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Jul 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered what I sound like on a different podcast? Well, today you get to find out. Since I am attempting a family road trip with 6 kids under 12, I can’t personally be with you all this week. But I am excited to share with you a bit of my interview with my friend Grant Bledsoe on his podcast, Grow Money Business. Listen in to hear my thoughts on several hot retirement topics like the 4% rule, how to set up your income in retirement, and stay tuned until the end to hear people’s biggest problem people in retirement. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [2:12] Our lives are too dynamic for a linear approach to retirement
  • [4:50] How do you adjust your tactics?
  • [8:47] What are Guyten’s guardrails?
  • [12:00 How do you set up your income in retirement?
  • [14:23] What is the biggest thing that people get wrong in retirement planning?
  • [20:10] How much cash should you have on hand in retirement?

Is the 4% rule the best way to plan for retirement?

Most people who are deep into retirement planning are familiar with the 4% rule. The idea that if you take 4% out of your retirement portfolio each year and never run out of money is simple and easy to remember. However, I argue that you need more flexibility than the 4% rule offers. In practice, our lives are too dynamic to take such a linear approach. Your income in retirement may end up changing several times and you need to have a retirement plan that can adjust to the changes that life brings. 

How do you adjust your retirement planning strategies?

So how do you adjust your retirement plan to account for all those life changes? You and I aren’t the only ones with this question. Guyton is a retirement researcher who wanted to figure out another way of not running out of money in retirement. In a nutshell, Guyton’s guardrails state that you can increase your spending when the market is good and decrease your income when the market takes a downturn. Guyton’s guardrails start you off with a higher income at the beginning of retirement. This retirement model takes into account the more human side of retirement planning. Is your retirement plan flexible?

How do you set up your income in retirement?

One of the biggest problems people have about retirement planning is, how do they get their money? I think it is important to stick with what you know. You probably aren’t used to getting one lump sum of money each year, so that may be hard to adjust to. I like to set up distributions once a month. These distributions come from the boring side of your portfolio. I call it the mullet distribution strategy Just like that memorable 80’s haircut your portfolio is business up front and a party in the back. I like to let the exciting stuff ride it out and party while taking from the business end of the portfolio. Listen in to hear more about the mullet distribution strategy.

What is the biggest thing that people get wrong in retirement planning?

The number one problem that I see people having in retirement is that they are retiring away from something rather than towards something. Retirement shouldn’t only be about telling your boss to kiss-off. It’s important to find a meaningful way to spend your time. Find something to do with your newfound time freedom. Take a class, discover a hobby, or mentor someone. Remember you are jumping into a void. You’ll need a way to find contentment outside of the things that are related to money. What will you do after you retire?

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