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Two-Pot Retirement System Explained by Old Mutual Corporate

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

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Remember, any money withdrawn from your savings   component before retirement will reduce your lump 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

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

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Retirement Planning in Your 50s and Beyond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2 Early Milestones in the Game of Retirement Life

Loren the Game of Life it came out 
in 1960. A board game that you had   in your household growing up? Most definitely we  played lot of games growing up and this is one 
of them. Okay so today what we want to do is we   want to go through the milestones of life we're 
kind of going to do it in numbers. So in a way   we're taking some liberties here the board game is 
like a series of numbers as you move through life.   And as we specifically talk about moving to and 
through retirement what we want to do is give   you strategies give you tips gives you things you 
should be talking to a retirement planner about.   And we'll have a little fun with the Game of Life
along the way. But we should first talk about how we look at every retirement whether you come 
talk with you Loren if you're 55 or 75. We apply five guiding principles to your retirement 
to help you win the game of life.

Yeah there's two   distinct phases of life there's accumulation years 
then there's the retirement years. And when it   comes to those retirement years that's when it's 
important to really start to get organized in the   form of retirement plan. And in that retirement 
plan there are five guiding principles. When   you retire you still need income your W-2 wages 
go away where's the income going to come from?   When you take income you're still going to have to 
pay taxes there's long-term care Medicare planning   legacy planning and then of course the fifth one 
is the investment planning principle. Okay so we   have our cars this is the cutest little thing I've 
got six people in my car because I've got four   children and my husband in here.

Loren has his 
daughter Jace and the little dog Coco no Mocha,   Mocha is in the car with Loren. So Loren like I 
said we're gonna have a little fun with this. Why   don't you spin once for the first time and then 
we won't spin to continue. But we'll get started   on our game. Oh two, alright Loren gets started on 
two. Would you like me to take the, goes he goes   two. And let's draw a card just fun so we can kind 
of refresh ourselves on what the cards are for the   Game of Life. I'll draw the card, I'll answer the 
first one. Alright you go first. Ah get a pool,   I like this first card you probably like that 
Jace would like to get a pool as well. So it says   pay the bank $50,000. Wow, pools are expensive. 
Well, that sounds a lot like today's prices. So   that's the first stop or the first card that we've 
picked on the game of life.

Now the first stop on   your journey to and through retirement as we 
pull the numbers kind of on your board game   is age 50. So you're going through the game of 
life you hit age 50. What should you be thinking   about in terms of retirement? From a retirement 
planning standpoint age 50 is a milestone.   A big portion of this milestone is now you're able 
to contribute more towards your retirement savings   than what you've ever been able to do before. 
If you're under age 50 into your IRA the max   you can contribute is $6,000 but at age 50 you 
have a thousand dollar catch-up contribution.   So a total now of $7,000 but here's 
where the real fun comes into play.  At age 50 is through your employer sponsor plans 
your 401k plans.

Before age 50 you could only   contribute up to $19,500 you get an extra $6,500 
contribution bonus if you will. Once you obtain   age 50 for a total contribution of $26,000. So 
now if you're age 50 or beyond you can actually   contribute the max to your 401k plan. And if you 
qualify from an income standpoint also you can   contribute the max to your IRA. So, the 7,000 plus 
the 26.5 now you can start saving for retirement   and accumulate that wealth a lot more quicker. 
And you ever have conversations with people about   you know is it usually a no-brainer contribute 
that 6,500 or do they have to look at all the   other moving pieces in their life too. Because at 
50 I know I'll still have kids at home, a lot of   people still have kids at home so that 6,500 feels 
like a lot of money. It does feel like a lot of   money and so it's different for everybody. In each 
one of these milestones that we talk about here on   this on this show. The outcomes or the strategies 
that you incorporate with it will be different   for everybody. And that's the necessity of a 
customized written plan as you make the transition   from the working years to the retirement years. 
Your life your circumstances your resources that   you have your cash flow is different than most 
other people.

So your plan needs to be customized   to your circumstance. Okay I have to spin I 
know I cannot spin a two that's not hard to do,   I got three okay I'm gonna take the bus here 
go with me and the four kids we got three. Alright here we go, promotion! 
Your hard work paid off spin again.   So a promotion obviously is a real piece of 
retirement and the nice thing about a promotion is   maybe you can contribute a little bit more to 
that 401k or or do a little bit more retirement   planning as those promotions come along so. Let's 
talk about our next stop on the game of life   retirement style and it's age 55. What do we need 
to know there? Age 55 is an important milestone   because now if you separate service from your 
employer and you have an employer-sponsored plan   now you have penalty free withdrawal privilege. 
And this is a very little known loophole as it   relates to these employer-sponsored plans. So, 
if you're working with your employer you're 56   years old you retire or you get laid off or you 
just decide hey i'm going to go somewhere else   if you take your distributions from that employer 
plan you will not have to pay that 10% penalty   even though you're under age 59 and a half.

So a 
lot of people think 59 and a half I take money out   of my retirement plan I'm going to be imposed 
that 10% penalty but if you take it after you   separate service post 55 from that employer plan 
you don't have that 10% penalty. And when you say   take it can you take it all at once is that the 
best strategy typically or do you want to spread   that out? Well there's a couple different things 
that goes into that. Let's say you can take it   all once so if you have $200,000 underneath your 
employer plan your 56 you leave that employer.   You can take that full $200,000 out but if it's 
pre-tax money meaning it's never been taxed before   it's going to jump you up into a tax bracket that 
is ugly.

So even though you can, you may not want.   So you can't put it in an IRA or something right 
away? You can put it into an IRA but once you do   so now that money lives underneath the IRA rules. 
Which means you cannot take it out until 59 and   a half without the 10% penalty so here's where a 
lot of the planning will come into play especially   if you want to retire prior to 59 and a half. 
Is you may choose to leave that $200,000 there   maybe you have some other IRA money that you know 
you're not going to use until post 59 and a half   or you can say between 56 and 59 and a half you're 
only going to need a 100,000 of that so many times   the employer's plan will allow you to roll the 
100,000 keep a 100,000 there and then you can   use that for the penalty free cash flow.

Thank you 
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How To Invest 2 Million Dollars For Retirement

2 million dollars can pay out $200,000
a year of income. In this episode,
I'm going to address the question that you wouldn't believe how many times is
asked. "How to invest 2 million dollars for
retirement?" Well, the answer is similar to how can I invest a million or 5
million or 20 million or recently a billionaire asked me,
"How can I invest 400 million dollars to have tax-free income?" So, get ready. I'm
going to show you the power behind creating
predictable rates of return that can give you 10 payouts tax-free
for as long as you live.

Hi, I'm Doug Andrew. I'm in my radio
studio right now. I have broadcast a radio show every
single week for the last 12 years. It's called 3-dimensional
wealth radio. And that is also the name of my YouTube
channel. 3-Dimensional Wealth. See, 3 dimensions has to do with the
financial dimension where I've helped people for 46 plus years
optimize their financial assets, minimize taxes and
not outlive their money in retirement. But also there's two other dimensions
that have to do with the wisdom and the experiences you gain in life and how to leave behind your heritage and
how to fish instead of dumping fish to your kids and grandkids laps.
And this is actually a concern for many people
that have several million dollars because they don't want to ruin their
children. So, whenever people come to me and ask,
"Golly, Doug. How to invest 2 million or 5 million or
10 million? A huge lump sum for retirement?" Usually i'm impressed
because they have that much money.

And it's not because they need that
money to generate income but they would like to have the ability,
the option to be able to take income out and not deplete that nest egg.
And so, many times when i find out their goal
and where the money came from, maybe a settlement, maybe the sell of a business,
I have counseled many dentists who sold their dental practice for 2 million
dollars.

Or one time I had a jewelry store owner
that sold his jewelry stores for 2 million dollars several
years ago. It can be an electrician. Many a chiropractor did
the same thing. Hey, I have I have a couple of million dollars. So,
what advice did I give all of these people when they
asked the question? Well, first of all i wanted to know is
this your main or sole source for income
in retirement? Or is this sort of on top of what you already accumulated?
Now, many times they'd say, "Oh, no. This is like bonus money.
I don't need the money right now but I want it liquid and safe.
That's pretty nice to have an extra couple of million that you really don't
need. But I don't want them to lose that." They
don't want to lose it either. That's why they came. Because they know
that I'm very passionate about preserving principle,
safety of that principle.

They don't want to lose this 2 million.
Many people came across a lump sum like that from an
inheritance where they've been going along and they were responsible and
accountable. And they saved 2, 3, 4, 5 million in their
accounts. Maybe IRAs and 401Ks. But then
all of a sudden they inherited 2 million or more. And they would come
and say, "Golly, Doug. Where can i invest this 2 million in retirement?" So,
whether you need the money for income immediately or not or whether
you want to preserve it so if you did need it in
your lifetime, or you want to pass it on to your
children, you want to maximize what you leave behind,
i know the answer where to put it regardless of which of those goals you
have for a lump sum like 2 million dollars.
You want to hear the answer? If the 2 million
in this example is a lump sum, a windfall or a settlement or something like that,
an inheritance. And they tell me they don't need the money, I go, "Well, I could
show you how to safely set aside that 2 million so it will
double about every 7 years.

Probably at the worst return I've ever
achieved it would double every 10 years. Does that sound pretty good?" They go, "Well,
what rate of return is that?" "Well, rule of 72. If it doubles every 7.2
years that's a 10% rate of return." "Really? You can do that?"
And I said, "Well, Ii can't guarantee it but I've averaged 10.07 for the last 25
years by putting money into a max-funded, tax-advantaged
indexed universal life insurance contract if it's structured correctly.
Where you take the least amount of death benefit
allowed under the IRS guidelines and you put in the most allowed.

In this case 2
million dollars." So, you're taking the least amount of
insurance you can get away with. If you were 60-years old, the least
amount of insurance to accommodate 2 million would be 5 million of insurance.
If you're 70 years old, the least amount of insurance for
2 million might be just over 3 million. Because
the objective isn't to get a bunch of insurance. It's to get the least amount
of insurance the IRS will let you get away with and
put in the most they will allow. In this case the most would be 2 million,
in this example. That's called the GSP. It stands for
guideline single premium. Very few advisors understand this
terminology that's why it's critical you go to somebody
who understands how to do what i'm talking about. So, when you do that,
then the money will grow very safely at internal rates of return of 7 to 10
percent.

Bery uh predictable based upon some of the
worst periods since the great depression like 2000 to
2010. I averaged 7.23% just using
indexing. By adding rebalancing, I was able to earn
over 10%. So, your money can double every 7 to 10
years. 2 million will grow to 4 million, to 8 million, to 16 million every 7 to 10
years. Now, if the person said, "You know what?
I want this uh two million dollars to generate
income for me within 5 years from now." I go, "Okay, great." So, then i comply with a
tax citation called Tamra. Tamra is an acronym that stands
for the technical and miscellaneous revenue act
of 1988. This is a strategy that we're the number 1
experts on this part of the tax code in America. We teach very
savvy, sophisticated CPAs and tax attorneys
about TEFRA, DEFRA and TAMRA and section 72 E,
7702 and 101 A of the internal revenue code.
This is where money inside of a properly structured insurance contract
will accumulate tax-free and allow you to access or take tax-free income when
you comply.

Tamara says you can throw in
2 million bucks in one fell swoop into a maximum funded insurance contract
and it will grow tax-deferred at those rates of return.
But if you want tax-free income that tells me, "Hmm, okay.
So, instead of maximizing what you leave behind….
In other words you put in 2 million and you don't need the money.
And when you die you want it to leave behind 5 million.
You don't have to worry about Tamara." You put in 2 million
and when you die, it leaves behind 5 million.
And you can tap into income but it would be taxable income.
So, if you wanted to maximize what you left behind
and you put in 2 million dollars, you don't have to worry about Tamra.
The minimum death benefit is 5 million.

So when you die,
you're leaving behind 5 million totally income tax-free.
But if you want to preserve the right to have tax-free
income, then you want to comply with Tamra.
That means 2 million would allow you to fund it
in 4 years in one day with approximately 20% a year. What's
20% of 2 million? It's 400 000. So, you create
a plan to take 400,000 of the 2 million
every year and put it into the insurance contract.
The first day of the first year, you put in the first 400,000.
The remaining uh million six hundred thousand, we
we find a place to temporarily uh keep it so that it's safe.
And there when we transfer the next $400,000 on the first day of the second year.
You do that for 4 years and 1 day and now you've got 400 000
in there 5 times.

That's 2 million. Now,
after 4 years and 1 day, 2 million dollars can
easily generate $200,000 a year of tax-free
income because 10% payouts are extremely
common with people that we've been helping for more than 45 years.
Especially with indexed universal life insurance contracts. So,
the concept here is if you want it to grow tax-free, it's the
same answer. You just structure it maybe
differently. If you want to maximize what you leave behind when you die,
you don't have to worry about compliance with Tamra.
If you want to grandfather yourself to be able to tap into it totally
income tax-free, you comply with Tamra by funding it over 4 years in one day.
But if you're wondering what to do with a lump sum like 2 million
bucks, I would make sure it is grandfathered to be tax-free.
Not only as it accumulates but if you want
income to be tax free, you make sure it complies with Tamra.
If you want to maximize what you leave behind when you die,
then you take more death benefit and you make sure that when you pass away based
upon your life expectancy, that 2 million can leave
behind 5, 6 or 7 million.

So, let me connect the dots by
sharing an actual story with a client with you right now.
After teaching a seminar, a gentleman who was aged 70 ½
came to me and he had 500,000 which was a lot of money years ago. But
this man was had a net worth well in excess of 5 million. And I was
talking about strategic rollouts where i tell
people to get money out of your IRAs or 401Ks over a 5-year period.
And so, 500,000 would mean that we would transfer 100,000 a year out
of his IRAs each year for 5 years. And then he
would have his 500,000 that could double every 7 to 10
years. And then a 500,000 could generate 50,000
a year of tax free income. He said, "Doug, I don't need this money.
But I know i have to start withdrawing it. I'm going to be penalized 50
by the IRS. I will never be in a lower tax bracket.
I want to pull out the whole 500,000 in one fell swoop."
In a 40-percent bracket, he had done the math.

"I will pay 200,000 in tax. I want to take
the net of 300,000 in one lump sum and maximize what I
leave behind because I don't need the money.
I don't need the income." He said, "I could spend 4 times
what I need to live on and never outlive my money."
What a great blessing that was. So, in that case,
knowing that he did not need it for income,
we took 300,000 and we didn't maximum fund to contract.

I calculated his life
expectancy and we were able to get 1.5 million of
insurance. Sure enough because of his health, he
died in less than 10 years. The 300,000 which was only what it was
worth after tax in his IRAs left behind 1.5 million tax free.
Once he told me his goal, he wanted to maximize what he left behind,
I could have taken his 300,000 and only had about 600,000 of insurance if
he wanted income. He wanted to maximize what he left
behind so I didn't have to comply with Tamra.
And i got 1.5 million for his heirs (which they were grateful for) by
taking the money out of his IRAs which he
already decided to do. 300,000 blossom to a million and a half dollars about a
year later totally tax-free. You analyze what is it that is the greatest
objective when you have a lump sum and taking all things into consideration.
The best solution, the miracle solution in almost every
case is a maximum-funded, tax-advantaged
insurance contract.

So, if you want to learn more about what
that is and how it works and make sure that you structure one
correctly with the right advisor that knows what they're doing, I
would recommend you read this book. This is my 11th book. It's a bestseller.
It retails for $20. But I want to gift one of these to you absolutely
free. So, to claim your free copy, go to laserfund.org. L-A-S-E-R, fund, ".com".
You simply pay $5.95 shipping and handling. I'll pay for the book, you pay
for the shipping. You'll have options to get an audio version
if you want. There's also video master classes.
Once you get educated, I can point you to somebody who knows how to do it
correctly if you would like. There's a chapter in this book that
talks about all of the questions you should ask an advisor.

And
if they can't answer those questions, you'll know they don't understand how to
do it correctly. Empower yourself. You will learn more by reading this book.
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we've been researching and living retirement for about 5 years now and we learned a lot about what works and quite frankly what doesn't work and we you know coached a lot of people and we get a lot of comments on our YouTube channel so there's a lot of people who enter this phase really unprepared and then they just wander around and end up bored and even depressed you know without the right strategies you're missing out on the joys and opportunities that retirement can offer to you so today we're going to give you the top 20 pieces of advice from ourselves but also from so many of our clients who are having a really great time in retirement that they describe as super successful and make sure you stay till the end because we're also going to throw in our top five retirement tips can't wait to get to that yeah exactly listen if you're new here I'm jod and this is my husband Mark now we don't focus on the financial aspects of retirement but really what we do focus on is lifestyle Health relation relationships and so much more we hope you like our videos and if you do please share them with someone you care about and definitely like them as you're on your way down your retirement Journey so let's talk a little bit about our journey for the last 5 years because we don't want you all to think just because we have a YouTube channel that we have it all figured out we do in many regards but I I would say the the one thing that we're doing really well is working at it we do yeah I would say that we work at it every day almost to the point where sometimes you know how you work at something so long that sometimes you're like okay I'm going to take a pause on this every once in a while I'll have to call the pause yeah and and I don't want to give away our five tips but the one thing that you and I have going for us well there's really 10 things but I only want to focus on one now is our communication yeah you know we don't always agree nor do we always get along well we always communicate yeah you know we really do give each other respect the space to have an opinion um and you know we're human beings and living together can have its challenges absolutely but we I think the big thing for us is experimenting we don't always agree we don't always get along but we always reset and regroup and what's what else am I looking to say well sometimes I think we also just do what I said just take a pause right I mean sometimes you have to just kind of step away to go back at it with fresh eyes yeah so you know we keep we do keep track of what's working and what isn't working for us and you know what worked for us for all the years that we were married that we were working may not work for us now so we've had to adapt a few things for sure you know when we were working it was I'm not going to say it was easier but there was so much going on there really was no downtime right now we have downtime and we need to make sure we're we're doing it the right way y so you might be wondering why do you even need to think this Harden retirement well we have people say that to us all the time you know you guys make it sound like it's so much work in retirement that's when you're supposed to have no work right well what we found out is our retirement other people's retirements are successful and they're happy because they spend a little bit of time working on things right now by the way we've got a whole bunch of free downloads but we're going to put a link below to one it's a health and wellness checklist we want you to get that download and use that to kind of reset your health in retirement that's really really important so let's jump into some of the best retirement advice we've heard from RE reies thus far and again stay till the end where we'll do our top five retirement tips okay first thing stay active first thing always what staying active it is it's one of our first things we always say I can't emphasize this enough now we have a new puppy who is in the background is he eating something well just a dresser no he's eating a knob on a dresser maybe you should grab him but staying active it's her uh yeah it's a her so we'll bring her up um you get to see Ruby this but uh staying Physically Active it boosts your mood it boosts your health you know walking walking walking our dog is always helpful but we're both pretty big fans of some regular type of exercise Absolut and you need to do that yep yep and you know we read a great book called outlived by Dr Peter ATA and he talks a lot about exercising being the best medicine for longevity okay you can't lick the microphone all right second thing nutrition you've really got to understand what it is that you put into your mouth you know my mom said that when I was a kid but as we get older you know there are changing nutritional needs that we need to be aware of and you got to have a good balance of fruits vegetables lean proteins and whole grains absolutely and you know you have to also stay hydrated you know you have to limit your intake of sugary or processed foods and definitely make sure that you're Consulting a nutritionist I think or a dietitian even of sorts and make it fun in the kitchen you know explore some new recipes or Cuisines to keep your meals exciting and nutritious yeah you do good with that because you're really our cook I'm really appetizers Ambiance and clean up well we've moved from Strictly meat and potatoes and gravies I I call it comfort food to more of a Mediterranean diet so we don't do much beef we do a lot of chicken we do a lot of fish having fish tonight right um a lot of vegetables and we feel better because of that the exercise and nutrition really makes us feel great absolutely so the next thing is really to just you know our retirees tell us all the time you know continuous and constant learning keeps our brains active and really keeps us sharp and keeps us young yeah and you know retirement offers you the freedom to explore new hobbies or skills or go to the library when was the last time you're in a library you know it's amazing to walk I love walking through bookstores but walk through a library is even more fun because it just massive and there's so many different sections you can get lost in there forever right and you know I think that uh local community centers like uh got down here in Florida they've got all of these nature preserves they just kind of fun to go walks Serenity walks and different things another thing that's really important and the fourth tip today is socializing you really got to make sure you're getting out and making new connections there are a lot of people in the same boat that you're in right that want to meet new people down here in Florida we're just really getting so much better at putting ourselves out there Y where you can volunteer join a club um I and it's not that hard you know I think we make socialization as we age a lot harder than it really needs to be it's like almost like we build up these walls around how am I going to get invited or who am I going to know or what am I going to say and you know really it's just a matter of putting yourself out there and being you I mean you you are very interesting and what we always tell our kids is it's important to be both interesting when you're socializing and interested so you know have your battery of questions kind of lined up that you're going to you know say to people when you're in Social settings a lot a lot of it is easier than you think so that's all about meeting new people and networking so to speak uh the other thing the fifth tip is nurturing your current relationships we get that a lot from our retirees what's that that need to do this once they are retire I mean whether it's your children or your old colleagues at work or your relatives or high school friends or college friends these are people that at one point in your life were probably pretty close to you will reach out and find out what they're doing look for them on Facebook or whatever but don't be afraid they're probably wondering if they're retired as well gosh I I wonder where my high school friends are and when you call them I guarantee you they're going to be like oh my gosh I can't believe it just called and you have the most wonderful conversation so I also think that in the nurturing relationship bucket Mark I I also think it's a time where you can really sit back and address any unresolved conflicts that you might have whether that's with family or old friends or you know old neighbors or colleagues you know it's a good time to be able to address all of that for sure okay um staying financially Savvy lot of the lot of our clients and ourselves and people leave comments that you know how much money can I spend spend should I downsize or rent when should I take Social Security or my pension you know we have a great tool that we um came in contact with through new retirement and it's actually a um a portal where you can connect all your bank accounts and it actually pulls everything and it shows how much you're spending it shows you what might happen if you downst it's a really cool too it's it's like a scenario plan yeah so we'll put that down below but these are all questions that people have you need to get the answers so either a financial planner or um your accountant or using this tool but you know having a regular budget can be helpful because you kind of know how much you can spend right um I think the other thing that we see a lot of because we get it all the time too is being really careful about scams oh I know you know this thing where people call up and say that uh it's it's an email and or they'll say is this Mark Rollins and you say yes and then they have your yes there so there's a lot of those things that are happening good financial adviser and really understanding your finances is really important okay the next thing I would say and and I didn't do this as much during my career but I've really taken this on um and with some advice from our retirees is prioritizing your mental health your mental health and wellness is so important it's critical and almost as crucial as your physical health right uhoh Ruby's getting adventurous Ruby's getting out of hand um you know meditation I talk about meditation a lot lot I talk about journeying a lot and you know five five or six years ago I started meditating and if you asked me the day before I was meditating would I ever do it I would I would have said no yeah but it really is a lifesaver now it really helps me every morning to kind of get myself set for the day journaling gets my ideas and my feelings out on a piece of paper it really has helped me tremendously be more calm and in the moment for whatever comes our way absolutely and you know what I I remember you and I remember you the day before you started and and you really that's a true statement you never would have done it if if you didn't you know kind of feel like you had to do it at that point okay the next thing I would say is um you know our retirees these days are really embracing technology you know it offers a great tool to stay connected and informed and even entertained and then there's you know the platforms like Zoom or Skype that allow you to do virtual meetups with family family members we just yesterday gave our grandson Luca his fifth birthday present oh yeah via Zoom they're in California they're in California and we're here in Florida and we had the present all set it was all ready you know we had it all kind of concealed his eyes were covered and um that was really the only way we were able to celebrate so I think it was good that we were able to do that and they're able to do it you know back with us I mean I think Luka could zoom or Skype us probably without his parents well on the way to school a lot in the morning uh Jonathan will give Luca his phone and luuka and I will have a conversation on the way to school which is fun so there's um there's a lot you can do with technology and I I find that when people are struggling with technology they're struggling with life so really investing some time and learning how to use your phone right learning how to use your computer it really is important I think the next you know the next thing our retirees tell us is you know you know travel and explore you know traveling provides such EXP exposure to new cultures you know I know we've got a safari coming up at the end of next year we're both a little nervous about um but new cultures new foods new experiences and even some local trips some stations but going to the next town over I know I had a hard time saying that the other day but the next town over can be really fun and it keeps you busy so you can plan a trip you can research trips we we've we've now seen recently there's a lot of travel agents that specialize in trips for solo not solos solo retirees or solo people individual people so you go on a vacation with 10 people who are all there on their own right and you know the travel agent does a pretty good job we hear of making sure that you're all the same um you know you're you're going to the same place for the same reason and that you'll pretty much get along so that's great so more advice from our um retirees that we've been kind of investigating and calculating this is always a favorite re-evaluate your living situation and you know what I mean by that is you know consider your proximity to you know family to friends to Health Care Facilities to your doctors to your favorite recreational areas you know re-evaluate if where you are here today is where you really want to be or need to be as you move through your retirement yeah I think that's really important because there are so many options for you today to live and again it's not just about downsizing which I think we're going to talk about in a minute but it's really where do you live and how are you living we we always talk about wanting to end up as we get older being there one of our kids and we have six it's just hard but they haven't really we're not necessarily on the same page on this one what do you mean well I mean I think it would be great but I like who do you pick how do you pick what do you do I I'm not going to say it on here but I know who I'm going to pick okay I want to be taken care of okay I know who she is oops did I say that okay so the the next thing is downsizing or rightsizing your home so this has Financial connotations but it also has a tremendous amount of um psychological stumbling blocks that you need to get over in order to even think about downsizing and the first place to start instead of just saying I don't want to talk about it with your partner you have to talk about it I think that's really the first thing we have a lot of people who are frustrated with this topic because they're spouse or partner don't want to talk about it well well the retirees that we spoke to for this video said you know this is a scary and dangerous topic right downsizing you know decluttering is a little bit easier than downsizing downsizing means you're thinking of making a big move right and if you're both not on the same page it becomes divisive so you know the retirees uh that we talked to said this is good advice to start to bring up early in your retirement really planning the seeds you know where do you stand on on this you know is simplifying something that's going to lead to less stress or are you the house that everyone comes to and and we've done and that's fine too we've done uh several videos on this topic of downsizing there's another one that says if downsizing isn't right for you some things that you can do really the process here is to simplify your life you're now in a phase of your life where you've got more free time you can travel so will Trading houses up or down make your life simple right so right and it's you know it's a therapeutic process and speaking of a therapeutic process the next thing that everyone says helps them so much is beginning the process of decluttering right and that oh my gosh we we try to declutter all the time it gives you mental Clarity it makes your home safer and there's so many emotional but what's so funny I'm laughing because if we try to declutter all the time where's the Clutter coming from I don't well yeah the first thing is to stop buying stuff right yeah exactly because you know take the Amazon app off of your phone because you know when you declutter you know and then you declutter again and again you got to start saying to yourself where is it all coming from well I I mean you can start with a closet you can start with a dresser and you know there's a lot of gems inside your closet and your dresser that other people can use if you're not using I mean if you're not if you haven't worn a c outfit for 2 years get rid of it yeah you're never going to wear it again the other thing is when you when you take a look at an item in your closet if you wouldn't buy that new today get rid of it right you know so you know you don't need your suits anymore your work clothes if you've retired so decluttering can really be fun we did we've done a lot of videos on that too you know this next um item a lot of our retirees really felt uh strongly about and and that is to document your legacy you know sharing your life stories is such a gift to all the future Generations in your world you know writing or recording or even creating digital albums you know can be great methods of documenting your legacy and this is the one thread I think that I heard that just everyone spoke about with passion there's a good friend of mine um who is a a grandmother she's got three children and five grand grandchilden and she writes a letter I think she writes two letters a year to each grandchild every year she's been doing that since the kids were born and she's telling them stories she's sharing with them a little bit about her um her preferences or political background uh you know how she feels about certain current events that are going on right now it's really going to be an amazing gift to give to these kids to be able to have a letter from their grandma mother from 20 years ago about some current event that was happening and how it's making her feel so it really is a neat project that she's done yep well you just saw Ruby or maybe you did but adopting a pet you know it gives this is controversial with retirees actually okay you know because and I didn't mean to interrupt you I know I'm going to get hit with comments on stop interrupting it's typically me that interrupts you that's what the comments say but um you know adopting a pet or rescuing a pet or somehow putting that type of love and companionship into your life gives you so much the flip side and I guess where I'd say it becomes controversial is you have to be you know ready for it you have to have you know the financial wherewithal to handle it you have to have the bandwidth to handle the training the potty training the dog walking you have to have good physical activity and if you don't it's going to help you get there but you have to be ready for it and this one just kind of was like uh probably 7 25 a was interesting for us though we've had two dogs together before we had sugar um and we had little Max and we just got the dogs and we just brought them up the way we wanted to well because we were working we were still so now we have Ruby for three days and I said to jod why don't we do this differently why don't we find some YouTube channels and learn how to really train a dog well it's actually been really exciting for us because we're learning some things we never knew right and I think it's been really helpful for us and for little Ruby and for rucious yeah so having a Pet's great it well it's works for us and again it was kind of a controversial well there is a lot of love that comes back yep and there's just a lot of anxiety that comes with the love so all right the 15th tip you could join a club or start a club right so coffee uh with uh so for a man get one buddy have coffee once once a week bringing have him bring a guest and you bring a guest get up to like 10 people and have weekly coffee tell stories I I do that all the time and I love it so it's it's a really fun way to well let me say this it's important Jody and I have a business we're married we have kids we do a lot together but we do a fair amount apart too so I think that for everyone in retirement if you're solo you're solo but if you're a couple you got to have your own stuff yeah you got to have your own club you got to have your own group yep um you know the next thing is to seek out mentorship opportunities you know um again our retirees had a wealth of professional and life experiences and there's so much that they could share with younger Generations that they would engage in really meaningful guided conversations that helped build multigenerational connections for them and again they got pretty charged up about seek seeking out these opportunities you know Mark and I did that at the University of Hartford in one of the business classes where we kind of did a guest professorship for a day and then we actually took applications for um for students to mentor and it was a really fun year for us well the thing there's a couple things that happen first of all you're helping someone else but you feel fulfilled you know you feel like you have a sense of purpose uh by guiding others and the other thing is I'm going to go guide is get getting mentored by someone who's younger than you I mean I have two mentors we kind of Mentor each other one is my son and one is another young professional that I know but but I actually can learn a lot from them they have a different outlook on business they have a different outlook on life and it really has been helpful to me for sure so that that's been fun yeah it has sorry I had to step away um this was I thought an interesting one and this came from a a a pocket of our um friends and retirees that wanted to engage in artistic Pursuits um I would put myself in this area I haven't done it yet but exploring different art forums and painting and pottery you know our neighbor across the street Jen she does that every year whenever she gets down to Florida she joins last last year was Pottery this year it's painting drawing it's drawing drawing she joins um art classes and workshops and goes to the local community center and she loves it and that's something I think I would like to do cuz I don't do much for my artistic side but it gives you also um uh Arts a form of expression and emotional release and if you're into that at all it really is kind of fun to do that I mean this in a way what we're doing is Artistic Pursuits I mean we're shooting video and we're you know um you know building a little business but it it's uh it's fun I would I wouldn't say it's a hobby but we've had to learn so much so it's been kind of cool y on the other thing and we just did a Facebook live on this yesterday is um staying updated with current events you know we we did a a Facebook live yesterday in our in our community uh do you consume the news or is the news consuming you right so really finding a way to get good solid news we think is important I mean trying to find reputable news sources or magazines is really helpful versus getting caught up in what everyone calls the fake news if you will but you know uh get involved with Community discussions or forums talk to friends don't be so judgmental when someone has a certain opinion on a news article but really finding a balance there because it is important to stay up to date it is I believe it really is important to stay up to date but like you said it's also can be all consuming we do have some retirees that watch the news Chann channels and you can watch the news channels now 24 hours a day so uh we do have some folks that are doing that which isn't probably the healthiest the next one is well before you do that one of the what's that I interrupted you I get a good comment um we stepped away we have stepped away from watching the news in a in a big way so we'll watch the evening news for I don't know 35 minutes we watch some things on um well Evan your daughter told us to watch NPR well listen that's a podcast it's a podcast so we we we get some news that way but um staying informed about local events or Community changes we kind of stepped away from that we jumped back in you found out about this great concert taking place and then you signed up for it and it was full yeah I mean literally the day I saw it which means it probably was out there before yeah so I think the whole idea of current events is really important things happening in your community so I didn't mean to interrupt you but I didn't want to forget that okay I think the next thing that we heard a lot about from everybody was planning regular family events or Gatherings you know now you have the time to organize events and birthdays and anniversaries and really start to create traditional Traditions like annual family picnics or you know um different things you could do with grandchildren either in groups or select one at a time I mean that's really something fun that you can um really jump into I think yeah we have Thanksgiving um in Florida this Thanksgiving couple weeks couple weeks and we've got five of our six kids coming with their partners and um the grandkids are not going to make it but we can't wait for that and we make it special and we make it a lot of fun and they all have their favorite food here and little gifts and we take a lot of pictures so that we can have really good memories for um for the future um you know investing in self-care is really really important a lot of people don't take time to do that you what it shouldn't have been number 20 it shouldn't have been last no it shouldn't it really shouldn't because now is the time you can dedicate for relaxation and meditation and deep breathing and different things like that if you can afford to get a massage once in a while um you know do yoga on the beach you got to get your health checkups I I know I um I think we'll leave a link below we have a a free yeah Health checkup worksheet is really great so you can download that we'll put that in the comments below but you know you want to engage in activities that stimulate your mind puzzles games right you have to get adequate sleep and rest we have the aura ring so we track our sleep the first thing we talk about in the morning is well just how you do what are your numbers you guys have been patient our top five retirement tips number one you have to have a plan y you need a short long-term plan you need 5 10 15 20 years or more out you know my my plan is to be physically independent at the age of 90 you You' heard me say that before so that is what drives me to get up and exercise every single day and we start each day with a plan that's a good segue to the second big tip exercise exercise exercise exercise exercise it's the number one thing that we can do for ourselves to be healthy and if you're not exercising now keep it simple walk out the front door walk 10 minutes one way and come back and do that for 5 days and then go 15 minutes and then do 20 minutes for a week so you got to do that the third top tip is you've got to build a community of people you've whether it's your family you reach out to whether it's Friends new friends neighbors re-engaging with old work friends number three is you've got to build community and the fourth tip would be healthy habits really review your habits you know think about can you limit your alcohol can you stop any bad habits I mean you stopped cigar smoking you pretty much eliminated chocolate chip cookies pretty much eliminated what do you mean pretty much you bought them yesterday and I haven't had one yet and you're going to throw them out I'm having them and you know keeping ahead of better nutrition you know eliminating your bad foods and making sure you're eating what makes you feel good I was thinking about this this morning healthy habits or food alcohol whatever it is I drink very little now so if you can try going for two weeks let's just say two weeks no alcohol uh change your nutritions try to eat healthy try to get good sleep it's amazing how much sleep you can get when you don't have any alcohol yes try it for two weeks see how you feel just see if you feel any different because that's what's happened to me if I have a glass of wine I feel like crap the next day I've gotten so used to not having one glass yeah yeah but but anyway all right the the fifth thing is to give back you know volunteer start or get a dog Ruby really like that one volunteer or start a company you know during our career we got fulfillment out of our job but volunteering is a great way to replace that right um and if you're married in a relationship have fun have fun with each other look how much fun we're having and doing this right sorry about flexible with each other you know she's brand new we run into trouble here at times together as a couple but try to find ways to have fun yes some of this was ser ious and it can affect your quality of life and other things are just downright important but all of it is to make this next phase of Life exciting and fun so we hope you enjoyed this and if you did this next video top tips for living longer in retirement on that video we talk not only about living longer but almost as important as living healthier so watch this one next

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Dave Ramsey’s Retirement Planning Advice Is Flawed: Here is How

Dave Ramsey is fantastic if you are needing some 
simple financial help to get out of debt maybe   you've been irresponsible with your money you've 
racked up toxic Consumer Debt and you're looking   to implement some basic strategies to eliminate 
that debt and to create new habits for yourself   when it comes to your money Dave has impacted 
millions of people when it comes to getting out   of debt when it comes to understanding money on a 
very basic level uh in a better way the challenge   is what has happened is Dave has helped millions 
of people get out of debt and in that process he's   built a lot of trust up with that people and so 
then therefore they start listening to him for   retirement advice for planning for the retirement 
future and in this video what I'm going to do is   I'm going to cover the flaw the major flaw that 
is in Dave Ramsey's retirement strategies I'm   not gonna argue whether he's right or wrong 
about returns but I am going to point out the   massive flaw that most people are missing that 
he never talks about can't wait to get into it   if you haven't already make sure you subscribe and 
hit the Bell that way you're notified every time   I launch a new video Let's Go hey what's going 
on cash flow hackers it's Chris with life 180.   if you've been watching this channel a while you 
know how I feel about Dave Ramsey um but I want   to kind of take the conversation about Dave to 
a little bit of a different level in this video   um here's the deal Dave is really good when it 
helps you when it comes to helping you get out   of debt but his advice on retirement planning 
is is absolutely in my opinion atrocious one of   the biggest challenges that I have about Dave and 
his strategies is that he's been singing the same   song for 30 years right he has not changed his 
philosophies his strategies he hasn't really even   changed the numbers that he uses when it comes to 
retirement planning and the expectations that you   should have around your entire your retirement 
planning even though the economic environment   has changed metamorphically right so if you 
understand that there are variables that impact   your money and impact what you can expect in 
retirement you have to understand that there are   no simple rules that Dave tries to tell you like 
Dave tries to tell you to follow to execute now   I will say um that you know the advice Dave gives 
is like it's better than nothing like that I will   say it's better than doing nothing and it's better 
than what most people do but I also believe that   it's it's a problem that if you follow his advice 
expecting a certain result and then you get to the   end of the rainbow and there's no pot of gold and 
you're actually not anywhere near you where you   thought you'd be that's going to be a problem once 
again we're not talking about the debt elimination   stuff we're talking about which by the way is a 
phenomenal thing to understand that and get out   of debt like so from that perspective I applaud 
him now moving forward when we're talking about   wealth creation that's where he falls down when 
it comes to retirement planning what I did is I   built a spreadsheet because I think numbers say 
a million words spreadsheet you know we can go   through this and what I'm going to do is I'm going 
to share this so here's what I wanted to do here   I wanted to take a look at a household income 
of about a hundred thousand dollars in today's   money I want to save 15 of that income annually 
I'm going to assume an expected return of 10 per   year okay so what this does is like Dave is going 
to sit here and talk about the fact that you need   to save money based on retirement you need to to 
Target retirement account values based on your   hundred thousand dollars a year of income the 
challenge is Dave doesn't take into this into   account when he's ever talking about it I don't 
know why either I don't know why if he if he   thinks people just aren't smart enough to figure 
it out but to me this is just basic Financial   stuff that you need to know the understanding 
of you need to understand to be able to make an   educated decision if you don't understand how in 
inflation impacts your financial needs long term   you're never going to be able to make a good 
financial decision and especially that we're   in this environment right now where inflation is 
4.9 percent last year it was over nine percent   long term since 1971 inflation has been over 
four percent actually nearing four and a half   percent so like from that perspective looking at 
it from a long-term historical average this 4.9   inflation environment that we're in right now that 
everybody's freaking out about is not even high   it's just a little bit above average now a lot of 
people would argue that inflation is actually way   worse than what we're talking about right now 
because the actual impact on the calculation of   inflation uh the the impact is is much greater and 
worse on individual households uh than what the   calculation says because they've actually changed 
the calculation over the past 40 years on how they   determine the inflation numbers which to me is 
Criminal on its own but here's the deal we have uh   we have the hundred thousand dollars of income so 
what I have over here is I have um the retirement   account balance needed to live with a four percent 
rule so if you don't know what the four percent   rule is it's the rule of thumb that says you can 
distribute four percent of your retirement account   value and not run a significant risk of running 
out of money during your lifetime so that is like   the safe distribution calculation expectation so 
what this is showing is that if you had a hundred   thousand dollars of income you need 2.6 million 
dollars um actually it's a hundred four thousand I   didn't do it for year one if you get to year two 
and um you know your real need on four percent   inflation is going to be a hundred four thousand 
because your cost of living with inflation going   up it means you're going to need more money 
it needs your hundred four thousand dollars   next year with four percent inflation is gonna 
feel like a hundred thousand dollars of income   Fields today the challenge is household income 
historically is only going up in about three   percent so it's lagging actual inflation and this 
is why the middle class and the poor are getting   poor and there's this growing divide between the 
wealthy and the middle class it's not so much   other economic policies even though that has a 
play with it long-term inflation is the greatest   tax that is hidden to the American population and 
it has a hugely negative impact uh on the middle   class and lower class the most right so ultimately 
this column is what I would call your freedom   number your freedom number is simply the amount 
of money that you need in an account to be able   to retire to be able to be completely financially 
free and so right now use using traditional four   percent rule methodology and now I'm not taking 
into account Social Security or pension or   anything of that nature so if in fact you did 
have a pension if in fact you want to lean on   social security for any reason you'd have to look 
at your calculation and reduce those off of this   number and then you divide that by four percent 
and that will give you uh this number so if you   said let's say you had fifty four thousand dollars 
of pension and social security you'd subtract that   out that'd be fifty thousand divided by uh divided 
by the uh four percent and that would get you what   your uh Freedom number would be it would tell you 
how much money you need in that account to be able   to kick off passive income for you for the rest 
of your life now here's the challenge as I said   household income is only going up at three percent 
and Dave is saying hey you need to save 15 even if   we earn 10 which is by the way wildly unrealistic 
right I'm showing this at at 10 and it shows you   at 6.561 million here but really that's because 
of the fact that it's assuming that you're going   to have a 281 thousand dollar uh need for annual 
income now here's the deal your income is going   up at three percent per year that 283 35 years 
from now because I'm assuming it's a 35 year old   retiring at 65.

Dave doesn't talk about the fact 
that if you earn 100 Grand right now you're going   to need 281 to be able to maintain your standard 
of living that's not 281 000 in today's money   that's 281 000 in future money right I just did 
a video the other day talking about uh inflation   and the inflation crisis and ultimately how that's 
going to impact you um and and how that's like the   history of this inflation and and where it looks 
what it looks like moving forward into the future   um but this 281 by the way is assuming only 
a three percent increase at a four percent   historical average of inflation if we look at 
it that way you're going to actually need 394   000 and if you back that out you're going to need 
9 million 865 000 and the problem is all of your   Social Security cost of living adjustments cost 
of living increases they don't keep up with the   actual rate of inflation so the need for you 
to take more responsibility for your retirement   planning is becoming greater and greater and 
greater and as as inflation keeps going up this is   a way if you think about it from a social security 
perspective this is a way that the government's   able to kind of save Social Security if they 
can inflate the currency of four percent and   devalue the currency but then only give you cost 
of living adjustments at two percent that means   they're recapturing that money and saving the 
program simply by the way they're doing that but   ultimately they're stealing that money from you 
through a hidden tax the problem is Dave doesn't   talk about all this and what he does is he talks 
about your need for this money he talks about   saving a million dollars and I got news for you 
you could save three million dollars and if you   get to uh retirement and you have three million 
dollars but you need to live on 281 000 a year   you are going to be up the creek without a paddle 
you're not going to be prepared and you're not   going to be in a position um you know ultimately 
where you're you know going to be able to uh   have a a solid situation you know that's that's 
really what it comes down to you're not going   to have any kind of predictable income you're not 
going to have any stability uh you know and you're   ultimately going to have a lot of risk especially 
when it comes to Market risk sequence of return   risk and and just Market volatility risk when 
it comes to your retirement if you if you follow   his plan you're going to be under saved when it 
comes to retirement simply because you didn't give   enough credibility to the impact that inflation 
is going to have on your future needs because   think about it this way everything I just showed 
you was a 10 assumption I could show you a lot of   ways that 10 is completely unrealistic especially 
when you talk about actual real returns I would   say six to eight percent is is the more realistic 
expectation and even then there's some risk   involved right so if we if we back that out what 
what that would look like at even eight percent   which is I think the more I guess traditional 
method that most financial advisors would say   you could get from a long-term perspective if 
you look at eight percent you're only going to   have just over four million dollars that's about 
at retirement 35 years from now for a 30 year old   right when you hit 65 so in that scenario you're 
still looking at only accumulating about half of   the money that you're going to need just to 
maintain your standard of living I don't care   how much you have in Social Security or pension 
it's probably not going to make up that Gap   and you're going to have to take a reduction in 
standard of living even if you follow his advice   and have no car payment and have no mortgage or 
anything like that it that that doesn't matter   that that's not gonna make up for the Gap that in 
inflation has caused for a problem for you and so   that's something that you need to consider so my 
encouragement to you is to go through your plan   figure out what inflation is going to do to your 
retirement planning needs and if you want help   with this I've got a team I've got a certified 
financial planner on the team that's happy to walk   through this give you a consultation walk through 
your needs walk through your current plan and and   give you an analysis and an evaluation on what you 
need to do moving forward to reach your goals on   a predictable basis one of the things I always 
ask I always ask people four questions first and   foremost doing what you're currently doing do you 
know what rate of return your money needs to earn   to be able to retire when you want and guarantee 
your standard of living for the rest of your life   if you don't know the answer to that question then 
everything else is going to blow up you can't plan   accordingly if you don't know the answer to 
that question second question is if you if you   don't know that number the question is do you know 
how much more money you have to save to be able   to retire at your desired standard of living and 
be able to retire when you want and if you don't   know the answer to that which most people don't 
I've literally met one person in my life that   actually knew those numbers ahead of time then 
you start backing it out and go okay how much   longer are you going to have to work if you get 
to retirement age and you haven't met that and you   still need to work well a lot of people they have 
to work an extra decade just to make it make ends   meet right people are thinking they're going to be 
able to retire at 65 but they have to work till 75   or 77 or 78 it's it's really just a sad situation 
but then the challenges our health a lot of times   sometimes sadly unfortunately fails on us we don't 
when you hit 65 there's no there's no promises   there's no guarantees heck there's no guarantees 
anyway but especially when you hit 65 our health   starts to fail like and for most Americans most 
people in this world Health starts to decline at   least and there's start to be different needs our 
bodies break down maybe your body isn't going to   be as capable of doing the job that you did for 
all those years to earn your income and so now   you have to start being like even if I wanted to 
keep working what is my real earning potential am   I really going to keep being able to do that or 
if I get sick what kind of reduction in standard   of living am I going to have to take just to be 
able to last the rest of my life and not run out   of money right and so these are the things that 
you need to consider if you haven't already like   I would encourage you to really do a deep dive 
because my favorite favorite quote in the world   I think and it's kind of tongue-in-cheek but just 
because the ostrich buries his head in the sand   doesn't mean the Lion's Den or plans have changed 
right this this is your problem this retirement   thing is a real problem it's a it's a thing that 
you need to figure out a solution to and you need   to create a plan for as good as Dave is at helping 
you get out of debt he's not great at helping   you plan for your future um and and his his 
information while it seems great because it's kind   of geared towards the masses it's actually in my 
opinion it's it's super detrimental to most people   that are listening to them because you're going to 
get to the end of the rainbow there's a going to   be no pot of gold you're going to find out you got 
to work longer if you're healthy enough to do so   or you're going to have to reduce your standard 
of living because you didn't take some of these   variables into consideration so anyway hopefully 
you found value in that if you did please like it   share it get it out there to people subscribe 
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6 Retirement Essentials (Most people only prepared 2 or 3)

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 
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MooMoo ad using my link in the description below   now back to the video the fourth essential 
thing that 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

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Retired at 38: 5 strong reasons to retire as soon as you can (Retirement Planning)

so early retirement has actually improved our 
health so much that I actually think we'll be   avoiding higher health care costs down the line 
that may actually lead into our retirement funds   and then early retirement has also allowed us 
to achieve a state of intuitive living which   has been absolutely awesome financially the 
conventional wisdom is that early retirement   could potentially be disastrous but frankly 
I think so far two years into retirement that   our early retirement has been great for us 
financially these plus two or three more are   just some of the very strong reasons why I would 
Advocate that anyone considering retirement should   do so as early as possible let me explain why 
down below hey I'm Jean and for the past two   years I've been retired in Bali Indonesia 
with my husband today I wanted to discuss   about all these reasons why I think retiring 
as early as you can is a brilliant idea [Music]   so Health basically don't wait till it's too late 
I think that when most people think about health   and retirement planning they just kind of hope 
and assume that they will be in good health when   they enter retirement and then that they pray it 
remains status quo until the end but I guess most   of us pre-retirement might be involved in jobs 
that might be high stress with long hours at   the desk and then naturally Fitness just isn't 
what ideally it should be so all my life I've   been struggling with skin rashes and allergies and 
these issues tend to pop up every time my immunity   gets low because I'm stressed I'm tired I'm taxed 
but truly in the two years since we have been   retired the manifestation of all these problems 
have just gone down so much in retirement mode   I'm happily keeping very fit doing all the things 
that I know of like surfing walking the dog with   the hubby eating better overall probably further 
down the line maybe I might be avoiding higher   healthcare costs having this health is actually 
so much wealth it allows you to live life to the   fullest because frankly all the stuff that you 
want to do in your enjoyment of Life probably   involves a lot of Health you want to travel 
you want to scale that mountain at Sunrise to   see that incredible view you need your help even 
just to enjoy good food if you like us you like   to eat you need your health I mean I know so many 
people who have dietary restrictions because of   high cholesterol or diabetes improving health is 
actually one of the biggest and strongest reasons   why you should retire early so the second big 
reason for wanting to retire ASAP is actually   intuitive living basically intuitive living is 
really connecting with yourself and listening to   your garden stings and your feelings as to stuff 
like eating and rest and meditation relationships   even your spending habits perhaps I don't know 
how it is for you guys but I was generally living   my life governed by a lot of shirts right I 
mean I should be at the office by 9am so that   I won't piss off the bosses I should stay in 
the office stay late and postpone my workout   postpone dinner so I can meet the deadline set by 
my clients I should carry branded Handbags and of   course I should be a corporate lawyer I mean why 
would I want to be anything else right finally   in retirement we are free from the demands of the 
pursuit of money to listen to ourselves to truly   tune in and understand what is the optimum cause 
in life you can chart you really want to wake up   every day without an alarm clock naturally because 
you've had enough sleep you want to eat only   enough and not too much I mean you want to make 
better choices food wise intuitive exercise you   know you're doing what really only appeals to you 
maybe you don't like sweating in the afternoons   so then you know get a gym membership or play 
indoor record Sports whatever works for you I   only wish that more people have the opportunity 
to experience living life this way intuitively   away from the entanglements and distractions 
from regular running the hands the real life   the third reason why you might want to retire 
as soon as possibly is just that the earlier   you retire the more time you gain in life I 
mean if you think about it most of us live   life as though we are invincible as if life 
itself will never run out and therefore we do   things like squander our time or sell it away too 
cheaply in exchange for material things we each   only have so long to live right and the money you 
make in your lifetime you can't bring that with   you when you go home so well might as well you'll 
be the one to spend it when you can right Society   feeds us like so many different narratives 
about success and what it should look like   but actually I think success is really not 
about the achievements per se but it's just   really a Feeling and I like to think that at 
the end of our Lives when we're there in our   last dying moments what we'll be thinking 
about probably wouldn't be like stuff like   oh I closed that three billion dollar deal I 
think it would more be along the lines of like   I had good friends and I loved my family I had 
a good life you know I ate good food I laughed   Lots I took care of my kids and my dog stuff like 
that so don't squander the time that we each have   maybe you have personal goals that you really 
want to achieve stuff like learning Spanish or   scaling the Great Wall of China or just 
watching your kids grow up that's just a   million places that are better to spend your 
time at then at a job which you don't really   particularly care for and which maybe you're just 
doing just cause that's what everyone else is   before we move on a big thank you to 
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retirement is making YouTube videos when we   first started skillshare was instrumental 
in teaching us so many of the basics like   videography storytelling and more till today 
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audience really changed our perspectives on what   we were creating back then for the better of 
course we've gone from like 40 Subs to the 143   000 Subs of today and from time to time I still 
pull up sorel's worksheet when I'm creating   my videos just to check that I'm on track for 
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new move a step closer to your 2023 goals reason   number four the earlier you start your retirement 
the better you'll get at it with every other   change in life we expect that we all need time to 
learn how to do it well so things like becoming   apparent for the first time even if like us it's 
just a fur kid or transitioning from being a   student to being a working adult and then there's 
the transition from being and actively working   adult to retirement mode it seems ridiculous and 
silly even at first I mean it's like saying who   doesn't know how to spend their free time right 
but if you actually truly observe things around   you retirement Falls really differently for 
different people we all know the people who   have retired and in their retirement seem a 
little lost lonely left behind and uninspired   and then there's the other kind of retired people 
right the ones who go like when we're talking that   I'm gonna grab Life by the balls and Max things 
out a big part of that may actually be the point   in life at which you retire whether at that point 
where you retire you still have your zest your   Zeal your energy your health your Fitness to help 
you max out the happiness potential of that free   time and freedom in retirement and then there's 
the thought that retirement supposed to stretch   out for a few good years at least right if not 
for a few decades and doing that requires skills   you know you need so many different skills to 
have a successful retirement I think that's a   topic for another day but basically you need time 
to learn those skills whether it's Financial money   management or social skills you know building 
relationships and stuff but basically you need   time to get all that down pat in order to have 
a successful retirement so then the earlier you   retire the better usually you will probably 
turn out for you so the last and possibly the   most controversial point I think that early 
retirement could possibly be great for you   financially and this is controversial because it's 
directly opposite to what a lot of the experts say   right you retire too early there's so much risk 
that you miscalculate your finances or that world   events take an unexpected turn and then you know 
things go belly up and then you're destitute in   your last years but I mean underlying all that 
seems to be this assumption that in retirement   we're all just going to be like one dead lazy log 
and I think that these days especially if you're   an early retiree that is just so not true maybe 
like us with YouTube in our retirement in your   own retirement maybe you'll learn new skills pick 
up new side hustles and stay busy doing something   that you're doing for the love of it for the fun 
not for the money but having the money come in as   a result of your side hustle is a nice bonus and 
you know what it becomes an additional buffer for   your later years so retiring early also allows you 
to take advantage of things like dual Arbitrage   Right Moving overseas to improve your financial 
situation and yeah so like us I'm from Singapore   but I'm now retired here in Bali Indonesia we're 
not just here because life is more affordable but   the fact is that our retirement sums in fact our 
whole entire retirement is only possible because   living here is so much more affordable as compared 
to back home you know this wouldn't be possible at   all if we retiredly and ended up having health 
concerns right mobility issues for example   retiring early and then using the time to keep up 
with current affairs learning hedging strategies   to minimize risk learning how to diversify our 
Investment Portfolio I feel that the time in our   retirement has been well spent to actually make 
us more resilient and the fact that we retired so   early also means that if anything goes badly up 
time and youth are on our side if our financial   planning for retirement had just sucked or you 
know things unexpectedly go failure so prepare you   know if we have to U-turn and go back to work or 
maybe start another business it's not a big deal   and then we'll go off Marshall the resources 
that we lack and then we'll come back again   and second time around third time around will 
definitely be better each time at doing this   so in terms of confidence and the feeling of 
resilience that we will be able to make this   last all the way I think that starting 
early doing it early diving into it and   understanding the parameters the potential 
the boundaries of what we face in retirement   actually really really helps well guys so 
these are the few takeaways from our last   two years living in retirement here in Bali and 
I mean if you have any thoughts or objections or   contributions to the points that I've made in 
this video I'll love to hear them let's start   a little discussion in the comments below you 
guys have a good week ahead wherever you are   and let's chat again next Saturday thank you 
for watching and bye-bye have a good weekend

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Live your Best Life with the Best Retirement Advice You’ll Ever Get!!

we've been researching and living retirement for about 5 years now and we learned a lot about what works and quite frankly what doesn't work and we you know coached a lot of people and we get a lot of comments on our YouTube channel so there's a lot of people who enter this phase really unprepared and then they just wander around and end up bored and even depressed you know without the right strategies you're missing out on the joys and opportunities that retirement can offer to you so today we're going to give you the top 20 pieces of advice from ourselves but also from so many of our clients who are having a really great time in retirement that they describe as super successful and make sure you stay till the end because we're also going to throw in our top five retirement tips can't wait to get to that yeah exactly listen if you're new here I'm jod and this is my husband Mark now we don't focus on the financial aspects of retirement but really what we do focus on is lifestyle Health relation relationships and so much more we hope you like our videos and if you do please share them with someone you care about and definitely like them as you're on your way down your retirement Journey so let's talk a little bit about our journey for the last 5 years because we don't want you all to think just because we have a YouTube channel that we have it all figured out we do in many regards but I I would say the the one thing that we're doing really well is working at it we do yeah I would say that we work at it every day almost to the point where sometimes you know how you work at something so long that sometimes you're like okay I'm going to take a pause on this every once in a while I'll have to call the pause yeah and and I don't want to give away our five tips but the one thing that you and I have going for us well there's really 10 things but I only want to focus on one now is our communication yeah you know we don't always agree nor do we always get along well we always communicate yeah you know we really do give each other respect the space to have an opinion um and you know we're human beings and living together can have its challenges absolutely but we I think the big thing for us is experimenting we don't always agree we don't always get along but we always reset and regroup and what's what else am I looking to say well sometimes I think we also just do what I said just take a pause right I mean sometimes you have to just kind of step away to go back at it with fresh eyes yeah so you know we keep we do keep track of what's working and what isn't working for us and you know what worked for us for all the years that we were married that we were working may not work for us now so we've had to adapt a few things for sure you know when we were working it was I'm not going to say it was easier but there was so much going on there really was no downtime right now we have downtime and we need to make sure we're we're doing it the right way y so you might be wondering why do you even need to think this Harden retirement well we have people say that to us all the time you know you guys make it sound like it's so much work in retirement that's when you're supposed to have no work right well what we found out is our retirement other people's retirements are successful and they're happy because they spend a little bit of time working on things right now by the way we've got a whole bunch of free downloads but we're going to put a link below to one it's a health and wellness checklist we want you to get that download and use that to kind of reset your health in retirement that's really really important so let's jump into some of the best retirement advice we've heard from RE reies thus far and again stay till the end where we'll do our top five retirement tips okay first thing stay active first thing always what staying active it is it's one of our first things we always say I can't emphasize this enough now we have a new puppy who is in the background is he eating something well just a dresser no he's eating a knob on a dresser maybe you should grab him but staying active it's her uh yeah it's a her so we'll bring her up um you get to see Ruby this but uh staying Physically Active it boosts your mood it boosts your health you know walking walking walking our dog is always helpful but we're both pretty big fans of some regular type of exercise Absolut and you need to do that yep yep and you know we read a great book called outlived by Dr Peter ATA and he talks a lot about exercising being the best medicine for longevity okay you can't lick the microphone all right second thing nutrition you've really got to understand what it is that you put into your mouth you know my mom said that when I was a kid but as we get older you know there are changing nutritional needs that we need to be aware of and you got to have a good balance of fruits vegetables lean proteins and whole grains absolutely and you know you have to also stay hydrated you know you have to limit your intake of sugary or processed foods and definitely make sure that you're Consulting a nutritionist I think or a dietitian even of sorts and make it fun in the kitchen you know explore some new recipes or Cuisines to keep your meals exciting and nutritious yeah you do good with that because you're really our cook I'm really appetizers Ambiance and clean up well we've moved from Strictly meat and potatoes and gravies I I call it comfort food to more of a Mediterranean diet so we don't do much beef we do a lot of chicken we do a lot of fish having fish tonight right um a lot of vegetables and we feel better because of that the exercise and nutrition really makes us feel great absolutely so the next thing is really to just you know our retirees tell us all the time you know continuous and constant learning keeps our brains active and really keeps us sharp and keeps us young yeah and you know retirement offers you the freedom to explore new hobbies or skills or go to the library when was the last time you're in a library you know it's amazing to walk I love walking through bookstores but walk through a library is even more fun because it just massive and there's so many different sections you can get lost in there forever right and you know I think that uh local community centers like uh got down here in Florida they've got all of these nature preserves they just kind of fun to go walks Serenity walks and different things another thing that's really important and the fourth tip today is socializing you really got to make sure you're getting out and making new connections there are a lot of people in the same boat that you're in right that want to meet new people down here in Florida we're just really getting so much better at putting ourselves out there Y where you can volunteer join a club um I and it's not that hard you know I think we make socialization as we age a lot harder than it really needs to be it's like almost like we build up these walls around how am I going to get invited or who am I going to know or what am I going to say and you know really it's just a matter of putting yourself out there and being you I mean you you are very interesting and what we always tell our kids is it's important to be both interesting when you're socializing and interested so you know have your battery of questions kind of lined up that you're going to you know say to people when you're in Social settings a lot a lot of it is easier than you think so that's all about meeting new people and networking so to speak uh the other thing the fifth tip is nurturing your current relationships we get that a lot from our retirees what's that that need to do this once they are retire I mean whether it's your children or your old colleagues at work or your relatives or high school friends or college friends these are people that at one point in your life were probably pretty close to you will reach out and find out what they're doing look for them on Facebook or whatever but don't be afraid they're probably wondering if they're retired as well gosh I I wonder where my high school friends are and when you call them I guarantee you they're going to be like oh my gosh I can't believe it just called and you have the most wonderful conversation so I also think that in the nurturing relationship bucket Mark I I also think it's a time where you can really sit back and address any unresolved conflicts that you might have whether that's with family or old friends or you know old neighbors or colleagues you know it's a good time to be able to address all of that for sure okay um staying financially Savvy lot of the lot of our clients and ourselves and people leave comments that you know how much money can I spend spend should I downsize or rent when should I take Social Security or my pension you know we have a great tool that we um came in contact with through new retirement and it's actually a um a portal where you can connect all your bank accounts and it actually pulls everything and it shows how much you're spending it shows you what might happen if you downst it's a really cool too it's it's like a scenario plan yeah so we'll put that down below but these are all questions that people have you need to get the answers so either a financial planner or um your accountant or using this tool but you know having a regular budget can be helpful because you kind of know how much you can spend right um I think the other thing that we see a lot of because we get it all the time too is being really careful about scams oh I know you know this thing where people call up and say that uh it's it's an email and or they'll say is this Mark Rollins and you say yes and then they have your yes there so there's a lot of those things that are happening good financial adviser and really understanding your finances is really important okay the next thing I would say and and I didn't do this as much during my career but I've really taken this on um and with some advice from our retirees is prioritizing your mental health your mental health and wellness is so important it's critical and almost as crucial as your physical health right uhoh Ruby's getting adventurous Ruby's getting out of hand um you know meditation I talk about meditation a lot lot I talk about journeying a lot and you know five five or six years ago I started meditating and if you asked me the day before I was meditating would I ever do it I would I would have said no yeah but it really is a lifesaver now it really helps me every morning to kind of get myself set for the day journaling gets my ideas and my feelings out on a piece of paper it really has helped me tremendously be more calm and in the moment for whatever comes our way absolutely and you know what I I remember you and I remember you the day before you started and and you really that's a true statement you never would have done it if if you didn't you know kind of feel like you had to do it at that point okay the next thing I would say is um you know our retirees these days are really embracing technology you know it offers a great tool to stay connected and informed and even entertained and then there's you know the platforms like Zoom or Skype that allow you to do virtual meetups with family family members we just yesterday gave our grandson Luca his fifth birthday present oh yeah via Zoom they're in California they're in California and we're here in Florida and we had the present all set it was all ready you know we had it all kind of concealed his eyes were covered and um that was really the only way we were able to celebrate so I think it was good that we were able to do that and they're able to do it you know back with us I mean I think Luka could zoom or Skype us probably without his parents well on the way to school a lot in the morning uh Jonathan will give Luca his phone and luuka and I will have a conversation on the way to school which is fun so there's um there's a lot you can do with technology and I I find that when people are struggling with technology they're struggling with life so really investing some time and learning how to use your phone right learning how to use your computer it really is important I think the next you know the next thing our retirees tell us is you know you know travel and explore you know traveling provides such EXP exposure to new cultures you know I know we've got a safari coming up at the end of next year we're both a little nervous about um but new cultures new foods new experiences and even some local trips some stations but going to the next town over I know I had a hard time saying that the other day but the next town over can be really fun and it keeps you busy so you can plan a trip you can research trips we we've we've now seen recently there's a lot of travel agents that specialize in trips for solo not solos solo retirees or solo people individual people so you go on a vacation with 10 people who are all there on their own right and you know the travel agent does a pretty good job we hear of making sure that you're all the same um you know you're you're going to the same place for the same reason and that you'll pretty much get along so that's great so more advice from our um retirees that we've been kind of investigating and calculating this is always a favorite re-evaluate your living situation and you know what I mean by that is you know consider your proximity to you know family to friends to Health Care Facilities to your doctors to your favorite recreational areas you know re-evaluate if where you are here today is where you really want to be or need to be as you move through your retirement yeah I think that's really important because there are so many options for you today to live and again it's not just about downsizing which I think we're going to talk about in a minute but it's really where do you live and how are you living we we always talk about wanting to end up as we get older being there one of our kids and we have six it's just hard but they haven't really we're not necessarily on the same page on this one what do you mean well I mean I think it would be great but I like who do you pick how do you pick what do you do I I'm not going to say it on here but I know who I'm going to pick okay I want to be taken care of okay I know who she is oops did I say that okay so the the next thing is downsizing or rightsizing your home so this has Financial connotations but it also has a tremendous amount of um psychological stumbling blocks that you need to get over in order to even think about downsizing and the first place to start instead of just saying I don't want to talk about it with your partner you have to talk about it I think that's really the first thing we have a lot of people who are frustrated with this topic because they're spouse or partner don't want to talk about it well well the retirees that we spoke to for this video said you know this is a scary and dangerous topic right downsizing you know decluttering is a little bit easier than downsizing downsizing means you're thinking of making a big move right and if you're both not on the same page it becomes divisive so you know the retirees uh that we talked to said this is good advice to start to bring up early in your retirement really planning the seeds you know where do you stand on on this you know is simplifying something that's going to lead to less stress or are you the house that everyone comes to and and we've done and that's fine too we've done uh several videos on this topic of downsizing there's another one that says if downsizing isn't right for you some things that you can do really the process here is to simplify your life you're now in a phase of your life where you've got more free time you can travel so will Trading houses up or down make your life simple right so right and it's you know it's a therapeutic process and speaking of a therapeutic process the next thing that everyone says helps them so much is beginning the process of decluttering right and that oh my gosh we we try to declutter all the time it gives you mental Clarity it makes your home safer and there's so many emotional but what's so funny I'm laughing because if we try to declutter all the time where's the Clutter coming from I don't well yeah the first thing is to stop buying stuff right yeah exactly because you know take the Amazon app off of your phone because you know when you declutter you know and then you declutter again and again you got to start saying to yourself where is it all coming from well I I mean you can start with a closet you can start with a dresser and you know there's a lot of gems inside your closet and your dresser that other people can use if you're not using I mean if you're not if you haven't worn a c outfit for 2 years get rid of it yeah you're never going to wear it again the other thing is when you when you take a look at an item in your closet if you wouldn't buy that new today get rid of it right you know so you know you don't need your suits anymore your work clothes if you've retired so decluttering can really be fun we did we've done a lot of videos on that too you know this next um item a lot of our retirees really felt uh strongly about and and that is to document your legacy you know sharing your life stories is such a gift to all the future Generations in your world you know writing or recording or even creating digital albums you know can be great methods of documenting your legacy and this is the one thread I think that I heard that just everyone spoke about with passion there's a good friend of mine um who is a a grandmother she's got three children and five grand grandchilden and she writes a letter I think she writes two letters a year to each grandchild every year she's been doing that since the kids were born and she's telling them stories she's sharing with them a little bit about her um her preferences or political background uh you know how she feels about certain current events that are going on right now it's really going to be an amazing gift to give to these kids to be able to have a letter from their grandma mother from 20 years ago about some current event that was happening and how it's making her feel so it really is a neat project that she's done yep well you just saw Ruby or maybe you did but adopting a pet you know it gives this is controversial with retirees actually okay you know because and I didn't mean to interrupt you I know I'm going to get hit with comments on stop interrupting it's typically me that interrupts you that's what the comments say but um you know adopting a pet or rescuing a pet or somehow putting that type of love and companionship into your life gives you so much the flip side and I guess where I'd say it becomes controversial is you have to be you know ready for it you have to have you know the financial wherewithal to handle it you have to have the bandwidth to handle the training the potty training the dog walking you have to have good physical activity and if you don't it's going to help you get there but you have to be ready for it and this one just kind of was like uh probably 7 25 a was interesting for us though we've had two dogs together before we had sugar um and we had little Max and we just got the dogs and we just brought them up the way we wanted to well because we were working we were still so now we have Ruby for three days and I said to jod why don't we do this differently why don't we find some YouTube channels and learn how to really train a dog well it's actually been really exciting for us because we're learning some things we never knew right and I think it's been really helpful for us and for little Ruby and for rucious yeah so having a Pet's great it well it's works for us and again it was kind of a controversial well there is a lot of love that comes back yep and there's just a lot of anxiety that comes with the love so all right the 15th tip you could join a club or start a club right so coffee uh with uh so for a man get one buddy have coffee once once a week bringing have him bring a guest and you bring a guest get up to like 10 people and have weekly coffee tell stories I I do that all the time and I love it so it's it's a really fun way to well let me say this it's important Jody and I have a business we're married we have kids we do a lot together but we do a fair amount apart too so I think that for everyone in retirement if you're solo you're solo but if you're a couple you got to have your own stuff yeah you got to have your own club you got to have your own group yep um you know the next thing is to seek out mentorship opportunities you know um again our retirees had a wealth of professional and life experiences and there's so much that they could share with younger Generations that they would engage in really meaningful guided conversations that helped build multigenerational connections for them and again they got pretty charged up about seek seeking out these opportunities you know Mark and I did that at the University of Hartford in one of the business classes where we kind of did a guest professorship for a day and then we actually took applications for um for students to mentor and it was a really fun year for us well the thing there's a couple things that happen first of all you're helping someone else but you feel fulfilled you know you feel like you have a sense of purpose uh by guiding others and the other thing is I'm going to go guide is get getting mentored by someone who's younger than you I mean I have two mentors we kind of Mentor each other one is my son and one is another young professional that I know but but I actually can learn a lot from them they have a different outlook on business they have a different outlook on life and it really has been helpful to me for sure so that that's been fun yeah it has sorry I had to step away um this was I thought an interesting one and this came from a a a pocket of our um friends and retirees that wanted to engage in artistic Pursuits um I would put myself in this area I haven't done it yet but exploring different art forums and painting and pottery you know our neighbor across the street Jen she does that every year whenever she gets down to Florida she joins last last year was Pottery this year it's painting drawing it's drawing drawing she joins um art classes and workshops and goes to the local community center and she loves it and that's something I think I would like to do cuz I don't do much for my artistic side but it gives you also um uh Arts a form of expression and emotional release and if you're into that at all it really is kind of fun to do that I mean this in a way what we're doing is Artistic Pursuits I mean we're shooting video and we're you know um you know building a little business but it it's uh it's fun I would I wouldn't say it's a hobby but we've had to learn so much so it's been kind of cool y on the other thing and we just did a Facebook live on this yesterday is um staying updated with current events you know we we did a a Facebook live yesterday in our in our community uh do you consume the news or is the news consuming you right so really finding a way to get good solid news we think is important I mean trying to find reputable news sources or magazines is really helpful versus getting caught up in what everyone calls the fake news if you will but you know uh get involved with Community discussions or forums talk to friends don't be so judgmental when someone has a certain opinion on a news article but really finding a balance there because it is important to stay up to date it is I believe it really is important to stay up to date but like you said it's also can be all consuming we do have some retirees that watch the news Chann channels and you can watch the news channels now 24 hours a day so uh we do have some folks that are doing that which isn't probably the healthiest the next one is well before you do that one of the what's that I interrupted you I get a good comment um we stepped away we have stepped away from watching the news in a in a big way so we'll watch the evening news for I don't know 35 minutes we watch some things on um well Evan your daughter told us to watch NPR well listen that's a podcast it's a podcast so we we we get some news that way but um staying informed about local events or Community changes we kind of stepped away from that we jumped back in you found out about this great concert taking place and then you signed up for it and it was full yeah I mean literally the day I saw it which means it probably was out there before yeah so I think the whole idea of current events is really important things happening in your community so I didn't mean to interrupt you but I didn't want to forget that okay I think the next thing that we heard a lot about from everybody was planning regular family events or Gatherings you know now you have the time to organize events and birthdays and anniversaries and really start to create traditional Traditions like annual family picnics or you know um different things you could do with grandchildren either in groups or select one at a time I mean that's really something fun that you can um really jump into I think yeah we have Thanksgiving um in Florida this Thanksgiving couple weeks couple weeks and we've got five of our six kids coming with their partners and um the grandkids are not going to make it but we can't wait for that and we make it special and we make it a lot of fun and they all have their favorite food here and little gifts and we take a lot of pictures so that we can have really good memories for um for the future um you know investing in self-care is really really important a lot of people don't take time to do that you what it shouldn't have been number 20 it shouldn't have been last no it shouldn't it really shouldn't because now is the time you can dedicate for relaxation and meditation and deep breathing and different things like that if you can afford to get a massage once in a while um you know do yoga on the beach you got to get your health checkups I I know I um I think we'll leave a link below we have a a free yeah Health checkup worksheet is really great so you can download that we'll put that in the comments below but you know you want to engage in activities that stimulate your mind puzzles games right you have to get adequate sleep and rest we have the aura ring so we track our sleep the first thing we talk about in the morning is well just how you do what are your numbers you guys have been patient our top five retirement tips number one you have to have a plan y you need a short long-term plan you need 5 10 15 20 years or more out you know my my plan is to be physically independent at the age of 90 you You' heard me say that before so that is what drives me to get up and exercise every single day and we start each day with a plan that's a good segue to the second big tip exercise exercise exercise exercise exercise it's the number one thing that we can do for ourselves to be healthy and if you're not exercising now keep it simple walk out the front door walk 10 minutes one way and come back and do that for 5 days and then go 15 minutes and then do 20 minutes for a week so you got to do that the third top tip is you've got to build a community of people you've whether it's your family you reach out to whether it's Friends new friends neighbors re-engaging with old work friends number three is you've got to build community and the fourth tip would be healthy habits really review your habits you know think about can you limit your alcohol can you stop any bad habits I mean you stopped cigar smoking you pretty much eliminated chocolate chip cookies pretty much eliminated what do you mean pretty much you bought them yesterday and I haven't had one yet and you're going to throw them out I'm having them and you know keeping ahead of better nutrition you know eliminating your bad foods and making sure you're eating what makes you feel good I was thinking about this this morning healthy habits or food alcohol whatever it is I drink very little now so if you can try going for two weeks let's just say two weeks no alcohol uh change your nutritions try to eat healthy try to get good sleep it's amazing how much sleep you can get when you don't have any alcohol yes try it for two weeks see how you feel just see if you feel any different because that's what's happened to me if I have a glass of wine I feel like crap the next day I've gotten so used to not having one glass yeah yeah but but anyway all right the the fifth thing is to give back you know volunteer start or get a dog Ruby really like that one volunteer or start a company you know during our career we got fulfillment out of our job but volunteering is a great way to replace that right um and if you're married in a relationship have fun have fun with each other look how much fun we're having and doing this right sorry about flexible with each other you know she's brand new we run into trouble here at times together as a couple but try to find ways to have fun yes some of this was ser ious and it can affect your quality of life and other things are just downright important but all of it is to make this next phase of Life exciting and fun so we hope you enjoyed this and if you did this next video top tips for living longer in retirement on that video we talk not only about living longer but almost as important as living healthier so watch this one next

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Is a Retirement Bucket Strategy Right for You?

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.

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