In addition, low interest rates are making our investment decisions even more challenging because it takes significantly longer for our savings to grow and a much larger savings base from which to pay our expenses. Some people can afford to take more risk by investing in assets like mutual funds that are not secure, but if you are relying on this money to pay your way as you approach your retirement years is this really a good idea?
Though the future is unknown you know that the average return of the S&P/TSX60 over the past 10 years or so has been a little under 5%. If that rate of return continues your savings would grow to somewhere around $78,500 before you take out another $5,000. Leaving you with $73,500. And so on until the next correction. I'm sure you can see that, unless you stop taking income for a period of time, it's unlikely your savings will ever catch up and you'll run out of money much faster than you'd care to worry about.
If you wish to avoid this kind of risk or this has already happened to you what are some of the more common solutions available?
In general though, if your retirement income is too low for your needs, or you'd prefer a higher after-tax income, it's time to explore whether your nest egg should be rearranged somewhat to provide a higher after tax income stream and to do so without taking on any risk.
In my practice, I find that it often makes sense to initially explore whether it makes sense to create a core income that's guaranteed for life. When it is appropriate, guaranteed income for life is really something that you can rely on and can effectively plan around.
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Jack Bergmans, Certified Financial Planner/Founding Partner