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Mon, Jun 24, 2019

Dynamic Longevity Assumptions in Retirement

American writer Mark Twain was reported to have accurately predicted his own death. He apparently based his prediction on the astronomical phenomenon that marked his birth, the appearance of Halley's Comet. A year before his death, Twain said: 'I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'
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Mon, May 20, 2019

Revisiting Capacity for Loss In Retirement

There's a lot of confusion around assessing capacity for loss, particularly for clients drawing down their portfolio. Much of it stems from the fact that the Regulator doesn't really seem to know how it should be assessed. There appears to be two camps in this debacle. On one side, you have an ex-regulator, paraplanners and compliance consultants who seem to think that capacity for loss is the be-all and end-all. We’ll call them the ‘compliance camp’. On the other hand, you have financial planners at the coal face.
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Mon, May 13, 2019

How AUM Fees Affect Sustainable Withdrawal

One of the great misconceptions about the Sustainable Withdrawal Rate (SWR) framework is how an adviser (and fund) fees affect withdrawals from a retirement portfolio. This analysis shows that 1%pa translates into around 6%-12% (UK) and 9%-13% (US) of the client's overall income and capital, depending on the scenario. A total fee of 2%pa wipes out around 13%-26% (UK) and 19%-28% (US) of the overall fund, depending on the scenario.
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Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Bengen’s 4% Rule Around The World

How much can I draw from my retirement savings without running out of money? This is the 64-million-dollar question Bill Bengen attempted to answer in his seminal 1994 paper published in the Journal of Financial Planning.
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Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Retirement Income Plan For The Miggins II

The Miggins are back. See here for details but the headline is John and Jo Miggins are 65, recently retired with £300k in their retirement pot and a house with no mortgage.
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Tue, Apr 2, 2019

Retirement Income Plan for The Miggins

John and Jo Miggins have worked hard all their lives. They saved as much as they could and now they’re ready to retire. They've paid off their mortgage and their home is worth £260k. Between them, they have £300k in their pension pots. And that’s it!
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Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Lessons from 119 years of capital market data

The latest Credit Suisse Global Investment Yearbook (excerpt here) compiled by Professor Elroy Dimson and his colleagues Paul Marsh and Mike Stanton, is a treasure trove of information. It covers asset class return and inflation in 26 different markets over the 119 years between 1900 and 2018.
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Wed, Dec 12, 2018

David Blanchett: Sustainable Withdrawal Rates: A Smart Alternative to Reducing Life Expectancy

Did you know that retirement costs more than double what it did 30 years ago?In this light-hearted video, David Blanchett's PhD, CFA, CFP shares his thoughts on what people can do about it.
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Tue, Dec 11, 2018

David Blanchett: Retirement crisis? What Retirement Crisis…?

In this video, David Blanchett PhD, CFA, CFP poses the question, is there a retirement crisis? Meaning, will everybody run out of money?
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