It is understandable if you are concerned about growing your current savings so you can retire when you want: You are going to be retired for 20, 30, 40 years, and you need to ensure you don’t outlive your money Cost to maintain your same lifestyle goes up every year - the longer you live, the more income you’ll need While the market can provide the growth you need over time, growth isn’t guaranteed and you no longer have as much time to make up for market losses as we have seen.
Retirement risk zone: The closer you get to retirement the harder it is to recover any market losses Market downturns in early retirement may mean an increased probability of running out of money.
An investment in fixed income means you know what your return will be.
You're protected from a market downturn, but you don't benefit if the markets do well.
You don't face the risk of losing your current investment, but you still run a very real risk of out living your money.
Mitigate the Risk
You're likely doing this now
Further diversify your portfolio Spreading your investments across different industries, countries and asset types will help to limit the chance that a single market event will affect your whole portfolio.
This approach reduces the risks, but doesn't remove them.
While this approach may give you the potential for market growth, it also opens you up to potential market losses, which is your worry.
Transfer the Risk
Transfer the risks of the market to the insurance company.
Similar idea to buying property insurance:
You pay a small premium to cover the risks to your home and the cost is transferred to the insurance company.
This approach removes the risk of a market decline and guarantees you won’t outlive your money.
A combination of products can help to ensure your retirement income will last
1. Annuities ensure a stable base of income
2. Investment funds to provide potential growth 3. Product specifically designed to guarantee an income amount for the rest of your life.
Lifetime income benefit option is a product that transfers the risk of the markets to the insurance company If the markets go down, you have a guaranteed level of income for life If the markets stay stable, your income has the potential to grow by a guaranteed amount (generally better than returns on GICs and other fixed income investments) If the markets go up, you have the potential to increase your retirement savings You pay a small premium off the topto protect your retirement income from the potential risks. By developing a comprehensive plan together, we can help avoid you running out of money and give you the opportunity to experience additional growth if the markets do well.
Paul is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) licensed by the Financial Planners Standards Council; Financial and Estate Plans are provided under that license.
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