In a recent post, I presented a list of the ‘core asset classes’ that investors need in order to build portfolios that fully exploit available diversification opportunities. That article focused on portfolios designed for total return potential, the combined return from price appreciation and income generated by the assets in the portfolio. For investors focusing on building income-generating portfolios, the core asset classes are somewhat different. In this article, I present a proposed set of core asset classes for income-focused investors, along with examples of representative funds. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘TIPS’
Posted in Asset Allocation, Bonds, Commodities, Diversification, ETFs, Inflation, Investors, Risk, Stock Investing, tagged Corporate Bonds, emerging market stocks, Emerging Markets, equity energy, fixed income, gold, government bonds, investing strategy, Municipal Bonds, real estate investment trusts, REITs, stock market index, TIPS, Utility stocks on November 28, 2012 | 1 Comment »
One of the most important questions for investors and advisors is identifying a set of asset classes that will be considered for inclusion in a portfolio. Some people will decide that all they need or want is one broad stock market index fund and one bond fund. Others will choose to include Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and commodities. There are well-thought-out arguments that inflation-protected government bonds (TIPS) are a major core asset class. It is also quite common for investors or advisors to break stocks out into value vs. growth and small cap vs. large cap. (more…)
Posted in 401(k), Asset Allocation, Commodities, Diversification, financial planning, Investors, Retirement, retirement income, retirement planning, tagged 4% rule, IRAs, Monte Carlo Simulation, probability of failure, Quantext Portfolio Planner, TIPS, ZVI Bodie on November 23, 2012 | 1 Comment »
The question of how to safely generate income from a retirement portfolio is one of the most challenging in financial planning. In the days when people had traditional pensions, their employers simply promised them a constant inflation-adjusted income for the duration of their retirements. As we have moved away from traditional pensions and into self-directed savings plans such as 401(k)’s and IRA’s, investors and advisors must create their own customized income plans. New research from Morningstar highlights what appears to be a better approach to creating a stable income stream from an investment portfolio. (more…)
Posted in 401(k), Active Investing, Asset Allocation, Bonds, Diversification, ETFs, financial planning, Income Investing, Investors, Long-term investing, Retirement, retirement income, retirement planning, Risk, Stock Investing, Volatility, Wealth, tagged Annuities, coupon payments, Fidelity, financial challenge, high yield bonds, Ibbotson, Inflation, junk bonds, MLPs, REITs, retirement income, SPIAs, SWRs, systematic withdrawal, Target Date Funds, TIPS, TIPS ladders on September 28, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Generating Income: Part Four of Our Special Five Part Series
During their working years, investors focus on saving and investing with a goal of building wealth. As they enter retirement, either by ceasing paid employment entirely or by scaling back paid employment, investors shift their focus to using their portfolios to provide a reliable long-term stream of income. This transition from building wealth to income generation is the subject of a great deal of research in retirement planning. Once investors are at or near retirement, the most significant financial challenge is using their accumulated savings to provide substantial income for their retirement years. (more…)
Posted in 401(k), Active Investing, Asset Allocation, Commodities, Financial Advisors, financial planning, Income Investing, Investors, Long-term investing, Personalization, Retirement, retirement income, retirement planning, Risk, Stock Investing, Volatility, Wealth, tagged Annuities, Are You A Stock or a Bond?, government bonds, Inflation, interest rates, low-risk, Moshe Milevsky, Rachel Taqqu, Risk Less and Prosper, TIPS, Treasury bonds, ZVI Bodie on September 17, 2012 | 9 Comments »
In Part I of this article, I explained why I have issues with the traditional idea that individuals should provide for their required level of retirement income (beyond what is provided by Social Security and any pensions) entirely with assets with zero risk of loss of principal (e.g. Treasury bonds). In Part II, I discuss the alternative approaches.
There are two investments that have zero loss of principal: traditional Treasury bonds and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), which are Treasury bonds with embedded protection against inflation.
I agree with the notion that people need to save and invest so as to be able to provide a very reliable and consistent income stream in retirement. Zvi Bodie has presented a compelling argument that investments in stocks do not become less risky as you hold them for longer periods, so that investors cannot rely on stocks as part of their required income stream. I have performed detailed analysis of Bodie’s argument and I agree with his argument: the magnitude of loss that you can face with an equity-heavy portfolio increases the longer you hold the portfolio. As I noted in Part I, William Bernstein has recently advocated for a portfolio in which all of your required income is provided by Treasuries and annuities, largely consistent with Bodie. (more…)
Posted in 401(k), Asset Allocation, Bonds, Financial Advisors, financial planning, Income Investing, Investors, Long-term investing, Market Timing, Personalization, Retirement, retirement income, retirement planning, Risk, Wealth, tagged government bonds, Inflation, interest rates, low-risk, TIPS, Treasury bonds on August 29, 2012 | 9 Comments »
Portfolio Income: The Trouble With Treasury Bonds
The current economic environment is making it very hard for investors to generate reasonable levels of income through traditional means such as bond ladders. While it is always dangerous to suggest that ‘it’s different this time,’ I believe that we are facing some unprecedented conditions that require new approaches. Income-seeking investors with low risk tolerance—those who have traditionally favored government bonds—are in the most difficult situation.
The problem of low savings and investment rates in the U.S. is huge. I have written about this in the past, along with many others. Every study on retirement savings notes that Americans need to save more. Having the ability to support yourself from a portfolio of savings is not, however, just about the amount that you save. There is also the issue of how much income you can derive from each dollar in your portfolio. Today, with historically low yields on government bonds, retirees and others seeking to live on the income from low-risk investments are faced with an enormous challenge that compounds the savings rate problem. To be able to live on the income provided by very low-risk investments, the necessary savings rates increase dramatically relative to savings rates when investors are willing to bear some risk. (more…)
Posted in Asset Allocation, Behavioral Finance, book review, Books, Diversification, financial planning, Long-term investing, Low Cost Investing, Rebalancing, Regular Investing, Retirement, retirement income, retirement planning, Stock Investing, Uncategorized, Volatility, tagged bonds, Risk Less and Prosper, TIPS, Worry Free Investing, ZVI Bodie on January 26, 2012 | 5 Comments »
The recently-published book by Zvi Bodie and Rachelle Taqqu, Risk Less and Prosper: Your Guide to Safer Investing, provides a unique perspective on how to meet the challenge of long-term financial planning. The book is well-organized into a number of steps required for identifying and organizing long-term goals and thinking through how to meet these goals. The presentation is built around a narrative in which a group of people meet to try to figure out how to meet their long-term goals and how to deal with the uncertainty associated with both their lives and their investments. (more…)
Posted in Active Investing, Asset Allocation, Behavioral Finance, Bonds, Commodities, debt, Diversification, Dividends, Income Investing, Investors, Leverage, Long-term investing, Low Cost Investing, Market Outlook, Personalization, Portfolio Investing 101, Rebalancing, Retirement, Risk, Stock Investing, Uncategorized, tagged Inflation, inflation beating bonds, low-beta stocks, recession, stock market volatility, TIPS, volatility on September 6, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Don’t we all?
Believe it or not, January 1, 2011 was more than eight months ago—and needless to say, a lot has happened since we all rang in the New Year. That’s why right now might be the perfect time to revisit those financial resolutions.
What a Year …
Well-known companies like LinkedIn (LNKD), Pandora (P), and Zillow (Z) went public. The economy started to rebound only to lose its footing. Washington debated and debated and then finally voted on the debt ceiling. Then Standard and Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating.
So what’s an investor to do in these uncertain times? (more…)
Posted in Portfolio Investing 101, tagged 401k, 403b, asset allocation, Bogleheads, bonds, diversification, Low Cost Investing, low-cost funds, Mel Lindauer, TIPS, VBMFX, VGTSX, VIPSX, VTSMX on September 2, 2010 | 3 Comments »
Mel Lindauer, Forbes columnist, book co-author, Boglehead extraordinaire, draws a road map for young investors in this installment of Portfolio Investing 101. Among his rules: start early, buy cheap if you can, automate your savings, and use your asset allocation to diversify your bets and manage your risk. (more…)