If you spent ten minutes reading economic forecasts for 2021, you wasted ten minutes that you will never get back. By the way, time is your most valuable asset. Invest it wisely. Anyway, I re-read some of the 2020 outlooks from several of the most respected and well known forecasters in the financial industry such as Vanguard, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, etc. You know what I noticed? Not one of them mentioned the possibility of a pandemic that would send markets into a freefall of over 30% in just six weeks. How could they have missed or not anticipated such a possibility? Because no one can predict markets and no one could have predicted a global pandemic.
Retirement can mirror this same scenario. We can forecast into the future our retirement, our personal lives, our health...and be totally wrong about it. Truth is, none of us have any idea what will happen five minutes from now much less a year from now but fortunately, everything in and about retirement boils down to one simple question. Will you outlive your money or will your money outlive you?
Will You Outlive Your Money or Will Your Money Outlive You?
Nothing else really matters. The latest economic forecasts doesn't matter, the latest crisis on whatever cable news channel you subscribe to doesn't matter, what percentage you made on your investments the last 10 years doesn't matter, I could go on and on. The only question that matters in retirement is will you outlive your money or will your money outlive you?
With proper retirement planning you can answer that question. And when the next crisis comes and it will come, you'll be prepared. You'll be able to turn off the news and sleep well knowing your retirement plan can weather any crisis.
You Need A Plan
Plain and simple, you need a plan. A goal of retiring - without a plan to get there - is simply a plan to outlive your money. Retirement isn't some magical age. It's a dollar amount. If you're age 50 or over and still in the accumulation phase (pre-retirement) we can help you figure out where you need to go and how to get there. If you are retired or nearing retirement, we can create an income plan which will outpace inflation and possibly leave a legacy to your family. The consultation is free and without obligation. Contact us to set up a consultation.
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