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Retirement Investing Mistake: Forgetting to Plan for Inflation

Retirement is meant to be a time to pursue all the activities you dreamed of during your working years. However, financial concerns burden many retirees and transform this potentially exciting time into one of worry and uncertainty.

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Title screen appears, “Common Retirement Investment Mistakes” underneath it a subtitle “Mistake #4: Ignoring Inflation


A woman appears on the screen with a TV screen next to her, the woman is wearing a Navy Suit, she is identified as Jessica Smith, Client Services Vice President.

Jessica Smith: It's easy to forget about inflation, but doing so can be costly. Recently, inflation in the US. Has been quite low, averaging only about 3% per year. But even at this relatively low rate, inflation can have an insidious effect over a long retirement.

On the screen TV next to Jessica, a hand appears with a wallet in it, this wallet appears to have money inside, but the money keeps flying away from the wallet.

Jessica Smith: You can think of inflation as an unavoidable cost, eating into your purchasing power each and every year.

On the TV screen a bunch of Goods appears to have their prices increase such as cars, cameras, food, bikes and many more

Jessica Smith: Inflation means the expenses you have today will likely cost more in the future. Typically, inflation is measured by evaluating the cost of many consumer goods and services food, cars, gas, education, housing, healthcare and seeing how the overall prices change over time. While the historical rate of inflation in the US. Has been right around 3%, some categories, such as healthcare and education, have experienced much more dramatic increases.

On the TV screen next to Jessica, a chart appears, the chart is titled “the impact of inflation” the chart assumes an annual inflation rate of 3%.

Jessica Smith: What would 3% annual inflation do to your purchasing power over time? You can see that after just ten years, what used to cost you $50,000 will now cost nearly $67,000. That's a whopping 34% increase. And over a long retirement, the impacts of inflation can be much greater. Most long-term investors want to maintain or increase purchasing power over time. To do that, you'll need to factor inflation into your financial planning. And you'll need growth to match or outpace the rate of inflation.

In the TV screen next to Jessica, a title appears "Seven Common Retirement Investing Mistakes” Underneath it seven points that are:

  1. improperly Diversifying
  2. Trying to time market.
  3. Misunderstanding the Risk-Reward Trade-off.
  4. Ignoring Inflation.
  5. Ignoring International Stocks.
  6. Overstimating How far Your Social Security.
  7. paying Excessive Fees.

Jessica Smith: Thanks for watching. You can check out our other six common retirement investing mistakes to learn more about what to avoid as you plan for your financial future.

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