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Handling What You Can’t Control in Retirement

Today’s Prep:

Some things are just out of your hands. In retirement planning there are a lot of things completely out of your control, but if you re-frame your thinking, there is actually something you can do about them. Eric talks through these four areas where you have an opportunity to prepare for the unpredictable.

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Equipping Points:

[1:08] The Market

  • You can’t control the whims of the market, but you can control how exposed you are to certain risks.
  • There are two sides to the debate, however. If you don’t have risk, then you won’t have the same kind of returns from the market.
  • Allocation comes in during retirement planning to give you an appropriate amount of risk.

[2:34] How Long You Live

  • Staying healthy helps, but you can’t know how long you will live.
  • You want money for the remainder of your life and to be covered through retirement.
  • Sometimes something will happen that you can’t predict.
  • Average life expectancy is going up.

[4:29] Taxes

  • We can control how much of our wealth we leave in places where money will be taxed.
  • Money goes in three buckets: taxable, tax-free, and tax deferred.
  • You don’t know exactly what you will pay on tax deferred money because the laws may change.
  • Eric illustrates the different tax brackets.

[7:08] Social Security

  • We can’t control whether the payout will drop or go away, but we can control how heavily we rely on it in our plan.
  • If your plan works without Social Security, it will work with it.
  • You want to have assets accumulate and an income strategy where you do not have to rely on Social Security, just in case it goes through some changes.

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