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Retirement Planning Blindspots

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

We all have a vision of the way retirement should be, yet it helps to plan for retirement with some pragmatism. Fate may alter the course of our retirement in unanticipated ways. As we plan for the next act of life, we may want to think about some life and financial factors that are often overlooked.

We may retire earlier than we originally planned. You may envision leaving the workforce at “full” retirement age, 66 or 67, looking forward to “full” monthly Social Security benefits rather than slightly reduced monthly payments. Will that happen? It might not, according to data released this year by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

EBRI’s most recent Retirement Confidence Survey found that 26% of the respondents thought they would retire at age 65. An additional 26% expected to retire at age 70 or later. These expectations may not correspond with reality. In surveying current retirees, EBRI found that only 8% had worked into their seventies. In fact, just 8% had retired at age 65. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents had left work before age 65, up from 65% in EBRI’s 2015 survey.

We may see retirement as an extension of the present rather than the future. This is only natural, as we live in the present, but the present will not go on forever. Things change, and the costs we have to shoulder five or ten years from now may be greater than the expenses we face at the start of retirement. As many of us will likely be retired for 20 or 30 years, it becomes essential to take a long-term view of the retirement experience – which is why retirees need to consider growth investing and long-term care coverage.

We may face an insurance coverage shortfall. Some of us rely on employer-sponsored health insurance. If we have to retire before age 65, how do we insure ourselves until we become eligible for Medicare? Will we be able to find coverage?

Beyond that basic question, we need to think about insurance from a couple of other angles. Will we need long-term care coverage? It seems to get more expensive each year, but as medicine and health care continue to advance and evolve, the possibility of a gradual rather than sudden death may increase.

The wealthy may have the assets to contend with long-term care costs, but the middle class rarely does. In Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the median annual cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $82,125. In Maryland, it is $104,208; in Virginia, $80,574 and in Washington, D.C., $121,363.

Additionally, few pre-retirees have disability insurance. Some employers do provide it, but many do not. A small percentage of us will become disabled in our fifties or sixties or become ill to a point where we cannot work for an extended period of time. If we don’t have disability insurance, how do we make ends meet? We may be tempted to draw down retirement savings. Disability insurance and long-term care coverage may prove more essential to retirement planning than many of us realize.

Age may catch up to us sooner rather than later. Generationally speaking, are we healthier than our parents and grandparents were? Anecdotally, it would seem so: we see people running 10Ks in their eighties, climbing mountains in their seventies, and so forth. Then again, we have diabetes and obesity plaguing American health.

Will we be able to manage our finances at age eighty? At age ninety? How long will we remain able-bodied? Many of us will live long and healthy retirements, but this is not a given. That means we need to find people we can trust to manage our finances and help us in our daily lives if we become mentally or physically infirm. Our estate planning should not dismiss such concerns.

We may be alone sooner than we assume. Many couples retire with a reasonable assumption that they will be together for some time – but, inevitably, something will happen to leave one spouse alone. We may need someone or some group of people to care for us when our spouse is gone. Is that kind of support currently available? Could it be available twenty years from now? If not, what will take its place?

These are some of the blindspots that can surprise us in retirement. They may quickly affect our money and our quality of life. If we age with an awareness of them and recognize them in our retirement and estate planning, then we may be more financially prepared when or if they emerge.

Reducing the Risk of Outliving Your Money

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

“What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask retirees that question, “outliving my money” may likely be one of the top answers. A 2014 Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of more than 1,000 investors revealed 46% of respondents citing the fear of outliving their money; 42% of the respondents were making $90,000 a year or more.  

Retirees face greater “longevity risk” today. According to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the average retirement age in the United States is 65 for men and 63 for women. Many of us will probably live into our eighties and nineties. In 2014, over 72,000 Americans were centenarians, an increase of 44% since 2000.

If your retirement lasts 20, 30, or even 40 years, how well do you think your retirement savings will hold up? What financial steps could you take in your retirement planning to prevent those savings from eroding? As you think ahead, consider the following possibilities and realities.

Realize that Social Security benefits might shrink in the future. Today, there are three workers funding Social Security for every retiree. By federal estimates, there will be only two workers funding Social Security for every retiree in 2030. That does not bode well for the health of the program, especially since nearly one-fifth of Americans will be 65 or older in 2030.  

Social Security’s trust fund is projected to run dry by 2034, and it is possible Congress may intervene to rescue it before then. Still, the strain on Social Security will mount over the next 20 years as more and more baby boomers retire. With this in mind, there’s no reason not to investigate other potential retirement income sources now. 

Understand that you may need to work part-time in your sixties and seventies. The income from part-time work can be an economic lifesaver for retirees. Suppose you walk away from your career with $1,000,000 in retirement savings. In your first year of retirement, you decide to withdraw 4% of that for income, or $40,000. At that withdrawal rate, not adjusting for inflation, that money will be gone in 21 years. What if you worked part-time and earned $40,000-60,000 a year? If you can do that for five or ten years, you effectively give your retirement savings five or ten more years to last and grow.

Retire with health insurance and prepare adequately for out-of-pocket costs. Financially speaking, this may be the most frustrating part of retirement. Striving to work until you are eligible for Medicare makes economic sense. Building some kind of health care emergency fund for out-of-pocket costs is also a solid financial goal. According to data from Health Affairs, healthcare costs approached $16,000 a year in 2014 for Americans aged 65-84, and $35,000 a year for Americans aged 85 or older.

Many people may retire unaware of these financial factors. With luck and a favorable investing climate, their retirement savings may last a long time. Luck is not a plan, however, and hope is not a strategy. Those who are retiring unaware of these factors may risk outliving their money.

Avoiding the Pain

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

By: Clark Kendall

There’s no question that we experience emotional pain and anxiety when our portfolios are losing money due to market downturns. Behavioral scientists tell us that we feel losses twice as keenly as positive returns. However, that does not tell us what we really want to know. Other than selling at the wrong time and locking in losses, how do we make these downturns less painful?

Economist Richard Thaler conducted a stock market experiment in which he asked people to select one of two investment options. The first option was more heavily weighted in stocks with higher returns and higher volatility while the other option included fewer stocks, lower returns and more stability. Half of the people were shown how that investment would have panned out eight times in the next year, while the other half were only shown the result once a year. In other words, some were looking at the stock market roller coaster eight times as often as the others.

You can probably guess the result: those who saw their results eight times a year only put 41% of their money into stocks. Those who saw the results just once a year invested 70% in stocks. The more often you look at your portfolio, in good times and bad, the more pain and anxiety you are likely to experience, and the more cautious you tend to be.

In a recent blog post, a market analyst looked at all the bear markets and bull markets going back to 1928 and found something interesting. The bull market rallies, on average, delivered 57% returns, while bear markets, on average, took away 24% of the market’s value. The bull runs lasted, on average, 474 days, while bear market drops were more intense, compressed into an average of just 232 days before the next upturn.

In other words, the significant declines were only about half as large as the market gains, but they were much faster, lasting about half as long as the slow, incremental rises that are habitual to bull runs. This was also true at the extremes. On average, gains of 40% or more actually generated an average 84.9% return, while the losses of 20% or more were down, on average, 37.2%. Those significant bull runs lasted, on average, almost two years: 713 days. The most severe downturns lasted, on average, less than a year: 359 days.

Combine these statistics, and you come to a few simple conclusions: bull markets don’t attract a lot of attention, and move more gradually than the eye-catching downturns. Bull markets, over time, generate twice the upside as bear markets do downside. The best way to avoid the mental anguish of these occasional sharp downturns is to spend less time looking at your overall returns. You miss the two steps forward, and most importantly, you also miss the more traumatic one step backward.

About Clark A. Kendall, CFA, AEP®, CFP® Clark Kendall has more than 30 years of experience in investment management and wealth management strategies. He is among a select few wealth managers worldwide who have earned the triple designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®). He has been named one of the Washington metropolitan area’s top wealth managers by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) and the Washington Business Journal.

As a founder of Kendall Capital Management, Clark provides intelligent, independent financial direction to high-net-worth individuals and families in and around Montgomery County, Maryland – particularly Montgomery County’s “Middle Class Millionaires.” His financial planning analysis, strategies and approach to client service are designed with these clients in mind. As a fee-only, independent financial advisor, Clark is a fiduciary who is held to the highest standard of any professional advisor in the industry. He sits on the same side of the table as the client and utilizes his skills and talents to serve clients with these common goals and concerns.

Clark’s approach is to actively manage portfolios that meet his clients’ goals in a cost effective manner. As a fee-only, independent advisor, Clark has no allegiance or conflicts with other financial organizations for trading or product selection.

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Why Bear Markets Are So Painful

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