Wednesday 18 October 2017

Living a Minimalist Life

Embracing a minimalist life has a lot of benefits. Since the beginning of the year, I have adopted this approach to living my life. The following are the positive things I have seen:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

In Search of Bond Yields and Safe Haven

In my previous post, I discussed the role of Bonds in mitigating risk in your investment portfolio. In the era of low interest rates, purchasing a Canada 10-year government bond yielding 2.1% is not going to generate the necessary income to survive unless you have several million dollars to invest. Corporate bonds probably pays 1% or more than  government bonds. I then search for other countries government bonds to see what they yield.

Thursday 21 September 2017

Interest Rates and the role of Bonds/Fixed Income in your portfolio

With global interest rates beginning to rise due to central bank unwinding their balance sheet and low interest rates policies, this is indeed positive news for retirees, prospective retirees or investors seeking a safe haven from the volatility in investing in equities. Mind you, I think we are still in the early stages of a rising interest rate environment. Based on historical evidence, equities will continue to do well in the initial stages of rising interest rates (due to indication of economic growth).

Sunday 10 September 2017

How to identify the FI in you?

How do you know that you are not already a Financial Independence Retire Early)(FIRE) or aspire to be one?  If you answer "YES" to most of the following questions based on my observations and my personal traits, then I congratulate you for joining the bandwagon.

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Retirement Planning beyond just Investment

As a practicing Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), I always advise my clients to look at retirement planning on beyond just the numbers. I can always input different assumptions, i.e. return on investments, allocation between equity and fixed income, longevity and inflation rate to arrive at the desired outcome. Since these are just assumptions used to project outcome for 25 years or more, there could be adverse deviations that could drastically impact the final outcome. A significant and prolonged market correction, and we are certainly due for one, can significantly lower the investment balances.