Repost: Why Retirement Is Broken And Needs To Be Reinvented

Retirement plan – one of the most important long term investments everyone should build. For more retirement and financial advice, read on Forbes:

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Retirement is the #1 financial worry with 65% of Americans worried about it and a majority thinking about it 4 times per week. The core problem is uncertainty – people have no idea how much they need, because we have created a system around building assets instead of income.

We spend our lives saving up a big pile of money in an effort to secure our future against a bewildering set of future risks including market returns, inflation, healthcare and longevity. This is spurred on by the vast majority of players in the financial services industry who want us to save as much as possible and/or “invest” in often complex, opaque and expensive products since their income is based on a percent of your assets (AUM) or on transaction fees where the price is not clearly marked.

An average 401(k) investor who pays 1% investment fees on a portfolio earning 4% will lose about 33% of their returns to those fees over a 20 year period. Put another way if you have $1M, then $400K in returns are lost to fees over 20 years (fees that go to your fund provider, broker or financial advisor).

I’ve talked with hundreds of our users who are planning for retirement, most of whom have $500,000 to a few million saved and they are all worried about whether they have enough and how they will generate retirement income and manage healthcare.

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Practical funding options for a financially sound retirement

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When people talk about retirement, others imagine a day at the beach, bathing in the sun, or traveling the world, savoring their well-deserved freedom. Such activities mark the beginning of a retiree’s new life, but there’s one factor that everyone seems to miss: the process of successfully planning for retirement especially when tackling the financial side of it.

So what preparations should one take into consideration when planning for their golden years? First, it’s important to find smart ways to fund your retirement. Here’s some of them:

  • Stock Market Investments

No matter what financial goal you have, investing in the stock market is always a right choice – especially if you’re still decades away from retirement. Planning for your future means looking at for at least 20-30 years of life and the long-term as well as the short-term benefits that you can get from investing and growing your stocks are the perfect vehicles to fund your retirement. If direct investment in stocks may seem complicated and laborious for you, it’s always wise to seek an expert’s help (such as offshore discretionary portfolio management with LOM Financial) or buy shares from equity mutual funds.

  • Employee-Sponsored Retirement Accounts

One example of an employee-sponsored savings account is the 401(k) plan. While it’s usually a less advantageous choice than a pension plan for a retirement fund, there are several reasons why many people still consider this a go-to option because its tax benefits as well as long-term opportunities to build a stable savings. If you’re planning to rely on your contribution plans such as the 401(k) offered an employer, then you have to know the basics of smartly converting this source of fund for retirement.

  • Social Security

Social Security can be one of your income sources after retirement in the U.S., but did you know that strategically planning your claiming options can double the rewards? Here, timing is everything. While you can already benefit from this income source as early as 62, a single year or two of claiming delays can increase the sum of these benefits.