Presentation on theme: "Towards a Successful Retirement Plan THE IMPLICATIONS OF EARLY RETIREMENT CAPITAL WITHDRAWALS AND INVESTMENT COSTS ON ACHIEVING SUITABLE REPLACEMENT RATES."— Presentation transcript:
Towards a Successful Retirement Plan THE IMPLICATIONS OF EARLY RETIREMENT CAPITAL WITHDRAWALS AND INVESTMENT COSTS ON ACHIEVING SUITABLE REPLACEMENT RATES AT RETIREMENT By Daniel R WesselsOctober 2013
Key Concept To maintain ones standard of living at retirement one should have sufficient retirement capital available at retirement to substitute at least 75% of final years pre-retirement income with post-retirement income, i.e. replacement rate of 75%...
Explanatory Notes Savings rate = the net savings (after costs) as a percentage of pre-retirement gross income that is allocated each year towards the retirement plan. Contribution period = the number of years that allocations will be made towards the retirement plan. Replacement rate at retirement = Post-retirement income as percentage of ones final years gross income before retirement. Typically, it is recommended that a replacement rate of 75% should be ideal to maintain ones living standard at retirement. Gross investment portfolio real return = Returns in excess of inflation rate before deduction of fund management, product, administration and advice fees Net investment portfolio real return = Returns in excess of inflation after deduction of fund management, product, administration and advice fees
Explanatory Notes (continued) Maximum sustainable replacement rate = based on a drawdown (withdrawal) rate of 6% of retirement capital available at retirement, and considered as the maximum withdrawal rate without adversely affecting the long-term sustainability of ones retirement plan. Drawdown rate = post-retirement withdrawals, which is the income paid to the retiree and administrative costs associated with the post-retirement investment, as a percentage of retirement capital. Early withdrawal = Withdrawing full amount of capital available during pre-retirement phase, proceeds are not used to supplement retirement capital or retirement income at retirement Investment costs or fees = fund management, product, administration and advice fees as a percentage of investment per annum
Net real return of 4% p.a. Early withdrawals and impact on replacement rate at retirement
Gross real return of 6% p.a.... The impact of costs on replacement rate at retirement
And when considering both early withdrawals and investment costs … For example, comparing no withdrawals with full withdrawals at n years from the inception of retirement plan and calculate replacement rate attained at retirement for different contribution periods and investment return assumptions…
We cant always expect high investment returns, or hope it will save the (retirement) day…but we have some control over our savings rates and contribution periods…and early withdrawal decisions, investment strategy/costs!
Thinking about retirement planning & reforms… Costs… if one needs a net real return of 4% p.a. over a 40-year period to achieve a replacement rate of 75%, how much investment cost in the system can be afforded? e.g.3% cost = 7% real on a gross basis, but is that a reasonable expectation? Consider the cyclical nature of real returns over time and beware that weve experienced a period of high real returns in recent times… Implications for investment strategy? But cant focus on the cost aspect only without addressing issues regarding capital preservation, e.g. (unnecessary) early withdrawals…
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