Financial Advisor Robert Russell Explains How Gas Prices and Inflation Affect Retirement Planning
Financial Advisor Robert Russell discusses how higher gas prices and inflation will affect your retirement and income planning.
Dayton, OH – December 7, 2012 – Robert Russell, President of Russell & Company, 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 Robert Russell.
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 Robert Russell. “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.”
Robert 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.”
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About Robert Russell:
In only nine short years, Robert Russell has amassed an impressive list of clients and credentials. He often contributes to CNBC, Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and he also co-hosts “Retirement Rescue Radio” on 1290 AM and 95.7 FM WHIO.
Russell is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR), 2nd generation wealth advisor and member of the Ed Slott Master Elite IRA Advisor Group. He was acknowledged as one of the top “40 Professionals under 40” by the Dayton Business Journal and was honored as a Five Star Wealth Manager – Best in Client Satisfaction by Cincinnati magazine.
Russell is the author of best selling, “Retirement Held Hostage,” in which he outlines several of the strategies that have brought him to the top of his field.
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