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Another concern is about how to replenish the cash cushion. The last concern is that cash has a low return. We can see in the above analysis that the low returns from cash do not necessarily mean that a portfolio with moderate cash amounts is more likely to fail. Mindful expectations for cash — As I discussed in the Article 5 through 7 series, we should have humble expectations for our portfolio performance as compared to various hypothetical beat-the-market schemes.
By the same token, no one can predict the single best portfolio that will obtain the highest value at the end of any given future unpredictable investment period. Rather, our goal is to have sufficient portfolio value for our retirement needs or similar spending plans.
And I have made no suggestions yet about the potential contents of this bucket. Conventional advice is to fill the mid-term bucket with bonds. At the same time, bonds still perform a similar ballast function as cash. Intermediate bonds are defined as having a duration of about 5 to 10 years. Historically, intermediate bonds have performed a nearly identical ballast function as cash, particularly for the two lower withdrawal rate scenarios. Bond performance — The above analysis potentially leads to the conclusion that bonds have no use in a retirement portfolio at all, but such a conclusion ignores terminal portfolio values.
As discussed in Articles 6. Put another way, the success rates of similar amounts of cash or bonds in a mixed portfolio will be about the same, but you will usually have a higher final account value with the bonds. Bond risks — Because the whole point of bucket investing and ballast in general is to minimize the risk of permanent losses, we need to also consider the risks associated with bonds.
I discussed in Article 8 that we can avoid stock losses with a holding period longer than about 5 to 10 years. We should make the same determination for bonds. You can see there are very few years where year bonds provided negative returns. More importantly, bond returns were negative for two years in a row in only two instances both in the s.
Through a close examination of the data, I can further state that in every instance of a prior negative return, the positive returns in the next year nearly or completely offset if not greatly exceeded the prior negative return. In other words, investors who held onto their bonds saw a recovery in any bond losses just one year later.
This is echoed by a chart from Wade Pfau using the same data set. He found that intermediate bond returns have never been below zero for a holding period of about 2 to 3 years. Therefore, the worst-case time span for a bond recovery has been about 3 years two years of losses and one year to recover from those losses , and more often, the recovery has been in about 2 years.
Bond amounts — I presented in Articles 6. I also presented in Article 6. And as I just presented, intermediate bond returns have historically recovered within about 2 to 3 years. We can conclude from all this that intermediate bonds are a reasonable selection for ballast in the mid-term bucket if held for durations of about 2 to 7 years. However, to select a percentage of bonds within this range we must also factor in the amount of ballast held as cash in the short-term bucket.
We want the total amount of ballast in the short and mid-term buckets to be appropriately balanced with the amount of stocks in the long-term bucket. Bond types and TIPS — Before moving on to the long-term bucket, we should also consider the types of bonds that might be appropriate for the mid-term bucket.
All the above discussion assumes we are using relatively safe U. Because bonds are performing the safety function of ballast in the mid-term bucket, it makes sense to use relatively lower risk government bonds. This specifically leaves out things like high yield corporate junk bonds and similar higher risk bonds for reasons described in Article 7.
TIPS are discussed more in Articles 6. Treasury bonds issued in 5, 10, and year durations that are designed to protect against inflation. They provide this inflation protection by adjusting the principal and interest rates of a regular U. TIPS will typically outperform similar duration Treasury bonds when inflation is positive, and underperform Treasuries when inflation is negative called deflation.
TIPS are likely to perform particularly well when inflation rises unexpectedly and rapidly. Although rapid inflation in the next few years is not expected for reasons discussed in Article 6. But if inflation does unexpectedly soar during the vulnerable period, the real value of that cash could diminish rapidly in just a few years. So, TIPS directly protect ballast against such a scenario. I also reviewed in Article 8 some popular wisdom indicating stocks should be held for no less than 10 years.
I can see why people quote this year threshold because I think most of us would be reluctant to give advice that has a 1-in-5 chance of failing but would be relatively comfortable giving advice based on a 1-in chance of failure. Stock Risks — The above observations suggest expanding the short and mid-term buckets so they encompass up to 10 years of spending.
But once again, mindfulness provides a fresh perspective on these failure probabilities in general. Looking at the recovery data for stocks, just like we did for bonds, starts to shed some mindful light on the year threshold for stocks. This graph uses the same New York University data compiled by Aswath Damodaran for stocks as was presented above for bonds.
First, stocks underwent multiple instances of back-to-back annual negative returns spanning 2 to even 4 years. Here are the six worse stock market collapses during that entire period and the time it took for those stocks to return to their former value without inflation adjustment and assuming dividends are reinvested annually.
Each of these calculated recovery periods assumes that stocks were bought at the peak just before the crash, which is the worst possible bad luck in each case. The average recovery period across the six worst stock events in history is 8. If you take out the whopper crash of , the average is 6. These recovery periods would be shorter if we instead assumed that dividends were reinvested quarterly, which is the typical dividend payout period in the U.
Conversely, the recovery periods would be somewhat longer if the stock values were inflation-adjusted. Stock Amounts — Even assuming perfectly bad-luck timing and less aggressive dividend reinvestment, holding stocks for 10 years guards against all but the very worst historical stock catastrophes.
From a mindful perspective, using a year threshold seems like more than a fair bit of needless worrying about a small potential loss. And as I pointed out in Article 8. Consequently, a mindful perspective leads us to a long-term bucket threshold at something like 5 years, rather than 10 years.
Now that we know the mindful contents and approximate amounts time spans for each bucket, Article 8. Skip to content 8. Bucket investing Article 8. Fill this bucket with cash. We have yet to determine the exact contents of this bucket. Fill this bucket with low-cost stock index funds.
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