Retirement is Over-Rated

So going back again to my blog last Sunday, bottom line, I will need 480,000S$ (estimated 15.84M Php) not taking in consideration inflation.

If I don’t invest, if I start at the age of 40 and if I want to retire at the age of 65, I need to save 1,600S$ (52.k Php) per month or 19,200S$ (633.6k Php) per year.

But the power of investing and compound interest can be seen in the wealth calculator below:

16M highlighted

You may be wondering so what does this table show me?

1st column: Monthly investment in Php (1k, 5k, 10k, 15k, 20k, 30k, 40k, 50k & 100k)

2nd column: Different interest rates of 4%, 8%, 10%, 12%, 15% & 20% per each monthly investment

3rd column: Projection of your investment based on the number of years of investing (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30)

It may seem cluttered as I captured a lot of scenarios in terms of monthly investment (to excite you to keep on finding ways to save and cut on your expenses and diverting that money more in your investments) and in terms of interest rates (as we will have different risk tolerance and avenues for investing, e.g. government bonds vs equities).

So now, I have only highlighted the projected amount that is greater than 16MPhp.

1k monthly investment: I need to invest in an investment vehicle that will give me 20% interest for 30 years.  Definitely this will mean that I will retire at 70 years old vs my initial target of 65 years old.

5k monthly investment: In order to retire at 65 y.o., I will need to invest at 15% interest.

But what if I can invest more, say 40k monthly investment:

  • at 10% interest, I can achieve 16.7M in 15 years
  • at 20% interest, I can achieve 15.2M in 10 years

This means I can shorten working and achieve financial freedom earlier.  I can go back to Philippines earlier and I can pursue my passion and my heart’s desire, whatever that is :). Retirement will be passé, it will become a thing of the past.  Retirement is over-rated, why retire later when you can retire early or even as early as now?


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4 Responses to Retirement is Over-Rated

  1. AARON MAREE says:

    where are you getting a guaranteed return of 10-20% per month for 10-15 years though, that beats most markets, even hedge funds…average would be at best over similar periods 4-8% without high risk

    • Good question… According to Aya Laraya, the Philippine Stock Market has a superior track record. Historically, returns has been around 15-19% over the past 5-10 years in the stock market.

    • Alex says:

      I guess it is possible for the 20%, or even more. If we talk “investment” in general: that is all forms of investments, including all or whatever businesses. If I would strictly follow the 1k investment and put 12k per year into business, let’s say a modest-business, that would have a mark up at least 20%, and continuously reinvest the capital+profit again and again, without spending anything under the prescribed 1k-per-month-20%-30years; however, one can spend the rest of the profit that exceeds the prescription. This task may seem so hard to hold until that 30year target, I believe it can be achieved. And who knows, maybe in just 10years with this “business-investment,” PhP23,360,802 may come early, and be able to put up a family Corporation.

  2. ronprestonjr says:

    Great post, many people fail to learn the power of compound interest. I believe investing in anything other than US index funds long term is insanely risky. Honestly this chart should cap at 15%. I have an invest post on my blog that talks about the benefits of compound interest and the wise way to invest. If you have time check it out!

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