The Retirement Savings Gap
Are Canadian Retirees at Risk?
By David De Pastena, CFA, CMT, CAIA, CIM, FCSI
Vice-President, Dynamic Funds Portfolio Solutions
Are Canadians’ retirement plans in a state of crisis? Given rising interest rates, inflation and extreme market volatility, many Canadian retirees may find themselves running out of money prematurely. This "retirement income gap" could mean the difference between thriving and just surviving in their golden years.
Longevity Risk: The Fear of Running Out of Money
More and more retirees are growing concerned that they'll outlive their retirement savings. A premature depletion of assets could force retirees to slash their living expenses or be unable to fund their long-term health care costs. Many of those now in retirement (or on the cusp) are already forced to consider a change to their current lifestyle. According to a recent survey, 55% of those surveyed say their retirement plans have been impacted by current economic conditions.
Key Considerations: Remember the “4 Ms”
Taxes, inflation, market swings and untimely drawdowns can all wreak havoc on your nest egg. By focusing on the 4 Ms, you can build more resilient portfolios designed to deliver a consistent cash stream – through bull and bear markets alike.
With Paycheque Portfolios, the focus changes to:
Maximize Cash Flow
By focusing on income-producing assets, investors can create consistent cash flow in order to avoid withdrawals during market downturns.
Building a resilient paycheque portfolio requires a special focus on maximizing after-tax cash flow. After all, it’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep.
Minimize the impact of drawdowns
Focusing on cash flow can help reduce the impact of drawdowns, which can quickly erode a portfolio’s value.
Maximize purchasing power
To protect one’s purchasing power – especially during inflationary periods, it’s critical to allocate a portion of one’s portfolio to asset classes and strategies designed to deliver positive inflation-adjusted returns over time.
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