Financial Advisor Peter D’Arruda Explains How Gas Prices and Inflation Affect Retirement Planning

Financial Advisor Peter D’Arruda discusses how higher gas prices and inflation will affect your retirement and income planning.

Cary, NC – December 4, 2012 – Peter D’Arruda, President of Capital Financial Advisory Group, LLC, 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 Peter D’Arruda.

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 D’Arruda. “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.”

D’Arruda also offered three insights as to how this information reforms 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 have earned.”
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About Peter D’Arruda:

Peter D’Arruda is a Registered Financial Consultant & Investment Advisor. He is the author of three popular financial books and his radio show, “Coach Pete’s Financial Safari”, is heard weekly on radio stations across the country.

D’Arruda is a highly sought after speaker, and each year, he dedicates time to educating both investors and financial professionals. He also continues his own education by attending advanced planning and industry meetings annually to improve his own knowledge base.

D’Arruda has been featured for his insight and commentary on television and in many national articles and publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Fox Business Network, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, SmartMoney, Barron’s Magazine, among others.

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