New York-based real estate investor Steve Mascolo has created a handy guide to saving for retirement.
Mascolo, a senior vice president at Cushman & Harcourt, wrote a new retirement investing calculator for investors to use, which was launched on Tuesday.
It comes after the US government announced a $1 trillion plan to help Americans save for retirement, with a focus on low-income people.
Mischevious, the firm that makes the calculator, said it has a long history of making retirement saving more affordable for individuals, families and small businesses.
“Retirement saving is an essential part of the American dream,” said Mascoli.
“The current investment climate is too much for some, especially for older generations, but many are already saving to retire.”
“It’s time for a smarter way for all Americans to plan for retirement.”
The new calculator helps people compare their current financial situation and their future savings with current market values.
It also shows how much each financial asset is worth today, compared with the value it could fetch in a few years’ time.
“You can see how much you need to put aside to pay off your current mortgage, car payments, bills and other obligations and how much it will cost to buy a home in the future,” Mascolos calculator reads.
It shows how the different financial assets will change in the long term, including:Property taxes (including property tax reduction)Health care (including the cost of medical insurance)Insurance premiums (including deductibles and copayments)Interest on debt interest (including interest-free loans)Mischemes retirement savingsIf you don’t have any current financial assets, such as money in a bank account, a 401(k) plan or retirement savings, then the calculator says you should consider how much they’ll change in a decade.
The calculator shows how it would change in each year, and how many years it would take to save all of the money it takes to retire.
“What you see in the calculator is how you could invest your current assets, and invest a new asset, to get your long-run savings to a certain amount,” Mischemed said.MISCHEVENED said the calculator works on a range of assets, including property, cash and bonds.
“While it’s not intended for everyone, it should be useful to people who are thinking about retirement planning,” MISCHEVIDO said.
“We have a wide range of investments that can be considered for retirement planning, including real estate, equities, bonds, corporate bonds, and bonds that represent the value of our businesses, such to the value the US economy generates.”
For instance, if you have a $5 million portfolio, and you are looking to save $1 million a year, then your total savings would be $10 million.
“That’s an asset that can change in value,” MSCI’s Mascolini said.
“You could also look at a portfolio of stocks or bonds that have a similar price-to-earnings ratio, which could be an asset you’d want to consider if you wanted to be able to invest it.”
“In general, I think you should do your own research on investments, and make a decision based on the risk you feel.”
Mischelmes calculator also shows the current price of a particular asset, and a comparison of its value to a target value.
“It will be interesting to see if the value for the asset falls in the next couple of years,” M ASCOME said.
The new retirement calculator will be released by the end of October.
“As a retirement investor, it’s important that you understand the risks associated with the market, and the options you have to make the most of your investment opportunities,” said Michael Biederman, a managing director at CSC Wealth Management.
“If you are a high-net-worth individual, or even a small business owner, you should use the calculator to help you assess the risk in your portfolio, the amount of risk you want to invest, and what kind of returns you expect.”
Mascolo said he would also encourage people to use their calculators to see how their investment choices compare with others, such a 401k plan.
“Some of the options that are being offered, they don’t give you the ability to compare against other people,” MASCOLO said, “so you have people who may have higher costs, they have higher benefits, they may have a lower return.”
“You have to be smart and be able tell how you want your money to be invested.”