08 Sep 2011
- Written by Charles Sims Jr.
There is no guarantee that your business will continue to grow or even maintain its current value. If your business is worth less than you were counting on at the time you planned to retire, you could be forced to continue working or sell it for less than what you were expecting.
Business owners often assume that their businesses will be their main source of retirement funds, but that strategy can be riskier than you think. It’s generally not wise to put all your eggs in one basket. Broadly diversifying your assets may help protect against risk.
Diversification involves dividing your assets among many types of investments. Putting all your money into a single investment is risky because you could lose everything if the investment performs poorly – even if that investment is your own business. Of course, diversification is a method used to help manage investment risk; it does not guarantee against the risk of investment loss.
Consider what would happen if you were planning to rely solely on the sale of your business to fund your retirement, only to have the U.S. economy fall into a recession about the time you planned to retire. If one occurred when you planned to retire, it could affect the sale of your business or the income it generates for you.
Likewise, there is no assurance that a larger competitor won’t overtake your market, or that demand for your business’s goods and services won’t weaken because of new technology, rising energy prices, consumer trends, or other variables over which you have no control.
Your business is almost certain to provide some of the money you need to retire. By building a portfolio outside your business, you are helping to insulate your retirement from the risks and market conditions that can affect your business.
(Charles Sims Jr., CFP, is President/ CEO of The Sims Financial Group. Contact him at 901- 682- 2410 or visit www. SimsFinancialGroup.com. The information in this article is not intended to be tax or legal advice, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You are encouraged to seek tax or legal advice from an independent professional advisor.)