Step #1 — What does retirement mean to you?
Many people think of retirement as a time in your life where you can work if you want to, but not because you have to. In other words, how would you feel if you could work for fun and/or pursue your passions without worrying about money?
This requires financial independence, or having enough money to:
- Cover your needs and basic wants
- After taxes
- After inflation
- For some period of time (usually you and your beloved’s lifetime)
The amount of money necessary for financial independence is called “Critical Capital”. This is a pile of money that can sustain all your retirement expenses with inflation and after taxes for the requisite time period. This may be in an assortment of piles of money such as funds in your 401(k), Roth IRAs, and taxable money. Retirement could mean reaching a point where you have enough Critical Capital to spend your money making a life versus being forced to spend your life making money. Now that’s exciting!
To be continued…