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Old 03-28-2007, 03:13 PM   #21
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So if the a 90% S&P 500 portfolio has worked for the Kaderli's why does everyone here continue to hyper-analyze various S&D and SWR strategies? Obviously simple works.
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Re: Kaderli's 90% S&P Portfolio
Old 03-28-2007, 03:52 PM   #22
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So if the a 90% S&P 500 portfolio has worked for the Kaderli's why does everyone here continue to hyper-analyze various S&D and SWR strategies? Obviously simple works.
I like what I know about those folks but it does not mean I will follow the exact financial model. I think they are doing well and over the long term the S&P500 or total market is a good place to be. They chose this very good fund when there were not many good alternatives. But I think there are better ways to handle volatility, by having more asset classes including some fixed assets. This might add slightly to the safe withdrawal amount and reduce volatility.
I like to keep things simple, my largest fund is a Target Retirement type fund. I am just aware that while dollar cost averaging into a fund is a great way to save, there can be problems with DCA withdrawals.
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I am just aware that while dollar cost averaging into a fund is a great way to save, there can be problems with DCA withdrawals.
I have heard other references to this and am curious about it. But I don't want to hijack the thread so I'll start a new one...
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So if the a 90% S&P 500 portfolio has worked for the Kaderli's why does everyone here continue to hyper-analyze various S&D and SWR strategies? Obviously simple works.
Because One Swallow does not make a summer. You need to come up with your own asset allocation.

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IMHO, Billy and Akaisha are two incredible people that really and truly love each other. (You really can't put a price on true love, can you? ) I visit their website frequently and am constantly inspired by their (ongoing) story. Sure, the value of their portfolio fluctuates, but the 'value' of their lives is constant; as in - constantly increasing and improving! If you ask me, they are very 'wealthy' people, regardless of the $$$ in their portfolio or their investment strategy. I owe them a debt of gratitude for what they freely share on their website. They are a real inspiration. Thanks Billy and Akaisha!
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So if the a 90% S&P 500 portfolio has worked for the Kaderli's why does everyone here continue to hyper-analyze various S&D and SWR strategies? Obviously simple works.
HA! it worked in thsi case because the '90's was a great bull market. Had they adopted their retirement in 1966 they would have been in grave difficulty by 1974. Their original portfolio of $500,000 supported a 5% withdrawl rate. I assume they would have gone back to work for a while to rebuild thier funds and you never would have heard of them, yet they still would be happy I suspect
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:59 AM   #27
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Yeah, lucky enough to lose around 45% of their investments from 2000 thru 2002. S&P500 1/2000 = 1550, S&P500 3/2007 = 1430. So -8% plus inflation for 7 years. Like I said if you can live off the dividends your OK.
None of us know what the future will bring, retired or not. Here's our piece called Surviving a Bear Scare: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/motley_fool_article_11.htm

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They follow the LBYM philosophy and manage expenses aggressively, yet have a comfortable lifestyle that is more tuned into experiences and people rather than acquiring objects and stuff.
Exactly. However, for those interested, here is our actual net spending in Priceless Retirement:
http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/motley_fool_article_6.htm

We have updated our figures for 2006, and we are still at 24K net annual spending -- categories have shifted, but the total is the same.

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And it is simple to understand and simple to implement.
Again, exactly. And here is our piece Retirement is Not Rocket Science: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/...article_10.htm

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I am not too surprised about the Kaderli story. Maybe some of their income is book royalties. They do have a real message to tell. Too bad more are not listening.
Thanks, Drigooch. Our book has been very successful, and for this we are most greatful. We have now sold in 23 countries ( !!) However, let it be known that we were retired a full 15 years before we wrote the book, and we wrote it to answer the continuous questions being asked of us, and for the creative challenge. The rest is gravy.

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If you have a Hawaii state library card then you can borrow the copy that I donated.
Thanks Nords!! (Generous forward-thinking man that you are... 8) ) Also, for those who can't afford the book or don't want to buy, here is our Retirement Issues Page: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/retirement.htm

Financial Information and Forums: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/...nfo_forums.htm

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It seems their philosophy & RE approach is: simple living includes simple investing. Besides, how could I critique a couple's RE approach who retired WAY earlier than I ever will?
Investors Not Traders: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/...ot_traders.htm

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IMHO, Billy and Akaisha are two incredible people that really and truly love each other. (You really can't put a price on true love, can you? ) I visit their website frequently and am constantly inspired by their (ongoing) story. Sure, the value of their portfolio fluctuates, but the 'value' of their lives is constant; as in - constantly increasing and improving! If you ask me, they are very 'wealthy' people, regardless of the $$$ in their portfolio or their investment strategy. I owe them a debt of gratitude for what they freely share on their website. They are a real inspiration. Thanks Billy and Akaisha!
We had to thank you for your most kind support - and Shiny, Deserat, Nords et al. Thank you!

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Their book also focuses on one's attitude toward retirement. They try to alleviate the fears one may have retiring early: what will you do, can you afford it, what about catastrophic events, etc. Yes, they have no children so part of their journey may have been simpler, however, I believe they did do end of life care for several parents and provide other types of family support (not necessarily monetary) that one might have to 'buy' instead
Exactly. We did End of Life Care for 3 out of 4 parents while our siblings held full time jobs. See http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/betty.htm

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As they do advocate simplicity in general, again, their choice of the S&P 500 as the majority of their portfolio makes sense - in fact, Billy did a stint as a financial advisor before they retired and after learning about indexes had a twinge of guilt recommending loaded funds to his customers.....so, I'd wager he's got a good sense of the risks involved for them.
What I Learned on Wall Street: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/..._article_5.htm

That ought to explain just about everything.. but just in case, here's The Emotional Component of Retirement: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/...l_article4.htm

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Old 03-29-2007, 08:20 AM   #28
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What a great set of links! looks like I'm going to be spending the evening digging through your website (and getting your book from the library)
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You mention the need to diversify investments by using index funds, yet you only invest in the S&P 500 index fund. While I guess 500 stocks is diversity, why have you elected not to S&D into Small, Value and International? Lets say something as simple as the Coffee House Portfolio? Why have you elected to keep 90% of your portfolio in equities? Must calculators like FireCalc indicate that 50-60% equities is the sweet spot for risk/return to support withdrawals in retirement.

I guess I am just interested in getting a better understanding on how/why you decided that investing 90% into the S&P 500 was the best path for you.

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Hmmm - apparently Billy didn't read/missed the post when Nords informed me that De Gaul may have stolen his famous quote/Dickum from a German:

'God looks after drunkards, fools and The United States of America.' Sort of a sour grapes version of Bogle's 'Stay the course.', 'Press on regardless(possibly Admiral Nelson against the French) OR 'Hurry up and DO something - just stand there.'

People have a tendency(especially us males) to think we must 'beat the market' or outperform something or 'be proactive.'

Sticking with a good plan THAT GETS THE JOB DONE - works just fine.

There has NEVER been a year since 1966 that I haven't run across a portfolio that beat the socks off what I owned at the time.

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None of us know what the future will bring, retired or not. Here's our piece called Surviving a Bear Scare: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/motley_fool_article_11.htm
Exactly the point! Contrary to what I was told, you did not ride out the 00/02 bear with a 90% S&P500 portfolio. Instead you were more like 60/40 or 70/30, a much better balance for survival. Also, you were relatively young, so if you faced failure, resuming work was a good option.

I know this forum is about early retirement and in your case and many others here, an aggressive portfolio is required to be successful for 40, 50 or more years.

However, the problem with high equity portfolios, IMHO, is human nature to panic in the face of 40 to 50% losses. People age 60 and above should take notice. Unless, of course, you can live on the dividends your portfolio kicks off.

OBTW, I admire your lifestyle.
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Thanks.

Yes, I consider a portfolio of 500 of the largest corporations to be very diversified. I am sure others would disagree with me. Thatís their prerogative. Equities out perform bonds over any reasonable period, and I would prefer be an owner than a lender. Also I would rather pay taxes at the capital gains rates than from the income produced from bonds. (More explanations in our book...)

Owning these multinational corps. covers my international exposure, and I learned a long time ago that I didnít need to beat the market. Matching it is fine with us and few of you are able to do that. Will things be different in the next 30 years? I hope so, but I am not afraid of the future.

IMO, some of you guys spend way too much time dissecting and beating this stuff to death. My largest clients hardly moved a thing. They invested, trusted their faith and went ahead with their lives.

Regarding moving 30% to cash in 2000, that was a good move. Unfortunately I went back in way too early, but then again I am no longer a trader. Been there, done that.

About panic. I was a broker during the 87 crash as well as the mini one in 89. (I think thatís when it was) We survived both of those periods as well as the second worse bear market in our history. IMO, we have been tested, and passed.

Now, I am late for my two hour massage. 8)

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Then I guess we should not ask you what you think of buckets...
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IMO, some of you guys spend way too much time dissecting and beating this stuff to death. My largest clients hardly moved a thing. They invested, trusted their faith and went ahead with their lives.


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Hey, I resemble that remark. Having spent countless hours, in my almost 8 years of being retired, debating on forums such as here and TMF, about proper asset allocations, SWR rates, rebalancing approaches etc., the reality is quite simple nobody know for sure what will be correct.

The best analogy I have come up with is figuring out the correct retirement investment strategy, is like trying to find the fastest route to a new restaurant in a unfamilar city, without an exact name or street address, while looking in the rear view mirror . (Needless you don't have google maps either!)

It is much easier to identify things not to do (like driving a 100 MPH, or stop the car and walk, or head to a residential area) than it is to figure out the right thing to do.

Personally, I find the discussion about retirement finances to be intellectually stimulating, so I am happy to debate the issue, but we should not delude ourself that we can be sure that a 90% S&P 500 is overly riskly.

I think any scheme that follows these guidelines is acceptable
o More than 1/2 in equities.
o Highly diversifed
o Low expenses (<1% )/year and preferable lower
o Withdraw no more than 5% for early retirees 6% for regular retirees (62+) (ignore inflation)

By these standards I think a 90% S&P 500 index fund is so much better than most peoples investment choices that wouldn't quibble with something that has worked for Billy and his DW.
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As long as one is willing to tighten the belt in bad times (i.e., down market)... 100% equity can work!

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Hi Chinaco. We see it as a skill that just gets better. We really don't sense any hardship or feel any deprivation. But that is because we have had 17 years of experience, and we have had lots of time and occasion to hone our craft.

And at times, we see it as a challenge. "Can't be done? It sure can !!" and then we go about doing it with as much fun as we can conjure up.

'course sometimes ya gotta put your ego on the shelf, but we consider that to be a good thing! 8)

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Our latest Motley Fool commentary regarding our investment approach:

http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/...rm_results.htm

Hope this explains clearly - and perhaps gives an alternative...

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Billy,
I've read many of your posts/articles. I'm not sure if any mention how you and DW withdraw your funds. Do you just withdraw the dividends from S&P 500 acct each quart/month/year or do you "sell" x number of shares and live on that. Very few reviews/articles actually go into the mechanism of withdrawal. "Retire at the Pieshop" does a pretty good job however.

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Hi Ferco.

We explain this in our book in more detail. (See Table of Contents: http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/...f_contents.htm ) We sell x number of shares monthly as needed. Most of our bills are on automatic payment systems. We monitor everything via online services. Selling shares as needed, rather than depending on income producing vehicles allows us to manage our tax burden.

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We sell x number of shares monthly as needed.
After so many years of S&P500 growth, and living on 24k a year, is it possible to live completely off of the dividends?
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