021: High paid professionals professionals dying broke: how to avoid the retirement deathtrap
When you put aside money for retirement, who’s advice are you taking? Are you taking the advice of the wealth advisor who makes money every time you make a deposit? Why do you trust your wealth advisor? Is he or she wealthy?
These are questions that are critical to ask yourself if you want to avoid dying broke. That may sound ludicrous to you. After all, you might be making $200,000 or $300,000 per year right now. How could you ever die broke? Well, if you ever did a deep dive into the formulas used to help guide you to your golden years, you would understand.
The reality is, the formulas used by wealth advisors to guide retirement saving/investing through conventional wisdom are outdated and dangerous. We live in unparalleled times. The stock market has essentially been sideways for three years. Earnings from major companies are poor yet their stock valuation are at record highs. Why? Because interest rates have been essentially zero for eight years and institutional investors can borrow money for free. That allows for corporate buy backs and the resultant massive equity market bubbles that we are seeing today. I am not exaggerating when I say that in the history of the financial world we have never seen this scenario. We are stuck at zero rates and no amount of money printing has been successful at getting us out of this new, artificial, normal. Even the United States federal reserve bank concedes that we are in unchartered waters.
And don’t just take my word for it, look at the big players on Wall Street. They are all shorting the market. Now, why would you keep putting money into it? Is it because your wealth advisor told you so? Did you know that your wealth advisor makes money on your investments? That’s right, he tells you to cling to the old mantra of “investing in stocks bonds and mutual funds for the long run”. Well, if you do this, you could very well die broke one day despite your current fancy job and high salary.
It does not have to be this way. Understand that as a high paid professional you have many opportunities that your less fortunate brothers and sisters do not. You just have to take some responsibility for your own finances.
In this episode of the Wealth Formula Podcast, I do a deep dive for you to show why the old paradigm of investing for retirement is not applicable to our new financial world. Following these antiquated paradigms will leave many professionals living with their kids in their final days. A group of highly educated professionals will go out with a whimper rather than a bang.
The good news is, all of this is avoidable and I will tell you exactly why. Listen now!