What if I run out of money?
“I read in the paper on the weekend that more and more retirees are actually running out of money. I am really worried that this will happen to me.”
There are many factors involved in answering the implied question. We know that:
- Life expectancy for our population is rising every year – we are living longer.
- Centrelink thresholds have changed and therefore excluded many retirees from receiving a benefit payment.
- Interest rates are at all-time lows.
We know the stockmarket is volatile and we are only 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) that had a major impact on wealth. We are still nervous about putting our money into this environment because of the risk of losing it.
So instead of that, we are putting our money into the bank. Did you know that the average term deposit rate since 2004 (all terms, all institutions: source RBA) is 3.45%?
Looking at an average Balanced portfolio of investments, the annual compounded return since inception in 2004 has been 6.62%. This period includes the GFC-affected years.
This means that if you had invested $50,000 into a Balanced portfolio of investments, reinvested dividends and other earnings, and did not take anything out of it apart from portfolio management fees, you would now be sitting on about $126,000.
If you had taken the same amount and invested it in a Term Deposit at the same time, drawing nothing and not paying any management fees on it, you would now have just under $81,000.
Tell me which of those clients is going to run out of money first if they began drawing a payment from it?
We forget that one of the greatest risks we can take is that our money is simply not earning enough to allow it to support the lifestyle we desire. They have replaced what they see as investment risk with risk of another kind – the risk of running out of money.
There is no question in my mind that we should be properly investing our money in a portfolio that best suits our risk tolerance, rather than sitting it in a term deposit, if we wish to mitigate the risk of running out of money.
Please note that this article provides general advice and has not taken your personal or financial circumstances into consideration. If you would like more tailored advice, please contact us today.