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Subject:  Re: Strategy comparison S&P500 vs. IUL [rev 1] Date:  4/4/2013  6:18 PM
Author:  aj485 Number:  71708 of 75376

$4,330 Gross Income
$3,887 take home income (after withholdings)
$1,212.42 housing (including 1.25% prop taxes & 0.3% hazard insurance)
$433 consumer payments ($28,800 credit card balances @ 18%)

That's a loan at 28/35 DTI ratios.

$10,000 reserves (x6 months of total lifestyle expenses,)
$2,251 monthly discretionary income


So, the expenses you provided.....

$1212 (housing)
$ 433 (consumer debt)

adds up to $1645 in debt payments. Take that from $3887, and you get $2242 in what you are calling 'discretionary' income. While you accounted for homeowner's insurance and property taxes, you didn't account for all those other expenses, like:

food
electricity/natural gas
water/sewer
trash
phone
medical co-pays/deductibles

much of which is not really 'discretionary'.

And the 'x6 reserves' that you are showing only cover the debt payments, not the 'lifestyle expenses'.

So, how much of the $2242 'discretionary' income are you assuming is put into savings?

AJ
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