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High Earners Still Need an Investment Plan

Posted by Michael J. O'Connor | CWS®, Vice President Investments

October 18, 2017

What does it take to be a top income earner in the United States? We found some data recently that breaks it down, telling us just how much you’d need to earn in order to give you a place at the top.

Here are some of the numbers by age. In other words, you’d need to earn this much each year to be a top 1% earner in the US:1

  • Age 35: $291,000
  • Age 45: $458,000
  • Age 55: $453,000
  • Age 64: $473,000

Having a high income may seem like it’s an automatic for also having financial security, but it isn’t. High earners still need an investment plan. Making a lot of money also often means having high living expenses, which makes management all the more important. Case in point: multi-millionaires who find themselves bankrupt far too early in retirement – and sometimes even before they retire.

We’re going to pick on professional athletes here, for two reasons: 1) they often qualify to be top 1% earners in their active years; and, 2) there are numerous instances where financial mismanagement led to bad outcomes.

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