Financial Advisor Steve Sexton Explains How Gas Prices and Inflation Affect Retirement Planning
Financial Advisor Steve Sexton discusses how higher gas prices and inflation will affect your retirement and income planning.
San Diego, CA – December 4, 2012 – Steve Sexton, President of Sexton Advisory Group, 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 Steve Sexton.
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 Steve Sexton. “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.”
Steve 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.”
Do you know the questions to ask to make sure you are basing financial decisions on all the facts and not emotions, misconceptions, sales pressure or opinions? Identify all of the facts necessary to make a sound financial decision before you make that decision by visiting www.sextonadvisorygroup.com to learn more about Steve Sexton and his unique process to make sure your financial decisions are made in your best interest.
About Steve Sexton:
Steve Sexton has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds multiple licenses and designations. His company, Sexton Advisory Group has grown steadily over the last eight years and has seven offices serving Riverside and San Diego Counties.
Sexton is a well-known media expert and has been asked to appear on a variety of Southern California media over the past three years to share his expertise. Steve hosts “Winning In Life Radio with Steve Sexton on 1170am KCBQ and Ch6 CW Daily Living Show” Money Minute” segment in San Diego, Ca.
Sexton also works with many charities. He has sponsored special events for various charities, such as A Salute to the Military, benefitting Pat Boone’s Ryan’s Reach charity, events for Hospice of the Valleys and many more.