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Aug 25, 2017

Joel talks about the seven habits that the most successful retirees use to protect their wealth.

Main Questions Asked:

What are the seven habits of highly successful retirees?

Key Lessons Learned:

Estate Plan

  • You have to have an estate plan or all your assets could be tied up in court and subject to immense fees and taxes.
  • An estate plan makes sure that your assets are spent in a way to aligns with your values while minimizing taxes and protecting your assets.
  • Even if you have done this five years ago, you should probably review your plan.

Financial Plan

  • You need to have a thoughtful and comprehensive financial plan.
  • Your plan should be coordinated with inflation, social security, and all your other retirement income sources.
  • Your financial plan needs to be kept up to date and it should reflect the changes in your life.


  • Successful retirees diversify their income streams instead of focusing on just having a large portfolio.
  • The younger you are the higher your life expectancy so you need to plan for a longer retirement and minimize your risks along the way.
  • You should adjust your income sources and amounts depending on your circumstances and that means reviewing your plan on a regular basis.


  • Your portfolio should match your tolerance for risk, and your risk tolerance is not going to always stay the same.
  • If you feel bad about your financial situation when it comes to the market, your portfolio probably doesn’t match your risk tolerance.
  • It’s important to stress test your portfolio frequently.

Tax Strategy

  • If you are tax efficient you can save thousands of dollars in retirement.
  • A good plan is customized to your exact situation.

Health Care

  • You need to have money set aside for health care so you don’t get wiped out by an unexpected health care emergency.
  • The average cost in an assisted living facility is $47,000 but it can also be much higher.
  • A gifting strategy that protects your assets and long term health insurance are components of a good plan.


  • A small inflation percentage may not seem like much but over time can be very destructive.
  • “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, a frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hitman.” Ronald Reagan
  • You need to have plan that protects your assets from inflation.

Links To Resources Mentioned

Money Map Retirement Review


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