Think $1M is Enough for Retirement? Think Again.

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Remember when $1 million was a target goal on which to retire? Today, even that may not enough – especially for Baby Boomers getting ready to retire – and the situation is even worse for Gen Xers and Millennials.

The amount you’ll need in retirement depends on a number of factors such as:

  • How long you live
  • Where you live
  • Inflation rates
  • Your lifestyle


According to the Social Security Administration, about one in 10 adults will live past age 95. That’s a problem for most investors. Few retirement plans account for such a long lifespan, which could be more than 30 years.


GOBankingRates conducted a survey to determine how long a $1 million retirement fund would last in each of the 50 U.S. states. The research considered items such as groceries, housing, utilities, transportation and healthcare purchased by individuals aged 65 and older. In the costliest state, Hawaii, $1 million would not last even 12 years into retirement. In Colorado, $1 million would last 22 years due to lower expense costs (except healthcare and housing). To stretch your dollars the furthest, Mississippi is the state where $1 million would last 26 years, 4 months.


When considering your retirement fund needs, don’t neglect to consider the effects of inflation. With the U.S. long-term inflation rate averaging about three percent, this means the purchasing power of your money decreases by about three percent every year. It’s like losing approximately half your money over a 24-year period.


According to Investopedia, “if you are 65 with $1 million in savings, you can expect your portfolio of properly diversified investments to provide $40,000 per year (in today’s dollars) until you are 95. Add that to your Social Security income, and you should be bringing in roughly $70,000 a year.” Inflation should also be factored in since this annual income will provide less purchasing power over time. Will this be enough to sustain your lifestyle?

If your answer is no, you might consider an investment strategy that’s been around since the start of the market. It accounts for nearly 60% of the total market return for the last 90 years*, but usually flies under the radar of the typical investor. Think dividends.

Dividend Growth Strategy

When planning for income during retirement, you want to ensure that a portion of your income is growing. The goal of our dividend growth strategy allows your money to continue to grow over time, even as you collect income. You can’t spend appreciation, but you can spend income.

In our opinion, investing in American companies that have growing income with growing dividends has historically been one of the best solutions to hedge against inflation and loss of purchasing power. Your retirement plan should be able to provide and support for you and your family for as long as you need it to, regardless of age. Our dividend growth strategy aims to do exactly that.

If you’d like more information about our dividend growth strategy, give me a call at 303.793.3202 or email me at

*Source: Yahoo Finance

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Steve Booren

Steve Booren is the Owner and Founder of Prosperion Financial Advisors, located in Greenwood Village, Colo. He is the author of Blind Spots: The Mental Mistakes Investors Make and Intelligent Investing: Your Guide to a Growing Retirement Income and a regular columnist in The Denver Post. He was recently named a Barron's Top Financial Advisor and recognized as a Forbes Top Wealth Advisor in Colorado.

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