Diversification used to be very easy. A typical portfolio included stocks, bonds, and cash.
However, this type of traditional diversification has proven less effective in recent years as market volatility has increased. It is important to ensure that your portfolio is designed to succeed in favorable market conditions and withstand adverse market conditions.
We spend our lives saving and saving for retirement. Many people are doing well with diversification and are probably seeing their investments grow. But as you approach retirement, your priorities start to change. Sure, we still want our money to grow and stay ahead of inflation. But now protecting what we have accumulated and generating income from it has become a top priority.
Reduce risk and maximize your time
A major risk faced by retirees is that the market will fall sharply at the same time as they withdraw their “retirement funds.” If this happens, not only will your account value decrease due to poor performance, but it will also decrease further due to withdrawals. If the withdrawn money is permanently gone, your profits will be suppressed when the remaining account balance could be restored.
Unfortunately, there is no Swiss Army knife of investments that can grow your money, protect you from recessions, and generate a steady income all at the same time. Instead, to navigate this delicate situation, it is wise to divide your assets into several baskets, each with a specific time frame and corresponding risk profile.
Compartmentalization is key. Can be layered with fixed income sources such as Social Security, pensions, and annuities to fill a basket designed for current income, short-term conservative investments, and a more balanced growth approach over the long term . Today’s basket separates your current income needs. This gives you time to potentially grow so that future baskets are ready when you need them.
Here’s a framework for four segment strategies to reduce the risk of poor market timing:
- lifetime income. Financial sources such as social security, pensions, and pensions form the “income floor.”
- Fixed income. This segment, located at the top of the “revenue floor”, has been carefully crafted to decline gradually over a 3-5 year span. Its investments are usually biased towards the safe side, including guaranteed options.
- Balanced. Balanced segments, which act as a bridge between revenue and growth factors, typically have a time horizon of 5 to 10 years. Operating as a dual power engine, the profits generated from this category are likely to supplement the income needs arising from the fixed income segment.
- long term growth. The funds allocated to this basket are designed for growth trajectories over 10 years and are intended to benefit from continued investment through multiple market cycles. This category may also include unconventional investment types.
Lack of a clear strategy for (unnecessarily) generating monthly retirement savings creates great uncertainty and anxiety. However, implementing a time-shared retirement income plan establishes a comprehensive strategy for choosing the right investments for your inflation-adjusted income needs over multiple years. By taking a strategically oriented approach, individuals can move into retirement with confidence.
Dan Dunkin contributed to this article.
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