Improving Retirement Income Efficiency Using Reverse Mortgages

Maintaining higher fixed costs in retirement increases exposure to sequence risk by requiring a higher withdrawal rate from remaining assets. Drawing from a reverse mortgage has the potential to mitigate this aspect of sequence risk by reducing the need for portfolio withdrawals at inopportune times.

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Sequence Risk vs. Investment Risk

A lot has already been written about the sequence of returns risk confronting retirees. But the full implications of sequence risk have not been completely internalized. Retirees become more vulnerable to investment volatility, because as they withdraw from their portfolio they may find themselves locking in investment losses. It’s the opposite effect from dollar cost averaging.

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To Rise or Not To Rise: Stock Allocation During Retirement

Both the February and March 2015 issues of the Journal of Financial Planning include articles which address and extend the work on rising equity glidepaths during retirement, which Michael Kitces and I published in the January 2014 issue. Admittedly, the March one is also by us, and I’ll get to that it an moment, but…

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