Why “10 Times Your Income” Isn’t a Smart Retirement Goal

ChatGPT has been making headlines since it launched last year and gained 1 million users in the first week.

If you’re not familiar with ChatGPT, it’s an artificial intelligence computer program that generates human-like answers to almost any question you ask.

So I decided to conduct a little experiment and ask it a simple question:

How much do I need to retire?”

Here’s what the “robot” told me:

 ChatGPT's answer to how much money you need to retire

ChatGPT’s response struck me as yet another example of retirement “rules of thumb” that are outdated. Like “withdrawing 4% of your retirement savings each year will provide you with an income you won’t outlive.”

Why Retirement Rules of Thumb are Dangerous

A rule of thumb like “save 10x your annual income for retirement” may have been helpful 30 years ago when it was first coined, but not today – especially when taking inflation into account.

For example, let’s say your household income is $100,000, and you use the “10x rule” as your savings target for retirement, so you’d need $1 million.

The problem is that $1 million doesn’t go as far as it used to. Someone who bought $1 million worth of goods 30 years ago would need $2 million to buy the same goods today.

This is why many millionaires who subscribe to the “save 10x your annual income” are scared of running out of money in retirement.

In a recent survey of 1,600 people with at least $1 million in investable assets, 35% said, “it will take a miracle to achieve a secure retirement.”

Why are millionaires so scared?

Well, think about it. Even if you have $1 million saved, many experts say you should only withdraw 2.8% of your retirement savings each year, which is just $28,000 a year.

What kind of lifestyle do you think $2,333/month will give you?

Probably not your dream retirement, right?

Is “20 Times Your Annual Income” The New Rule of Thumb?

Maybe we should change the rule of thumb and make it higher, say 15 or 20 times your annual income?

That would be better, but it’s still the wrong question. Here’s why:

When you rely on rules of thumb as traditional retirement models do, you end up striving for some arbitrary goal – as the millionaires did in the survey mentioned above – only to later discover that you’ll still need “a miracle to achieve a secure retirement.”

And with this approach, you’d need these two miracles to happen to enjoy a worry-free retirement:

  1. Inflation to get – and stay – under control; and
  2. The stock market to not have any downturns between now and when you die

We call this the hope-and-pray plan

However, there’s another way you could approach this – a way that allows you to enjoy a secure retirement, regardless of what happens with inflation, the market, or the economy.

The Better Alternative to the “Hope-and-Pray” Plan

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