Larry says the retirement savings calculators at most financial institutions overestimate the amount of money you need to save. He says those same institutions then induce you to buy high-yield but very risky equity funds in order to hit a target that's already too high to begin with.
Larry says individuals should focus on the following three points rather than an unrealistic retirement savings goal set by a self-serving financial institution:
- Secure a smooth financial ride over the course of your lifetime. You don't want to splurge today and starve tomorrow, or vice versa—you want balance, Larry says. Make the right moves with investments, Social Security, 401(k) plans and more, he says.
- Protect your standard of living. Do not overpay for things like life insurance, Larry says.
- Get the highest living standard out of your current resources. Look at whether things like paying for college or taking out a mortgage will help or hurt your standard of living, Larry says.