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- In the three portfolios above, investing $1.0 million dollars (no withdrawals) at the age of 40 for 25 years results in an approximate $5.4 million across all three portfolios. The takeaway is: Before retirement average returns matter more than the sequence of returns as the link shows.
- Now, you enter retirement at age 65 with 1 million dollars and plan to withdraw $60,000 dollars annually, adjusted for inflation for 25 years. The results of our three portfolios are much different. Each portfolio scenario represents the sequence of returns each year of the first five years.
Portfolio A will have approximately $1.1 million left after 25 year
- In Portfolio A as an investor begins retirement, the portfolio initially experiences positive returns in market performance when their income withdrawals begin. Negative returns in later years are much less impactful. Truly a nice legacy.
Portfolio B will run out of funds completely in approximately 23 years.
- In this scenario the investor begins their withdrawal of retirement income as the market and portfolio experience negative returns. Even with performance improving over time Portfolio B struggles to recover from its initial losses. And runs out of money to provide income.
Portfolio C will have approximately $400,000 after 25 years.
- In a perfect world at these rates there is little volatility obviously. These steady rates provide less of a legacy but satisfies the need to draw their $60,000 per year.
- This scenario would be a safe route to planning for income that you do not outlive. Only guaranteed pension plans, Social Security and perhaps lifetime income options such as suitable annuities may provide this. Your should always consult with your financial professional and planner first.
The takeaway now becomes: When withdrawing in retirement, sequence of return risk is much more impactful to your outcomes. Mitigating to running out of money before you run out of life, while providing the steady income over your lifetime necessary is imperative.
The issue of timing, however, is not merely about investing in the markets. Stocks are only one component of the holistic approach that best prepares you for future financial needs.
Sequence of return risk can be helped by being financially responsible in the time before and time during retirement risk. Here are five areas where timing matters in your financial decisions:
- Maximize your retirement plan contributions. Keep in mind to not make yourself cash-flow poor, and be cognizant of minimizing tax consequences.
- Pay off debts – especially credit cards, car loans, and other outstanding liabilities as fast as possible. As you do that, move payments you made monthly to creditors into your retirement savings.
- Evaluate your expenses versus income. Your financial professionals should be well equipped with financial planning tools to help evaluate your spending. What you don’t spend, you should save. What you can save, grows from now until you need it most.
- Right-size your residence. As you approach retirement, determine if it is time to sell the bigger, possibly empty nest. Potential mortgage payoffs or reductions on a new home can help increase your cash flow in retirement.
- Evaluate the best age(s) to tap into Social Security. Currently, if you were born in the first part of the 1950s your full retirement age is 66. Delaying until maximum benefit age of 70 adds about 8% per year to your benefit.
So, when it comes to time and the market, I agree with the Rolling Stones, “Time is on my side, yes it is”. Use time in the market and proactivity in financial planning to your advantage. Keep your emotions in check when volatility shows up, and accept it as necessary waves on the water of your financial journey.
Wayne Anderman CFP® MBA is the founder of Anderman Wealth Partners, based in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area, and a registered representative of Avantax Investment ServicesSM. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Avantax Advisory ServicesSM.
- What Is Volatility As An Asset Class? – Tactile Trade
- Don’t Fumble In The Retirement Red Zone (forbes.com)
- Sequence of Returns: What It Means and How to Deal | Morningstar
- 4 Ways To Manage Sequence Of Returns Risk (forbes.com
- Understanding Sequence Of Return Risk & Safe Withdrawal Rates (kitces.com)
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* The rates of return shown above are purely hypothetical and do not represent the performance of any individual investment or portfolio of investments. They are for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to predict future product performance. Specific rates of return, especially for extended times, will vary over time. There is also a higher degree of risk associated with investments that offer the potential for higher rates of return. You should consult with your representative before making any investment decision.