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3 Legged Stool of Retirement Planning: Social Security Plan / Pension Plan / Investment Plan

– One of the most fundamental concepts in retirement planning is the concept of the three-legged stool. We're gonna get into that in this video. (upbeat music) So what is this three-legged stool? Maybe you've heard about
it, maybe you haven't, but just go ahead and
imagine a three-legged stool. Now, for a three-legged stool to work, it's not a four-legged stool,
it's a three-legged stool, for it to work, every one of those legs has to be perfectly aligned. If you shorten one, what's gonna happen? You're gonna tip over, right? If you make one too long,
you're gonna tip over. Same thing goes for retirement planning. And what the three-legged stool is is three different things.

Leg number one is Social Security, and almost everyone has
it in the United States. There's a few pension plans
that made you opt out, but, for the most part, almost everyone has that first leg. And there's a lot of people
who don't have the other two, which makes retirement a little tricky. But the first leg is Social Security. A lot of times, people say, okay, yeah, I know about Social Security, I can take it at 62 or 66 or 70 or whenever it is. Well, yes and no, because it depends, when you should take your Social Security depends on a few different factors. And we've done some
videos on Social Security, and we're gonna go ahead
and link it up here. So if you wanna find out
when you should take it, you can go ahead and click that. But it also depends on the other two legs. The second leg is guaranteed income. And traditionally, the guaranteed
income came from pensions.

Well, as you know, not many people today have pensions. Back in the 50s and 60s and 70s pensions were very common to have. Now, they've become less and less common. Why? Because people are living too long. And because they're living so long, that's what can hurt a
pension plan, longevity. And because not many
people have a pension plan, sometimes they'll look for other forms of guaranteed income. Some people will use annuities, some people will use life insurance, some people will use some type of guaranteed CD or something like that. But they'll use that as
their guaranteed second leg. And the third and last
leg is retirement savings. So this will typically come from IRAs or 401(k)'s, or just money that you've saved up throughout your life towards retirement.

And so that leg is pretty
commonly neglected. People say, well, I've done
a really good job at saving, or I've earned a lot of money, or my interest rate is really good. And they think that that's
all they need for that leg, but that's not true. That leg is the most
important part to adjust based on where the other two legs are. So my recommendation is take a look, and you wanna make sure that your pension leg, your Social Security leg, and your retirement asset leg all match up so you have a
balanced three-legged stool.

A lot of financial advisors don't really talk about the other two because they don't really
get paid on it, right? Most financial advisors get paid on the money that they manage, so the other two are more of a burden. But to have a true retirement plan, you need to make sure
that all of those line up. And sometimes the account that earns the most in your investments is not the one that will keep the rest of your plan balanced. So my recommendation is, if you haven't looked at how all three of those legs combine, look for a financial advisor, and say I want the three-legged stool, and figure out how that fits
in to your retirement plan.

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