Today I’m going to show you the way to the new retirement.
The old way to retire is to save up money for all of your life, and then hope that by the time you’re ready to stop working or no longer able to work, that you have enough to give you a sustainable and comfortable income on a monthly basis while hoping and praying that you don’t run out of money before you die and end up begging friends or family for a place to stay, food to eat and other basic life necessities.
The old way to retire is to gamble 100% of your hard-earned cash on a stock market that fluctuates up and down daily, as you helplessly sit back and watch your $1,000 turn into $10 over and over again.
Meanwhile Wall Street is more corrupt than ever and the banks are finding more and more ways to make a massive profit off of using the small print and financial legal speak to create 99 new ways of screwing over the public.
The old way to retire is to work yourself to the bone all your life with the promise of being able to live a life of your dreams, pursue your passions and hobbies, and finally get to spend time with family and friends and build the relationships and enjoy the moments that really matter in life.
Only to find out that when the time comes, the government has found 50 new ways to get into your retirement money, tax your assets and leave you crippled and begging for money for the rest of your life.
It destroys lives.
It breaks hearts.
It uses you up and throws you away into the trash.
It’s parasitic and it sees the blood in your veins as a resource to use for itself with little or no care whatsoever for the host.
At the heart of this problem is the state of retirement as a whole, it’s fast becoming a thing of the past.
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, “One third of U.S. households between the ages of 30 and 59 won’t have enough money for retirement, even if they work until they’re 70.”
While “50% of current retirees left the workforce before Their anticipated retirement date due to health problems, disability or getting laid off, this cut the amount of time they had to save for retirement short.”
Aon Hewitt says “Just 30% of individuals are on track to save the 11 x annual salary experts say they’ll need to maintain their standard of living after retiring at age 55.”
And the health and retirement study states that “60% of households aged 65 and older rely on SS benefits, which provide them with more income than any other source of retirement funding.”
So 70% of people are failing to plan and save enough money for their retirement in the first place.
50% of retirees got there through company layoffs out of their control or serious unexpected medical issues.
While 60% of elderly retirees end up completely dependent on Social Security money.
The average monthly social security benefit is $1,335 a month, which in some areas of the country isn’t even enough to have a place to live, let alone have a quality of life.
The Social Security website states that their projections only hold true ”until depletion of combined trust fund reserves and 2033.”
Social Security currently holds about $2.7 trillion in total assets And the government estimates the program’s liabilities exceed $40 trillion.
Social Security’s second biggest trust fund, the Disability Insurance Fund, will be fully depleted in a matter of weeks.
In the 2015 report of the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees, they State very plainly: “Social Security as a whole as well as Medicare cannot sustain projected long run program costs…”, and that the government should be “giving the public adequate time to prepare.”
Even if you’re earning a high income now, if you’ve failed to properly plan for your retirement, Social Security isn’t going to save you.
And even if it does provide a small cushion, it’s not going to provide the kind of retirement you deserve.
What would it mean for you if you ran out of money before you died?
Or despite your best efforts to exercise and eat right, you developed a serious illness tomorrow?
Or your stock values plummeted because of market downturn or the next big corporate scandal?
If any of these questions are a concern for you, I’m going to help you solve them today.
A lot has been said about stocks; they have strong proponents and boast of many self-made millionaires, but at the same time many more investors have lost it all. The fact is, few stock investors ever strike it big. Do you personally know of anyone who struck it big on a stock? Probably not.
There are several common myths about stock market returns. Some believe an investor can expect an annual rate of return of 10%. Some say it’s 12% and others say as high as 15%. Unfortunately for many investors, this just isn’t true. The facts are that the average annual rate of return for the stock market measured over a period of 100+ years has been 6.3% annually. This is a far cry from the 10% to 15% many investors are expecting. This chart illustrates this:
Even the greatest stock investor to ever live, Warren Buffett, agrees:
Investing in stocks sounds very hands-off at first, but once you dig into the details it sounds a whole lot more like…well, running a business. Even though investing in stocks is better than leaving your money sit in a checking account or investing in bonds or CD’s, Investors should be well studied in daily financial news to assess the state of their portfolios, paying careful attention to quarterly earnings, commodity prices, unemployment reports and interest rates, to name a few.
Generally, investing in individual stocks is a task best done by investors with more time on their hands. You might eventually be able to make a killing investing in stocks but it takes years of hard work—same as in the job world.
Or you can leave it to a stock broker to invest your money. However, a stock broker doesn’t have any legal responsibility to do what’s best for you. Brokers make their money when they buy and sell your stocks and they get bonuses for pushing certain stocks, so it’s in their best interest to keep turning over your portfolio.
Mutual funds represent another way to invest in stocks. In addition to stocks, mutual funds can contain bonds or other cash alternatives. Basically, your money is pooled, along with the money of other investors, into a fund, which then invests in certain securities according to a stated investment strategy. Fees for mutual funds can be excessive. Common fees are the fund manager’s fee, a front-end load upon initial purchase, a back-end load upon sale, as well as early redemption charges.
Stocks and mutual funds have no guarantees – a bankrupt company can liquidate all its shares and leave investors with nothing. Also, a company can lie about it’s profits and losses like Enron did and wipe out your investment account overnight.
Most investment “experts” will tell you that index funds are your best bet for a safe and relatively lucrative investment.
They’re not completely off the mark.
For example, the S&P 500 has had an average return of 11% over the past 70 years. That sounds like a pretty darn good investment!
BUT that’s not the whole story, and it’s far from the BEST investment. 11% is the average return over a period of 70 years. During that period, there were HUGE amounts of volatility that would make your stomach churn day in and day out. Take 2015 for example. If you were to have invested in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund in 2015, you would have actually LOST 5.4%.
And what happens if you’re forced to retire in the middle of an economic downturn, as many people have found out over the last few years?
No one, regardless of what they want you to think, really knows where stocks are ultimately headed next week, next month, or next year… and if they did, they probably wouldn’t be sharing their secrets.
If you’re doing what the average person is doing, how can you possibly expect anything other than average results? And the answer is: you can’t. Look around you and you’ll see plenty of people who had a good job, worked their butt off, invested in what they were supposed to invest in but are still left struggling during retirement. You don’t want to invest in the same things they’ve invested in only to get the same results.
Now, a 6-7% return on stocks and mutual funds isn’t horrible… until, that is, you factor in inflation.
Inflation is when prices rise and your money decreases in purchasing power. Every year, the government tells us that the inflation rate is 1-2% per year. In reality, we all know that prices rise more than that. A better indication of what inflation actually is is to pay attention to how much the cost of the things you buy on a regular basis have risen. Investment experts agree that the real rate of inflation is about 5% per year.
Let’s take the 5% figure that most investment experts agree on and let’s assume that you’re making 6.3% on your retirement funds investing in Wall Street. When you subtract 5% inflation from your 6.3% yearly return, that leaves you earning 1.3% per year. You’re not going anywhere by making 1.3% on your money except to the poor house.
If your money is in a CD or savings account, you’re really in trouble. When you account for inflation, you’ll actually be LOSING money every year. You may as well light your money on fire, it’s that much of a bad investment.
Most people don’t realize the huge difference between a low return on investment and a high one.This is absolutely crucial to ensure that you retire on time. If you are able to obtain better returns on your investments, you can both drastically reduce the time it will take you to retire and considerably increase your monthly budget once you do so.
The best way to understand this is by looking at it graphically. Let’s use an example of someone who starts to save $100 a month for his retirement at age 35, and wants to retire at 65. We’ll project how much his annual contribution of $1,200 will total by the time he retires (30 years later) with a 6.3% interest rate (what the average American earns on his money) and a 13% interest rate (what you can safely earn).
|Annual Contribution||Interest Rate||Total at age 65|
|*This numbers were calculated using Bloomberg’s retirement calculator at: http://www.edwardjones.com|
That’s a difference of $240,341.06. Shocking isn’t it? Now that you now there’s a problem…
You’ll want your retirement investments to earn passively at the highest rate of return possible, while still making sure your money is safe so that you can live the retirement lifestyle you want to live.
It’s a dream many chase, but only a few manage to achieve. That’s evident by the number of people who are retiring broke.
It’s a shame, too, because it really isn’t hard to set up a real, hands-free, growing stream of passive income that delivers high returns safely and securely. Those that have lived long before us knew how to do it. And it’s responsible for building the fortunes of many of today’s millionaires and billionaires.
What if I told you that there was an investing tactic that was so simple to implement, and almost obvious, yet for whatever reason, you didn’t have it set up? And you know that if you did invest in it, you’d be making a lot more money without the risk?
You’d think I’d gone mad, right?
Well, prepare to be blown away as I disclose an investment vehicle you’re probably not using (but should be). This is the VERY same investment vehicle that Warren Buffett recommends.
It’s the very same investment vehicle that has personally allowed me to generate a 13% returns for years.
So where are the pros putting their money in 2018?
But not just any real estate… Turnkey Real Estate.
Now, before you go running for the hills… it’s not the get calls at 2am in the morning to unclog a toilet, deal with tenants, or rehab (“flip”) a property in a war-zone kind of investing in real estate. It’s completely hands off. You’ll definitely want to read until the end before you judge otherwise you’ll miss out on something big.
There is a way to get all of the advantages of real estate without dealing with any of the hassles of being a landlord by adding turnkey rental properties to your portfolio.
Selecting turnkey properties makes everything simple for you. The best properties are selected by an experienced investor in a neighborhood that is statistically great for rentals (low vacancy, high rents, good returns). The property is then fixed up, filled with a quality tenant, and set up with a professional management company that will take care of everything from collecting the rents to dealing with repairs.
That’s right – you don’t have to rehab the property yourself, find someone to rent it nor manage it. It’s all taken care of for you. And you still get 13% annual returns (and that’s after all expenses too).
The important thing when investing in turnkey real estate is that you are open to investing in areas outside of where you live. Often times, the best investments (and returns) are only located in a few select cities. My saying is “Live where you live and invest where it makes sense.” And the turnkey aspect of that, where properties are fully managed for you, makes that totally possible.
Jay Dao, a 30-year-old engineer who lives in Santa Clara, California, felt priced out of the market in the Bay Area, so he turned to investing in more affordable regions and now owns properties in Chicago and Indianapolis.
“Turnkey investing is a much more passive form of real estate investing for busy professionals or investors who simply don’t want to put in that much work themselves, but still would like to own rental property,” says Dao, who chronicles his adventures in real estate on the blog FIFighter.com.
If you’ve spent your years exerting effort, and you are at or near retirement – you don’t want to be that senior greeter at Wal-Mart, on your feet for a whole shift. You don’t want to take on that second job in order to stretch your retirement funds. You worked hard, and you should be able to retire in comfort and enjoy the fruits of a productive life. This is the answer for you if the image of getting up and getting dressed to go out in all kinds of weather to report to a job and clock in and be under someone’s watch like a little kiddo makes you shudder. Those days should be behind you instead of ahead of you.
Most people don’t have the cash lying around to purchase these properties but most people don’t know that you can actually purchase real estate with your retirement funds using the power of a Self-Directed IRA. The IRS made this possible way back in 1974. And your money can grow tax-free too.
Most people know Warren Buffett as the guy that made his money in stocks. Here’s a clip of Warren Buffett telling CNBC things like “Houses are even better than stocks” and “I’d buy up a couple hundred thousands single-family homes if I could.”
Many investors take their cues from Buffett on which companies and sectors to invest in. The opportunities in real estate provide tangible assets with tax advantages, and deliver returns unrelated to the stock market’s daily movements.
Real estate has created more wealth in America than almost any other method of investing. It provides the opportunity to generate income from rent and appreciation. Real estate tends to perform really well over long periods of time and the rewards can add a great deal to your chances of retiring on time.
Even during a period with the dot-com bubble and Financial Crisis, Real Estate investors saw a bigger cumulative return than US stock owners:
The old saying is almost right: “you have to spend money—or time—to make money.” As we’ve covered, stocks, mutual funds, and annuities require you to spend both time and money to make money. Real Estate does too, but with some large scale differences. Real Estate only requires an initial investment and the very occasional email—as little as once a year, when everything goes smoothly.
If predictability and peace-of-mind are what you’re after, real estate offers a much safer alternative and I can show you how to do it here.
Others, just like you, are ALREADY making a killing in the Real Estate Market.
One of our readers, Marty Murray invested $84k total to buy 2 investment properties a few months ago. He wants to retire in 20 years. As long as continues to reinvest the profits until he retires (compound interest), in 20 years he’ll have 20 rental properties, $109,788 a year in cash flow, and $887,740 in cash and equity.
If he would have invested the same amount in stocks, making the average return of 6.3%, he would have only had $285,065 at the end of 20 years. That’s a difference of $602,674.
And the biggest thing? Before Marty came on our masterclass – he had ZERO knowledge about ANYTHING related to Real Estate… and now he’s on track for a $800,000+ payday.
Assuming you’re getting average returns on your investments right now (6.3%),
This is the amount you’re losing by choosing not to invest in real estate. And that’s for every $100k that you have in your investment accounts. Shocking isn’t it?
That’s the impact that investing your money like a pro can have on your long term financial future. If you like the investment plan I laid out here and you want to reclaim the money you’re leaving on the table, I can show you how to do that on a free training we’re holding here.
Regardless of the investing mistakes you’ve made in the past, the biggest investing mistake that you can make RIGHT NOW is to not invest at all, or to put off investing until later.
It’s never too early (or too late) to start making changes to your retirement plan to make sure that you’re getting the best return possible so that you can enjoy retirement on your terms.
So you’ve read this article and found some things you could be doing better. But what exactly should you do next? Well, you have 2 choices: 1. Be average or 2. Be smart
An average person would click away from this page and go about doing whatever they were doing and pretend they don’t have an investment problem.
A smart person will say to themselves, “I really need to stop procrastinating on my retirement accounts and take an active interest… right now.”
To help those that are smart, I just created a new MasterClass to help you get a better idea of what your next steps should be.
Any worthwhile passive income stream requires at least a little bit of learning. You need to know what your money’s doing even if you’re not doing anything yourself. You can learn more about turnkey real estate and generating a truly passive income in this MasterClass, and get started building your work-free future today!
If you have a certain retirement lifestyle in mind, this can help you live that life. If you cringe at the notion that your money will run out while you are still healthy, vibrant and living life, this can help you avoid that unfortunate outcome.
Remember, this is a hands-off opportunity. There is no labor on your part, no effort to upkeep the property, no property restoration or management headaches.
Hands down, one of the best things that you can do make sure that you retire on time (or early) and still be able to maintain your current lifestyle is investing in real estate.
==> This training is happening this week only and there are only 250 seats available so if you’re serious, you NEED to click here to register now.
If you are able to grab a seat, you’ll walk away with a retirement plan with specific, measurable financial goals and a custom investment strategy to fit your needs that you can immediately implement to double or even triple your current ROI.
If for any reason you aren’t able to get on the webclass, I still strongly encourage you to find an investment professional who has a proven success record. It can cut years off your retirement plan and seriously increase the money you’ll have available once you do.
Your financial future DEPENDS on it.
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Brian Bagnall is an in-demand author, speaker, and real estate investor who has written several books and spoken at conferences throughout the United States. He's shared the stage with business greats like Daymond John from Shark Tank. Brian actually practices what he preaches. He began his investment empire with just $3,000 in start-up capital and has gone on to purchase over 100 properties (and counting) all over the country. Brian turned his small investment into a multi-million dollar success.