Originally Posted by fsutaylor31
Earning Interest - Not Spending Principal
He wants to try and obtain a guaranteed interest rate to have an income stream through retirement. I dont like the idea of going into an investment firm without some ideas already planned out.
I know he would like to get 5% a year on his money without touching the principal.
1. What kind of strategies should be employed here?
2. Is there any kind of vehicle that provides a guaranteed 5% a year on your money without touching the principal?
3. There is not much room for a lot of risk here, this is his only nest-egg. He needs an income stream off of it without losing principal.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Regardless of what your father hears from the 'pro', it will likely be no better than what you can gleam from this board for free. My suggestions:
1. 30-year Treasury Bond currently yields 4.71% - almost the 5% your father is looking for. So, if your father wanted just 5% interest-only, there's almost enough right then and there. However, as other posters have pointed out, your father's purchasing power will erode over time from inflation, so his $50,000 won't seem so large in just 20 years.
2. There are several Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) out there that offer juicy yields. The catch is that they use leverage to pump up their yield, which makes them vulnerable to short-term interest rate increases, since they borrow short-term money and use it to buy shares of REITs. Three ETF REITs that I own and like are:
The above yield between
I don't yet own but may pick up some shares of IIA (another ETF REIT).
As Brewer has mentioned in other posts, I used to own (rode it from 20 to 22.50) and am planning on buying back into STON - it's a limited partnership cemetary operator that offers a juicy dividend yield of around 8%-9%, and may be increasing it as it digests recent acquisitions. The caveat with STON is that as a limited partnership, it requires several extra tax forms to fill out....since I just owned it this year, I haven't seen what they send out to shareholders, but other limited partnerships I've owned in the past sometimes (depending on how good they are) actually send you a very detailed, step-by-step instruction booklet with all of the forms required.
There are also several financial stocks that offer tax-advantaged dividend yields (only taxed at 15% max, versus regular income tax rates for bond interest)....my current financial holdings include:
The above yield between 3.7% and 5%.
I also own another Brewer recommendation (remind me to buy you dinner the next time I see you Brewer
): EGLE It's a dry goods shipper operating in the Pacific Ocean. They just came public recently, and only paid one dividend so far, but they have indicated that they intend on yielding something like 13%, based on operating cash flows, etc. They also have a goal of being the lowest cost shipper, and to maximize distributions to shareholders.
Also, I intend on starting some deposits in the much-loved Wellington and Wellesley funds at Vanguard. They have historically offered yields of around 3% to 4%, in addition to growing the fund price at an additional 6% or so (one of them has averaged 10% since 1929..the other about 10% since 1971)..but, of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results.
As with everything, diversification is the key. That way, you can successfully handle an individual stock or two getting wiped out by some scandal/disaster and not be hit too hard.
I wouldn't suggest he invest all of his money in my recommendations above, but I'd suggest a good smattering of it, depending on his overall risk profile and his ultimate goals (leaving something for his estate, just having money for him, etc).
There are a few other options like investing in a charitable annuity (where you give money to a charity and they pay you a lifetime annuity) that could be beneficial due to some tax deductions you get, since part of your investment is considered a 'charitable contribution', but we'd need more particulars to know what other courses of action to suggest.