Will I outlive my investments? This is a question many Canadians are pondering as their life expectancy continues to increase and the markets continue on a path of uncertainty and volatility. To help investors better understand how to improve their odds of a financially healthy retirement, the Financial Post recently spoke with Sightline Wealth Management for insight.
According to Sightline Wealth Management Senior Vice President and Investment Advisor Paul de Sousa, investors who have not been contemplating their portfolio’s ability to meet their retirement needs should probably start.
“Some of us know we haven’t saved enough, or know that our portfolios aren’t diversified and our asset allocation isn’t set right,” de Sousa tells the publication. “If our portfolios have performed well in the recent past, we may have misplaced confidence that they’ll continue to perform well into the future. Markets always revert to the mean… we just don’t know when.”
However, while it is possible to use simple calculations to ballpark one’s retirement needs, de Sousa often finds that retirees typically spend more than they originally planned.
“Their living expenses are greater than they counted on, due to inflation. They spend more on travel, or they give money to children,” he explains. “However you look at retirement, your actual financial needs may wind up being higher than you accounted for.”
Fortunately, there is a way for investors to proactively develop resilient portfolios that are designed for long-lasting financial security: consulting with a financial advisor. Advisors have the knowledge and capabilities to help adjust portfolios according to long-term market trends while also avoiding the temptation to emotionally react to short-term market conditions – and the sooner investors properly diversify their portfolios, the better.
“We don’t know when we’ll see the next market downturn,” says de Sousa. “The earlier we consider diversifying and rebalancing a retirement investment portfolio, the greater the potential to affect future investment income.”
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