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Practical Ways to Avoid Running Out Of Money in Retirement

Practical Ways to Avoid Running Out Of Money in Retirement

Retirement is on everyone’s mind. If you are not thinking about putting money in retirement, then you should. Maybe, you think you won’t need it because you can count on Social Security. Unfortunately, many retired people, who depend totally on Social Security, are struggling and barely getting by–and the government wants to cut their benefits further.

You may think you are too young to consider retirement. Even if you are young, there are many things that could happen to you before retirement that will affect your future. You may get injured and never work again, or you may have a family and not put money away.

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How can you ensure you have enough money when you retire? Let’s take a look at a few practical ways you can avoid running out of money for retirement.

Invest

Some people think that putting money away in an investment account is enough to make sure they have money for when they retire. Putting away money today will not guarantee that it will be enough to sustain you in 30 or 40 years. When planning for retirement, you must factor in inflation, or the fact that the cost of goods increases over time. Inflation can be pegged at about 4% to 5% per year. That means if you put away money in a savings account which earns 1% per year, you will not make enough money to cover inflation. Even if you saved $1 million, in 30 years, it may only be worth a fraction of that.

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Factoring for inflation, it is crucial that you invest for your retirement. If you invest in something that can yield you more than 4% or 5% a year, then you are ahead of the game. You do not need to earn that much per year, but you do need to average it over the lifetime of the investment. If you earn 10% one year and maybe 5% the next, then you can still be ahead.

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Practical Ways to Avoid Running Out Of Money in Retirement

     

    Alternate Investments

    One way to invest is through the stock market. Be advised: this is somewhat risky. You may want to look at alternatives.

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    One such alternative is in structured settlements. If you have a large amount of cash, you can pay cash for structured settlement payments. Some people get structured settlements from their insurance company or from court cases. However, many people prefer the lump sum award. This is where you come in. You can invest in such instruments and offer cash for their settlement payments. You give the settlement owner the cash they need (minus a percentage) and take over payments for them. This way, they get cash and you get a return for your investments. Paying for structured settlement payments is a great way to invest your money, and ensure you do not run out of money for retirement.

    Start Young

    When you are young, you have the greatest asset when it comes to investing–time. When you have a lot of time before retirement, you can ride the ups and downs of the market. It’s crucial to start young and invest as much as you can.

    Live Below Your Means

    Perhaps the most practical advice of all is to live below your means. When a person’s salary rises, his lifestyle often rises along with it, which inevitably requires more money. Living below your means now ensure that you will not run out of money during your retirement. One of the keys to saving a lot of money is to not increase your spending, even if you get bonuses or raises every year. If you are spending too much money, you will not be able to save for your future.

    In Summary

    There are many ways to invest in your retirement. By working now, you can relax in the future.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

    It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

    How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

    1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

    So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

    Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

    This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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    2. Become Goal-Orientated

    It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

    Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

    Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

    Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

    You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

    If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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    If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

    Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

    3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

    The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

    Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

    Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

    There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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    4. Never Stop Learning

    The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

    Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

    Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

    Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

    Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

    Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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    5. Think Big

    While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

    There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

    Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

    6. Enjoy the Attention

    To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

    Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

    If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

    Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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