Sunday, August 25, 2019

Is $1 Million of Savings Enough?

According to the 18th Annual Transamerica Retirement Studies Survey, about 64% of respondents indicated that they needed to save less than $1 million at the time of retirement in order to feel financially secure.  The median amount cited as being needed in the 2017 survey was $500,000.  To develop their response,

Recommended Financial Planning Process for Retirees and Near-Term Retirees

Several of our readers have asked us to briefly summarize the financial planning process that we have been discussing in the past few months in our posts.  So, this post contains our recommended seven-step process designed to help you make better decisions about:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Make Sure Your Retirement Plan Properly Funds Your “Lumpy Expenses”

While most retirement plans anticipate smooth, constant-dollar spending from year to year throughout retirement, most of us just don’t spend that way.  Our actual expenses in retirement can vary significantly from year to year and therefore, the pattern of our future expenses may be “lumpier” than expected by our plan.  Not only is it likely that we will incur unexpected expenses but it is also likely that some of our expected expenses won’t be incurred every year.   As we said in our post of February 7, 2019, if you aren’t separately budgeting for these non-recurring lumpy expenses, you probably don’t have a robust retirement spending budget (or plan).

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Real Problems with Using the 4% Rule to FIRE

Shortly after our July 9 post encouraging retirees to consider shoring up their floor portfolios by establishing budget buckets of low-risk investments to fund their future essential expenses, Michael Kitces released “The Problem With FIREing AT 4% And The Need For Flexible Spending Rules” aimed at very early retirees (Financially Independent/Retire Early individuals, or FI’ers).   His post discussed “safe” withdrawal approaches based on the 4% rule.  This rule of thumb anticipates at least 60% investment in equities, and, when assets are equal to 25 times expected annual expenses, may indicate when assets for an individual with a thirty year lifetime planning period are sufficient to retire (1/.04 = 25 times expected expenses).

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ok Retirees, Now May be a Good Time to Shore Up Your Floor Portfolio

This post is a brief follow-up to our post of April 23, 2018, Ok Retirees, What’s Your Plan for Dealing with the Upcoming Bear Stock Market?  In that post we said, “At some point in the future, we are going to experience another bear market.  We don’t know when it will occur, but we feel pretty safe in predicting that it will happen.”  We suggested in that post that you use our five-year projection tab to stress test your spending budget for potential poor investment returns.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Better Budgeting with “Actuarial Budget Buckets”

In this website we encourage you to use the full functionality of the Actuarial Approach and our workbooks to help you develop a better spending budget and a better sustainable spending plan in retirement.  In 2019 alone, our posts on this topic have included: