How much money do you need to be Financially Independent? You need to accumulate approximately 25 times your planned annual expenses to be Financially Independent.
The traditional investment advice of save 10-15% of your income until you are 65 and you’ll be able to do with your money and your time as you please just doesn’t cut it for those of us who want more out of the brief time we have here on Earth. We strive to achieve Financial Independence so that we can control what we do with our time as much as practically possible. Once we determine Financial Independence is the right journey for us, we need to determine the amount of assets needed to provide income for expenses during the Financially Independent phase of our lives.
Many on the path to FI focus on building their assets using passive index fund investing. Others focus on building their assets using real estate, either by owning rental real estate or using Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in their investing portfolios. I’ve been in the FI Community a number of years now and I can tell you that you can retire early using either of these methods, a combination of the two, and/or even starting your own business. During your pursuit, you will meet many generous people and they will gladly share their experience and knowledge with you.
Of course your FI number will change over time. But, for now, it is important to determine how much money you believe you will need to be Financially Independent. Then you can begin to focus, plan, and work towards that goal.
- The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement by Pete Adeney of mrmoneymustache.com
- Two Great Online Retirement Calculators by J.D. Roth of moneyboss.com. Select one or more of the calculators mentioned and explore. Input a variety of assumptions to gain an appreciation of what factors can significantly impact your retirement planning.
- What Is The 4% Rule? How Much Money Do I Need To Retire? on YouTube
- No Retirement Savings in Your 50s – What to Do? on YouTube
- Estimate your current annual spending and compare that with the expenses you anticipate needing in Financial Independence. Determine, using a trusted retirement calculator, how many years you believe it will take you to reach the value of assets needed to support your annual expenses. The numbers will change during your journey to Financial Independence. The important thing is that we set goals and immediately begin achieving them.
- Stocks — Part XIII: The 4% rule, withdrawal rates and how much can I spend anyway? by JL Collins of jlcollinsnh.com
- The 4% Rule: The Easy Answer to “How Much Do I Need for Retirement?” by Pete Adeney of mrmoneymustache.com
“Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.” – Barack Obama