Australian research on retirement withdrawal rates challenges the long-accepted ‘4% Rule’ used by many planning professionals when advising self-funded retirees. The optimal rate? Well, let’s start a conversation.
Watching the market each day to pick a winner is not the best way to handle a retirement plan. A better and less stressful approach for your investment portfolio is to avoid losers, sit back and watch the grass grow.
A good financial plan should have the needs and goals of retirement clearly defined, which then allows an appropriate portfolio mix to be established. The risk becomes the failure to achieve those goals.
The timing of returns can produce very different retirement outcomes, especially if poor returns occur when a nest egg is at its maximum. We cannot assume the average return over time will deliver as intended.
Looking beyond the top quality companies, it pays to find the true visionaries, the companies whose prospects are compelling into the distant future because of the strong momentum they have built.
Constant changes to an already complex super system mean trustees should be continually learning. Rather than focusing on compliance and rules, trustees need new tools to help make good investment decisions.
Continuing our series on the best performing stock markets since the GFC, the recoveries of the US and the UK place them on the podium, thanks in part to brain power and the strength of their huge global companies.
Professor Engle received the 2003 Nobel Prize for his work on volatility, but he’s moved on to systemic risk, and his calculations are far from reassuring. He also has a free website full of useful data.
At a time when Australia is worrying about the loss of manufacturing jobs, Denmark’s gold-medal economic recovery since the GFC has some interesting policy implications for us.
There are stringent rules and regulations to follow when an SMSF borrows to invest in property. And despite what you might hear in the market, your SMSF cannot be used to pay off the home you live in.
With the possibility of rising interest rates, 10-year government bonds have turned from ‘risk-free return’ to ‘return-free risk’. In the search for fixed interest yield, investors are moving away from traditional benchmarks.
Warren Buffett is arguably the most successful investor of the 20th century and one of the more influential people in the world. Here are some of the highlights from the Oracle of Omaha’s 2013 newsletter.
A positive view on US growth but some concerns around possible inflation effects and the unwinding of QE. Growth may give a tailwind but it is rarely the most important factor determining market returns.
In some countries, stock markets have already surpassed their pre-GFC peaks. There are some surprising winners, and Australia lags despite our recent economic growth being the best in the developed world.
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