Why Smart Investors Don’t Rely On Social Security For Their Retirement

Was listening to an old speech by Ronald Reagan (given in 1964).

This part stood out to me:


“A young man 21 years of age working at an average salary, his Social Security Contribution would in the open market buy him an insurance policy that would guarantee $220 a month at age 65, The government promises $127.

He could live it up until he’s 31 and then take out a policy that would pay more than Social Security.”


Average Salary in 1964: $4,576.32

OASI Rate at 3.625% of income.

Contributions to Social Security: $165.89/yr

Just to keep things simple… let’s assume the same contribution to a private insurance policy INSTEAD of Social Security… and assume the same $220 per month income in retirement…

In 2008, his return would be…

20 yr return (payments to age 85):

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35 yr return (payments to age 100):

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Wait. Wut?

I thought gubbment was supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Save the poor people from starving and sleeping in the street.

And so on.


Just something to ponder on your lazy (or not so lazy) Saturday afternoon.

Believe what you want to believe.

Me (and my clients)?

We’re sitting back and collecting our “shabby” insurance policy dividends.

Do I know what future returns on insurance will be?

Heck no… but my non-government-school edjumucated guess is… it will be more than what Social Security would have given you.

Anyway, if you want to have the last laugh at retirement… then come join the rest of us on my email list.

David Lewis, AKA The Rogue Agent, has been a life insurance agent since 2004, and has worked with some of the oldest and most respected mutual life insurance companies in the U.S. during that time. To learn more about him and his business, go here.