How Do I Determine If My Retirement Portfolio Is Balanced?
Everyone needs a retirement portfolio, one that is created specifically for oneself and one that is effective and balanced.
To determine if your retirement portfolio is balanced, a ratio of gains that is equal to your withdrawals needs to be ascertained because such a procedure will help meet your present and future financial needs.
Research has been found over the years that give helpful insight on how to determine your retirement portfolio and to ensure that it’s balanced. This is how it’s done: Divide your portfolio total dollar by the amount you plan to draw the first year. The answer you receive will be the number of years you have before the balance becomes zero. This method doesn’t include inflation and return on investments but it does give a summary of how long your money will last.
Use Caution When Withdrawing
A key way to determine if your retirement portfolio is balanced is to know that your portfolio will decrease in value with the number of times you withdraw and also will decrease the value of your investments. This; however, can be changed with an increase in gains, such as interest, dividends, and profitable sales.
Buying and Selling Investments
To keep your portfolio productive, active and balanced, rather than just appreciating the interest and dividends from your portfolio, you will need to stay active in buying and selling investments. And, when you need to sell due to expenses or other requirements here are some tips on what to sell:
If investments are going well, withdraw cash
Sell a mutual stock that has gone well for a good time
Sell junk stocks that have business problems
If you have mutual funds that charge high fees, sell them
Set Aside Extra Cash
Note: To ensure that your portfolio stays solvent, balanced, proactive and productive, put aside extra cash that will act as a cushion against bear markets. Be sure to set aside enough cash in a savings account or a CD to cover any and all spending requirements for at least a year—minus what you are expecting from other sources of income such as pension, Social Security. If possible, put in an additional two to four years of cash in a deferred fixed annuity or high-quality short term bonds. This will ensure a positive, productive and balanced portfolio.
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