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I'm 50 years old, and I've known for a long time that Social Security and Medicare won't meet their promises to me. We all know it. That's why we're told to load up our retirement accounts with stocks.
The current dividend ratio of the S&P 500 is about 2%. We're hoping for 8% or better annual returns, and the difference is that we're counting on share prices increasing because corporate profits are increasing. Generally, most of the value of a stock isn't based on profits today, but this expected growth in future earnings.
But, the problem is the private economy isn't growing, but rather it's shrinking rapidly as the government's share of the economy grows. During the last two years the private economy shrank by 1.3 trillion while the government grew by $1 trillion, as the government share of the overall economy went from 35% to 43%.
We have a government that made impossible promises. Trying to keep these promises means the government that takes an ever greater share of the economy. Which arguably collapses the current value of stocks because the government takes all the growth and then some.
So the irony is that we have many millions of people investing everything they have to survive the breaking of impossible government promises, by buying investments that radically increase their risk exposure to the breaking of impossible government promises.
Does that make sense? Or should we be doing just the opposite and seeking out strategies where the worse the situation gets, the better our investment strategy performs? So we seek financial security by offsetting our risks instead of doubling them up?
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