Month: February 2023
I Retired Rich At Age 27…And This Is How I Did It
Jason 0 Comments Retire Wealthy
Today I want to share with you exactly how I retire at the age of 27 how I did it and maybe how you could do it as well you see I started very early at a young age the path of entrepreneurship I started my first business when I was in high school just with a couple of buddies mowing lawns for people in our neighborhoods that’s my very first business there are three things that I did during this time that allows me to retire young and with higher rich so the very first thing is this I focus on developing what I call high income skills my high income skills skills that allow me to bring value to the marketplace in exchange of money now I define high income skills as skills that could make me $10,000 or more per month you see the first five years of my business career when I was getting started the first five years I didn’t take a single day off I was working 12 to 14 hours a day seven days a week for the first five years while all my friends they were out there drinking drinking and having parties and chasing girls I was fucking working I sacrifice I made a lot of sacrifices I believe if you don’t sacrifice for your dream then your dream becomes your sacrifice so I made a decision I pay the price early on I spent a few years of my life working on myself working on my business doing the things that most people are too lazy to do not willing to do so I could have what most people cannot have the very first high income skill that I develop was copywriting now you might wonder what that is well it’s simply the skill to use words to sell that’s it Prine persuasion or persuasion in print and our words running a one-man advertising agency myself if you watch the TV show man man that’s kind of what I was doing without all the smoking and all that bullshit but I was basically a cocking gun in my early 20s working with companies working with entrepreneurs and I was making 10,000 a month $12,000 a month in my early 20s and at the time I thought he was it was like I felt like a million bucks I thought it was the most money I’ve ever seen and I did that then later on I took that money the income did I earn I put that aside and I started coin called a scalable business now if you want to retire early and retire young one of the most important things that you have to know is noticing identifying trends at a time I went onto the internet I saw this trend on the Internet we’re talking about back then remember Netscape dial-up modem I’m talking about overture for pay-per-click you know good old days you’re watching this young young guys you may or may not even know this but I’m talking about Yahoo for search engines okay Facebook and then later on Google but I’m talking about that so when I got started back then early and I noticed a trend on internet and I was importing collectibles from Hong Kong Bruce Lee collectibles actually and I was flipping them on eBay I was doing affiliate marketing I was doing digital marketing online I was selling digital products before PDF before all these things were even popular software all these things and that’s how my first bucket of money then I took that money and I saw some of those physicists I cash out and I took that money and invest in real estate then my investments are able to support my lifestyle and that’s how I retire at the age of 27 but here’s one thing I’ve learned through that experience at the age of 27 I thought this was my dream I thought I want to get to a point where I don’t have to work anymore I’ll sit in a beach all day and that is going to be it and I did that the first month first 30 days I was sitting on a beach on English pay just to be there every single day right looking at a beach looking at the ocean I thought I have made it you know what all I got was sunburn that’s it you may dream I’m sitting on a beach every day I’m telling you when you could do it I was bored out of my mind I thought this is fucking stupid I work so hard to get here and now I’m sitting on beach doing nothing this is dumb like did I work all like this heart and may all that sacrifices for this like come on because you’ve got to understand when you’re entrepreneur I was going like this every day go go go go go suddenly when you have nothing to do when you cash out when you have investments you’re like okay I guess what else do you do right after 30 days of that I was sick and tired of it I’m like this is a dumbest thing ever so the second month I did something different actually thought you know what I’m gonna I’m gonna watch the movies so at a time I rendered a lot of movies a lot I was watching six seven movies the DVDs stack of them every single day let me tell you something I love movies don’t get me wrong but when you’re watching six seven movies every fucking day you don’t like movies so much anymore believe me okay after 30 days of that I’m like this is again the dumbest thing ever i I just felt like I so lazy I felt like I wasn’t doing anything with my life then I went to talk to my mentor and he said okay Dan he’s what I want you to do I want you to start in other business I said no no I’m not gonna start another business I was killing myself all these years so I could retire you don’t understand I’m not gonna work he said no you’re gonna start outta business I said no I am NOT gonna start down to business he said you’re gonna start another business I said no but this time he said you’re gonna start a business from a totally different place because now you’re made it you could start your business coming from a place of strength coming from a place of abundance coming from a place of something that you want what do you want to create build it around your wor strength build it around your passion because now money’s not an issue you’re not just doing to make money what could you do how could you use all the skills that you’ve accumulated you’ve developed all the business acumen all the knowledge that you have how can you use that to do something great and I thought that I could do so that’s my story that’s how I retire at the age of 27 I don’t know where you’re at in your journey maybe you want to retire young maybe you want to retire at age of 45 55 65 I don’t know where you’re at but what I do know is it’s possible and what I also do know is once you get there there’s always an other step there’s always an other level so don’t wait don’t feel like you have to get to a point where hey you know what I’m gonna spend my whole life doing stuff that I hate so I could get to a point where finally I could do some stuff that I love No enjoy the journey success is a journey not a destination
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Why You’re Not Having Success (The New Age Paradigm for Career Success) | Courtney Callahan
Jason 0 Comments Career after Retirement
if you’re new here my name is Courtney I’m a spiritual mentor and life purpose coach today we’re talking about why you aren’t having success right now whether it’s in your career or your business and I know this title of this video sounds a little bit harsh but that’s really what this video is about is giving a spiritual perspective on that and as we move into the New Age there’s going to be a lot of paradigm shifts and one of them is how we go about creating financial abundance and success in our lives so I’m going to talk a little bit about what’s going on if you’re not having success especially if it’s in your career or business right now and what you can do to apply this knowledge to actually create that lasting success that you are seeking so if that sounds good to you please stay tuned and if you are new here and you would like to see more videos on topics like this one I would love to have you as a subscriber so your higher self is always trying to pull you into alignment with your highest path and your purpose for this life so it’s always trying to bring you the right people circumstances insights everything that you need in order to really live your purpose and when it feels like it’s not doing that it’s actually because we’re resisting it or not listening to it in some way but the reality is that your Higher Self the universe whatever you want to call it it’s always working with you to make this happen that also means that the universe will not allow you to have success with something that is not in alignment with your sole purpose with what you came here on this earth to do so this means that if you’re maybe offering some sort of service that isn’t quite in alignment with your true desires but it seems like oh this seems a little bit more acceptable my friends and family might like this better or I think that maybe this will make me more money than if I did what I really want to do you’ll realize that it won’t because the universe is not going to bring you clients when you’re doing that because that would steer you right off your path of doing what you’re actually meant to do if you have your life purpose over here and then you’re settling for your second best career over here and you’re getting all these clients and you’re making all this money doing this then that’s gonna you know totally steer you in the wrong direction so there is a function to having a difficult time with this sort of second-best career that you’re choosing and actually the same goes for how much you charge for the services that you’re offering so if you are offering some sort of service but you keep lowering the prices because you think that’s the only way that people are going to pay you for your work what you’re going to find is even if this is your life purpose even if this is your sole work you’re still not going to be able to attract clients even though you’re offering it for a super low price point and this is because if the universe was bringing you clients for that that would only reinforce the subconscious or the conscious belief that yes if I lower my prices more and more than I get more clients and that would be a problem if you are getting clients when you are charging low amounts of money for your services because that couldn’t sustain you in the long run therefore making you have to maybe pick something else maybe you decide to you know switch careers and then you aren’t doing your sole work because it couldn’t financially sustain you so this is the new paradigm as we move into the New Age the Age of Aquarius there are a lot of shifts in the way that we are going to be able to sustain financial success business success career success and we’re moving away from this conflict between what do I really want to do versus what is going to make me money and make me successful we’re finding that really the only way to create success and financial abundance is to really do what you want to do to really do your sole work so in order to have this lasting success you really need to get honest with yourself about what you really want don’t worry about what people are going to think about you don’t worry about your family is going to understand you have to really be honest with yourself because that thing is always going to be there and I think on some level we unconsciously sabotage ourselves in our careers when we’re not doing exactly what we want to do either so I think that’s really important to be aware of as we shift into this new age that the way that we’re going about success is going to be changing a lot so really tune in to what you really really want to do and understand that wouldn’t your in that energy of being totally in alignment with your sole purpose your vibration is attracting the people and the resources and the money and everything that you need in order to live that purpose so I hope that made sense.
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Researchers hope new study will get more people to follow active lifestyle
Jason 0 Comments Fashion for Seniors
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The 4% Rule for Retirement (FIRE)
Jason 0 Comments Retirement Planning
If you have spent any time researching retirement planning online, you have heard of the 4% rule. If you haven’t heard of it, the 4% rule suggests that if you spend 4% of your assets in your initial year of retirement, and then adjust for inflation each year going forward, you will be unlikely to run out of money. To put some numbers to it, if you wanted to retire and spend $40,000 per year, adjusted for inflation, from your portfolio, you would need to retire with one million dollars to adhere to the four percent rule. This rule is alternatively described as the requirement to have 25 years worth of spending in your portfolio to afford retirement. 1/25 equals 4% – it’s the same rule. While it is simple and elegant, the 4% rule is probably not the best way to plan for retirement, especially if you plan on retiring early. I’m Ben Felix, Associate Portfolio Manager at PWL Capital. In this episode of Common Sense Investing, I’m going to tell you why the 4% rule is not a rule to live by.
The 4% rule originated in William Bengen’s October 1994 study, published in the Journal of Financial Planning. Bengen was a financial planner. He wanted to find a realistic safe withdrawal rate to recommend to his retired clients. Bengan’s breakthrough in determining a safe withdrawal rate came from modelling spending over 30-year periods in US market history rather than the common practice of simply using average historical returns. Using data for a hypothetical portfolio consisting of 50% S&P 500 index and 50% intermediate-term US government bonds he looked at rolling 30-year periods starting in 1926, ending with 1992. So, 1926 – 1955, followed by 1927 – 1956 etc., ending with 1963 – 1992. The maximum safe withdrawal rate in the worst 30-year period ended up being just over 4%. From this simple but innovative analysis, the 4% rule was born. More recently Bengen has adjusted his spending rule to 4.5% based on the inclusion of small cap stocks in the hypothetical historical portfolio.
While the 4% (and the 4.5% rule) may have basis in historical US data, there are substantial problems with these rules in general, and specifically in the case of a retirement period longer than 30 years. In his 2017 book How Much Can I Spend in Retirement, Wade Pfau, Ph.D, CFA, looked at 30-year safe withdrawal rates in both US and non-US markets using the Dimson-Marsh-Staunton Global Returns Dataset, and assuming a portfolio of 50% stocks and 50% bills. He found that the US at 3.9%, Canada at 4.0%, New Zealand at 3.8%, and Denmark at 3.7% were the only countries in the dataset that would have historically supported something close to the 4% rule. The aggregate global portfolio of stocks and bills had a much lower 30-year safe withdrawal rate of 3.5%. Considering returns other that US historical returns is important, but, in my opinion, one of the most important assumptions to be aware of in the 4% rule is the 30-year retirement period used by Bengen. People are living longer, and many of the bloggers citing the 4% rule are focused on FIRE, financial independence retire early.
In Bengen’s study the 4% rule with a 50% stock 50% bond portfolio was shown to have a 0% chance of failure over 30-year historical periods in the US. That chance of failure increases to around 15% over 40-year periods, and closer to 30% over 50-year periods. FIRE likely means a retirement period longer than 30 years. Modelling longer time periods using historical sampling becomes problematic because we have data for a limited number of historical 50-year periods.
One way to address this issue is with Monte Carlo simulation. Monte Carlo is a technique where an unlimited number of sample data sets can be simulated to model uncertainty without relying on historical periods. Even with Monte Carlo simulation, there is an obvious risk to using historical data to build expectations about the future. The world today is different than it was in the past. Interest rates are low, and stock prices are high. While it may be reasonable to expect relative outcomes to persist, such as stocks outperforming bonds, small stocks outperforming large stocks, and value stocks outperforming growth stocks, the magnitude of future returns are unknown and unknowable. To address this for financial planning, PWL Capital uses a combination of equilibrium cost of capital and current market conditions to build an estimate for expected future returns for use in financial planning. This process is outlined in the 2016 paper Great Expectations.
Using the December 2017 PWL Capital expected returns for a 50% stock 50% bond portfolio we are able to model the safe withdrawal rate for varying durations of retirement using Monte Carlo simulation. We will assume that a 95% success rate over 1,000 trials is sufficient to be called a safe withdrawal rate. For a 30-year retirement period, our Monte Carlo simulation gives us a 3.5% safe withdrawal rate. Pretty close to the original 4% rule, and spot on with Wade Pfau’s global revision of Bengen’s analysis. Now let’s say a 40-year old wants to retire today and assume life until age 95. That’s a 55-year retirement period. The safe withdrawal rate? 2.2%. I think that this is such an important message. The 4% rule falls apart over longer retirement periods. So far we have talked about spending a consistent inflation adjusted amount each year in retirement. One way to increase the amount that you can spend overall is allowing for variable spending. In general this means spending more when markets are good, and spending less when markets are bad. The result is more spending overall with a lower probability of running out of money. The catch is that you have to live with a variable income or have the ability to generate additional income from, say, working, to fill in the gaps when markets are not doing well.
We also need to talk about fees. Fees reduce returns. Fees may be negligible if you are using low-cost ETFs, but they become extremely important if you are using high-fee mutual funds, or if you are paying for financial advice. The safe withdrawal rate in the worst 30-year period in the US drops to 3.56% with a 1% fee, making the 4% rule the more like the 3.5% rule after a 1% fee.
Adding a 1% fee to the Monte Carlo simulation reduces the safe withdrawal rates by around 0.50% on average. In both cases this is a meaningful reduction in spending. Of course, fees need to be considered alongside the value being received in exchange for the fee. This value should be heavily tied to behavioural coaching and financial decision making. There have been two well-known attempts to quantify the value of financial advice, one by Vanguard and one by Morningstar. Vanguard estimated that between building a customized investment plan, minimizing risks and tax impacts, and behavioural coaching, good financial advice can add an average of 3% per year to returns. Morningstar looked at withdrawal strategies, asset allocation, tax efficiency, liability relative optimization, annuity allocation, and timing of social security (CPP in Canada), to arrive at a value-add of 2.34% per year.
PWL Capital’s Raymond Kerzerho has also written on this topic, finding an estimated value-add of just over 3% per year. Based on these analyses, one could argue that paying 1% for good financial advice could even increase your safe withdrawal rate. I would not go that far, but the point is that while fees are a consideration, they may be worthwhile in exchange for good advice.
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