Have you ever wondered how you are ever going to retire? Have you been
frustrated by the small returns in your stocks, bonds, and mutual funds? Have
you been one of the many thousands of people watch your retirement nest egg get
slashed in the market over the last three years?
Imagine being able to take back control of your investments where you can earn
strong returns that don’t track with the markets – markets that have not
produced in over 10 years.
What it would be like to be part of the less than 2% who use a little-known
safe investment tool that is backed by the U.S. Government to get better
returns, in safer investments than stocks and mutual funds.
What if you could dodge the impending market crashes that are happening and
will be happening for years to come?
Today’s Environment – Driving Trends
Here are some startling facts. The current socio-economic environment in the
U.S. is coming at us like a freight train. You can ignore it but you cannot
avoid it. As Benjamin Franklin said, “The only thing more expensive than
education is ignorance.” Hopefully after learning from what we present here, you
will make the necessary changes in your retirement portfolio so that you don’t
end up wondering why you can never retire and if you do, you won’t be able to
retire in the lifestyle you have imagined about your whole life.
Good or bad, the Baby Boomer population is living longer and the cost of
health care is rising dramatically. The sad truth is the vast majority of Baby
Boomers have not adequately saved for retirement. For many of them, their home
equity was destroyed by the recent financial crisis and worse yet, their 401k’s
were devastated when the stock market tanked.
According to End Of The American Dream website, here’s what they have to say
in their article titled, “In 2011 The Baby Boomers Start To Turn 65: 16
Statistics About The Coming Retirement Crisis That Will Drop Your Jaw”. The U.S.
Census Bureau defines a Baby Boomer as those born between January 1st 1946 and
December 31st 1964. If you add 65 years to January 1st 1946, you get January
Here are 13 Statistics from End Of The American Dream website about the coming
retirement crisis that will make your jaw drop:
#1 Beginning January 1st, 2011 every single day more than 10,000 Baby Boomers
will reach the age of 65. That is going to keep happening every single day for
the next 19 years.
#2 According to one recent survey, 36 percent of Americans say they don't
contribute anything at all to retirement savings.
#3 Most Baby Boomers do not have a traditional pension plan because they have
been going out of style over the past 30 years. Just consider the following
quote from Time Magazine: The traditional pension plan is disappearing. In 1980,
some 39 percent of private-sector workers had a pension that guaranteed a steady
payout during retirement. Today that number stands closer to 15 percent,
according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C.
#4 Over 30 percent of U.S. investors currently in their sixties have more than
80 percent of their 401k invested in equities. So what happens if the stock
market crashes again?
#5 35% of Americans already over the age of 65 rely almost entirely on Social
Security payments alone.
#6 According to another recent survey, 24% of U.S. workers admits that they have
postponed their planned retirement age at least once during the past year.
#7 Approximately 3 out of 4 Americans start claiming Social Security benefits
the moment they are eligible at age 62. Most are doing this out of necessity.
However, by claiming Social Security early they get locked in at a much lower
amount than if they would have waited.
#8 Robert Novy-Marx of the University of Chicago and Joshua D. Rauh of
Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management recently calculated the combined
pension liability for all 50 U.S. states. What they found was that the 50 states
are collectively facing $5.17 trillion in pension obligations, but they only
have $1.94 trillion set aside in state pension funds. That is a difference of
3.2 trillion dollars. So where in the world is all of that extra money going to
come from? Most of the states are already completely broke and on the verge of
#9 According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security system will
pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes in 2010. That was not
supposed to happen until at least 2016. Sadly, in the years ahead these "Social
Security deficits" are scheduled to become absolutely horrific as hordes of Baby
Boomers start to retire.
#10 In 1950, each retiree's Social Security benefit was paid for by 16 U.S.
workers. In 2010, each retiree's Social Security benefit is paid for by
approximately 3.3 U.S. workers. By 2025, it is projected that there will be
approximately two U.S. workers for each retiree. How in the world can the system
possibly continue to function properly with numbers like that?
#11 According to a recent U.S. government report, soaring interest costs on the
U.S. national debt plus rapidly escalating spending on entitlement programs such
as Social Security and Medicare will absorb approximately 92 cents of every
single dollar of federal revenue by the year 2019. That is before a single
dollar is spent on anything else.
#12 After analyzing Congressional Budget Office data, Boston University
economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff concluded that the U.S. government is
facing a "fiscal gap" of $202 trillion dollars. A big chunk of that is made up
of future obligations to Social Security and Medicare recipients.
#13 According to a recent AARP survey of Baby Boomers, 40 percent of them plans
to work "until they drop".
As you can see the Baby Boomer population is what we call a Socio-Economic
Wave. Back in 1982, when the first Baby Boomers were turning 36 years old and
were entering their peak earning years, a book came out entitled “Megatrends” by
John Naisbitt. In this groundbreaking work, Naisbitt outlines upcoming major
shifts to the whole world…he called these “Wave Trends”. A wave trend is
something driven by such a powerful social, economic, or technology trend that
it is almost unstoppable. The Baby Boomer population in the U.S. is such a wave
and we can either be crushed by the wave or ride inside the wave and benefit
from the magnitude of opportunity it has to offer.
In order for the Federal Government to pay the Baby Boomers what they are owed
in Social Security, the government may indeed have to go into even more debt and
have the Federal Reserve print more money to cover the Social Security
shortfall. So while Baby Boomers, if they are lucky may get what they are owed
in social security, but it may be in radically devalued dollars. And already we
are watching incomes being devastated by the rising cost of gas, food, and
Now let’s turn our attention from the current socio-economic “Wave Trend” to
your retirement dollars and investing. There are five gigantic financial trends
that have had and will have dramatic effects on your retirement dollar:
2. The devaluation of the U.S. dollar
3. Your earning power
4. No positive gains in the stock market
5. Investment fees that are eating up your portfolio
Let’s take a look at all five…
Even though we have been in deflationary trend for the last 30 years, it does
not tell the whole story of the buying power of the U.S. dollar and what effect
it has on you and other Baby Boomers in being able to use retirement dollars to
purchase items. Since the first Baby Boomers were born in 1946, inflation has
gone up a staggering 310%+!
What this means is your dollar buys approximately 2/3 of what it did if you
are 65 than from when you were born. And for those Boomers Born at the tail end
of the boom in 1964 you are now 47, inflation rose almost 250% and your dollar
buys approximately ¾ of what it did since you were born.
Now let’s look at the most important investment purchase, the average American
makes besides saving for retirement….their home.
Since 1970, according to www.jparsons.net and National Association of Realtors,
the graph below shows the nominal prices of homes increasing 10x in a 40 year
period! From this factor alone your dollar is buying 1/10 of what it did 40
years ago for a home purchase.
2. The Devaluation of the U.S. Dollar
Now let’s take a look at the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar. The dollar is
tracked historically by the U.S. Dollar Index. The US Dollar Index is a leading
benchmark for the international value of the US dollar measuring the performance
of the greenback against a basket of currencies which includes: EUR, JPY, GBP,
CAD, CHF and SEK. The index started in 1973 with a base of 100 and is relative
to this base. So, for example, a value of 120 (as shown in the graph below for
the year 1973), would suggest that the U.S. dollar experienced a 20% increase in
value of the time period.
Unfortunately, you can see that the U.S. Dollar has been de-valued significantly
since 1984. In fact it has dropped from a 65% increase in 1984 to a 25% decrease
in value currently. In fact, the only time the dollar was more devalued was in
3. Your Earning Power
According to an article written by Joseph Pisani for CNBC, people earning six
figures a year or more are now finding it hard to make ends meet let alone save
or put money away in their retirement accounts. Richard Castellini, Chief
Marketing Officer at CareerBuilder.com states “Many more people are living
paycheck to paycheck compared to last year. What you’re seeing is that the
problem is moving into higher income levels.”
Thirty percent of workers with salaries of $100,000 or more said they are
living paycheck to paycheck, up from 21 percent last year (2009), according to
the survey of 4,400 workers nationwide. Overall, 61 percent said they always or
usually live paycheck to paycheck, up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in
2007. “Companies have reduced salaries, and people are used to creating a
lifestyle with what they were making a year ago or so," says Castellini.
Some 21 percent of all respondents said they have reduced their 401(k)
contributions or personal savings in the last six months in order to get by,
while 23 percent of the $100,000-and-over group said they had done so. While
some Americans have cut back on what they set aside, others have stopped saving
all together. Thirty-six percent said they don't contribute anything to
retirement savings, like a 401(k) or an IRA. As for short-term savings, 33
percent of those surveyed reported that they don’t put any money aside each
month, up from 25 percent in 2008.
Let’s take a look at what has been happening to the Median Household Income
from 1975 to present day. As you can see from the graph by www.davemanuel.com,
median household income is on the decline and has broken the 30 year trend line,
so while inflation has increased, the dollar is devalued, your income is
4. No Positive Gains, Just Volatility
Relevant Market Data For You To Dream About or Be Scared About – The Dow
Jones, adjusted for inflation returns have been zero over the last 10 years. The
Dow Jones Industrial Average has not advanced in the last 10 years.
10 Year Dow Jones Performance
The 10 Year Performance of the Dow has been stagnant.
Daily stock market volatility has also increased as a trend over the years and
crashes are becoming all too common as baby boomers are taking mandatory
distributions and a reduced value on their retirement accounts. But that’s only
if you stay in the wall street game. Yet millions of baby boomers don’t know how
to escape this impending doom and NO it’s not an illegal investment and NO this
is not risky, out of your control, or tracked to stocks, bond, mutual funds, or
the commodities markets!
5. Investment Fees Are Eating Up Your Portfolio
Congress reported, in the fall of 2010 that up to 28% of your retirement nest
egg is going to ongoing fees and commissions. Investment advisors think there is
no other way than Wall Street and charging fees even while investors, like you,
are losing money. There is a better way, a safer way, and you don’t have to be a
super-sophisticated investor to cash in and revitalize your dying retirement
Now that I have your attention, the big question that is probably rolling
through your mind is, “How do I escape this disaster so that I can build my
retirement nest egg and retire to a lifestyle I have imagined?”
I know you will agree with me when I say that you, and other hard working
Americans, with retirement accounts are so sick of paying broker fees,
transactions fees and not getting the returns that you had hoped to get in your
Would you also agree with me that “wall street” has become the most untrusted
and hated place to put your money across the United States because most brokers
and financial investments firms suck your hard-earned retirement investment
dollars out of your pocket by overpromising and under delivering.
So now that I have your attention, let’s move to the next module of our course
and find out the answer to The Trillion Dollar Secret!
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