3 Questions to Answer to Know How Much You Need to be Able to Retire - Deepstash
3 Questions to Answer to Know How Much You Need to be Able to Retire

3 Questions to Answer to Know How Much You Need to be Able to Retire

To figure out how much you need in order to retire, answer these questions:

  1. How long do you expect to live in retirement (early retirement = longer retirement)?
  2. What budget can you enjoy living on?
  3. How much income do you expect in retirement (Social Security, rental income, part-time work, annuities, etc.)?

Multiply by 28 the difference between answers 2 and 3. That's how much you'll need for regular retirement age. For early retirement, multiply by at least 33.

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Savings and investments should be part of a monthly budget even when young or just starting a career.

You cannot save enough if you are waiting until your late 30's before thinking about savings and investments.  Then credit cards and loans will drag the savings with added responsibilities like marriage, children, care of parents, etc.

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Smart retirement planning boils down to a few simple truths.
  • Time is on your side.  The earlier you start saving money, the more time you give compounding to work for you. 
  • Take risks when you're young.  Although stocks are three times more volatile than government bonds, it earns nearly twice the average annual return.
  • Don't pay high fees for fancy accounts. Every dollar paid to a fund manager is a dollar that can't compound. Index funds charge a fraction of an equity mutual fund because they don't hire high-priced investment managers to pick stocks.
  • It's not about retirement. Saving for retirement might be the goal, but following these steps could provide general financial security.

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  • The aging population is causing fewer contributors.
  • More people are retiring due to increased longevity.
  • Corporate collapses, such as bankruptcy of Enron negatively affect private pension plans.
  • Defined pension plans do also fail from time to time.
  • Many employers shift from defined-benefit to defined-contribution plans.

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