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Old 09-11-2013, 08:57 PM   #41
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I live solely on a semi cola pension now, and continue to save 20-25% each month. I built up a cash base large enough that I felt ensured long term safety in relation to all unplanned or unexpected expenses. After I reached that base a few years ago, I am now pumping money monthly into an index fund. Current allocation is around 70% CD- IBonds and 30% stock. Though that ratio will narrow as the years go by. I never plan on touching the stock portion of assets, and hopefully none of the other allocations either.

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #42
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56 and planning to semi-retire in a few years. Interesting to see the diversity of allocations, most of which I suspect are well-considered. .

I'm now
58% stocks (60%% US; 40% Intern.; 34% large cap; 7% small cap; 17% international)
22% bonds
17% cash
3% alt

I allow myself a 10% sliding band from 50-60% stocks with a 3% trigger over max to rebalance, so if the stock allocation gets to 63%, I'll rebalance.
My ostensible bond allocation is 30% bonds, but I've allowed it to steadily decrease (from 33%) and stocks to increase (from 48%) the last 2.5 years. That's based on my sense that stocks were a steal 3 years ago and a lot better mid/long term value than bonds. Got rid of long-term bond funds then and slowly moved to shorter and alternatives like TIPS and Floating. Sold TIPS fund in May concluding they were grotesquely overvalued. Moving slowly to a higher mix of international bonds and wish I had enough money in taxable to construct a bond ladder and Guggenheim Bulletbonds, but won't happen for a while.

If I think a sector is overvalued, like tech/S&P in 2000, or housing/stocks in '06, I'll reduce down to the minimum value (or a bit lower, like now in bonds). I adjust monthly 401/403 contributions to buy back into the sector slowly, but that won't work as a strategy after retirement in the next few years, so I'm mulling over that piece. Quirky, but it's worked so far since 1998.
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