Havent seen this thrown about over here yet, but its everywhere else.
Vanguard to Broaden Retirement Income Solutions with Three New Managed Payout Funds - - insurancenewsnet.com
Vanguard is launching a series of funds that offer managed payouts of 3%, 5% and 7%, while suggesting they'll attempt to maintain the principal even or better than the CPI based inflation measure.
Fund mixes include US and international stocks, bonds, cash instruments, commodities, market neutral/hedge funds, etc. An expense ratio in the mid .3x range is expected. Fund mixes are the same, with different size allocations depending on how much you want paid out. The 7% fund will invest in larger chunks of the riskier elements while the 3% fund more conservatively allocated.
I find these funds realllllly interesting and barring any weird changes or late discoveries of displeasing aspects, will probably consider at least a partial investment in them.
They're essentially self directed annuities, except you get to keep the principal and you dont get the benefit of sharing market risk with a million other insurance company customers. In any case, the broad diversification, including into areas like commodities and market neutral funds that vanguard hasnt traditionally offered, is interesting. Think of it as target retirement funds on steroids with higher payouts.
I'm really interested in HOW they distribute, presuming a mix of interest/dividends, qualified dividends, and capital gains.
Some discussions at bogleheads and morningstar.
Bogleheads :: View topic - new VG fund
Bogleheads :: View topic - InsuranceNewsNet: Vanguard's New Managed Payout Funds
They were originally launched as the "vanguard managed payout" funds, but were later renamed "The vanguard harvard endowment" funds, or somesuch. Interesting branding.