5 Million Dollar Man

Written by Max Osbon on September 17, 2013

The next 5 million dollar man

1965K-1950D-5-K05724470STAR-americanpaper-1How much do you need to save and invest to accumulate $5 million dollars?  Max Osbon fired up the Excel spreadsheet to create a simple and revealing look at how to do just that.

Four facts to enter
Armed with four simple facts – your current age, your current investable wealth, your expected rate of return, and your expected  annual savings this year – you can get a very good idea of what it takes to end up with a $5 million portfolio at age 65.

Play around with the numbers and you’ll see that all four of the inputs affect the journey to $5 million – or whatever your goal may be.

But what about taxes?
I like the way you think.  After-tax return is the key portfolio performance measure. Fortunately, the government encourages saving by providing a number of tax-deferred options, such as IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEP IRAs, and 401ks. Until you withdraw the money there is no difference between your pre-tax and after-tax return. We assume you take full advantage of these.  Second, we assume that your annual contribution will rise by 2 percent each year.

Work together
While accumulating $5 million is straightforward, it is not necessarily easy. To reach that goal, you must save, invest, and invest wisely.  The first two – save and invest – are up to you.  The third one – invest wisely – is your investment advisor’s responsibility.

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This calculator tool makes certain assumptions regarding contribution amounts and rate of return.  Returns may vary significantly if these assumptions were to change.


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