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Subject: Re: Hi gang... wow!!! Date: 9/17/2013 3:57 AM
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Dwdonhoff warns,


If a proposed strategy is vulnerable to that without sufficient reserves, its not a serious retirement plan. Maybe a fun gambling plan, but not 'retirement.'

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Sure it is. There's risk (and opportunity) in everything. If an unexpected emergency requires you to draw down your retirement funds, it just means you'll have to work a few years longer to make it up (or wait for the market to recover.)

If I'm investing without the drag of IUL fees & costs, I'll have more money to meet whatever challenges appear. Over a 60 year investing horizon (e.g., start saving for retirement at age 30, die at 90), adding a 0.50% fee takes 24% of your wealth, adding a 1% fee takes 43% of your wealth and a 2% fee takes 68% of your wealth.

Is it any wonder that at age 57 I've been retired for 19 years and I'm living comfortably on the money I'm not paying a financial advisor?

Not really, it's just keeping almost all of your compounded investment returns.

(Note: If anyone wants to run their own numbers on how much fees are costing them in wealth, there's an online Excel spreadsheet at this link: http://www.retireearlyhomepage.com/vg_tsp.html )

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