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Old 02-14-2020, 06:46 PM   #81
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I知 about 35% bonds, with enough cash to last perhaps 2 years. I知 wondering if this might be a bit too conservative.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:36 AM   #82
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If your AA feels too conservative, it seems like a dangerous time to make large increases in your equity position.....at least that痴 how I feel.
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Old 02-18-2020, 04:50 PM   #83
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:28 PM   #84
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I keep 1.5 yrs expenses in savings. Dividends provide the other 0.5 yr of expense annually. Then I keep the lesser of 40% or 11x expenses in fixed income, so a minimum of 13 yrs expenses in cash and fixed income. Right now 11x expenses is less than 40% of my investable assets.
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:37 PM   #85
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50% stock index funds (15% of that Intl)
10% bond index
15% TIAA Real Estate
25% TIAA Traditional (stable value returning 3.25%)

I consider the last two as 'non-market' and they would cover 12-14 years of RMDs.

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3% cash, 97% high quality dividend stocks produce 25% more than my annual expenses. SSA provides another 35% on top of that, so I知 comfortable about getting through any market downturn.
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:53 AM   #87
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Depends what you call 都afe....


We 登versaved to minimize risk, so we have 35% in laddered CDs, 30% in paid-off rental properties, 10% in bonds , 5% in international index, and the rest in S&P index.

Rentals produced $34k in cash flow in 2019. I also work about 200 hours per year as a handyman at $40/hour...mainly for 澱low that dough money.
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:04 AM   #88
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Currently, I have a little less than 30% of my retirement portfolio in cash or fixed income. I have 3 years of withdrawals for income covered by cash, CDs, and ultra short term bond funds.

Overall, my dividends and interest more than covers my withdrawals. I have never had to sell anything to cover a withdrawal in retirement. This will change when I have to start withdrawals to cover my RMD. Until about a year and a half ago I was 100% in equities.
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Old 02-19-2020, 10:37 AM   #89
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I'm retired and 50/50. The '08-'09 financial crisis taught me that this is my comfort level. I had more stocks prior to that time and although all turned out well (because I stayed the course and rebalanced as equities fell) it was a bit too nerve wracking for me with a higher equity level. I hold between one and two years in money market funds which I've included in my 50% bond portion.
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Old 02-19-2020, 12:38 PM   #90
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Currently, I have a little less than 30% of my retirement portfolio in cash or fixed income. I have 3 years of withdrawals for income covered by cash, CDs, and ultra short term bond funds.

Overall, my dividends and interest more than covers my withdrawals. I have never had to sell anything to cover a withdrawal in retirement. This will change when I have to start withdrawals to cover my RMD. Until about a year and a half ago I was 100% in equities.
You have certainly won the race my friend. To never draw down principle until RMD to me is probably best case scenario for any young dreamer!

Everytime another fixed income stream comes online, technically one could INCREASE equity exposure... Not only do you get a raise...you get more risk tolerance with the additional guaranteed income. With a married couple who has pension(s) this could happen 2x or more!

So if I have $60k of SS coming online next year, I could technically expose myself to 60k more of equities... IF you never needed the RMD to begin with.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:26 PM   #92
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When I retired at 57 I aimed at 50:50. Now at almost 72 I'm letting the equities drift up. Started SS at 70, between that and RMDs we are at about 150-200% of are cash flow needs. House is paid off and we are in a low cost of living area. After 2 years of RMDs we have more net assets than when we started.

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Old 02-23-2020, 01:17 AM   #93
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We keep more than 10 years of expenses in cash/CDs. I truly want to weather any significant economic downturns with as little pain as possible. I'm happy to forego possibly higher earnings on these funds in exchange for the peace of mind cash/CDs provide us.
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Old 04-13-2020, 08:40 PM   #94
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I've got about $50 in my checking account ... enough to get me through the next couple of days!!
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It is at the point of not being an important issue for us anymore. But a quick eyeball at the spreadsheet says somewhere well in excess of 50% cash or equivalent. I figure that anything that happens financially which would affect our ability to survive would also be the financial ruin of the country. We have prepared as best as we possibly can. So all we can do now is



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Old 04-14-2020, 06:04 AM   #97
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Old 04-14-2020, 06:11 AM   #98
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6 months of cash and 5 years of bonds at current spending levels, which could be trimmed.
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