Zero. That is where investment advisory firm Research Affiliates places the chances of a typical balanced fund of 60% stocks and 40% bonds earning 5% or more in the next 10 years. Given that many retirement calculators use a default annualized long-term expected return of 6% or higher, the author of today’s article cautions that people saving for retirement based on these figures are “going to have a massive shortfall.” What does this mean for those investing for retirement? Why does Research Affiliates state that the key to higher returns is taking on what it calls “maverick risk”? And what is the firm’s 10-year return projection for other mainstream investments such as target-date funds? CLICK HERE to find out.
In the current low-rate environment, “generating steady retirement income has never been harder,” declares the author of today’s article. Moreover, the author cautions that yields could just as likely go lower from here as higher. As such, he proceeds to discuss “eight popular sources of retirement income, ranging from dividend stocks to bonds to real estate to annuities, what current rates are for market leading products and the pros and cons of each approach.” For the author’s overview of each of these sources of retirement income – including the one he argues consumers are often too quick to dismiss – CLICK HERE.
With their low default risk, high dividend yields – with some paying yields above 6% – and ability to provide most Americans with tax-free income, the author of today’s article describes municipal bonds as having “the retirement income trifecta.” Recognizing that it can be difficult to buy quality individual municipal bonds, the author recommends seeking out the kinds of municipal bond funds purchased by large institutional investors, and highlights three such funds to consider – including one that he states has “the inside track on the best deals” – a portfolio of which has an average yield of 5.3%. To read more about municipal bonds in general, as well as these three specific funds that can provide a steady stream of retirement income, CLICK HERE.