remember it could be physically and emotionally difficult and
it might require expertise but it could include somebody helping you out at home who you know
or you going into a skilled nursing facility and paying those higher costs that are associated
with that higher level of care there are several ways to deal with the costs and that might
include a long-term care insurance policy but those are kind of problematic so definitely
look into them but consider some other alternatives as well maybe instead of maybe to supplement
or maybe you just go with insurance but some other options include saving up assets and
earmarking those for a long-term care event or maybe looking at your home equity as a
safety net to cover some of those big expenses that's not necessarily a fun way to spend
your time so one of the other things you can do is envision how you want your retirement
to unfold and this is a really important step that a lot of people skip it's important to
have something to do with yourself once you stop working you might have gotten a lot of
your social engagement a lot of your meaning and some of your identity out of your work
and you might want to not necessarily admit that but for a lot of people that's the case
it's easy to say that the main thing you're looking forward to in retirement is not going
to work but you probably want to have some ideas on how you're going to fill your time
and that way you're going to number one enjoy it more and number two there might be some
real benefits in terms of your mental and physical health if you are retiring to something
as opposed to just retiring from work, so ask yourself how will you fill your days? What are you most excited about and interested
in? What can you do to find some meaning and some
purpose during that time? And who might you spend time with, and what
are your plans for keeping your physical health as good as you can possibly keep it? So, I hope you found that helpful.

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