Recently I spoke to a successful couple in their late 40s who had aspirations of retiring within the next ten years and hopefully sooner. They had kids soon to be entering their college years and hoped they were saving and investing enough to reach their retirement goals. Given the amount of volatility in both their equities and bonds, they wanted to explore options for:
With the desire for retirement to come sooner than later, they realized that taking a significant loss to their assets could make it difficult to have the amount of income they desired.
If you’re looking for both safety and income in your investment portfolio, you’re not alone. Many investors seek out investments that will provide them with a reliable stream of income, as well as the potential for growth.
There are a number of different investments that can offer both safety and income.
1 – When it comes to investing, many people are looking for ways to preserve their capital and generate income. Treasury inflation protected securities (TIPS) can provide both of these benefits.
TIPS are government-issued bonds that offer protection against inflation. The principal value of a TIPS increases with inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). When the TIPS matures, the investor receives the inflation-adjusted principal or original principal, whichever is greater.
TIPS also offer a fixed rate of interest payments. Interest payments are made semi-annually and are based on the adjusted principal. Because TIPS pay interest based on the adjusted principal, their coupon rates are generally lower than comparable nominal bonds.
TIPS can be an attractive option for investors looking to protect their purchasing power and generate income. However, it is important to remember that TIPS are subject to market risk and interest rate risk. As with any investment, you should carefully consider your own investment objectives, risks, and time horizon before investing in TIPS.
2 – Annuities can be a great way to generate income in retirement. An annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company, where you make a lump sum payment or series of payments, and the insurance company agrees to pay you an income for life.
There are two types of annuities: immediate and deferred. Immediate annuities start paying out income right away, while deferred annuities begin paying out at some point in the future.
Annuities can be a great way to ensure a steady stream of income in retirement, but there are some things to consider before investing. Annuities are subject to market risk and interest rate risk, and they may also have high fees and charges. Be sure to carefully consider your own investment objectives, risks, and time horizon before investing in an annuity.
3 – Private lending can be a great way to generate income. With private lending, you loan money to individuals or businesses and receive interest payments in return.
Private lending can be a great way to earn higher returns than you would get from traditional investments such as stocks or bonds. However, it is important to remember that private lending is a risky investment, and you could lose some or all of your principal. Also, it’s important to consider what assets are backing your investment in case things do not work out as planned. This provides some level of downside protection to obtain the return of your investment. Be sure to carefully consider your own investment objectives, risks, and time horizon before investing in private lending.
4 – Permanent life insurance can be a great way to generate income in retirement. With permanent life insurance, you make payments into a policy over the course of your lifetime. The death benefit from the policy is then paid out to your beneficiaries after you die.
Permanent life insurance can be a great way to ensure a steady stream of income in retirement. It is important to remember that whole life insurance policies have guarantees against loss. Yes, they may not have returns equivalent to investments but for the safe storage of money with moderate growth I don’t know of anything better. Be sure to carefully consider your own investment objectives, risks, and time horizon before investing in permanent life insurance.
There are a variety of options available for generating income in retirement. Which option is best for you will depend on your own investment objectives, risks, and time horizon. No matter what your retirement goals are, there are options out there to help you achieve them. Do your research and talk to a financial advisor to find the best way to provide safety and income for yourself in retirement. All of these options can help you achieve both safety and income in retirement. Talk to a financial advisor to see if one or more of these options is right for you.
You’ve likely heard from gurus like Dave Ramsey that if you’re invested in the stock market you should expect 12% returns over the long haul. Yes, there have been times in history in which the average returns have seen double digits, but how has it performed lately, and what does it look like going forward?
The one tax you don’t report on your tax return
“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”
Inflation is one of those wealth eroding factors which can have a serious impact to your wealth over time. Take a look at the below image to see how it has impacted purchasing power throughout the years.
Cash back programs are all over the place. Whether through the credit card you use, to store promotions, or even sites like Ebates, the cash back phenomena is pervasive in society and pushes people to consume. This is where a signficant portion of our wealth is going, but that’s a topic for another day.
Inflation is the rate at which the cost of goods and services rises. Inflation affects and is measured by the consumer price index (CPI), which monitors the average prices of goods and services across categories like food, vehicles, apparel, and healthcare services.