Financial Advisor Michael Reese Explains How Gas Prices and Inflation Affect Retirement Planning
Financial Advisor Michael Reese discusses how higher gas prices and inflation will affect your retirement and income planning.
Traverse City, MI – December 4, 2012 – Michael Reese, founder of Centennial Wealth Advisory, recently discussed how gas prices will affect your retirement planning and how inflation is a “stealth tax” waiting to happen.
“Gas prices affect us in many ways. The vast majority of what we eat and what we wear gets to stores by long haul truck delivery. For example, higher oil prices increase the production cost of fertilizers and food processing and these higher costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices at the grocery store. As these cost increases ripple across multiple supply chains, they can push core inflation higher,” remarked Michael Reese.
The inflation rate in America is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and is calculated by the government monitoring a “market basket of goods and services” to accurately index the cost increases we all deal with over time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that the CPI represents all goods and services purchased for consumption by the reference population. These goods and services are broken into major categories such as Food/Beverages, Housing, Apparel, Transportation, Medical Care, Recreation, Education/Communication and others.
“The CPI does not include investment items, such as stocks, bonds, real estate, and life insurance, since these items relate to savings and not to day-to-day consumption expenses,” explained Michael Reese. “I found that quite interesting, because it is blind to market pressures and it excludes taxes which we already know are going up, starting in 2013. So, my clients who are in retirement face an increase in their cost of living due to higher taxes, but there isn’t any relief for that cost.”
Michael also offered three insights as to how this information informs the retirement-planning strategies for his clients. “First, taxes are undoubtedly going up. Second, regardless of economic maneuvers (what they call quantitative easing), what our clients buy is likely to get more expensive – even if the government’s ‘basket’ doesn’t want to own that reality. Finally, we keep a close eye on our income-planning strategies, so that the retirees who place trust in us can continue to live the lifestyle they earned.”
For more information on this topic, or to learn how Michael Reese can help, please visit www.michael-reese.com/.
About Michael Reese:
Michael Reese is the founder of Centennial Wealth Advisory and is a Certified Financial Planner™, Chartered Financial Consultant, and a Chartered Life Underwriter. Reese has been cited in numerous industry publications for his expertise on retirement planning, including Yahoo! Finance, Bankrate, and US News & World Reports. Reese is also the host of “The Michael Reese Show,” which airs every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on his local NBC affiliate, Channel 7&4.
Reese assists other financial advisors throughout the country as the featured educator at Advisor’s Excel’s “IRA College” in Topeka, Kansas. At the “IRA College”, Reese teaches top financial advisors throughout the country a number of tax planning strategies that he uses to significantly reduce the taxation on his client’s retirement plans.