The Doctor’s Bill: My Golden Handcuffs. Can I Break Them?
Welcome to this episode of The Doctor’s Bill (Can You Afford It?).
Wonder if you should buy that big ticket item or not?
Well here’s your chance to have a wealth management expert, Johanna Fox Turner, of Fox & Company Wealth Management analyze your overall finances and make a final verdict on whether or not you can indeed swing for the fences and splurge on yourself or whether you should just walk away.
[Johanna and I have no current financial relationship]
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a substitute for paid professional advice but only meant to serve as a suggestion/guideline.
The following are the details from our submission form:
Forego golden handcuffs to retire 2 years early
$200k after taxes
On A Happiness Scale of 1-10 (10 Being Happiest), rate what this item/experience will do for you A) Short Term and B) Long Term:
A) 7 B) 5 (it essentially buys me two years of freedom)
Any Children? (If so please provide ages)
How Many Years Till Planned Retirement?
Two (or four if I stay for vested payout)
What is your total household income?
What is your % Annual Savings Rate? (savings/gross income)
Primary Home Equity (Market Value-Debt) [For Renter =$ 0]
Additional Real Estate Holdings Equity (Market Value-Debt):
Current Liquid Asset Value (Savings, Checking, Etc.):
Retirement/HSA Combined Value:
Brokerage Account (Taxable):
Miscellaneous Asset Value:
Inflation-indexed pension $50k/year, rental income $24k/year, free health care
Student Loan Balance:
$27k car loan
Future College Plan Funding Needed (Today’s Dollars):
Future Parental Support Funding Needed (Today’s Dollars):
Additional Future Obligation Support (Today’s Dollars):
Any other pertinent information not addressed?
What I am asking is if I can forego my 457f payout. If I retire at 60 I get $0, but if I retire at 62 I get $200k.
I would use it to pay off the home mortgage.
Could I also just retire at 60, pay off the mortgage out of pocket and meet my retirement income goal of $150k/yr before taxes. (I think at 3% withdrawal rate I can meet my retirement goals now)
So does this submitter get to break free from the shackles of his golden handcuffs?
If these were your financials, what would you do?
Would you still be handcuffed to your job to get the carrot?
Or do you break free from your bonds and enjoy your newly found freedom?
Click on the Doctor’s Bill Image and find out the verdict:
After you see the verdict please come back to this page and comment whether you agree or not with the decision (and no cheating by looking at comments first!)
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