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Calculating the Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth?

The Expected Value Method

  • Break your time out by task.
  • Find a unit of measurement that connects the tasks you work on with the income you earn.
  • Estimate the expected value of each task.
  • Add all the expected values together to calculate the total expected value of your time.
  • Add extra variables as desired, like how much happiness a particular task brings to your life.

This method is highly individualized.

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Net Worth = Assets - Liabilities

Your net worth gives an overview of your financial situation at this point. It is the difference between what you own and what you owe.

Your net worth is positive if your assets exceed...

Calculating your assets and liabilities

Assets are anything of value that you own that can be converted into cash. Examples include:

  • Investments
  • Bank and brokerage accounts
  • Retirement funds
  • Real estate
  • Personal property: vehicles, jewellery and collectables.
  • Cash

Your liabilities represent your debts, such as loans, mortgages, credit card debt, medical bills and student loans.

Find your ideal

Determine your target net worth - where you want to be in the near-term and long-term future.

The following formula is helpful:

Target Net Worth=[Your Age−25]∗[1/5∗Gross Annual Income]

A 50-year-old with a gross annual income of $75,000 might aim for a net worth of $375,000 ([50 - 25 = 25] x [$75,000 ÷ 5 = $15,000])
Your net worth can be much more or much less than the amount indicated by the guideline.

Insurance Is A Bet

Generally, insurance is understood as a bet. We pay a premium and are secure about some uncertain future costs which may be substantial for us.

If we check the calculations of our monthl...

The Insurance Calculation

The calculation for insurance runs like this: The company is profitable when the cost of premiums that we pay is greater than the future claim that we may ask for (having a certain probability).

Cost of Premium > (Cost of claim) x (Probability of claim)

Reasons We Buy Insurance
  1. We believe that the probability of us experiencing the event that we are insured against is high.
  2. The claim that we may get in event of something happening is substantial with the cost of premium being on the lower side (basically a bargain).
  3. To offset substantial costs by paying less. This is when we know it's a bad deal, but the potential risk can be catastrophic and severe, so we are happy to pay more to avoid a probable calamity later.
What early retirement means
What early retirement means

Early retirement is not defined as when you stop working forever, but as having the freedom and flexibility that saving up enough money can give you if you want to leave a job.

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How to retire early

A good early retirement strategy is built on maximizing three aspects: Income, expenses, and savings.

To build your early retirement strategy, you need to determine your retire early or financial independence (FI) number. It is the amount of money you need for work to become optional. Be aware that the number will (and should) change as you change, and your desired lifestyle evolves.

The money you need for early retirement

Based on a series of papers known as the Trinity Studies, you need to save 25-30 times your expected annual expenses to have enough money to last you for the rest of your life.

This multiple is based on the percentage of your investment growth that you would be able to withdraw per year. A safe early retirement withdrawal percentage is between 3%-4%.