January 12, 2015

3 Simple Steps to Crash-Proof Your Retirement Accounts

Recent stock market volatility suggests now is the time to crash test your retirement portfolio.
Walter Updegrave suggest the follwoing:
 1. Review your asset allocation. Divide your portfolio into two broad categories: stocks & bonds.
 2. Estimate the downside. "In the financial crisis year of 2008, for example, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 37% of its value, while the broad bond market gained just over 5%. So if you’ve got 70% of your retirement portfolio in stocks and 30% in bonds, you can figure that in a comparable downturn your nest egg would lose roughly 25% of its value."
3. Assess the impact of a market downturn. "Go to a retirement income calculator that uses Monte Carlo simulations and enter your nest egg’s current value as well as such information as your age, income, when you plan retire, how your savings are invested and how much you’re saving each year (or spending, if you’re already retired). You’ll come away with the percentage chance that you’ll be able to generate the income you’ll need throughout retirement based on things as they stand now."
Read the details at: http://time.com/money/3653799/retirement-plan-crash-proof/

1 comment:

  1. For the 4th step - be insured. Get an insurance that will protect you from possible financial devastation. People are are living longer, therefore the possibility that most of us will be needing some forms of long term care at some point of our life. Take note, long term care costs, just like health care costs, are not something to underestimate. It is one of the common reason why people's finances are wrecked and assets are lost. Care services are expensive! You may have crashed proofed your retirement accounts through the first three steps, but care costs will slap you with devastating force. Long term care insurance is just one of the type of insurance that can protect you from paying long term care costs. You may want to consider it as early as possible to get qualified easier.


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