Rule #1 Finance Blog
With Investor Phil Town
Paying off debt is not easy. Trust me, I’ve been there. It can be especially hard if it’s credit card debt. Credit card debt can be crippling to you, and your wallet. It also makes it impossible to invest.
Think about it, you’re paying 18-20% on credit card debt and you’re also going out and doing great as investor making 15% a year. Sadly, you’re still losing 3-5% a year because of the credit card debt.
The “someday” you’ve been planning and saving for is today. It is time to retire. You may be feeling ready and excited, or you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure. All of these emotions are completely normal as you are about to undergo a major lifestyle change.
What should you expect from this new chapter of life?
A word you will hear time and time again in the investing world is diversification. Diversification is the idea of creating a portfolio that includes multiple investments in order to reduce risk. Someone who is an entrepreneur might think it best to lower his risk and have 100 businesses, rather than focus on one or two. Most people over-diversify. The split their money into hundreds of stocks in hopes of making a great return. If you know how to invest, you don’t have to diversify.
When you start investing, it is best to choose companies that have value to you.
Investing is not just about finding businesses at really good prices, but about understanding when to enter or exit the market. To aid in your understanding, I have compiled a list of essential investing tools that anyone buying or selling stocks should know about.
In today’s day and age, the average lifespan of humans is increasing steadily. Medical discoveries are made every day, allowing people to live long, healthy lives. The downside? People may begin to outlive their retirement savings. Investing after your retirement is the solution.
Investing your money generates more money by earning interest on what you put away. When you take the time to learn investing basics, there is less risk involved. You learn to choose stocks that will generate more money for you in the future.
Bottom line: the best way to make money without working for the rest of your life is to invest.
However, people often see annuities, a sum of money invested to produce a monthly income for a fixed period (or for life), as more attractive than investing in stocks. Especially when interest rates move higher.
In reality, annuities are not so simple.
In the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Chairman’s letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett writes about “certain fundamentals of investing.” These fundamentals form the nucleus of the Rule One investing philosophy.
Because of this, I’ve included selections from his letter regarding these key points, along with my own comments. I hope my thoughts help to amplify the point he’s making.
I’ve compiled a list of retirement quotes and retirement words of wisdom from those who describe it best!
When I say the word “retirement,” what image pops into your mind? Is it a tropical vacation somewhere? Is it a golf course with friends? Maybe relaxing with your grandkids? Whatever it is, I hope it’s a happy image. Because retirement should be just that – happy, healthy, and wealthy.
You’ve spent the majority of your years planning, saving, and making money by working hard in your career. Your job may have been your passion, but now is the time to seek out new opportunities.
Over 28% of Americans age 55+ years have zero money saved for retirement. 17% of Americans age 55+ years have less than $10,000 saved.
This means that over 35% of Americans approaching retirement have no savings prepared – other than what they may have in social security.
This is why so many retirees live in fear of the question: Will I outlive my retirement savings?