Most Americans Are Not Saving for Their Futures

5 years ago

  • Share this:

It is no secret that most Americans don’t have enough savings to cover their retirement – or even costly emergencies. This has always been a problem, but it became much worse during the 2008 financial crisis, and even when people started to make money again years later, many halted their savings plans because they lost all their retirement and even their homes. Living without savings can create a lot of anxiety about the future, but know that you are not alone. Below are a few tips to keep in mind as you plan for retirement – or any savings for that matter!

1)      Pay yourself first. If you haven’t heard this before, then think about your retirement as if it is just another bill. That means you put it on your monthly list, and if possible, you pay that first before the rest of your electricity or anything else. You know what your standard bills are each month and the amount of spending money that you like to have. The truth is, and this goes especially for business owners, if you don’t pay yourself first, there’s a good chance you’ll spend it and end up with nothing left at the end of each month.

2)      Get an app. Simple smartphone applications like Mint, Pocketguard, and You Need a Budget, are designed to easily keep track of your expenses so that after a few months, you have a clear idea of what you are spending. Seeing the real numbers can change money habits in an instant. For example, if you eat out a lot and look at the totals, it could add up to a great trip over a few months. If you were wanting to enjoy a great vacation, you might slow down on the expensive dining, or if you’re like me, the fancy shoes! You can find the best 14 Budget Apps for 2017 here.

3)       Biz Owners. If you are a business owner, make sure you separate your business from your personal expenses. Many entrepreneurs intermingle their finances with their company and lose sight of actual profits and taxes, and end up short at the end of the year in both the tax and the savings. This is easy to avoid by simply keeping two bank accounts, one for work and one for personal.

4)      Joint Accounts. Joint accounts can cause all kinds of sticky situations with spouses and significant others. Consider having one joint account that is only for the basic bills you pay together. This could be rent or mortgage, tax, utilities, groceries etc. How you contribute to that account is up to you. Are you going to each put in 50 percent? Or are you going to base how much each person puts in to that account based on their salary? If you both agree then the percentages are not important. What IS important is that you both save each month, no matter how big or small that dollar amount is (assuming that both of you work). I’ve found in my practice that when clients take this advice, there are fewer arguments around money and spending.

5)      Fear about money. Most people fear talking about money and their future money, but the truth is that there is plenty out there, and there are plenty of financially savvy investments and habits that you can pick up. By working with the right professionals and doing your due diligence, you will have a much better view of what your future and your money have in store for you.

Holly Signorelli, CPA and Financial Advisor

 

Disclaimers:
 

By using this website and or blog, or making a purchase, user agrees as follows:

All written content on http://cabanaportfolio.com website (the “Website”) is for informational purposes only. The material presented is believed to be from reliable sources and no representations are made by CABANA, LLC (d/b/a “Cabana Asset Management”), Cabana Law Group, or Cabana Financial, LLC (collectively, “Cabana”) or its affiliates as to another parties’ informational accuracy or completeness. All information or ideas provided should be discussed in detail with an advisor, accountant or legal counsel prior to implementation. No party, including but not limited to, Cabana and its affiliates, assumes liability for any loss or damage resulting from errors or omissions or reliance on or use of this material.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Cabana or its affiliates. Any content provided by our bloggers or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Information presented is believed to be current. It should not be viewed as personalized investment advice. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the authors on the date of publication and may change in response to market conditions. You should consult with a professional advisor before implementing any strategies discussed. Content should not be viewed as an offer to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned or as legal or tax advice. You should always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

Viewers or recipients of the information herein that do not agree with the term and conditions of use, should not utilize this website or any information contained herein. Decisions based on information contained herein are the sole responsibility of the person viewing the website. In exchange for utilizing the information on this website, the visitor agrees to indemnify and hold Cabana Asset management, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, agents, licensors and suppliers harmless against any and all claims, losses, liability, costs and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees) arising from the use of this website, violation of these terms or from any decisions that the viewer makes based on such information.

Disclaimers

June 22, 2022

This material is prepared by Cabana LLC, dba Cabana Asset Management and/or its affiliates (together “Cabana”) for informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. This material may only be distributed in its original format and may not be altered or reproduced without the prior written consent of CabanaThe opinions expressed reflect the judgement of the author, are as of the date of its publication and may change as subsequent conditions vary. The information and opinions contained in this material are derived from proprietary and nonproprietary sources deemed by Cabana to be reliable, are not necessarily all-inclusive and are not guaranteed as to accuracy. As such, no warranty of accuracy or reliability is given and no responsibility arising in any other way for errors and omissions (including responsibility to any person by reason of negligence) is accepted by Cabana, its officers, employees or agents.  

This material may contain ‘forward looking’ information that is not purely historical in nature. Such information may include, among other things, projections and forecasts. There is no guarantee that any forecasts made will come to pass. Reliance upon information in this material is at the sole discretion of the reader. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product or strategy. All investment strategies have the potential for profit or loss. All strategies have different degrees of risk. There is no guarantee that any specific investment or strategy will be suitable or profitable for a particular client. The information provided here is neither tax nor legal advice. Investors should speak to their tax professional for specific information regarding their tax situation. Investment involves risk including possible loss of principal.  

Cabana LLC, dba Cabana Asset Management (“Cabana”), is an SEC registered investment adviser with offices in Fayetteville, AR and Plano, TX. The firm only transacts business in states where it is properly registered or is exempted from registration requirements. Registration as an investment adviser is not an endorsement of the firm by securities regulators and does not mean the adviser has achieved a specific level of skill or ability. Additional information regarding Cabana, including its fees, can be found in Cabana’s Form ADV Part 2A or Form CRS. A copy of which is available upon request or online at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov/. 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All investment strategies have different degrees of risk and the corresponding potential for profit or loss. Asset allocation and diversification will not necessarily improve returns and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. “Target Drawdown” is merely a descriptive term used to describe the general strategy and objective of the portfolio, it is not a guarantee, nor should it be construed to suggest safety or protection from loss. There is no guarantee that portfolio performance will remain consistent with the targeted drawdown parameter. While risk tolerance and targeted “drawdown” are identified on the front end for each portfolio, Cabana’s algorithm does not take any one client’s situation into account and there is no guarantee that Cabana’s strategies will be suitable for any investor. Investors and advisors should not simply rely on the name of any portfolio to determine what is suitable. It is the responsibility of investment advisors to determine what is suitable for their clients. Cabana manages assets on multiple custodial platforms. Performance results for specific investors will vary based upon differences in associated costs and asset availability.  

Cabana claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS® is a trademark of the CFA Institute. The CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein. To receive a GIPS Report and/or a firm’s list of composite/pooled fund descriptions please email your request to info@thecabanagroup.com.

All recommendations made in the prior 12 months are available upon request. Cabana’s allocation history is available here. For additional information regarding our services, including performance disclosures and award methodology, please visit https://thecabanagroup.com/disclaimers/. 

Commonly used index/benchmark definitions:  

All indices and categories are unmanaged and an individual cannot invest directly in an index or category. Index returns do not include fees or expenses. Benchmark indices will likely materially differ from Cabana’s portfolio strategies. Detailed information as to how the returns are calculated can be obtained online from the following link: https://thecabanagroup.com/disclaimers/performance-reporting-methodology/. 

Morningstar’s Moderate Target Risk index  follows a moderate equity risk preference and is based on well-established asset allocation methodology from Ibbotson Associates, a Morningstar company.  

Morningstar’s Tactical Allocation category includes portfolios that seek to provide capital appreciation and income by actively shifting allocations across investments. These portfolios have material shifts across equity regions, and bond sectors on a frequent basis. 

The S&P 500 Index is a market-capitalization weighted stock market index of 500 widely held large-cap stocks often used as a proxy for the U.S. stock market.  

The Russell 2000 and 3000 indices are market-capitalization weighted stock market indices that include, respectively, 2000 and 3000 of the most widely-held stocks and are often used as proxies for the U.S. stock market. 

The Nasdaq Composite Index is a market-weight capitalization index that covers more than 3,000 stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. What is the Nasdaq Composite, and What Companies are in It? | Nasdaq