Howdy Folks ! Checking in and a follow up from a couple of years ago
Still working right where we was a couple of years ago in West Africa....
And Jaeger words were and are so true for so many of us.....
Just wanted to get a pulse check from the Forum members - all questions and comments are very much appreciated !
The current poop & scoop:
Ms. gamboolgal 56, retired
Emergency funds: Currently have ~4 months cash in the gun safe. Looking to have full 12 months annual estimated expenses in the gun safe by retirement.
Debt: None. House is paid for - worth ~$200K back in Texas
Tax Filing Status: Married Filing Jointly
Tax Rate: ??% Federal, I think we pay the most Federal tax you can since we work international oilfield - we have our CPA who specializes in international taxes prepare our taxes - and have since 1st year we went overseas.
We will keep our CPA and if it makes sense will hire specialized tax assistance once we retire - glad to pay for the expertise until we get a handle on retired finances vs international.
State of Residence: Texas
Ms. gamboolgal 56
Desired Asset allocation: 55% stocks / 45% bonds
Current Asset allocation: 65% stocks / 32% Bonds / 3% cash
Current International allocation: 8% of stocks
Total Current Portfolio ~$1,587,000
Vanguard Total Bond Index Admiral - VBTLX ~$104K
Vanguard Total International Stock Admiral - VTIAX ~$37K
Vanguard Total USA Stock Admiral - VTSAX ~$60K
Vanguard Wellington Admiral - VWENX ~$115K
Mega Corp stock ~$350K
Mega Corp Equity Units stock Index Fund ~$163K
Mega Corp Extended Market Units stock Index Fund ~$50K
Mega Corp International stock Index Fund ~$94K
Mega Corp Bond Index Fund ~$364K
Private Investment Firm - various stocks ~$200K
Mega Corp Maximum Allowed to save annually $60K
Personal savings per month allocated to Vanguard Funds ~$10 to $13K per month. We use $125K per year to add to VG funds
Lump Sum at target retirement date is estimated to be ~$1,275,000
1. Target retirement date is 31-Dec-19 when I will be age 60.
2. Plan at retirement is to take the Lump Sum and roll over to Vanguard funds with asset allocation of 55/45
3. We intend to close our account with private investment firm prior to retirement and move to Vanguard and use monies to move asset allocation directionally to 55/45
4. Over next 2 years before planned retirement date, plan is to sell company stock and move our asset allocation directionally towards 55/45
5. I'm planning to take Social Security at age ~67. We plan on it being reduced 25%. We use $27K per year for me.
For Ms. gamboolgal, she will take at age 67 when she can get 1/2 spousal benefit. We reduce hers also and use $14K per year for her.
6. At retirement date we aim to start with ~$3,250,000 after taking lump sum
7. Annual gross estimated expenses, including Income Tax = $142 per year.
8. Estimated net monthly expenses = ~$10K per month after tax. We have included our estimated net monthly expenses below. We previously submitted these for comments - and got some great and valuable feedback from the forum.
We admit that our numbers are based on us living overseas for the last 15+ years - and thus are estimates only.
9. We are counting on one time spending ~$150k upon retirement and another ~$100k about 10 years later. We have incorporated this into our planning.
9. We have run Firecalc with above criteria and we get 100%
Are we missing something?
Feedback and questions are welcomed !
Sincere thanks to all members of the board and this site ! We have learned so much from reading about real life folks similar to us.
Thanks, gamboolman & gamboolgal....
Here is our guesstimated expenses - based on being international and not living in Texas for the last 15+ years..... Fire away and rip us to shreds.....
Post from 27-Sep-15
So Close, Yet So Far - 56 and Aiming to Retire at 60 – What’ya Think?
Another pair of Texans looking to retire in about four years – Howdy to all yawl !
Jagers Post on “Tickling The Dragons Tail” - Says it all better than I could ever express.
“The reciprocal to that first tragedy is that most people are stuck. They need their jobs. There is an undercurrent of quiet desperation that lies just beneath the surface. And so they do what they must. They suck it up, absorbing the drama and the politics and the dysfunction. They live with the ever present anxiety of potential loss.
The notion of being able to take a principled stand is a luxury very few have.
We mostly think of financial independence as simply the near prelude to an enjoyable retirement. It’s more than that, though. For those still working, it is perhaps the most liberating thing they can possibly experience.”
Well said Jager !
I’m 56 and DW is 54. I work for a major oil company and have been working in Africa since 2003 in countries and locations on land and offshore that are not popular tourist destination’s to say the least. Been in the oilfield since 78 and my dear wife has been chasing me all over the world since 79.
The wife and I have been permanent resident basis since 2008 in Africa. DW lives overseas with me and we spend ~10 months per year in Africa out of the USA. We have kept our home in The Woodlands,Texas, and one of our two adult children is living in it while pursuing additional college degrees.
I was fully vested and eligible for retirement as of age 55 as far as benefits and pension go.
Target Retirement date is 1-Jan-20. We are planning on continuing to work overseas until retirement.
Personal Savings - Total ~$300K
We have four Admiral funds at Vanguard. Asset Allocation is currently 57/43. Try to stay around 60/40.
• Wellington VWENX
• Total USA Bond, VBTLX
• Total International Stock, VTIAX
• Total USA Stock, VTSAX
Currently saving ~$14K per month. Estimate ~$1M at retirement date.
Company Personal Savings - ~$700K today and estimated to be ~$1.1M at target retirement date. Save maximum allowed of ~$60K per year
Combined total for Personal and Company savings currently is ~$1M.
The combined Asset Allocation is currently 78/22 and we will be working to get that towards 60/40 by target retirement date.
Pension – Have option of taking lump sum or annuity.
Pension with 100% Survivor benefit for DW is $67K per year non-COLA.
Lump sum is estimated to be ~$1.150M
House is paid off and we could sell it for ~$180K to $225K. Home is well maintained and we have replaced the roof, both AC’s, Heater, all appliances, and done a major remodel in the last 5 years that is all paid for. So the house is in excellent condition.
One vehicle, 2006 Accord in excellent condition.
Plan to take Social Security at 67 and the wife will take the one half spousal benefit when she turns 67. Current estimate for me at age 67 is $32K per year.
However, we are helping to support our two children financially while they pursue advanced degree’s. These costs are included in the savings estimates detailed herein.
We have estimated in retirement needing ~$9,250 net per month. Gross ~$131K per year.
This includes keeping our Medical/Dental/Vision insurance from mega-corp.
We are leaning towards taking the pension of $67K per year vs taking lump sum.
Therefore we would be need to make up ~$64k per year from our investments and savings.
Estimated current total of personal savings and company savings is estimated to be ~$2M at target retirement date.
No debt or any anticipated major expenses. No known medical issues and the wife and I are in good shape and health.
Firecalc gives us 100% for 40 years with a minimum portfolio of ~$1.575M.
We feel like we are on track.
But after being in the oilfield since 1978 – we don’t get our hopes up too much as we have lived thru a couple of busts and know how bad things can get.
Having said that…….we seem to be headed towards reaching our goals and targets.
God willing, four years to go and like so many others on the site – I admit that I am obsessed with being able to be free from working. I want to be able to spend every remaining moment enjoying life with my dear wife and family.
We’ll be posting periodic updates on the status and progress.
We are rank amateurs when it comes to this investing stuff and are learning so much from this site and the posts of the members.
After all They’s Many A Slip Between The Cup and The Lip
All comments, questions and suggestions would be most appreciated.
Thanks, gamboolman & gamboolgal....