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Dream Book

  1. 1. Dream Book ® Planning Beyond the Numbers
  2. 2. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. 3. 4 Envision the possibilities. Joining the Peace Corps. Starting your own business. Learning piano. Biking across Tuscany. Buying a new home. Finding new ways to relax. Life has many opportunities whether you’re starting your first job, starting a family People who write down or entering retirement. Just ask yourself, “What could I do next?” their dreams are much Financial planning has traditionally been about numbers. How more likely to achieve them. much money you have. How much you will need. How long it will last. Now there is a new way to plan for tomorrow. And it starts This guide is the first step with your dreams. to help you think about Sure, there’s still a lot of math involved. But we’re good at that. That’s why more people come to Ameriprise for financial planning your dreams and which ones than any other company.1 We helped pioneer financial planning more than 30 years ago and our financial planning process is are most important. From defined by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. there, we can work together Our unique and collaborative Dream > Plan > Track >®approach to financial planning starts with your dreams, not just the numbers. An to help make your vision Ameriprise financial advisor can help you turn your dreams into reality2 by first helping you define your dreams, then developing your plan and come to life. tracking progress toward your personal vision of fulfillment. Take the first step toward the life you’ve imagined — starting with this Dream Book guide. 1 Source: SEC Form ADV, Part 1A, Item 5, Dec. 31, 2006. Based on the number of financial planning clients annually disclosed in Form ADV, Part 1A, Item 5, available at adviserinfo.sec.gov as of December 31, 2006. 2 Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. ameriprise.com 4 1-800-AMERIPRISE
  4. 4. ® Sit down by yourself or with loved ones and start to imagine your future. Consider what drives you in your life and how that has changed over time. Start by recording where you are today: Name(s) Current age(s) Date What milestones do you see in your future? — start a family, send kids to college, buy a new home, retire, others If you could do anything, time and money aside, what would it be? — spend time with family, buy a vacation home, start your own business Top 10 life dreams 1 Lose weight What would you like to add in your life? — more time, Become debt more money, others free Exercise more Write a book Stay healthy Take a cruise Go to Hawaii What would you like to reduce in your life? — debt, Travel to job stress, others Europe Pay off the mortgage Retire 1Source: EONS™, Inc., survey of members over 50, 2007. 7
  5. 5. What would you like to do? Use your imagination to create the possibilities for your future. Does anything stand out as most important? Top 20 second careers Career — change careers, start a new business, continue the 1 . Nonprofit executive work you love 2 . Patient representative 3 . Celebrant/religious leader 4 . Financial adviser 5 . Public school teacher Hobbies — restore an old car, make quilts, garden, write a novel 6 . Appraiser (residential real estate) 7 . College professor 8 . Day care center teacher 9 . IRA specialist 10 . Labor relations manager Volunteer work — build homes for the homeless, volunteer for a political party, teach people to read 11 . Leasing consultant 12 . Lobbyist 13 . Medical records coding technician 14 . Pension administrator 15 . Religious educator Learning — go back to school, learn another language, get your 16 . Department retail sales manager pilot’s license 17 . Retail sales staff 18 . Staff nurse (RN) 19 . Tax accountant 20 . Tutor Relaxing and enjoying life — travel with family, read more, savor quiet time Source: Research by Money magazine and Salary.com, 2007. 9
  6. 6. Who do you want to spend time with? Maintaining social connections can be challenging throughout our lives. Young parents are often surprised by how much they miss just talking to adults. The newly self-employed may miss the “watercooler.” And the loss of work friends is the most unforeseen challenge of retirement.1 It’s important to take an active role in building and maintaining your support network of friends, family and acquaintances throughout your lifetime. Spouse or partner — consider new activities you may participate in together. Family — how far away are your parents, children and grandchildren? What activities do you like to do together? Some ways to develop new Do you desire or need to travel to see family members? friendships: 2 Get out with your pet. Work out at a local gym. Do breakfast, Friends — how much do you like to entertain and lunch or dinner stay socially active? with an acquaintance. Accept invites. Volunteer. Join a cause you believe in. New friends — how can you meet new people? Join a hobby group. (consider classes, clubs and organizations) Go back to school. Hang out on your porch. 1 New Retirement Mindscape study, conducted in August 2005 by Ameriprise Financial in conjunction with Age Wave and Harris Interactive. 2 Source: MayoClinic.com, 2007. 10
  7. 7. Where do you dream of going? Travel is one activity that can satisfy many of your deepest desires. It can provide solitude, companionship, adventure or relaxation. The possibilities are endless. Destination — U.S., overseas, historical sites, places from your roots, homes of friends or family Did you know? 1 The 2007 average U. S. vacation cost per day for food and lodging, for a family of four is $269. In 1950 that number was $13. How do you want to travel? — motor home, car, bicycle, motorcycle, plane, train Furthermore, the most expensive states for food and lodging for a family of four are: Hawaii $650 How much traveling do you want to do? — number District of of trips each year, duration Columbia $611 Rhode Island $345 New York $326 New Jersey $324 Who are your travel companions? — spouse or partner, friends, children, tour groups 1 Source: AAA’s Annual Vacation Costs Survey, 2007. 12
  8. 8. Where do you see yourself living? Where you want to live is an important part of your vision for the future. Do you want to be part of a community? Do you want to try a new climate or lifestyle? Do you want to live in multiple locations? Stay in the area — loft in the city, current home, smaller/ maintenance-free home Move closer to family — spend time with children, grandchildren or parents Move for work — be in a hot spot for your field, start a business with a colleague Relocate near activities you love — vacation home, overseas, learning community, active outdoor setting 15
  9. 9. How do you intend to stay healthy and active? As your lifestyle and your health change throughout life, think about how you will take care of yourself. Consider it in broad terms, including mental and physical well-being, a healthy soul and a nurturing environment. Physical fitness — join a health club, take walks, learn martial arts, play golf, buy a home gym, practice yoga Mental fitness — take classes, go to concerts, play chess or cards, write a book, practice meditation Health care — learn about and make the most of your benefits: health insurance, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, medical help lines, Medicare, Did you know? 1 long-term care, prescription drugs An American male who reaches age 65 in good health has a 50% chance of living to age 85 and a 25% chance of living to age 92. 1Source: Current Annuity Mortality Table: Society of Actuaries (2000). 17
  10. 10. How do you want to make a difference? Sometimes dreams can include helping others. Think about the people who matter to you, what you hope the future holds for them, and how you might help them realize their own dreams. What organizations or causes represent your values? How do you want to support them now and in the future? Think big. Family — fund education, instill values, teach personal skills Community — serve on a board, provide volunteer outreach, do fund-raising, donate money Friends — form support groups, be a mentor 19
  11. 11. How do you want to make your lasting mark? 20 We all have a say in how we’re remembered. Our legacy is formed by the ideas, actions and causes to which we dedicate ourselves today. What’s important to you? What do you want to pass on to others? Family and friends — children, siblings, parents, friends, pets What brings you happiness? Spiritual interests — your place of worship, religious organizations As it turns out, money alone does not buy happiness. Having a vision for the future and planning for that vision Schools — your alma mater, your family members’ schools are as important as money in achieving a fulfilling life. Charities or causes — food banks, shelters, arts, research organizations 20
  12. 12. From dreams to reality. How long will your money last in retirement? Congratulations! Envisioning your dreams and Thinking ahead to your retirement, you'll need to make sure putting them down on paper is the first step in you can live your dreams without depleting your savings. So, how long will your nest egg last? This chart may give you a making them a reality. rough idea of how long your savings could last if you made the following monthly withdrawals from your retirement The next step is to prioritize the goals that are savings. You can use this as a guide to help determine your most important to you and to establish milestones retirement income. How closely does this align with your expectations and needs? for reaching them. The most successful goals are those that follow the STAR technique: Amount saved You can withdraw this much each month for: for retirement: 10 years 20 years 50 years 1) Specific $50,000 $400 $225 $150 2) Time-bound $100,000 $800 $450 $300 3) Actionable $150,000 $1,200 $675 $450 4) Relevant $200,000 $1,600 $900 $600 Remember, you are not alone. Your Ameriprise $250,000 $2,000 $1,125 $750 $500,000 $4,000 $2,250 $1,500 financial advisor can help you refine your goals $750,000 $6,000 $3,375 $2,250 and estimate how much money it will take to $1,000,000 $8,000 $4,500 $3,000 realistically bring your vision to life. $2,000,000 $16,000 $9,000 $6,000 Withdrawal rates shown are based on an average pre-tax rate of return of 9.6% and blended tax rate of 20%. Annual rate of withdrawal assumptions (as a percentage of savings): 10-year projection — 9.6%; 20-year projection — 5.4%; 50-year projection — 3.6%. Withdrawal rates are based on a 75% likelihood of success for an investor. Success is defined as meeting your income need every year of the projection, adjusted for inflation. Average pre-tax rate of return is hypothetical and is not representative of the actual rate of return you would experience. Blended tax rate is determined by dividing an investor’s total tax liability by their total income. Consult with your tax advisor about your personal situation as your holdings and blended tax rate will likely differ from this illustration. Ameriprise Financial does not provide tax advice. 23
  13. 13. Turn your dreams into goals. You may find the following format useful in getting more specific about your most important dreams. First, write out each dream using the STAR technique (specific, time- bound, actionable, relevant). Then, prioritize your dreams and work with your Ameriprise financial advisor to develop Dream #1 pecific. ise . an t to achie ve? Be s se ve n -d ay A lask an c r u your plan and track your progress along the way. do you w (S) What i ly r e u n i on on a H os t a fam a Be l, G ran d m a Pa t, e ll y, L isa , dm K ln vi t e G ran es, Ju d y, Sh a w n , E ll i e , Dream #1 m N a t h an , Ja (S) What do you want to achieve? Be specific. ue G re g an d S e. Sp ri n g 2 0 09 a deadlin 1 7 ,0 0 0 (T) By when? Set ost? $12 ,0 0 0 - $ h will it c How muc to take? t steps do you need in e h o w m u ch i action t t o d e t e rm (A) What to a t rave l age n 1) Ta lk 12 pe ople . i ly sh i r ts, w i ll c os t for all bu d ge t: c r u ise , fam (T) By when? Set a deadline. 2) D e t e rm i n e ove r on e y. w How much will it cost? m or abo u t h o $1 0 0 spe n d i n g e ri prise fi n an c ial ad vis (A) What action steps do you need to take? m 3) Ta lk t o o u r A r e am . h is d t o a c h i e ve t 1) 4) 2) vant? y is it rele d lf on track, wh t w e c a h ol n (R) To ke ep yourse m i ly m e m ori es t h a To c r e a t e fa est o f o u r li ves. an opp or t u n i ty 3) on t o for t h e r n an d gran d c h i ld r e n i ld r e Gi ve o u r c h t o t h e r wise a f ford . 4) no t h e y c o u ld (R) To keep yourself on track, why is it relevant? 25
  14. 14. Dream #2 Dream #3 (S) What do you want to achieve? Be specific. (S) What do you want to achieve? Be specific. (T) By when? Set a deadline. (T) By when? Set a deadline. How much will it cost? How much will it cost? (A) What action steps do you need to take? (A) What action steps do you need to take? 1) 1) 2) 2) 3) 3) 4) 4) (R) To keep yourself on track, why is it relevant? (R) To keep yourself on track, why is it relevant? 26 27
  15. 15. Dream #4 You may also find this worksheet useful in seeing the overall picture of the dreams you hope to achieve. (S) What do you want to achieve? Be specific. Planning for your dreams Worksheet — example One-time costs Ongoing costs Dream/Goal Cost Year needed Cost per year # of years Start date Travel to see siblings $10,000 15 2007 Cabin $40,000 2008 $15,000 15 2007 College for kids $50,000 8 2010 (T) By when? Set a deadline. Boat $40,000 2011 How much will it cost? Family cruise to Alaska $12,000 2009 (A) What action steps do you need to take? 1) Planning for your dreams Worksheet 2) One-time costs Ongoing costs Dream/Goal Cost Year needed Cost per year # of years Start date 3) 4) (R) To keep yourself on track, why is it relevant? Take a look at the dreams you’ve described. You will probably see that some require more financial planning than others. That’s why it’s important to share your Dream Book guide with those close to you and your financial advisor. Working with an advisor, you can begin to see your personal priorities, create a plan that includes your dreams and track your ongoing progress. 28 ameriprise.com 1-800-AMERIPRISE
  16. 16. We’re redefining financial planning with Dream Plan Track ® . Now that you’ve completed your Dream Book guide, you are one step closer to making your dreams a reality. At this point, you have envisioned the possibilities for your future and defined and prioritized your goals. Are you ready to take the next step? Call your financial advisor to help turn your dreams into goals with financial solutions. To find a financial advisor, call 1-800-AMERIPRISE or visit ameriprise.com. Reevaluate your situation regularly as your dreams may change over time.
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