Part III – Study confirms more income with less volatility
In Parts I and II in this series, I suggested that you could receive more retirement income with less volatility if you and your advisor moved from asset allocation to income allocation. It’s one thing to suggest and another thing to prove. So we conducted a study and will publish the full results and the underlying methodology in the next few weeks. As you will see, there are dramatic advantages to focusing on income allocation.
For this article we selected one of the case studies (a male 70, who has $1 million in retirement savings, 50% in a rollover IRA) with a current asset allocation of 30% to equities based on the “100 minus age” rule of thumb, and 70% to bonds and CDs. We compared that case to an income allocation strategy. You will see the results throughout this article, including a table of detailed results at the end of this article. Here are some highlights for this case:
- Pre-tax income is increased by 32% over the investor’s lifetime.
- Income volatility is reduced from 72% to 29%.