The following short summary for financial advisors of a recent study on savings and debt levels in Canada got my attention, and not for the stats it revealed, rather for what it isn’t say – as always…
My comments are written in italics for you to see why our current world view of finance is NOT God’s plan – no matter how much we try to add scripture to support a debt free lifestyle. God’s plan is for increase and sustainable income that benefits everyone. A financial model that focuses on saving for retirement for self isn’t sustainable, and in fact feeds the self-focus that leads to a life of debt. This doesn’t mean ‘don’t save’ it means that saving is only 1/2 the truth. God’s plans are about Him, community, and increase – not about lack, uncertainty, or financial slavery.
Only 4 in 10 are very confident they’ll save enough for retirement
We don’t actually need savings in order to leave work. We need income to support the plans and purposes God has placed in each of our hearts to fulfill. The concept of saving for retirement assumes that you will then use or draw down those savings (or hope to accumulate enough savings to live on the interest generated from them. The common teaching is to grow the savings, then live off your savings and hope you have enough after you ‘retire’. Mathematically this requires approximately 1/3 of your after-tax income in order to maintain a similar lifestyle after leaving work and invokes fear and insecurity over ‘not having enough’.
1 in 4 expect home equity to make up more than 80% of their wealth at retirement
Another ‘depletion’ strategy that anticipates drawing down savings, and encourages chasing high returns in order to accumulate savings and / or equity.
Faced with rising housing costs, homeowners struggle to balance saving, debt repayment and daily expenses. [Interesting how the concept of earning additional income through entrepreneurial thinking isn’t even mentioned as an option]
Many may arrive at retirement house-rich, but savings-poor, which could require them to make difficult decisions [A series of defeatist, depletion-type strategies not in alignment with God’s plan for increase, abundance, generosity and prosperity in ALL areas of life]:
retire later than planned
accept a lower standard of living
downsize their home
borrow against home equity
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