Occam’s Razor is a problem-solving principle devised by William of Ockham, who was an English friar and Scholastic philosopher in the 1300’s.  The principle states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.  Other, more complicated solutions may ultimately prove to be correct, as well, but – in absence of certainty – the fewer assumptions that are made, the better.

Nothing sums up proper retirement income planning better than Occam’s Razor – yet there are so many out there that insist on making this transition into retirement as complicated as possible – even when the ones with the fewest assumptions is available.  Your retirement income MUST be guaranteed to last as long as you do, with no assumptions to this.  It is simple and easy to understand – and it eliminates the ‘I just hope so‘ mentality.

When a retiree determines what their base level of living expenses will be and what their fixed income needs to be, it makes retirement living much easier.  Agreed?  We think so, too.


Matt Nelson, president and host of Income For Life Radio

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