Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

I was watching an NHPTV show on retirement yesterday and the "expert" they were interviewing
rolled out the old chestnut that,

"you probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire."

why does this myth persist, surely 15 to 20 times your expenses is a better way to assess what you'll need.
__________________

__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   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!

Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Dawg52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Central MS/Orange Beach, AL
Posts: 7,438
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Lord, 30 times my latest salary(gross) would be unachievable. Many old threads on this topic here.
__________________

__________________
Retired 3/31/2007@52
Full time wuss.......
Dawg52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:22 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by DOG52
Lord, 30 times my latest salary(gross) would be unachievable. Many old threads on this topic here.
Its not really the numbers, but the persistance of the myth that amazes me. Why is salary taken as an indicator of what you need to live on? If you hope to retire you obviously need to save, so salary is no measure of your current or future need for money. I have my own opinions about why salary is used, but would be interested in yours.
__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:27 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
teejayevans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,221
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by none
I was watching an NHPTV show on retirement yesterday and the "expert" they were interviewing
rolled out the old chestnut that,

"you probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire."

why does this myth persist, surely 15 to 20 times your expenses is a better way to assess what you'll need.
Because most people who haven't saved at all:
1. Need to be scared into saving
2. Haven't saved because they are living beyond their means.

Ditto for the "you need 90% of your salary" myth.

Tom

__________________
teejayevans is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:31 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,056
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

This isn't just getting mixed up with the "you need 25 times your annual expenses to retire" (the 4% SWR) rule, is it?
__________________
Andre1969 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:33 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
lazygood4nothinbum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,895
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

30 x's my pathetic salary? not a problem.
__________________
"off with their heads"~~dr. joseph-ignace guillotin

"life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."~~mark twain - letter to edward kimmitt 1901
lazygood4nothinbum is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:34 PM   #7
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 17
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Couple thoughts, unfortunately:
- Many people have no idea what their expenses are, but they do know what their salary is.
- Many people's expenses are equal or greater than their salary, so salary is the right number to use, heck maybe it's even conservative!

That said, I think the numbers they are using are crazy, I'd be working forever.
__________________
Behan is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:38 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by teejayevans
Because most people who haven't saved at all:
1. Need to be scared into saving
2. Haven't saved because they are living beyond their means.

Ditto for the "you need 90% of your salary" myth.

Tom

Exactly, what gets me is that nobody points out the contradiction in expert advice ie.if you save for retirement you have to be able to live off less than your salary, when the 20x salary would suggest that you will be spending your entire salary, assuming a 5% return and maintaining your capital.
__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:39 PM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by Behan
Couple thoughts, unfortunately:
- Many people have no idea what their expenses are, but they do know what their salary is.
- Many people's expenses are equal or greater than their salary, so salary is the right number to use, heck maybe it's even conservative!

That said, I think the numbers they are using are crazy, I'd be working forever.
Then these folks have no hope of saving for retirement.
__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:39 PM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 211
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by teejayevans
Because most people who haven't saved at all:
1. Need to be scared into saving
2. Haven't saved because they are living beyond their means.

Ditto for the "you need 90% of your salary" myth.
You hit the nail on the head. The problem, of course, is that lines like that freak people out to the point that they shrug and say "why bother?", instead of saving what they can. now, while some folks may be looking for those sorts of excuses to avoid LBYM, I'm not looking forward to having to support these folks in years to come. Lack of opportunities/education is one issue, and I'm quite happy to have my taxes/donations go to fixing those social ills--I see it as my responsibility as someone who won the birth lottery. However, lack of self-control is quite another matter.
__________________
OKLibrarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 01:50 PM   #11
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 678
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by none
I was watching an NHPTV show on retirement yesterday and the "expert" they were interviewing
rolled out the old chestnut that,

"you probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire."

why does this myth persist, surely 15 to 20 times your expenses is a better way to assess what you'll need.
As others have said, for most people this is not a myth, since most people live at or above their means, and for the majority of people, they really do need 25 times their salary to live comfortably in retirement at the same level pre retirement.

Of course, for those of us who LBYM, this rule is inapplicable. It's not how much you make that counts, it's how much you spend. Most people just don't get that though.
__________________
JustCurious is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 02:30 PM   #12
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
jIMOh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Milford, OH
Posts: 2,085
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by none
Its not really the numbers, but the persistance of the myth that amazes me. Why is salary taken as an indicator of what you need to live on? If you hope to retire you obviously need to save, so salary is no measure of your current or future need for money. I have my own opinions about why salary is used, but would be interested in yours.
I disagree to an extent. I do agree a person needs to save "based on expenses" and not "based on salary". BUT, and huge BUT.

salary drives spending... spending does NOT drive salary in any way shape or form. And current salary is also a reasonably successful predictor of future salary.

So if a person is 20-30 years away from retirement, they don't know what they'll be spending in 20-30 years, but they have a good idea of what they'll make, which will be an indication of what they'll spend.

For me, I am shooting to save about 25-33x my current salary (and I'm 20 years from ER and 30 years from normal retirement). I know when I get close to examine what I have saved relative to what I spend (at that time).

Because of inflation, if I figure out what I spend now, and try to save that NOW, I would fall short because surely in 20 years the stuff would cost more.

__________________
Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. One person's stupidity is another person's job security.
jIMOh is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 02:42 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by jIMOh



salary drives spending... spending does NOT drive salary in any way shape or form.
I'm not sure this is exactly true as it implies that people's spending is controlled by their salary and the level of debt in the US would argue against this. I think that spending is driven by advertising and the prevailing capitalistic culture that encourages consumption and gives everyone the tools to live beyond their means,ie credit cards and sub-prime mortgages.

Retirement experts should not give advise about how much you need to retire, rather given your age they should tell you what percentage of your current expenses you need to save
__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 03:54 PM   #14
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 301
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by none
I think that spending is driven by advertising and the prevailing capitalistic culture that encourages consumption and gives everyone the tools to live beyond their means,ie credit cards and sub-prime mortgages.
So given this then, the 25x salary number is actually TOO conservative !!

i.e. if I'm not surviving right now on my salary, how will I make it on xx% of my salary in retirement?

- John
__________________
runchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 04:13 PM   #15
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 438
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

I suspect most people think in terms of salary = after tax income. And 25x that, adjusted for discounted pension income and Social Security, would probably be about right for a 25 year life expectancy.
__________________
rmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 06:41 PM   #16
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,893
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by jIMOh
salary drives spending... spending does NOT drive salary in any way shape or form. And current salary is also a reasonably successful predictor of future salary.
Wow - - thank goodness I have more self control than to allow salary to drive spending. I suspect that salary does not drive spending for most people here.
__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is online now   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 06:46 PM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by runchman
So given this then, the 25x salary number is actually TOO conservative !!

i.e. if I'm not surviving right now on my salary, how will I make it on xx% of my salary in retirement?

- John
Yes! its way too conservative for people who actually plan to ER and live comfortably in retirement because the "secret" is to LBYM and save and once the house is paid for your living expenses fall dramatically.



__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 07:00 PM   #18
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,836
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

Quote:
Originally Posted by Want2retire
Wow - - thank goodness I have more self control than to allow salary to drive spending. I suspect that salary does not drive spending for most people here.
I think you are right. What I think many families find is that they have large fixed outgoings like mortgage, medical, college fees, car payments, and credit card debt or loan repayments. These leave them little to save for retirement and unfortunately now that most employees have lost the non-contributory defined benefit pension plan they have to pay for this out of their salary.

What frightens me is that we are always being encouraged to spend on material goods and financial experts are also trying to get us to save unrealistically large amounts for retirement.....stop the madness, if we live more frugally we'll have money left over to save and we'll need a smaller amount in retirement because
our exspense are less.

PS who thinks that the loss of pensions and the introduction of 401ks was basically a 10 to 20% pay cut for most of us....?
__________________
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Current AA: 65% Equity Funds / 20% Bonds / 7% Stable Value /3% Cash / 5% TIAA Traditional
Retired Mar 2014 at age 52, target WR: 0.0%,
Income from pension and rent
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 07:02 PM   #19
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
clifp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,450
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

I think if they simply changed the rule of thumb to be 25x your take home pay, everything would be ok. Now for those people who save a significant amount of money outside of their 401K plans it would be too pessimistic, but since most people have little saving outside of retirement it would a reasonable
__________________
clifp is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????
Old 04-18-2007, 07:05 PM   #20
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 301
Re: You probably need 25 to 30 times your current salary saved to retire??????

I really wonder what IS going to happen to the masses. We prepared ER message-boarders are probably in the vast minority, and we still worry -

We debate the nuances of 3 vs 4% swrs, paying off mortgages or not, etc, while most blissfully go along their merry way figuring "It'll work out for me somehow" while they save diddly squat.

Even in my line of work, engineering, where people are pretty math-centric, interest in investing is pretty low.

Maybe if financial security isn't on the minds of these folks now, well then maybe they won't be bothered by not having it when retirement age comes around either?

I just hope we don't end up paying for them in some way

- John
__________________

__________________
runchman 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
500 search phrases for 2006 dory36 Other topics 2 01-16-2007 08:00 AM
32 and wanting to retire in a few years needtoretireearly Hi, I am... 61 12-08-2005 04:15 PM
Retire early, live longer dory36 Other topics 6 02-27-2004 09:36 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:09 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.