Retirement Partnerships

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Retirement partnerships, usually called investment clubs, are a group of people who pool their money to buy stocks.  These groups meet on a regular basis, either in person or online.  During these regular meetings, the members of the club socialize, study stocks and learn about investing and personal finance.  In Gerlach and McQuade's book, Investment Clubs for Dummies, they put it this way:

There are many benefits to belonging to a retirement partnership.  These benefits include:

  • Only a small monetary contribution is required each month ($20 to $100).
  • The pooling of money allows the partnership to make investments you probably could not afford on your own (because of the commission costs as a percentage of investment).
  • Retirement partnerships tend to outperform the market as a whole. This according to the annual surveys conducted by the NAIC/BetterInvesting.
  • Diversity of financial educations.  Where one member is weak another may be strong and you can learn as a group.
  • A group perspective can help prevent rushing into a bad investment.
  • Development of new friendships.

Retirement partnerships can be very successful.  The Mutual Investment Club of Detroit was founded in 1941 and currently has portfolio in excess of $6 million (which excludes more than $4 million in member withdrawals over the years).  How did they do this? They have regularly invested in high quality growth stocks.  By staying invested year after year, the club has taken advantage of compounded growth. Your group can be successful too.  All you need is determination, patience and discipline. 

The ten steps to start your own retirement partnership include:

  1. Hold an initial meeting - see if anyone is interested.
  2. Find members - family, friends, and co-workers are great places to start.
  3. Elect officers.
  4. Create a partnership agreement.
  5. Write operating procedures.
  6. Register your partnership - complete IRS Form SS-4 and contact your local county clerk's office.
  7. Open bank and/or brokerage accounts.
  8. Join BetterInvesting.
  9. Start regular meetings and educational programs - most partnerships meet monthly.
  10. Use BetterInvesting resources - BetterInvesting Regional Chapter exist in all 50 states.  These regional chapters provide investment education.

Whether or not you decide to form your own retirement partnership, you need to learn about investing and personal finance. A 2001 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), American Savings Education Council (ASEC) and Mathew Greenwald & Associates found that the largest source of retirement income for current retirees are as follows:

% of retirees Income Source
Social Security
Employer sponsored plans
Personal savings
Other government income
Sale of home or business
Support from children/family

The fate of Social Security still remains to be seen.  Americans are living fourteen years longer than when Social Security was created, and life expectancies are on the rise.  This puts a tremendous strain on the system. The second largest source of retirement income for current retirees is employer sponsored plans. The sad fact is that no pension plan is completely secure. 

The key to survival, whether your pension fund defaults or Social Security fails, is to educate yourself about finance and investing. 

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Whether you are three months, three years, or 30 years away from retirement, it is never too early, or late, to start planning and investing. Through the creation of the correct plan now, you can make a big difference in how comfortable your retirement will be.  You have worked hard for what you have; you deserve to make your dreams of a comfortable retirement a reality. Click Here to get started!