In the age of the 24 hour news cycle it's easy to lose sight of things that matter because we're often distracted by things that don't. When it comes to retirement chasing performance or beating an index does not guarantee a successful retirement outcome. Only planning can do that. Plans, not returns, lead to successful retirement outcomes.
What Is And What Isn't A Retirement Goal
Saving enough money to retire comfortably is a retirement goal. Creating an income and investment strategy to ensure the money you saved lasts the duration of a 30 year retirement is a retirement goal. Doing what you want, when you want and how you want is a retirement goal. Beating an index is NOT a retirement goal.
Many retirees or soon to be retirees find this out the hard way. For example, say your retirement investment portfolio beats your neighbors retirement investment portfolio by 2%. Your neighbor runs out of money at age 78 while you don't run out of money until age 83. Did you really win? The answer is a resounding no because you both ran out of money!
It turns out that beating an index or an imaginary benchmark doesn't really matter if neither of you have two nickels to rub together and you're both looking for jobs when you could be hanging out with your grandkids.
Portfolio Returns Don't Lead To Successful Outcomes
Returns earned by portfolios do not mean a successful retirement outcome. They can be totally meaningless. I think I heard you gasp...a financial advisor just told you your portfolio returns can be totally meaningless! No doubt returns are great but they don't necessarily lead to successful retirement outcomes.
What would've actually changed the negative outcomes above? What would've kept our examples from running out of money in retirement? Better returns? The latest greatest stock? Watching the financial "news" 24/7?
None of the above would've changed a thing. The only thing that could've changed their outcomes would've been the presence of a written, date specific, dollar specific retirement distribution plan funded with appropriate investments in the appropriate asset classes and a planner to keep them on the plan year after year.
A retirement plan requires a planner - not a performance chaser or the empty promises of an index beater. Plans, not returns, lead to successful retirement outcomes.
At 80/20 Financial we are retirement planners. We define your goals, we make a long term plan for achieving those goals and then, and only then, do we build a portfolio containing asset classes which have historically provided the long term returns that our plan requires.
We believe that true retirement planning is aligning your investments to achieve your retirement goals. We aren't interested in creating wealth quickly. We are interested in creating wealth for certain.
You Need A Plan
At 80/20 Financial Services, we are retirement planners. We believe a goal of retiring - without a plan to increase your income during retirement- is simply a plan to never retire. Retirement isn't some magical age. It's a dollar amount and a strategy to maintain and increase that dollar amount over time. 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 a plan which will outpace inflation and increase your income over time. The consultation is free and without obligation. Contact us to set up a consultation.
Our mission is to increase your time, money and peace of mind by helping you create retirement income and investment strategies that align with your retirement goals and then guide you through the completion of those strategies year after year.
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80/20 Financial Services is an Independent Registered Investment Advisory Firm. We help clients age 50 and over plan their retirement income and investment strategies. Contact us today for help with your retirement needs.
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