Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Guess we're doing ok?
Old 06-02-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 214
Guess we're doing ok?

Had our annual review with our Fidelity managed account portfolio manager (and earlier in the day our account manager). Many of you know that Fidelity currently offers a Retirement Preparedness Measure (RPM) score, based on your input of planned expenses, assets and income over retirement. The portfolio manager said that in the many years he has been doing this, ours is the first time he saw the RPM score peg the meter at 150+ (it doesn't go higher than that.)

Our account manager ran analyses that showed us croaking with $10-15M in assets (I think that's in future dollars, maybe $4M in today's) assuming a "significantly underperforming" market.

DW has been, historically, much more conservative and worried about risk than I have been, but she is finally relaxing and coming around to the view that we probably don't have to worry about running out of money. I am 62 and retired earlier this year, DW is 65 and retired in 2004. We have lived below our means for decades and saved, but we live comfortably. We were told that we really need to spend more, given that our goals are to spend everything down.
__________________

__________________
Steve
jonat is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-02-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
Full time employment: Posting here.
euro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 956
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonat View Post
Had our annual review with our Fidelity managed account portfolio manager (and earlier in the day our account manager). Many of you know that Fidelity currently offers a Retirement Preparedness Measure (RPM) score, based on your input of planned expenses, assets and income over retirement. The portfolio manager said that in the many years he has been doing this, ours is the first time he saw the RPM score peg the meter at 150+ (it doesn't go higher than that.)

Our account manager ran analyses that showed us croaking with $10-15M in assets (I think that's in future dollars, maybe $4M in today's) assuming a "significantly underperforming" market.

DW has been, historically, much more conservative and worried about risk than I have been, but she is finally relaxing and coming around to the view that we probably don't have to worry about running out of money. I am 62 and retired earlier this year, DW is 65 and retired in 2004. We have lived below our means for decades and saved, but we live comfortably. We were told that we really need to spend more, given that our goals are to spend everything down.
Good for YOU - sounds like the well-earned result of good planning and appropriate lifestyle. congrats!
__________________

__________________
euro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2017, 04:04 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
RobbieB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Central CA
Posts: 2,098
Yeah, time to blow some dough!

You don't want to die with 15 million eh? Can't spend a dime when your dead. Have more fun now while you still can.
__________________
Retired at 59 in 2014. Should have done it sooner but I worried too much.
RobbieB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2017, 08:30 PM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 5,495
So what are you going to do about this excessive​ frugality?
We need to see a list of line items. Maybe dates too.
Summer vacation season is almost here.
__________________
Lsbcal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2017, 10:53 PM   #5
gone traveling
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: New York City
Posts: 2,059
If you had your life to live over again, would you still work till 62?
__________________
Blue Collar Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2017, 11:43 PM   #6
Recycles dryer sheets
evilanne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 169
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobbieB View Post
Yeah, time to blow some dough!

You don't want to die with 15 million eh? Can't spend a dime when your dead. Have more fun now while you still can.
+1 You definitely don't want it to be subject to any inheritance tax
__________________
evilanne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 04:35 AM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
DrRoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,515
Definitely time to enjoy now.
__________________
"The mountains are calling, and I must go." John Muir
DrRoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 05:57 AM   #8
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 214
We are already taking vacations - two this year and two scheduled for next year. Our wills have everything going to charity, so tax is not an issue. We're not the sort to significantly change our lifestyle at this point in our lives, but it does mean we can loosen up a little. Just this morning DW decided that she could now "afford" to buy brown eggs instead of white eggs at the supermarket (50 cents more.)

I had been telling people at work that I would probably retire at 66 or 67, as long as I enjoyed the work, the people, and that I was comfortable with the work environment. Then last year Megacorp decided that it wanted to shed >10K workers and offered very generous buyout packages for retirement-eligible employees (which I definitely was.) Oh, and if I stayed (which my immediate management very much wanted me to do), my commute would change from 5 minutes to two hours in horrible traffic, as they were "consolidating" sites. That's what pushed me over the edge.

I was worried how I would handle it psychologically, but it's been great so far. In some sense I'm busier than ever and enjoying it greatly. I have stayed involved in my field of work but on my own terms.
__________________
Steve
jonat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 06:56 AM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Alberta/Ontario/ Arizona
Posts: 2,850
You can only spend it or give it away, now or later. Sounds like you don't want to spend much more so why don't you start giving away more now? Would be a lot more satisfying to see the results of your generosity. Of are you just so "conservative" that you would rather see it pile up?
__________________
Danmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 07:45 AM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Ready's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,697
It's hard to change a lifetime of LBYM even when Firecalc says you can spend much more than you are.

But so far this year we've needed to replace a water heater, purchase new furniture for the family room, and do a variety of small repairs around the house. I used to worry about that stuff but now I just don't any more. That's the nice part of having extra cushion.

And just last week, when we went out for my favorite Chicken soup with matzo ball and kreplach, I asked the waitress for an extra kreplach in my soup. It felt so decadent, but I figured it was worth it to splurge a little.
__________________
Ready is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 07:54 AM   #11
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 214
We have already stepped up our charitable giving, but who knows what the future may bring, so we don't want to make significant inroads to the savings so early in our retirement. Ask me again in 15-20 years. DW is convinced she won't live much past her mid-80s, based on family history. I could go well into the 90s.
__________________
Steve
jonat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 07:55 AM   #12
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 5,495
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ready View Post
...

And just last week, when we went out for my favorite Chicken soup with matzo ball and kreplach, I asked the waitress for an extra kreplach in my soup. It felt so decadent, but I figured it was worth it to splurge a little.
No kidding those little things can be a lot of fun and stress free spending.

Yesterday we bought 2 replacement low flow Kohler toilets. The plumber will be installing both. Our old ones are 30+ years old and it seemed the best idea to get all the hardware fixed at once.
__________________
Lsbcal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 08:05 AM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 5,495
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonat View Post
We are already taking vacations - two this year and two scheduled for next year. Our wills have everything going to charity, so tax is not an issue. We're not the sort to significantly change our lifestyle at this point in our lives, but it does mean we can loosen up a little. Just this morning DW decided that she could now "afford" to buy brown eggs instead of white eggs at the supermarket (50 cents more.)
...
Careful, that is how the big spending starts.

We are taking 2 upcoming vacations too. Then there was that trip to Death Valley in February.

What I did was to identify the minimum spending level we should shoot for. Then I split the spending into Basics and Fun/Discretionary. Basics are all the regular bills plus standard restaurant tabs. Fun/Discretionary are generally above $1000 and are things like vacations, furniture replacements, garden redesigns, car replacements, etc.

I just track broad monthly spending and the fun/discretionary stuff. I do not do a detailed breakdown of the Basics category. Just once a month totaling of the charge cards, checking account, and cash. Keeping it simple (I think) and not obsessing (too much).
__________________
Lsbcal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 08:11 AM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Alberta/Ontario/ Arizona
Posts: 2,850
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonat View Post
We have already stepped up our charitable giving, but who knows what the future may bring, so we don't want to make significant inroads to the savings so early in our retirement. Ask me again in 15-20 years. DW is convinced she won't live much past her mid-80s, based on family history. I could go well into the 90s.
So what then is your issue? Just bask in the knowledge you are very lucky indeed?
__________________
Danmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 08:25 AM   #15
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: clearwater
Posts: 221
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ready View Post
It's hard to change a lifetime of LBYM even when Firecalc says you can spend much more than you are.

But so far this year we've needed to replace a water heater, purchase new furniture for the family room, and do a variety of small repairs around the house. I used to worry about that stuff but now I just don't any more. That's the nice part of having extra cushion.

And just last week, when we went out for my favorite Chicken soup with matzo ball and kreplach, I asked the waitress for an extra kreplach in my soup. It felt so decadent, but I figured it was worth it to splurge a little.
I love chicken soup with kreplach, but an extra kreplach in my soup is NOT extravagant !!! You've got to come up with something else.
__________________
rothlev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 09:45 AM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
2017ish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,796
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ready View Post
...

And just last week, when we went out for my favorite Chicken soup with matzo ball and kreplach, ....
Had never heard of this dish. Just looked it up. Yummy addition to our winter cookbook.

(If you couldn't tell: lifelong denizen of flyover country )
__________________
OMY * 3 2ish Done 7.28.17
2017ish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 07:08 PM   #17
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 214
Quote:
Originally Posted by Danmar View Post
So what then is your issue? Just bask in the knowledge you are very lucky indeed?
Did I say I had an issue? Lots of us here share stories of how we're doing, not everyone is in trouble. Sometimes a success story is of interest.

As for "very lucky", I prefer to assign it to making good decisions and sticking to them. Yes, luck was partially involved in my career path, but I know many who had the same path that made different choices and are struggling. Indeed, several of my colleagues who were made the same buyout offer said they couldn't afford to accept it.
__________________
Steve
jonat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 07:43 PM   #18
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 261
Re post #8, I do not mind spending more if there is an added benefit, but there is no difference in brown and white eggs.

Retired poultry scientist.
__________________
sanfanciscotreat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 07:56 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
RobbieB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Central CA
Posts: 2,098
I find that brown eggs have a more yellow yolk. They just look better. Besides they are more expensive and we need to;

Blow More Dough
__________________
Retired at 59 in 2014. Should have done it sooner but I worried too much.
RobbieB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2017, 08:29 PM   #20
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 815
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobbieB View Post
I find that brown eggs have a more yellow yolk. They just look better. Besides they are more expensive and we need to;

Blow More Dough


__________________

__________________
Scuba is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"I'm doing good or "I'm doing well" David1961 Other topics 32 07-16-2014 04:33 PM
Guess What ER is Celebrating His Birthday Danny Other topics 1 04-09-2006 04:23 PM
Well, dag-nab-it, I Guess I Should... jdmorton Hi, I am... 8 03-19-2006 12:13 PM
I Guess This Is Home Now yakers Other topics 7 03-14-2006 01:06 PM
Guess what Dawg52 FIRE and Money 61 09-20-2005 04:25 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:09 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.