How much of a nest egg do you need to remain financially secure for the rest of your life? Figure out how much money you need each year to live comfortably.
For our purposes, let's say that number is $35,000. Let's also say that of the $35,000, you'll receive $15,000 from social security. So you need to generate $20,000 on your own.
How do you do this?
You can start with $400,000. The chart below shows how you can take your $20,000 plus each year to supplement your $15,000 from social security. Note that the chart is adjusted for inflation. We're assuming a retirement age of 66.
But what if you don't have the nest egg? The good news is that if you are age 50 and you have no savings, there is still hope. By saving just $5,000 per year, you can be set at age 66.
Saving $5,000 per year at a 12 per cent rate of return starting with a base of $25,000, you'll have $400,000 by age 66. If you save $10,000 each year, you'll reach $400,000 by age 62.
What if you don't have the $25,000 base to start with? You will then need a higher rate of return than 12%. How do you achieve a 12% rate of return or greater annually?
The most likely way is by investing in the stock market. You'll need to talk to an investment advisor to achieve your goal. Remember: the greater the return, the greater the risk.
Financing in today's environment, during an economic slowdown, can be a way to strengthen your business.
The advantages include having monthly payments reduced by refinancing or taking out a new loan at low interest rates; acquisition of another business is possible at bargain prices; financial planning and business strategies can be formulated during such "down time".
If you have decided to borrow, remember that the Small Business Administration offers some of the best deals for small businesses in the way of interest rates.
These loans are capped at the prime rate plus 2 Â¾%, a better rate than can be found elsewhere.
Additionally, an SBA loan has advantages over typical bank financing in terms of repayment period and structuring, and they can be had for as little as $50,000 and for as much as $2,000,000.
In order to obtain an SBA loan you must have good credit and be able to produce both business and personal tax returns for the past three years along with financial statements through the latest quarter.
Lenders will want to see tax returns and financial statements for any business you wish to buy. If you need the money to expand or make an acquisition, they may also require a business plan so that they know you have thought everything through.
Consult the SBA Web site to find the names of "preferred" lenders in your area.
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