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In this year’s annual report, the Trustees of Social Security and Medicare informed us that for the first time since 1982 the amount the programs are paying out will exceed the revenue they’re taking in.
While $3 trillion sounds like a big number for an emergency fund, many experts are concerned. Why? The answer is simple: at a ratio of 2.8 to 1 the number of workers paying into the system relative to the beneficiaries receiving benefits is the lowest it’s ever been.
On the surface, a ratio of 2.8 to 1 should produce enough revenue to cover the benefits that are paid to recipients. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The problem is the trend. And when you look at the trend over time, you can see that the ratio has declined dramatically. Here’s a snapshot of how the ratio has changed over the years:
|Year||Number paying in for each SS recipient|
Obviously, the outlook isn’t positive. The declining ratio, the demand being put on the system by retirees who are living longer and the high number of individuals claiming disability benefits have experts projecting that both programs will run out of money in the future. They forecast that the retirement program will use up its reserves by 2034 and the disability fund will run out of money in 2032.
So why is this important?
Clients who are concerned about the future of Social Security are often the same people who are worried they will outlive their income. They’re looking for an advisor who can provide them with solutions that address their concerns. They want to feel as though they’re getting the type of advice that will protect them if Social Security isn’t available when the time comes for them to collect their fair share. You want to demonstrate that your experience and expertise have prepared you to help these individuals prepare for the possibility that Social Security won’t be there for them.
Thornburg’s Road of Retirement program gives you a comprehensive solution you can recommend to clients who are concerned about the future of Social Security and are afraid they will outlive their income. The program includes:
- A system for managing the monthly income clients receive from pensions, annuities, retirement programs and investments
- A blueprint for building a longevity-oriented investment portfolio
- The rationale for including dividend paying stocks in long-term investment portfolios, and
- The case for using an Endowment Spending Policy to determine monthly spending
Contact us to learn more about Thornburg’s Road of Retirement. It’s the one program that will make you look like a genius the next time your client questions the future of Social Security or expresses concern that they will outlive their income.
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