Keeping Retirement Simple

It seems as though over the last couple of months there are three factors that have had control over the market fluctuations. Three factors outside of your control that can have you gravely concerned about your future nest egg in a matter of seconds. First, the concerns over the Russia – Ukraine crisis. How many times has the market gained and receded based on a one or two line quote from Putin? Second, the ongoing crisis in the Middle east, particularly issues in Israel and Iraq. As much as we hate the reality of it, this crisis has been going on for centuries, it is not going to change any time soon. Lastly, the falsified security of the federal stimulus. It is almost an automatic reaction, stocks take a hit and Wall Street looks to the Federal Government for more monetary assistance (Quantitative Easement III). Remember, the more we spend now the more we pay in taxes moving forward. How many of these concerns are in your control?

Obviously none of the mentioned concerns are in your control. Yet the future of your nest egg is dependent on what happens on a daily basis in the market. It does not have to be that way. You can take control of your own destiny regardless of external events. Assuming there is an American Flag flying over our country moving forward, guarantees are possible in retirement. It is quite simple. Don’t focus on a dollar amount you are trying to reach (example: “I need $1 million to retire”), instead focus on a cost of the lifestyle you want to pursue in retirement. Ask yourself how much monthly income will you need in retirement for life, regardless of how long you may live. Everyone is living month to month. Those monthly expenses do not go away in retirement, instead they hopefully go down. Nonetheless, there will be monthly bills throughout each of our lifetimes. This is my recommendation of focus.

Think of it this way… Which scenario do you think hurt an investor more with their nest egg in 2006, prior to the financial crisis? The investor who’s nest egg was dependent on day to day activities in the market, or the investor who knows they will get the same result regardless of the outcome? Now ask yourself the same question in today’s volatile financial arena. This is the #1 reason why many future retirees, and retirees alike, are looking for protected income results independent of external market events. With hindsight being 20/20, how many of those investors would go back and trade the daily risks of retirement for a guaranteed result? If your goals can be met without risk, why would you roll the dice? Granted, you may miss out on a huge market rally; however, you would bypass the huge market falls as well. I believe this comes down to how much stress you are willing to endure in your lifetime.

To reiterate, turmoil in the market will always be there. This is a constant phenomenon. You will rarely, if ever, have control of these events; hoping the current will take you to shore. Unfortunately, there are many still at sea who thought they would hit land long ago. This is a risk you do not have to take on. There are viable solutions that will guarantee your results of lifetime income, regardless of what the market may throw your way. It is imperative to explore these solutions that have been available now for decades. I believe the only way to eliminate the stresses approaching or within retirement is to remove yourself from the situation. On a closing note, make sure to explore these options with a trusted licensed professional who thoroughly understands the ins and outs of lifetime income solutions.