When considering how to preserve and build wealth, one factor to keep in mind is that inflation and taxes impact your returns and your income. Whatever return you, an independent woman, receive from your investments and whatever income you eventually receive from retirement accounts will be less than you think based on those two factors.
Both factors are unpredictable. That’s because no one knows what tax rates or inflation rates will be in the future. No one – not even the most experienced economist or most senior Federal Reserve official, can predict these rates, especially the farther you go out in the future.
Here’s the deal on how both of these elements can hurt you:
To drive this point home – how inflation and taxes can impact your returns and your income – here is an example. If you invested $10,000 and received an 8 percent return with an annual inflation rate of 3 percent, a state marginal tax bracket of 5 percent, a federal marginal tax rate of 25 percent and itemized deductions, the table below reveals how those factors cut into your returns.
|Year||Growth Before Tax||After-Tax Value||Inflation-Adjusted Purchasing Power|
And to further complicate the situation, the above table assumes an investment return of 8% each and every year. There are very few instances where I can use the word “guarantee,” but I can absolutely guarantee that you’re not going to experience an 8% return every year in the future. That’s why I “stress test” all my clients’ financial plans to account for future market uncertainty, but that’s a topic for another time.
That being said, it is the job of your financial advisor to use the best tools at his or her disposal to make some educated assumptions to help you maximize your resources so you can provide for yourself and your family and achieve your personal and financial goals. Just keep in mind that there are multiple variables when a financial planner helps you, as an independent woman, craft and implement a financial investment plan.
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This article does not constitute a personal recommendation or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations or needs of individual clients. It is intended for illustrative, educational purposes only. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Illustrative data used in this article is from sources believed reliable but not verified independently by Wealthcare. Wealthcare Capital Management’s disclosure document ADV Part 2A can be found here.