Twin Fears of not-so-rich retirees
Not-so-rich retirees may have twin fears:
- Bear market
Inflation will eat away purchasing power and that will hurt not-so-rich retirees who are more likely to depend on their investment income coming from their accumulated wealth before retirement.
Bear market will reduce the wealth level of not-so-rich retirees. It can also be wealth destructive if not-so-rich retirees have to liquidate part of their investment for cash flow during market low. Once this negative return in their investment portfolio is locked in during market low; it will become much harder for their portfolio to recover anywhere near its last peak.
Avoid liquidating any investment during bear market
Facing with one crisis after another, not-so-rich retirees must prepare for the worst bear market and build a resilient portfolio to survive in bear markets and avoid liquidating any investment for cash flow through good asset planning for cash flow.
Some common assets for not-so-rich retirees to receive investment income:
- Fixed Income from bonds (capital protection)
- Dividend income from stocks (capital at risks)
- Rental from properties (investors believe properties are safer than stocks so the risk is lower)
Uncle8888 is preparing for the worst and avoid liquidating any investment during market low by ensuring that his fixed income and top up from dividend income will be more than enough to meet his basic living expenses during the bear market. In bad times, he will just need to tighten his belt and in good times he will enjoy upgraded life style without worrying too much about his investment and cash flow during bear market.
He will reuse his existing strategy of spending his year-end bonus for his retirement income. Read? Spending year-end bonus and that means he will be spending his last year EARNED income in the current year. In this way he will have absolute control to decide whether to spend freely his EARNED income or retain part of it during bad time to ease the pain for the following year when the economy is not looking good.
How? Will this model work for you if you are retiring soon?