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Retire With Integrity Podcast with Brian Bowen

Jul 18, 2019

Back in 2000, Major League Baseball player Bobby Bonilla made a deal with the New York Mets to pay him $1.19 million every year from 2011 through 2035 rather than a $5.9 million lump sum to end his contract. The day he gets his annual payment is celebrated every year, but did he make the correct choice for maximizing his money?

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0:15 – Would you take $5.9 million today or a guaranteed $1.19 million/year for 25 years.

1:32 – Using the ‘Rule of 72’ to find out how your lump sum would grow.

2:37 – Bobby Bonilla Day with the New York Mets is a perfect example of this scenario. How Bernie Madoff burned the Mets.

4:16 – Can guaranteed income actually happen?

4:52 – Client example of an annuity running out of money.

5:52 – Doing the math – What would you have to earn to make the lump sum worth it.

7:51 – Here’s how much Bobby Bonilla would have received on the $5.9 million lump sum after 25 years with a 10% or 8% annual return.

9:50 – Working with clients that are able to decide when and if they want to work. Sharing some client examples.