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FINANCIALLY Speaking 1. Jeffrey M. Orth is a Chartered Financial Consultant, a Certified Advisor in Senior Living, and an Investment Advisor Representative, with over 15 years of experience as a business and personal planning, insurance, and wealth management specialist. Jeff is available for group lectures and private consultations. Visit ifitfinancial.com or call 408.842.2716. The author’s opinions, comments, information, etc. are those solely his own and are independent of, and do not represent, HTK, and should not be considered as specific investment or planning advice. Please consider your options based on your individual circumstances. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. gmhTODAY and other listed entities are independent of and unaffiliated with, HTK and Integrated Financial Benefits Network (IFit). Retirement: Ready or Not As a young man, I remember having a number of conversations with my grandfather about the importance of saving for the future—saving for retirement. Back then, retirement planning was much simpler, as the average man retired at age 65 and died 2½-5 years later. The plan was: save some money and keep it safe. How things have changed! I currently plan on my clients being in retirement for 30 years. In some cases, they will spend more years in retirement than they did in their working years. When you need to plan for three decades of retirement, inflation becomes a much bigger issue, as your buying power erodes with each passing year. Investment mistakes become more damaging to the overall success of your retirement plan, as you aren’t able to go and “earn your way out” of the problem. Having guarantees that adjust for inflation and protect your investments also become more and more important. So the good news is people are living longer, but the bad news is that people are living longer! And if you are like a lot of people, you are more concerned about running out of money before you run out of life, than you are about dying too soon. As a Chartered Financial Consultant, I always take stock of what assets my clients currently have in place and determine what a successful retirement looks like for them. Then, we work backwards from that goal and try to plan with the end in mind. To do this, we need to answer some questions that may make some feel uncomfortable, as they realize they either don’t know the answers, or realize how unprepared they are for retirement. Do you have the answers to the four toughest financial questions everyone needs to know? • What rate of return do you have to earn on your savings and investment dollars to be able to retire at your current standard of living, and have your money last through your life expectancy? • How much do you need to save on a monthly basis to be able to retire at your …the good news is people are living longer, but the bad news is that people are living longer! current standard of living and have your money last through your life expectancy? • Doing what you are currently doing, how long do you have to work to be able to retire and live your current lifestyle until life expectancy? • If you don’t do anything different than you are doing today, how much will you have to reduce your standard of living at retirement for your money to last for your life expectancy? To answer these questions with any degree accuracy requires: • Calculators that are sophisticated enough to handle a large number of variables at one time. • An advisor capable of handling timing issues related to post retirement asset consumption. A good investment plan is as much about avoiding loss as it is about the rate of return. Most people are ‘transferring wealth’ (aka: losing money) from their own estate unknowingly and unnecessarily. They are not only losing the money, but also the additional money it might have earned for them. This is called “opportunity cost”. There are a number of great tools currently available that are designed with loss prevention in mind. As one approaches and enters their retirement years, it becomes even more important to reduce risk exposure while maintaining healthy growth. Timing issues are critical as well in any retirement plan. Knowing which asset to use and when to use it can have a significant impact on ‘the bottom line’. For example, I have found that knowing when to turn on each spouse’s Social Security retirement benefits alone can at times make more than a $250,000 difference in a couple’s lifetime retirement income*. Life in retirement will be a lot more enjoyable if working longer is something you do because you want to, not because you have no choice. If you are forced to stop working earlier Continued on page 106 2032282MS_Mar20 Registered Representative of, and Securities and Investment Advisory services offered through Homor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. (HTK).Registered Investment Advisor Member FINRA/SIPC,16845 Von Karman Ave, Ste. 225 lrvine, CA 92606 (949)754-1700. I Fit is unaffiliated with HTK. CA Insurance Lic #0C49291 24 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN APRIL/MAY 2018 gmhtoday.com FINANCIALLY Speaking 1. Jeffrey M. Orth is a Chartered Financial Consultant, a Certified Advisor in Senior Living, and an Investment Advisor Representative, with over 15 years of experience as a business and personal planning, insurance, and wealth management specialist. Jeff is available for group lectures and private consultations. Visit ifitfinancial.com or call 408.842.2716. The author’s opinions, comments, information, etc. are those solely his own and are independent of, and do not represent, HTK, and should not be considered as specific investment or planning advice. Please consider your options based on your individual circumstances. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. gmhTODAY and other listed entities are independent of and unaffiliated with, HTK and Integrated Financial Benefits Network (IFit). 2032282MS_Mar20 24 Retirement: Ready or Not A current standard of living and have your s a young man, I remember having money last through your life expectancy? a number of conversations with my • Doing what you are currently doing, how grandfather about the importance long do you have to work to be able to of saving for the future—saving for retire and live your current lifestyle until retirement. Back then, retirement planning was life expectancy? much simpler, as the average man retired at age • If you don’t do anything different than 65 and died 2½-5 years later. The plan was: you are doing today, how much will you save some money and keep it safe. How things have to reduce your standard of living have changed! I currently plan on my clients at retirement for your money to last for being in retirement for 30 years. In some cases, your life expectancy? they will spend more years in retirement than To answer these questions with any degree they did in their working years. When you accuracy requires: need to plan for three decades of retirement, • Calculators that are sophisticated enough infl ation becomes a much bigger issue, as your to handle a large number of variables at buying power erodes with each passing year. one time. Investment mistakes become more damaging to • An advisor capable of handling timing the overall success of your retirement plan, as issues related to post retirement asset you aren’t able to go and “earn your way out” consumption. of the problem. Having guarantees that adjust A good investment plan is as much about for infl ation and protect your investments also avoiding loss as it is about the rate of return. become more and more important. 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