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# TOOLS: Calculate Amount Needed For Retirement

March 18th, 2008 at 08:05 am

Welcome to the latest series on this wildly popular website. With this series, I will be sharing how you can use some of the calculators from the "TOOLS" page to take your financial plan to the next level.

One of the things that I do as part of both of the classes that I teach is to have people calculate how much they will need to retire well.

The calculation usually yields what I call an "Oh crap!" Moment with the majority of folks responding with "YIKES!" and "Oh no!".

I have people calculate this number for the following reasons:

1. Most people have never seen how much they will need to retire well.
2. When people realize how large the number is, it helps them realize how important it is to have a solid plan.
3. It hammers home the point that investing needs to start early and often.

So, how much DO you need for retirement? Well, it is really simple to calculate with the

Retirement Nest-Egg Required Calculator.

1. This calculation assumes that you will never touch the principal.
2. This calculation assumes that you will give your nest-egg a "cost-of-living-raise" of 4% each year.
3. This calculator adjusts the "annual amount you want" for average annual inflation of 4%.

Below is a calculation I ran for an "annual amount I want" of \$75,000.

Note that the calculator shows that with 4% annual inflation, I will need \$295,957 per year in 35 years to have the same purchasing power that \$75,000 has today.

If I expect my retirement nest-egg to grow at an annual rate of 8%, then I will need \$7,398,917 when I retire. If I expect my retirement nest-egg to grow at an annual rate of 12%, then I will only need \$3,699,458.