Category: Benchmarks

The Two Metrics You Must Track To Do Well Financially

Reading Time: 4 Min   As you kick your financial planning into the next gear, the key to your success is building momentum. One of the best ways to build momentum is seeing the direct results of your efforts translate into higher numbers in your bank account. Tracking just two numbers on a monthly basis...

What Percent Are You?

Reading Time: 1 Min   The last five years has put the spotlight on the division of the one percent and the rest of the country, the 99%. That’s a very important distinction when it comes to public policy, but it makes it very hard to take stock of your own progress when it comes...

Teardown: Metrics You Need To Track For Financial Takeoff

Reading Time: 7 Minutes You make what you measure. If you don’t have a constant metric you can monitor, you cannot be disciplined about what you do. Having a concrete target to track helps you prioritize, build momentum, and ultimately makes the whole thing fun. That means you need to start your journey with a clear...

What Should Your Savings Rate Be?

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Standard financial advice will tell you that you should aim for 10% savings each year. And if you wanted an average outcome – stressed out about money, working till you’re 65+, and leaning your ladder on the rickety promise of social security – that would be perfectly fine advice to follow....

Teardown: How Much Do You Need To Retire?

Reading Time: 12 Minutes What academic research suggests is a safe withdrawal rate to calculate your retirement needs and the three scenarios you should test to arrive at your target number. There are dozens of competing philosophies out there on how to calculate your required retirement nest egg. I have spent over a hundred hours...

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