The Millionaire Mirage

by | Jun 27, 2024

The Millionaire Mirage

I recently stumbled upon a bank commercial that really got me thinking about the promises made by the mainstream financial system.

Picture this: various individuals flipping tiles revealing the amount they need to save and invest annually to become a millionaire by retirement. For a 22-year-old, the magic number was $3,500 per year. Sounds manageable, right?

He’s all excited because he now has an easy path to being a millionaire when he’s 65.

And for someone 30, it was around $7,500 if I remember. The message was clear: save a little, become a millionaire — simple as that.

But it’s not that simple. And here’s the issue: the whole concept is fundamentally flawed.

Let me break down why this kind of thinking is not just outdated but dangerously misleading.

First off, projecting today’s financial strategies over the next 40-45 years without accounting for changes in the economic landscape is incredibly shortsighted. The ad was implying that being a millionaire by the time you retire will set you up for life. But let’s get real — what does a million dollars mean in, say, 2070?

Back in the 1970’s, the average income for households was $8,730… Today that number is $59,428. 

So, over the last 50 years, our money has essentially gotten 6.8X less valuable…

Given the constant rise in the cost of living and inflation rates, a million dollars decades from now will likely hold a fraction of its current value. What’s considered wealthy today might barely cover basic expenses by the time today’s twenty-somethings are ready to retire.

And that’s based on the conservative inflation levels, not even the real world impact on cost of living which is totally broken.

What do I mean?

The cost of living is supposed to match the natural inflation of the money supply right?

Well, back in 1972 $30,000 could buy an average home. So the equivalent of $30,000 in today’s money should be able to buy an average home right?

Nope! Unfortunately, the equivalent of $30,000 today is $189,000… And the cost of an average home today is $440,000.

So obviously the system is broken.

The Myth of Easy Retirement Savings

The commercial taps into a very traditional and somewhat outdated American dream: work hard, save a bit, and retire in comfort. But it completely glosses over the reality faced by many today — and likely many more in the future.

Even now, we’re seeing retirees flooding back into the workforce because their savings simply don’t suffice. The narrative of just tucking away a fixed amount per year and expecting to live comfortably in retirement doesn’t hold up against the backdrop of our current economic trajectory.

And this is what mainstream financial advice misses.

This isn’t just about poor forecasting; it’s about a failure to adapt to evolving economic realities. Traditional advice like relying solely on mutual funds or bonds offering 4% to 6% annual returns just doesn’t cut it anymore.

It’s not enough to combat the rising costs of living, healthcare, and other unforeseen expenses that future retirees will undoubtedly face.

What we need, instead of this passive, one-size-fits-all strategy, is an active approach to managing our finances.

We need to diversify not just our portfolios but our strategies — looking into avenues that offer potential for higher returns, adapting to market changes, and planning for a future that our grandparents’ financial planners couldn’t have imagined.

Diversification should mean more than just spreading funds across asset classes; it should also mean innovating our approaches to how we save, invest, and plan for the future. It’s about being agile and proactive in a financial environment that’s far more dynamic than ever before.

For me, as many of you know, I use options to give me a much more nuanced approach than the mainstream offers. Options give me risk control too, which is something else the mainstream doesn’t talk about.

And, of course, I still have dividends and other strategies too. But again, I am diversifying my methods, not just my assets.

And I believe that’s key if you want to overcome the huge hurdle in not just growing your money but growing it fast enough to overcome the imbalances in cost of living and everything else.

I certainly don’t expect my children “being millionaires” to do much good 50 years from now and I don’t know how droves of folks on the mainstream financial scene could possibly miss the boat so much… but it just shows you why I am here doing what I am doing to hopefully shed some light on these misconceptions.

So, next time you see one of these commercials promising easy paths to becoming a millionaire, take it with a grain of salt. Understand that the financial world they’re selling might not be the one you’ll retire in.

I am here to challenge these outdated notions and work towards creating financial strategies that better align with the realities of our time and our likely future.

And I am so thankful you’re here with me for the journey.

— Nate Tucci

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