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 money. 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.. As found on YouTube Retire WealthyRead More
The other day, I was catching up with an old friend and I realized we'd been friends for 27 years. I never thought I would have a friendship that long, but that's how life works. The older you get the faster time seems to fly by. And when retirement is looming, well, boy, does it start to speed up! So, if you haven't started saving for retirement, don't panic. It is possible to start saving when you're 45, 50, even 60, and still be able to retire, but you have to treat it like the house is burning down. So pay attention. I'm Britt Baker, co-founder of Dow Janes, and today I'm giving you seven steps to catch up on saving for retirement. First step is to get real about your current situation. How much have you saved for retirement so far? How much will you get from Social Security? Plug those numbers into a retirement calculator to see how much more you need to save each month to be able to retire.
The next step is to start saving dramatically. If you're 50 and you haven't saved anything for retirement, and you wanna be able to retire, you need to start saving and investing 50% of your income each month, which means that you're probably gonna either need to reduce your cost of living or increase your income. If neither of those options are possible, you need to get real about your alternative, which we'll talk about later in this video. Okay. Third step is to pay off any high-interest rate debt that you have and build an emergency fund. You wanna do these two things before you actually start saving for retirement.
The reason for this is that the high-interest rate debt is costing you more than you're gonna make by having your money invested or even sitting — definitely sitting — in a savings account, so if you try to start saving for retirement before you pay off your debt, it's a bad idea. So if you have any savings sitting around in a savings account, use it to pay off your high-interest rate debt ASAP. Then you'll wanna build up an emergency fund. But note, if you have a backup plan, this emergency fund, doesn't have to be huge. You wanna start saving for retirement as soon as possible, so don't let this step hold you back if you have family or your children who will support you in case of an emergency. Four is max out your contributions. So, at this point, saving for retirement should be your number one priority. So you wanna contribute as much as you can to your retirement accounts. If you have an employer-sponsored retirement account, like a 401(k )or a 403(b) and your company offers matching contributions, you wanna make sure that you're contributing as much as your employer will match.
This is free money, so take full advantage of it. If you don't already have an IRA, set one up and max out those contributions as well. And if you're self-employed open a solo 401(k) or SEP IRA and max out those contributions too. If you're getting the theme, the idea is maxing out your contributions. All of these ways that I'm talking about also allow you to lower your tax rate, so it's especially helpful.
The final way to do it is if you have a high-deductible health plan, you can open an HSA and max that out too. Basically, you wanna save as much money as you can in your various tax-advantaged accounts. And know that if you're 50 or over, you're allowed to contribute a bit more than the standard maximum. So look up the maximum amount and contribute that. Fifth step is to invest your savings. So, even though you're starting late, it's not too late to start investing. I hear this a lot — is it too late for me? Is it too late to start investing? But it's absolutely not. One thing that's really helpful to remember is that you don't have to take all of your retirement money out when you turn 67, if that's the age that you choose to retire. As soon as you choose to retire, you only need to take out enough to live on each year, really, even each month, so that you still can let the rest of the money stay invested in your accounts so that they will grow for as long as they can, which you know, could end up being another 30 years after retirement.
Next is to plan for your realistic retirement. So once you've done the exercises in step one to figure out the actual situation you're in, find out if you're going to have to work longer than you planned, you might need to be making income for longer than you expected and just know that. The sooner you know that, the more you can prepare for it. The next thing to consider is will you have to move somewhere with a lower cost of living? This might be why some people choose to retire in Mexico.
Cost of living is really expensive in the United States, especially in some cities. So if it's gonna make your retirement a lot easier and a lot happier, consider a change in lifestyle. Speaking of changing lifestyle, you might also have to downgrade what you are used to to be able to afford to stop working. So consider the trade-offs. Would you rather work and keep up your lifestyle or would you rather retire spend time with your grandkids and maybe not go on the lavish vacations that you're used to? Whether you wanna travel or take art classes or spend time with family, you wanna be able to enjoy your retirement without stress.
If you want some extra support on your journey towards saving money so you can actually retire, check out our free class, Think Like an Investor. I'll put the link in the description below, and remember it's never too late to start. So, even though you're getting a late start, it's okay. There's absolutely hope. You have time. Just make sure you start saving, re-watch this video, and remember the steps that you're supposed to do things in, and if you want some extra support, feel free to join our member community, The Million Dollar Year.
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once your earning years are over and you've built Your Nest Egg for retirement you need to be smart about so many decisions now we're not financial planners and we make that very clear with everyone but we are retired and we do spend time making sure we're doing the right thing financially with our own money because oh bad financial habits and lack of knowledge can actually ruin your we have we have a couple they're good friends and he felt like he knew what to do with the marketplace with his Investments and he clearly didn't because he had his money in stocks when it when they went down and he pulled it out and put it into cash when it went up so for eight years he was on the wrong side of every single one of the stock market moves and because of that he lost a significant amount of his retirement assets and that's really difficult and today we find that they're struggling many of their dreams have vanished and they both actually had to go back to work now there's nothing wrong with work but it's just not what they had planned so we can't emphasize enough right out of the shoot having a financial planner is so important because it gives you a plan it gives you a vision it gives you an idea but it also does this which I think is most important it takes the emotion out of the marketplace which can get the best of you think you know what's going to happen at a new presidential election and frankly you don't that's right so let the experts help you with that because we don't want to have what happened to them happen to you today we want to share some practical ideas that may maintain or even improve your financial situation and again the number one lesson today is don't manage your money without a financial planner and we don't mean a stock broker what we mean is someone who has a fiduciary responsibility to make recommendations that are are really good for you not good for them and they talk to you about the strategies and you might say well sure they do but they also talk to you about withdrawal strategies right how much should you be withdrawing each year in order to preserve your nest day how much do you need each month and then they pull it from the smartest place it needs to come from using tools like tax loss harvesting you can't just take money out of a stock because you want to because you're going to have capital gains right right and you know we're not a big fan of multiple planners but we'll leave that part up to you so the first one is make sure you get a financial planner somebody you're comfortable with the second is keep your emergency fund intact kind of no matter what you need to have emergency savings that doesn't disappear when you retire it's more important than ever to have accessible cash set aside for any type of emergency so two three four months of expenses in a cash account that way your financial planner can invest the rest of your money and always always be thinking about you're going to need more money in 60 days so what can they put you into short term so you want to have this cash account so you can cover any kind of emergency expenses or just if you want to leave stuff in the market a little bit longer you've got some cash or even if you have any big purchases that are coming down the pipe that's true making sure your financial planner knows that you're ready for that so the second thing is the emergency fund now here's another um here's another way that you can get into trouble or you're also a way to dig yourself out of trouble you want to take a look at all your luxuries and make sure that they haven't become a burden because frankly that happened to us we both had jobs we were both working gosh 15 years ago we bought our first boat and we bought four boats over the next 15 years but we could afford it because we both were working we both had money and it was our floating vacation home so to speak I I call the last one that we had a lifestyle about because we went away on that one a lot it was a little bit larger but once we were tired all of a sudden it was like well we don't really want to go out on it the weather isn't good you know we'd rather stay home we'd rather be with for the price of diesel or the price of gas you know the price of storage the price of hauling the price you know all of those things have to be factored in when you have a fixed income yeah and we didn't have the same earning capacity to kind of keep up with the luxury so we stopped using it and then it became a burden like why aren't we using it and it was a year ago now that we decided to sell it and it's sold within a month because we kept really good care of it but the thing is if you have luxuries it's really important to take a look at them and say that's something we're really getting a lot of satisfaction of because it's going to cost you money well there are also luxuries that you have and then there's luxuries you provide for others right so we have six children and we were providing cell phones homeowners insurance auto insurance airline tickets for them and their significant others are partners and you know that was all fine when we were dual income but as they aged and as we aged and as we came into a fixed income place we needed to start peeling some away and giving those responsibilities back to them and they can afford it they all have great jobs and if they're ever stopped but it was a luxury it was to be able to do that for him but but frankly it also gave us a lot of satisfaction a lot of fulfillment to be able to help them right so it was hard for us to Pivot to in our mind take these things away from the kids but they you know at some point they've got to be to stand on their own two feet so and we needed to reduce the support so we sold the boat we paid off two car loans we came to an agreement with the kids and slowly weaning them off of some of these things we've always paid for you know because they they can't afford it and you know they they they're fine with it right they even they say it's kind of silly that you're paying my cell phone bills so it's it's another cord to cut that um you know it's hard to do but we want to encourage you to do it yeah so that was the third one the fourth one is you know really trying to figure out how to live a little below your means you know and that's new for us for our entire career as our income went up our living style and our cost of living and everything we did went up with it you know hard work learning and growing you know we were climbing the corporate ladder Mark was building his business you know it was easy to have your lifestyle kind of follow you yeah and you know we both come from humble beginnings and we improved our lifestyle as we went up but then then it's sort of when when you retire you have to think okay well my income's not going to keep going up as a matter of fact it's going to go down so how do we want to live what are some things we can do to live within our means and even underneath our means so and there were a couple things we had to agree to right so you know I call it shopping for sport right so there's there's no more you're better at that than pickleball kind of just opening up and saying oh you know look what just came into my feed I'll take a look at those earrings or that bracelet or those dresses or those sunglasses I think about it I kind of have a little bit of a sunglass addiction so so you know there was you know we agreed that we would do no more shopping for sport yeah it was one of Instagram Amazon it's so easy to spend money today and you get hooked on this new game you don't even leave your house you don't even leave your house you know keeping up with the Joneses that's not necessary anymore right you know who are the Joneses anyway today it's other retirees we're not taking on any more debt we've paid down most of our debt you know again we have a financial planner and you know we have a more modest wardrobe I mean our fancy or fanciest clothes are for our YouTube channel right and we're eating out less we made the agreement that for health and economic reasons we would eat out less so leave living below your means is something you can control and it's something that you can put some time and intention into so another really important thing to get to know is everything about social security and we we don't know that much about it so our financial planner and our accountant has said you don't need to take it yet and that's kind of all we're thinking about at this point they'll let us know when it makes sense and when it makes sense it'll make sense but you have to really understand or have someone coaching you on what's important because everyone's financial situation is different yeah and I really believe the more you know about it the better off you'll be even if you do your own investigation you know Social Security was not meant to be your primary source of income as you age in America it was meant to be a supplemental income so you have to understand the amounts you can get at what future ages and can you still work and does your state tax it or not you know there's a lot of rules around Social Security and my recommendation would be just get to know your rules in your state around your age just for the knowledge I don't know but I think there's a certain amount of uh you can't earn a certain amount of money and still get Social Security I don't really know but you have to know that's I guess that's the point you really need to know everything about social security check with your account and your financial plan right here's a big one for us and it should be for you too I think you know money will never buy you happiness and we've heard that like our whole lives and so we actually did a little bit of research and you know what really defines happiness for us and we came across this quote and part of it is from Warren Buffett but it says you know we want to do what we want when we want with whom we want for as long as we want and that to us will Define our happiness you know now some of what you do will require money but it's not all about buying stuff and things you know most of what we do for happiness now is experiences I I would think that for us and tell me if you agree but the something we just spent money on is giving us more happiness now for a very low value than anything else I remember paying forever you know what it is your pickleball racket pickleball so we joined the YMCA uh for like eighty dollars a month for the family we bought a pickleball racket for 100 bucks and six balls for eighteen dollars and we're getting like five or six hours of use out of that each week yeah that's happiness that really is making us happy it's not a new car it's not a new set of golf clubs right it's not what we're used to thinking that was um would create happiness and we're also looking at vacations differently right now that we have the full seven days to ourselves many vacations to visit friends or family you know they become Tuesday Wednesday Thursday versus the high traffic weekend Friday Saturday Sunday so many vacations Beach days lunch dates you know we just renting a boat for a day we're doing that with company comes we're renting pontoon boats now for the day to take companies out it's three hundred dollars for a day which in one respect sounds like a lot but it's a lot cheaper than owning a boat right that's true so we still get out on the water now look you clearly need money in retirement we all can agree on that but how much do you need and how much is enough you've got to figure out how much you have how much you can pull out each month and how long it's going to last those are key questions you need to work through with your planner and your account yep and paying attention to some of these things that we just shared will help guide you and keep you out of trouble now we hope you enjoyed this video and if you did you're going to like 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at some point of time you would have thought of retiring early or maybe you're thinking of it now and truth be told retirement is not about abandoning work there are very few who would say I won't work any further but what we yearn for is the freedom to operate to live life in the way we want and that brings us to the five moment now fire stands for financial Independence retirement it's a very catchy acronym and to put it in a nutshell it's a program that's designed around saving aggressively investing in high return instruments like equities and disciplined withdrawals which put together ensures you have enough money to cover your living expenses for the rest of your life and therefore retire early in this video I shall be explaining the concept in Greater details we look at the implementation steps some calculations and why fire needs to be a deliberate part of your financial life this might be a short video but it's a very powerful concept so let's begin the concept of fire was popularized in a book titled your money or your life it was built around self-sufficiency control over one's time moderate consumption and of course living life outside the nine to five for instance this guy Pete atney who is better known as Mr Money Mustache applied the fire principles which allowed him to retire from his job as a software engineer at the age of 30.
He's 48 now and he continues to live comfortably of his Investments after so many years and it's not just Pete there are writers bloggers people traveling the world software developers and even YouTubers who are using these principles to lead a more open life and have attached some articles and videos in the description to that effect some of these stories are really inspirational and it proves the fact that a little bit of planning on the financial side can have a profound impact on other aspects of one's life and in a very positive way now there are three parts one needs to address when implementing a fire strategy the first step is savings and the hardcore fire disciple is expected to save anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of one's monthly income this is of course easier said than done and probably where a lot of people make up their mind that this is not their cup of tea but from what I have read and what I've experienced the saving need not be always defined as a percentage and we can also work with absolute numbers which we'll see when I come to the calculations part now when we hear the word saving our first reaction or response is on reducing our expenses however money can also be saved by upping one's income which is what I suggest and it does make sense right I mean there is a limit to what one can save but income generation has a much longer Runway and in our case it can include taking a part-time job doing some consultancy work asking for a pay hike changing jobs for a better salary reskilling oneself or of course starting a side hustle which can be a mix of active and passive work in fact I have a friend in Bangalore who works as a data scientist from Monday to Friday and then on the weekends he takes classes on an edtech platform and also does some consultancy work to put it in numbers what was earlier a monthly saving of 50 000 Rupees is now easily over 2 lakhs a month and this guy has absolutely changed his life around by leveraging what he knows so he's on fire metaphorically speaking and the the fire strategy encourages us to find creative and better ways of increasing our savings rate the Second Step under the fire strategy is to spend wisely notice I didn't say don't spend I said spend wisely which means you need to identify what is an essential expense and what can be tagged as discretionary now people who practice Fire have a ton of helpful advice for us these include driving a good used car instead of a new one renting versus buying a house cooking at home rather than eating out track your daily expenses cancel unnecessary subscriptions Etc from what I've read these small steps can reduce your monthly expenses by up to 30 percent which if you choose to look at it differently is like getting a 30 incremented salary so you don't have to be stinky when it comes to your expenses but try to be a bit more rational about it and the third and final pillar in the fire system is the investment part now on a basic level the system requires advisors to invest as much money as you can and as early as possible so it's the principle of compounding at work here and this table here is a handy guide to how well your Corpus expands when you give it the necessary capital and a decent amount of time to grow now the fire method keeps this investing part ridiculously simple one you invest some money every month or as we call it you set up an sip a systematic investment plan and secondly this money is invested in a low cost Index Fund or ETF which in our case is either the nifty 50 or maybe a slightly broader Nifty 500 Index so essentially the focus here is to participate in the equity markets rather than actively trying to beat it which by my Reckoning should Fetchers and analyze return of 12 to 13 percent again the idea here is to maximize the returns which is why equities have been suggested but if that makes you a little uncomfortable then you can also settle for a mix of different asset classes which is something I explained in my video on asset allocation a few weeks back yet another investment you can make which is encouraged under the fire movement is on account of passive income dividends from stocks interest from your fixed deposits income from your blog your podcast YouTube channel monetization rental income are just some ways of making an Roi from physical or virtual assets now notice I have put this part under Investments and not income because passive income does require a lot of upfront work but once you do the hard work and you do it well one can expect a continuous stream of income over the next few years which will not only support your early retirement Ambitions but will also act as a safety net in fact there is something called an fi Ratio or the financial Independence ratio which largely means if your passive income is greater than your expenses then you're making some great progress on the path to financial Independence so to sum it up remember fire has three simple principles that you need to work on which is save more spend less and invest wisely if you're getting good value from this video then please do give this video a thumbs up and if you aren't a subscriber yet then do consider becoming one as I can then serve you videos as soon as they are released and also share with you some investing strategies tips and stories that are continually Post in the community section the original fire formula is based on the four percent rule which is the amount of saving you can safely withdraw every year without worrying that your money will run out for example let's say you are 29 years old and your monthly expenses are around 50 000 rupees if you want to retire at 40 then you have 11 years to accumulate a retirement fund so here's the math if household inflation is likely to grow by eight percent per annum then the 50 000 you spend now will rise to 1 lakh 16 000 rupees by the time you're 40.
So annually this comes to 14 lakh rupees and per the four percent rule it's 14 multiplied by 25 which means you need to accumulate a couples of three and a half crores to safely navigate through your retirement years or at least that's what the fire formula says now in my view there are some gaps with this four percent rule that I think we should all be aware of firstly this rule is okay for someone who has factored 25 maybe 30 years of retirement but if the retirement Horizon goes higher let's say 50 years for example then this formula starts getting a bit shaky and I've pinned a research study by Vanguard on this in the video's description secondly the four percent rule is a United States origination of the 1990s and has been tested on a historical basis when the yields on equities and Bonds were sufficiently high now we are not Americans and what works there will most likely not work for us which means there's an asset allocation and a market performance risk which needs to be accounted for and finally because each of us have our own preferences income goals saving patterns Etc I always felt it's important to have a customized fire implementation plan rather than picking something off the shelf which is why I created my own fire calculator which gives a clearer picture of how much I need to accumulate when can I idly retire how much withdrawals can I do on a monthly basis and at what point and in what circumstances my retirement money can run out so this obviously starts with the inputs and you need to type in your current age the age at which you want to retire and of course your life expectancy which I hope is strong and long then comes your current portfolio of Investments and this includes your mutual funds fds ppf EPF gold and other stuff and as a best practice kindly exclude the cost of the house where you will be staying post your retirement if you're still working then input the monthly savings and the annual increase you foresee input the expected returns from your investment the capital gain tax that can remain at 10 percent and finally have a view on how much will your expenses be in the first year of retirement and the expected household inflation rate and once we have these numbers keyed in as I have shown in this example the resulting output should clearly tell us three things one the amount of investment Corpus we need at the time of retirement which in this illustration is 2.2 crores at the age of 40.
Secondly we now have Clarity on how much can be spent on an early basis which starts from 12 lakhs so that's one lakh per month and it increases by eight percent every year and thirdly we get to know how sound or unsound this entire construct is like in this case our calculation shows that I'll run out of my money by the time I am 64 years old which is another way of saying that I need to rework my fire math which can include an increase in the monthly savings and the growth rate I can also consider extending my retirement age to a higher number let's say 45 years and finally I I can be a little careful with my expenses and instead of spending a lack of rupees maybe I can make do with 90 000. so there are many permutations and combinations you can look at but my suggestion is try to be a little conservative in your estimates especially when it comes to return on investment the inflation rate and the post retirement monthly expenses now for your benefit I have enclosed the link of this worksheet in the video's description it's a downloadable sheet all the formulas are open so feel free to change the numbers improve the formula if required add your own customization if it helps you but have a clear idea on when and where you need to be on the path to financial Independence so when I first heard and read about fire I was not a big fan of it I mean saving 50 to 7 20 percent of one salary is almost next to Impossible and I would have shut sharp had I not realized that as a method fire is quite flexible and can be used in many different ways so the calculator is one way and you can make a customized version of it but then there are more strategies there are more variants of the fire strategy and if you are interested then do read up on lean fire fat fire Coast fire and a few more of these in related articles that I've Linked In the video's description the point is and I myself realized a very late in life that many of us don't know when to retire how much is needed to retire which is why we continue working in a role or occupation that we don't enjoy much and that's where I think fire as a strategy might be the solution and it's just three things right increase your income and savings lower your expenses and get your Investments right so read up more about this concept in the Articles and websites I've added in the description and I sincerely hope you practice some sort of fire going forward if you found this video useful then do press the like button do subscribe to my channel share this video and I'll see you three days from now until then foreign
why have you advised your wife to invest in index funds after your death rather than berkshire hathaway i believe munger has cancelled his offspring to quote not be so dumb as to sell she she won't be she won't be selling any berkshire to buy the index funds all all of my berkshire every single share will go to philanthropy so that i don't even regard myself as owning berkshire you know basically it's it's committed and i've i so far about 40 percent has already been distributed so the question is somebody who is not an investment professional will be i hope reasonably elderly by the time that the uh estate gets settled and what is the best investment meaning one that there would be less worry of any kind connected with and less people coming around and saying why don't you sell this and do something else and all those things she's going to have more money than she needs and the big thing then you want is money not to be a problem and there will be no way that if she holds the s p of virtually no way absent something happened with weapons of mass destruction but virtually no way that she will shall have all the money that she possibly can use to have a little liquid money so that if stocks are down tremendously at some point they close the stock exchange for a while anything like that she'll still feel that she's got plenty of money and the object is not to maximize it doesn't make any difference whether the amount she gets doubles or triples or anything of the sort the important thing is that she never worries about money the rest of her life and i had an aunt katie here in omaha charlie knew well and worked for her husband as did i and she worked very hard all her life and had lived in a house she paid i think i don't know eight thousand dollars for 45th and hickory all her life and uh because she was in berkshire uh she ended up she lived in 97.
she ended up with you know a few hundred million and she would write me a letter every four or five months and she said dear warren you know i hate to bother you but am i going to run out of money and and i would i would write her back and i'd say dear katie it's a good question because if you live 986 years you're going to run out of money and and then about four or five months later she'd write me the same winner again and i i have seen there's no way in the world if you've got plenty of money that it should become a a minus in your life and there will be people if you've got a lot of money that come around with various suggestions for you sometimes well-meaning sometimes not so well-meaning so if you've got something that's certain to deliver you know it was all in berkshire they'd say well if warren was alive today you know he would be telling him to do this i i just don't want anybody to go through that and the s p will be a i think actually what i'm suggesting is what but a very high percentage of people should do something like that and i don't think they will have us i think there's a chance they won't have as much peace of mind if they own one stock and they've got neighbors and friends and relatives that are trying to do some like i say sometimes well-intentioned sometimes otherwise to do something else and so i think it's a policy that'll get a good result and it's likely to stick charlie well as becky said the wonders are different i i want them to hold the berkshire well i want to hold the berkshire too no i bet i mean i i i don't like them i recognize the logic of the fact that that s p algorithm is very hard to beat in a diversified portfolio of big companies it's all but impossible for most people but you know it's i'm just more comfortable with the berkshire well it's the family business yeah yeah but but it uh i've just i've seen too many people as they get older particularly being susceptible just having to listen to the arguments of people coming well if you're going to protect your heirs from the stupidity of others you may have some good system but i'm not much interested in that subject [Laughter] okay you
ANNOUNCER: The Believer's walk of faith is paid for by Bill Winston ministires, partners, and viewers. BILL: God plans that every tree in you that he didn't plant He plans to root it up. Now we're at that tree come from? It came from the life that we used to live. Came from the environment that we're in. His trees have been in us, and the only way the enemy has been getting his advantage is because of trees that should have been rooted up. The problem in trees that we've had a tree that kept us with just enough and God wants you to have more than enough.
The word is a thing for you to produce wealth in your life. When God gives you his word don't consider what anybody else said. What's the end game? Where do I want to go? I want to plant the heavens. I want to turn the West side into heaven on earth. I want to turn prisons into boarding school. I'm saying He can use you. God doesn't need but one person to believe. You ain't serving somebody down the street, you're serving almighty God. BILL: God wants to create a new you. He does it with seed. With seed and thing about a seed is a seed gotta be planted. Over in Luke chapter 17 and verse 5. And the apostle said unto the Lord increase our faith. Why? Because the Lord was telling them they've got to forgive. And they say, Hey, you're going to have to give me some more faith to do that.
I know how that is. Now remember, be fruitful and the Bible even talks in Galatians about the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 talked about the fruit of the spirit. And the first one he mentions is love. That means you going to have to love people that don't love you. And that happens to be that you've got to forgive them. No, this is not natural love, this is the God kind of love. This is Agape, this is the way God loves. And I'm saying that God is saying, I don't want you to love them with your love because your love is limited. But I'm about to take you into some places that they may call you a name, and I'm asking you to do what? To love them. And I'm here to tell you that environment can take you past what you're capable of doing.
Then you're going to find you need some supernatural love and what these are love. Put them up there again, love and joy and peace and so forth. You're going to have to have those, and we call them supernatural dispositions of God. See, he said, I am the vine, this is Jesus, you're the branch. Now, where do the fruit come on the vine or the branch? Does it come on the trunk or does it come on the branches? So the fruit come on the branches. So even though Jesus is the vine, the trunk, you are the branch and he expects the fruit to show through you. But these are supernatural disposition. These are dispositions you cannot conjure in your own human ability. Cause somebody's going to take you past your ability to love. How about some joy? You're supposed to have joy even in times of sorrow, you don't want to lose your joy. Joy keeps you young, joy keeps you strong. Sometimes just take a laughing break, just get up in the morning, look in the mirror and then take a laughing break. I'm saying that because just as quickly as this I'm teaching this it'll happen.
I just got a call and I saw who it was on the phone. I said, I'm not answering it that. Why? Because they are heard that they said some things about me that weren't too good. And I said, you know, I said to myself, I'm done speaking to that guy. That's what I said to myself and just soon as I said that, (making ringing sound) the phone rings, now what am I supposed to do? Well, I'm asking Jesus, give me some more faith for this.
I'm about to tell his brother what I think. Yeah. Watch and see your time is coming. Say, be fruitful. It's not natural fruit. So what has happened is I've got to now we got to develop a new you and a new you is not like the old you. Every now and then the old you tried to rise up and take over the new you. But when that happens sometimes you can cut you off from all the provisions, all the blessings that God has. Cause you lost your temper or not you, but somebody might lose their temper. So, the first thing I have to do is I've got to replant some seed, because everything God does he does from a seed.
It works as a seed. So I've got to get some new thinking and believing in terms of not only who God says I am, but what I can do. Cause I didn't know that before. And I thought I had to just go with the flow. You know, what's going on, I just got to roll with that. No, you don't. Be a brand new person. And so what God wants is he wants the fruit to look like the Word of God. So every seed produces what? After its kind. So I'm going to get the Word of God in here and produce some fruit. Now I believe this.
I believe that because I believe it, then I'm invested in it. See, I believe that if something going on with me that is not a part of my redemption then I've got a right to get rid of it. Good preaching here. And so what I can do to do that, to get out of this situation is I can get me some seed so that I said, the problem is trees.
Now look what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 15 and Jesus talking about getting these trees out. And we said this before we said, but he answered and said every plant, which my heavenly father's not planted shall be rooted up. Okay. Then he goes on, let them alone. They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, everybody's going to fall into the ditch. So what he's talking about is the leaders they're blind. What are they blinded by? They're blinded by the enemy because they're seeing something or teaching something or saying something that God didn't say, and they don't want to lose their control over the people.
So they're going to try to wipe Jesus out. Cause Jesus is teaching the people who said you shall know the truth and the truth is going to make you free. So you gotta look at it and say, well, do I know the truth in this cause I'm still over my head in debt, and I'm still so far this on. I'm not coming down on anybody. I'm saying let's start with getting some new trees. That's God's job with getting new tree. You don't need money to create wealth. What made wealth? Wisdom did. Wealth comes out of wisdom. God made the earth wealthy without money. Where am I talking about living from? I'm talking about living from the inside out versus living from the outside in. See, I'm not going to let the situation and circumstances outside dictate to me who I am, what I can do, so forth and so on.
104 verse 24. Oh Lord, how manifold are thy works in wisdom has thou made them all the earth is full of thy riches. It's already full. I'm telling you that I came to this city with $200. That doesn't sound like wealth to me. So I'm saying in the kingdom you don't need money to create wealth you need seed. You need seed. And you can take the seed and create wealth. Here's a woman who's kids are about to be taken put in bondage because of her debt. He said, what do you have in your house? Am I right about that? Did she have any money in the house? No, she had some seed. How about Peter? Peter was here fishing caught nothing. Jesus asked to use his boat. Now I have a feeling that Peter didn't have anything, but here's Peter and he gave use of his boat, which was his seed. And what happened? He pulled in so many fish they couldn't pull them in. Am I right about that? But notice money didn't make that. See, that's what I'm telling you.
I'm telling you that the enemy tried to get you to work longer. Come on, two jobs, three jobs or come on and so forth. No, no, no, no, no, no. The reason for poverty is the absence of self production that I'm going to give you seed and the seed that I'm giving you I am Jehovah. That means self existing one, and self existing one says that, wait a minute, I can bring it to pass all by myself if you'll get my word. Luke chapter 8 verse 11 says the seed is the Word of God. That's what it says. It says in John chapter 1 verse 1, in the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God, all things were made by him. Him who? God. God who? The Word. And without him was not anything made that was made.
And go to verse 14. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Marry started with what? The Word. She just started with the Word. The Word is the thing for you to produce wealth in your life. Now you get money. Sure, you can invest it and create streams of income. But the first thing this woman started with who was in debt is started with the Word. The man of God told her what to do with what she had in her house. Say amen. And God can point to something in your house and use it. He sure can. They were at a wedding and do you know they ran out of wine and know what God did? He used Jesus to tell them to take this dipper, dip it in the water and take it to the governor of the feast, the wine tester. And he tasted the wine and said, my God, this stuff is good. That you've saved the best wine until now. My point to you is, is notice he gave them so much wine, 30 gallons, I wonder how much in that did they add it up that that wine would be worth in today's market.
$215 million. Now wait a minute, here's what I want you to do. I want you to change your thinking with a seed. I want you to know that God does nothing small. And what happens is we try to take what God has spoken of whatever he said and shrink it down to fit our imagination. God doesn't want you to do that anymore. The woman who created the oil in her house, what happened to her? Well, don't try to think it out. Let God give you some new thoughts. This woman became an oil Baroness. Peter pulling in the fish. What happened to Peter pulling in those fish? No, he just didn't supply a few fish for him, his family, and so forth.
Peter changed the economy of a whole city. And I'm saying God can use one person in the sound of my voice to create something that can change the economy of a whole side of Chicago. He can bring up one business on the West side that con change the whole economy. Say, be fruitful. Now, what you gotta do first is change your thinking because God can do it all by yourself. Say amen. But he needs a vessel. He needs a branch. He needs a limb. He needs something that he can bring it through. Look what he says in Isaiah 55 in verse 11. So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth. What happened? It shall not return to me what? Void, but it shall what? Accomplish, but it shall what? But it shall what? But it shall what? See, whenever God gives you a seed understand that that seed is like a Palm tree seed.
A Palm tree is noted in God's Word because a Palm tree in Psalm 92, a Palm tree is a producer and it produces wealth almost with everything that it's got, whether it's a bark, whether it's a leaf, whether it's a fruit, whatever it is, it has several streams of income. And God calls you a palm tree. Why? Because when you get that seed, that seed may be small, but in that seed once you get it to produce, watch this, he's going to give you another idea. You're going to produce again.
He's going to give you another idea. You're going to produce again. I'm talking about the same seed. Bill Winston bought the shopping mall. I didn't know the Joseph business school was in this shopping mall. I didn't know- Come on now. I didn't know, but if you just get the seed, just get what he's got. Start where you are and he's going to produce, he's going to have you create something that you didn't see before. Say be fruitful. Say multiply. Say replenish the earth and subdue it. Alright. So first we want to understand that we need a change. We need a new you. We need a new you. So I'm telling you, I'm not supposed to go off on that guy. I'm supposed to call that guy and I don't know what I'm going to say to him, but I'm going to call him, and go that thing didn't sit too well with me.
All right. Well I'm, you know, I got some flesh on me too. I got to deal with that. All right. Is it the right group I'm talking to here? All right, now let's look at something else. So in this, God also does pruning in your life. Now that's the part some people don't like, and that means he's got a cutaway useless parch. He's got to do some surgery somewhere. He's got to cutaway of some of those friends that you don't like, or you like, he's got a cutaway- but God is going to prune you so that you'll bring forth more what? Fruit.
He's got to have you self contained. He got to have you like him. He's got to have you to be a producer and not just a consumer. Are you with me here? All right. So now God took these people of his or where God wants to take us is he wants to take us into a place where he can send us into an area that we can change the entire place where he sends us, because he wants the place that he sends us to look like heaven. Ooh, that's good. Amen. He wants it to look like heaven. Now, I said something to you the other day. And I said to you, I said, listen, God can make you a millionaire in how many months? In nine months. Y'all, don't say that strong. Maybe it's just weak from up here, but it, it sounds super weak. Listen, did I say that? Listen, please, the worst thing you can do is go out and mention that to your unsaved cousin, I'm telling you now, there are things that Joseph shouldn't have told.
See, it's too big for them. Say amen. It goes beyond what is reasonable. See, because they're looking at you, they're looking at you, you just finished the ninth grade. They're looking at you, come on. This may not be you, but I'm looking at you you are working on 98 years old. Come on you, they're looking at you. No, no, no, no self production. I said, self productive. See what you gotta do with anything God gives you is you got to desire it. You got to desire it. If that desire is not there, God cannot move. See, prayer is desire turned heavenward. When you really are sincere about your prayer, that the- Lord have mercy. He said, God will give you the what? Desires of your heart. And I'm telling you, I'm not saying that you are greedy. I'm saying that this is your provision. God wants you to live like him. He doesn't want you to live like the devil or like your auntie.
He wants you to live like him. God is bountifully supplied. Say amen to that. Lord Jesus, man, I'm telling you I'm trying to breakthrough. Say breakthrough. And I'm going to breakthrough too, in Jesus' name. So God wants you to live from the too, in Jesus' name. So God wants you to live from the inside out. Now, when you look at outside circumstances, those circumstances sometimes will try to pull you away from truth.
Then they'll try to make you think that this thing cannot be done. And let me tell you right now, I've got good news for you. When God puts you in this earth, he put a creator in this earth. Say amen to that. God will think it, and you can do it. I said, God will think it and you can do it. Now, what he wants you to do is have your thoughts to match his thoughts. Am I right about that? Alright, now with this, we've got to let the Word of God alone determine what we believe. We've got to let the Word of God alone determine what we believe. Fear and worry are a negative use of your imagination. Fear and worry are a negative use of your imagination. Now, what am I saying here? I'm saying that some of the greatest books that have ever been written have been written around what one man calls the law of life.
And the law of life says basically, let me read it here. Whatever you envision is what you will become. Now, the enemy is after what you envision, he is after what you can see. Now you do not see with your eyes, you see through them, you see with your brain. Y'all with me here? And what you see is where you end up. What you see is what you become. BILL: Well, I trust that you were blessed by the day's message. Now let me share with you two points that you want to remember from today's message. One is that the problem is trees. A lot of times, you know people, well, the devil made me do it.
You know, well my auntie is keeping me from being successful. No, no, no. Nobody can stop you for reaching your destiny but you. Now, if you think that's the case, then you've got a tree in you that God didn't plant. That's a system of thinking. It's a belief that God didn't say. So we got to get those trees out. Praise God. Number two, in the kingdom, you don't need money to create wealth. You need seed. Ooh, that's powerful. You see, the seed is the Word of God and everywhere you see wealth in the Bible, the Word of God is the foundation. Praise God. So if I can give you enough Word, that's what happened to me. I mean, when I came into this thing, I owed everybody everything. I was so deep in debt I couldn't pay attention. But I got debt-free seed and look at me now. Owe no man nothing but to love him for years praise God. Well, I want to sow that same seed in your life if you will allow me to and watch it will produce the same harvest.
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When God gives you his word don't consider what anybody else said. What's the end game? Where do I want to go? I want to plant the heavens. I want to turn the West side into heaven on earth. I want to turn prisons into boarding school. I'm saying He can use you. God doesn't need but one person to believe. You ain't serving somebody down the street, you're serving almighty God. ANNOUNCER: Today's series planting the heavens volume two is available on CD or MP3, on DVD or MP4. To order in the US contact us at 1-800-711-9327 or online at billwinston.org. In Canada, contact us at 844-298-2900 or online at billwinston.ca. Plant the seed of this life changing word within your heart to produce the fruit of the best of heaven in your life and in your community.
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I'm planning for retirement most people focus mostly on marshaling together enough money you know Financial Resources so that they can last the distance and then maybe at the back of their heads they have some vague plan right perhaps two or three things to fill the time with a lot of the times this is stuff like travel family well unfortunately I'm gonna say that's not quite nearly enough for Preparation we ourselves have been retired for two years and going looking back on the past two years I kind of see like six essential things that if you prep for it beforehand before your retirement starts I think this can really make such a positive difference to your retirement so that's what I wanted to bring up and discuss with you guys today number one first and foremost of course we have to talk about money most people's concern is the amount of money that they have in retirement whether it will last them till the end come comfortably and allow them to afford the Hobbies like travel good food Etc but I actually think after going through the last two years building up our financial Acumen is just as important if not more so what do I mean by Financial Acumen I mean stuff like budgeting tracking projecting investing I mean if you think about it the money in your bank account can always be squandered we all know that story I think more importantly what's going to make your retirement more fireproof is having an ability to generate more money where it came from in the first place so the second essential thing that you can prepare for so that you have a wonderful retirement it's definitely the ability to be self-directing and disciplined self-direction definitely helps so much with spending your retirement days meaningfully right after all there are no more like work schedules or like demands from colleagues or bosses to help shape your days anymore you have to be the person to take charge in retirement there's a study out there actually that shows that for happily retired folks most of them actually have about 3.6 core Pursuits that's what they say and the unheably retired folks tend to have less than 3.6 corporate suits coming in at about 1.9 call Pursuits that's what the study reflected I guess it kind of just shows in retirement you really need to fill your life to the brim and keep busy with activities you love and that is a really great formula for happiness and self-direction will help you to achieve that state as well as discipline because if you think about it like discipline directly affects the state of your finances right it affects whether you stick with your retirement planning whether you keep fit and active and you get to maintain your health in retirement even whilst you're left up to your own devices even to find your cover suits if you don't have any when you're starting or in your retirement so discipline and self-direction will be like the building blocks for enjoying your life in retirement the third essential thing you might want to work on and cultivate or happy retirement is people skills right so studies and research have reflected very consistently that the main determining factor for happiness and Longevity for most of us is actually relationships Human Relationships friendships relationship with your spouse and with your family I guess if you look at most of us you know we all have a little need of work on some social skills in some aspect I mean some of us are a bit shy paper hats or graph or maybe socially anxious working on our people skills really will help us to get along and live happily with our spouse and family members and also importantly to make new friendships at whatever age we all know that making new friends gets a lot more difficult as we get older I mean I haven't heard anyone say otherwise for me personally making new friends as I get older is the biggest challenge there's this huge feeling that nothing can replace friendships with people who have known you all your life but it is also a challenge as I have chosen to exercise through Arbitrage in our retirement and we've moved away from home so those friends aren't with us in our present I find that it takes a lot of intention I have to consciously push myself to broaden my Social Circles and make the effort to get to know people on a more intimate basis I am also very happy to be able to say that it has paid off in that for the last two years in Bali I have actually made two or three new friends that I'm happy to say are kindred spirits and not just social acquaintances so that's very nice and it's a huge Comfort to our daily life here in a foreign land away from home now before we move on a big thank you to Mumu Singapore for sponsoring this video Singapore is an online trading platform for stocks ETFs and options I've been using the MooMoo mobile trading app myself for almost a year now and I think it's awesome it's fast intuitive trading US Stocks is commission free plus they give free level to data and many more 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you can definitely work on and that will benefit your retirement tremendously it's actually courage you're definitely gonna need lots of courage in retirement and I guess this isn't a skill exactly it's kind of more of a quality but in retirement you need a lot of courage to even plunge into retirement you need the courage to you know take that leap of faith to stop putting it off due to fear of the unknown feel or financial insecurities so then it's all about courage at that stage not let fear and insecurity rule your life and your decisions it is also the courage to recognize that in life at the start at the end in the middle the Domino's you need are never all nicely lined up you know at some point you just got to jump into it and then learn to cross the obstacles as they come so for retirement long term I guess the biggest issue most commonly is always money but my perspective on this is that hey budgets can always be reduced money can always be earned or recouped or whatever happens so I still think that you know it is actually beneficial to Advocate an approach whereby you get to a point where you feel that you have most of your Ducks lined up you've planned well you've prepped for it grab hold of your courage with both hands and then take the plunge people tend to think of retirement as the end but it's not it's the start of a new phase where you should be trying so many new things new Pursuits new ways to live and for each of these new adventures you're gonna need courage to take action and once you have taken the plunge you'll find the next fifth thing very very useful and that would be a mentality of resilience especially in early retirement there are a lot more decades ahead of you you know and therefore a lot more chances that they things can go wrong whether it be down to bad financial planning or perhaps an unexpected Health catastrophe or even sometimes natural disasters whatever comes I guess you will always need that strength of Will and the resilience so that you can roll with the punches and then get back up you want to know that you have the mental strength that even if things go pear-shaped you won't just give up and lose hope and certain Corner you've got to Marshall what you've got inside you go out there find Solutions perhaps if necessary you've got to go back to work but know that later on you can return to retirement and try again so the sex essential thing that I believe will benefit everyone in retirement is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude we all know life is a very long journey hopefully at least and so much of what we Chase using most of our years actually doesn't really matter in the big picture once you have taken a step back and then at that point is when you start realizing the earlier you cultivate and attitude of gratitude and that appreciation for the simple little things that are probably around you everywhere every day the happier you probably will be and it sounds silly but it's not really automatic I mean we all live and grow up and work and go to school in a society that kind of innovates us with messages that we need to reach for more have more ambition gives us you know that High definitions of success in life that we have to try to jump to reach and nobody sings the Praises of the pleasures of a simple cup of tea you know the importance of family time with your loved ones or or just the pleasure of being able to take an evening walk on the beach with your dog so I think that it's very important that somebody reminds you that you know you can not overload what you already have what you're already surrounded by growing that muscle of appreciation so that in each and every moment you are present in your own life you see all the little Joys that you're surrounded with every day and if you live life like that I think that will help you achieve contentment with just the small stuff around you and that's what majority of your life in retirement may be about is just a small stuff every day but in my own retirement here in Bali it is what makes me so grateful and so happy every day that I am surrounded by my loving husband and very interesting and independent little dog that's very very cute you know that we have very comfortable a bit simple house we have the ability to enjoy good food even if it's simple stuff from the war rooms locally we have a garden and beautiful things are growing around us every day the weather is great you know stuff is good yeah I think this is one of the most essential simple things that's often overlooked simply because it's a matter of mentality but I believe this essential quality or characteristic could make all the difference for you so these are the six essential things that I believe are very very important for you to cultivate and prepare for in the leader to actually taking the plunge into a return then I think that if you have these six strong skills and qualities going for you you will be in a position much more well placed to make the best out of your retirement however long that period may be let me know what you think of my suggestions whether you agree or if you think they suck let me know why but in any event I really appreciate you tuning in and sharing my thoughts for this week and wherever you are in the world I'm wishing you a happy Saturday evening and let's speak again next week till then you take care and bye for now
Transcriber: Zsófia Herczeg Reviewer: Peter Van de Ven Everyone says you have to get ready to retire financially. And of course you do. But what they don’t tell you is that you also have to get ready psychologically. Who knew? But it’s important for a couple of reasons. First, 10,000 North Americans will retire today and every day for the next 10 to 15 years. This is a retirement tsunami. And when these folks come crashing onto the beach, a lot of them are going to feel like fish out of water without a clue as to what to expect.
Secondly, it’s important because there is a very good chance that you will live one third of your life in retirement. So it’s important that you have a heads up to the fact that there will be significant psychological changes and challenges that come with it. I belong to a walking group that meets early three mornings a week. Our primary goal is to put 10,000 steps on our Fitbits, and then we go for coffee and cinnamon buns – (Laughter) more important. (Laughter) (Applause) So as we walk, we’ve gotten into the habit of choosing a topic for discussion.
And one day, the topic was, “How do you squeeze all that juice out of retirement?” How's that for 7:00 in the morning? So we walk and we talk, and the next day, we go on to the next topic. But the question stayed with me because I was really having some challenges with retirement. I was busy enough, but I really didn’t feel that I was doing very much that was significant or important. I was really struggling. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what success looked like in a working career, but when it came to retirement, it was fuzzier for me. So I decided to dig deeper. And what I discovered was that much of the material on retirement focuses on the financial and/or the estate side of things. And of course, they’re both important but just not what I was looking for. So I interviewed dozens and dozens of retirees, and I asked them the question, “How do you squeeze all the juice out of retirement?” What I discovered was that there is a framework that can help make sense of it all.
And that’s what I want to share with you today. You see, there are four distinct phases that most of us move through in retirement. And as you’ll see, it’s not always a smooth ride. In the next few minutes, you’ll recognize which phase you’re in if you’re retired, and if you’re not, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect when that time comes. And best of all, you’ll know that there is a phase four – the most gratifying, satisfying of the four phases – and that’s where you can squeeze all the juice out of retirement. Phase one is the vacation phase, and that’s just what it’s like. You wake up when you want, you do what you want all day. And the best part is that there is no set routine. For most people, phase one represents their view of an ideal retirement. Relaxing, fun in the sun – freedom, baby. (Laughter) And for most folks, phase one lasts for about a year or so, and then, strangely, it begins to lose its luster.
We begin to feel a bit bored. We actually miss our routine. Something in us seems to need one. And we ask ourselves, “Is that all there is to retirement?” Now when these thoughts and feelings start to bubble up, you have already moved into phase two. Phase two is when we feel loss, and we feel lost. Phase two is when we lose the big five – significant losses all associated with retirement. We lose that routine. We lose a sense of identity. We lose many of the relationships that we had established at work. We lose a sense of purpose. And for some people, there is a loss of power. Now, we don’t see these things coming. We didn't see these losses coming in because they happened all at once.
It’s like, poof, gone. It’s traumatic. Phase two is also when we come face to face with the three Ds: divorce, depression and decline – both physical and mental. The result of all of this is that we can feel like we’ve been hit by a bus. You see, before we can appreciate and enjoy some of the positive aspects associated with phase three and four, you are going to, in phase two, feel fear, anxiety and quite even depression. That’s just the way it is. So buckle up and get ready. Fortunately, at some point, most of us say to ourselves, “Hey, I can’t go on like this. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life, perhaps 30 years, feeling like this.” And when we do, we’ve turned the corner to phase three.
Phase three is a time of trial and error. In phase three, we ask ourselves, “How can I make my life meaningful again? How can I contribute?” The answer often is to do things that you love to do and do really well. But phase three can also deliver some disappointment and failure. For example, I spent a couple of years serving on a condo board until I finally got tired of being yelled at. (Laughter) You see, one year the board decided that we were going to plant daffodils rather than the traditional daisies. (Laughter) And we got yelled at. Go figure. I thought about law school, thinking perhaps of becoming a paralegal. And then I completed a program on dispute resolution. It all went nowhere. I love to write. So I created a program called “Getting started on your memoirs.” That program has met with “limited success.” (Laughter) It’s been a rocky road for me too, and I told you to buckle up. Now, I know all this can sound bad. But it’s really important to keep trying and experimenting with different activities that’ll make you want to get up in the morning again because if you don’t, there’s a real good chance of slipping back into phase two, feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus.
And that is not a happy prospect. Not everyone breaks through to phase four, but those who do are some of the happiest people I have ever met. Phase four is a time to reinvent and rewire. But phase four involves answering some tough questions too, like, “What’s the purpose here? What’s my mission? How can I squeeze all the juice out of retirement?” You see, it’s important that we find activities that are meaningful to us and that give us a sense of accomplishment. And my experience is that it almost always involves service to others.
Maybe it’s helping a charity that you care about. Maybe you’ll be like the old coots. (Laughter) (Applause) Yeah. These folks took a booth in the local farmers market and were prepared to give their advice based on their vast years of experience to anyone who came by. So one of their first visitors was a kid who wanted help with his math homework (Laughter) on his tablet. (Laughter) They did the best they could. Or maybe you’ll be like my friend Bill. I met Bill a few years ago in a 55 plus activity group. In the summer, we golf together and walk together and bicycle together.
And in the winter, we curl. But Bill had this idea that we should exercise our brains as well. He believed that there was a tremendous pool of expertise and experience in our group, and so he approached a number of folks and asked if they would volunteer to teach some of the things that they love to do to others. And almost invariably, they agreed. Bill himself taught two sessions, one on iPads and one on iPhones, because we were smart enough to know that a number of our members had been given these things as gifts at Christmas (Laughter) by their children, and that they barely knew how to turn them on. The first year, we offered nine programs, and there were 200 folks signed up. The next year, that number expanded to 45 programs with over 700 folks participating. And the following year, we offered over 90 programs and had 2100 registrations. Amazing. (Applause) That was Bill. Our members taught us to play bridge and mahjong.
They taught us to paint. They taught us to repair our bicycles. We tutored and mentored local school kids. We set up English-as-a-second-language programs for newcomers. We had book clubs. We had film clubs. We even had a few golf clubs. Exhausting but exhilarating. That’s what’s possible in phase four. And do you remember the five losses that we talked about in phase two? The loss of our routine and identity and relationships and purpose and power? In phase four, these are all recovered. It is magic to see, magic. So, I urge you to enjoy your vacation in phase one.
(Laughter) Be prepared for the losses in phase two. Experiment and try as many different things as you can in phase three, and squeeze all the juice out of retirement in phase four. (Applause).
Making your money last in retirement can be tricky, so it's worth asking if a bucketing strategy might help you address some of the biggest challenges you face. So in particular, we're talking about number one having the confidence to stop working and start spending. That can be terrifying even for those of you who are well prepared. You might have assets and a healthy income from social security and pensions, but still it's kind of terrifying to walk away from a job with a steady income and some nice health care.
You might also need to invest at least some portion of your assets for long term growth, and that's because we all face the risk of inflation or rising prices over time. So if your assets aren't growing then you may lose purchasing power over decades in retirement, and that can be a problem. Then a third issue is of course that sequence of returns risk, and this is when you are selling assets especially at the beginning of your retirement when markets are down, if there happens to be a crash at the beginning of your retirement years, if you're selling assets during that event it can really take a bigger bite out of your portfolio and increase the risk of you running out of money later in life, and we don't want that. So let's spend the next couple of minutes talking about retirement bucket strategies.
We'll go over some examples, maybe look at how to start it and manage it over time, and then discuss if it's the right move for you. I will mention that I don't see a lot of clients using this beyond a two bucket approach, but it's still nice to know these concepts so that you can either rule it out if you're not going to use it or get some good ideas. Bucketing is also known as time segmentation. In other words, you have different buckets of assets that you can pull from over different time frames, and the promise of this is that hopefully you would be able to avoid selling assets when they're down and you can be confident that you have the funds you need for your withdrawals and your spending.
So you always have a cash bucket and this involves money that you might be spending next week or next month. This is relatively safe money, and then beyond that you might have one or more additional buckets that are invested a bit differently, and we'll talk about that in just a minute. It's important for you to know that you can customize this in any way you want. We're just going to go over some examples that are concepts, but whether you use two buckets or three buckets or make the time frames different, maybe you want four years worth of cash for example, these are all things that you can customize to suit your preferences. One of the simplest approaches is a two bucket strategy.
So you've got just that one bucket for several years worth of spending. You might set aside enough cash to satisfy let's say one to three years worth of withdrawals if you needed to take money out of investments and you didn't want to sell investments because they're down perhaps. The second bucket is maybe a total return portfolio. It might be invested according to whatever is right for your risk preferences, your needs, and your tolerance, and you would know that given that you have some cash set aside you don't need to dip into that bucket for at least four years or so. Now keep in mind that this isn't rigid so you don't need to necessarily start by spending from your cash bucket. If the markets are doing well and your investments are gaining value it might make sense just to spend from those investments and leave that cash bucket as is and it's there for if you ever need it. So if there is ever a market crash it is already loaded with cash that you can draw on and you can worry a lot less about what the markets are doing.
So you can see some of the investments in bucket number one. These are cash equivalents basically it might even be in a savings account or CDs. You could look at T bills if you wanted and other types of things. Again this is up to you but the point is you might feel really confident if you have this money set aside. And by the way it's probably a good idea to start building up this cash bucket a few years before retirement so that once you reach day one of retirement you have this money set aside already.
In the second bucket of course you have a diversified portfolio so that might be mutual funds and ETFs, maybe some individual stocks and bonds, whatever it is that you invest in according to whatever is appropriate for you as an investor. So if that's a 60 40 for example you do that maybe you have more risk or less risk or alternatives or something else. We'll look at some deeper examples next but first I want to mention I'm Justin Pritchard and I help people plan for retirement and invest for the future, and in the description below you're going to find more information on bucketing, some resources from Christine Benz, as well as just some general retirement planning resources and information.
I think you will find all of that really helpful so please check that out. And by the way it's just a friendly reminder that this is just a short video it can't possibly cover everything. You can still run out of money even if you use a bucketing strategy so triple check all of this with some professionals and be aware that there is always some risk and uncertainty in the retirement planning world. Now moving on to a three bucket example we have those same two buckets as before but we've added an income bucket so this is in between the cash withdrawal bucket and the longer term growth bucket. You might prefer to set aside an extra bucket. I'm not sure that you necessarily need this bucket but you could include things that kick off higher levels of income perhaps longer term bonds and CDs maybe some dividend stocks if you have the appetite for that kind of risk and anything else that comes to mind that might help create some income that can go into bucket number one.
If we look at this three bucket example depending on how you set it up you might have roughly or almost 10 years worth of withdrawals in relatively safe assets. You've got a couple of years in cash so that's going to be really safe and then the income is a little bit more risk but not quite everything in the stock market like your growth bucket you could potentially pull from those assets for up to 10 years before you need to go and sell from your growth bucket and of course the past doesn't necessarily repeat, there are no guarantees but if we look historically there's a decent chance that you wouldn't be selling at least at steep losses and you might not be selling at any losses if you have a diversified portfolio over a rolling 10 year period, again can't predict the future, then if you really wanted to you could add more buckets but that really gets complicated, and speaking of complicated, let's get into bucket maintenance or bucket management.
This is really where you start to see some cracks in getting too complicated with this strategy or using too many buckets it's easy enough to design a bucket strategy in theory so you can set up the amounts you want and figure out how many years they should last and on your retirement date and in the early months you will have a lovely set of buckets, you've got the exact amount in each one and the investment mix in each one is exactly what you want, but at some point, life might happen, if you get into an extended downturn or even a flat market or if you have huge expenses that you didn't expect at some point we need to figure out how exactly you're going to be moving assets from one bucket to the next again when things are going well you're typically going to maybe just sell from those investment assets and not even use bucket number one the safe money you might just take profits off the top of whatever your growth investments are doing during the good times and meanwhile you might be sending income let's say dividends or capital gains payments over from the income and growth buckets into bucket number one and that can help to build that up or replenish it from any withdrawals that you might have taken but if you really start drawing from bucket one that safe bucket how exactly do we decide when and how to put money back in well one way is to use a systematic approach and that might be one example is going to be just every time period whether it's every six months every year you take some money out of the subsequent buckets and pull it forward into your cash bucket that can kind of defeat the purpose of bucketing because the idea is that you don't want to do things systematically you want to be more opportunistic and not just sell every six months but you want to avoid selling when investments are down to make a slight improvement on that you could look at a rebalancing strategy so you just take profits off the top of whatever did well and sell those assets and put the proceeds into bucket number one so if stocks did really well you're taking money out of stocks putting it into cash if bonds did really well and stocks suffered you would sell some bonds to get back into balance and then move that money over into the cash bucket you could also look at more opportunistic approaches and these border on market timing but you might say that maybe you have some rules you could say if something rises by more than five percent during a quarter or during a month for example you're going to sell some of that get it back down to a smaller proportion and take the sales proceeds put that into cash your bucket maintenance gets really complicated at some point especially if the markets don't behave so I would say you want to do a lot more thinking ahead and a lot more research if this is something you're considering look at some of the discussions with Christine Benz from Morningstar there are a number of those here on YouTube and she talks about that in more detail and proposes maybe some simplified ways of going about this which might take us right back to the two bucket approach really quickly how do you set this up in the first place well one way to do it is to use different accounts so your cash bucket is in cash and that might be in savings accounts CDs banks credit unions or even a conservative brokerage account then you might have your other buckets in different accounts and that way you can keep a balance of whatever the assets are in that account you can rebalance that account and the cash bucket is unaffected so it might make sense to do that but if you prefer you could do all of this in one account so for example you could have a couple of years worth of withdrawals sitting in cash or in a money market fund in a brokerage account then the subsequent money or the rest of the buckets would be in other investments inside of that same account ultimately this comes down to your preferences and what's going to be easiest for you to keep track of because that's really important you have to manage this over time it isn't just setting it up once and then letting it run you really do need to keep paying attention to it so I've hinted at some of the potential challenges here and I'm going to propose what I think is a simpler way of doing that and explain exactly why I think that but again it can be hard to manage this over time you don't always know what the next step is and so you might be kind of figuring things out and winging it as you go and that kind of defeats the purpose of setting up a structured process at the beginning if you aren't really sure what you're going to do with it as the years pass this can also be a cash heavy approach so you might have several years worth of withdrawals sitting in cash and that's not necessarily a bad idea but for some people given how everything is set up that can potentially mean that they don't have much that is invested for longer term growth so you want to think about that as you explore all of this and of course there are no guarantees so there could be extended draw downs that cause you to wipe out one bucket then the next and then get right into those growth assets selling exactly when you don't want to sell you can still have problems with this approach so what are some decent alternatives to bucketing you're obviously looking for a solution that can provide some peace of mind and give you a reasonable path forward as you figure out how to spend down the assets that you have one solution might be total return investing and that's where you just have a diversified portfolio that is tailored to your needs it has the right risk level and then a cash reserve so basically we're just talking about two buckets here if you want to look at it that way you've got a couple of years let's say worth of money in cash that can satisfy withdrawals during market downturns and the rest of it is invested I think you'll find that this functions similarly to what everybody thinks about as a bucket strategy so what you're doing with that approach is you want to keep the portfolio in balance so a couple of options number one is you can just sell what's been doing well and generate cash that's kind of like what we were talking about with bucketing or you might keep the portfolio in balance every six months for example or when it gets out of different tolerance ranges you might get it back into balance but effectively you're still selling your winners there and then putting it into the portfolio balance and then whenever you want to add cash you would just sell everything proportionally but you have been previously selling your winners to keep the portfolio in balance it's not exactly the same as a three bucket strategy for example but it can function somewhat similarly and another approach is to look at guardrails this is different than bucketing and looking at what to sell and when but it might be a different way to figure out exactly how much you can spend and avoid running out of money during retirement that's a topic for another video but it's something to look into if you're exploring these ideas so I hope you found this helpful if you did please leave a quick thumbs up thank you and take care.
if you want to make a hundred bucks a month in dividends it is going to take quite the investment to get to that point but if you want to know how much you need invested i'm going to show you how to do the math because it is fairly straightforward the first thing you need to do in your calculator is turn the monthly amount into a yearly amount so if you want to make a hundred bucks a month just take a hundred and multiply that by 12 meaning 12 months in a year and you're going to get 1200 bucks which is the annual amount that you want to be making in dividends now just look up any stock that pays out a dividend and find their dividend yield so in this case coca-cola is paying out a current dividend yield of 2.59 now just go back into your calculator and take your yearly amount which was 1200 and divide that by .0259 in the calculator and that is going to give you 46 332 bucks that you need to invest today in order to make 100 bucks a month in dividends through coca-cola