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Mike Piper - Oblivious Investor
Housekeeping note: We have family and friends visiting from out of town this week and early next week, so there will be no article on Monday. This week researchers Wade Pfau and Michael Kitces released a new paper looking at an assortment of different asset allocation strategies in retirement — ranging from various static allocations, […]
A reader recently wrote in asking for a discussion of the Vanguard Managed Payout Fund — how it works and what it might be good for. In short, the fund is meant to be a tool for investors who are spending from their portfolios (i.e., retirees). It’s an all-in-one fund (like the LifeStrategy or Target Retirement funds), […]
As I’ve written on several occasions, I’m a big fan of annuities as a tool for providing retirement income. But that doesn’t really extend beyond boring lifetime annuities. Fixed indexed annuities (a.k.a. equity indexed annuities) are an entirely different animal. And as Allan Roth explains this week, there are a number of potential “gotchas” involved with such […]
A reader writes in, asking: “For the last several years I’ve been following a basic Boglehead strategy with a few index funds. How big does a portfolio have to be before it makes sense to start moving into other strategies?” There are certain portfolio-related considerations that can become relevant as your wealth grows to a certain […]
Last week, I linked to an article from Wade Pfau and David Blanchett discussing the usefulness (and limitations) of Monte Carlo simulations. This week, Pfau and Blanchett follow up with an article that uses Monte Carlo simulations to address the question of whether a 4% withdrawal rate is still a good idea for today’s retirees: Can Retirees […]
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