Many people think the greatest hurdle on the road to retirement is saving and investing for the nest egg they'll need. But there's another challenge awaiting when they switch from the phase of saving to the phase of spending -- the decumulation of their retirement assets.
As Robert Powell writes in Retirement-Income Strategies: Enjoy the Journey and the Destination this week, there will come a time when you have to figure out how best to draw income from your retirement accounts. In the old days, many a retiree would simply live off their interest income and dividends and preserve their principal for worst-case outcomes and bequests. But today it's not that simple, and now there's a lot of research and debate over what amount is safe and sustainable to withdraw from a portfolio over an extended period of time.
This story is the first in a series from Retirement Daily that looks, in detail, at how financial advisers help their clients create retirement-income plans. This week, Bob interviews Neal Van Zutphen, the president of Intrinsic Wealth Counsel, who uses an asset-liability matching strategy and the concept of "bands of time," along with a humanistic life planning process.
Van Zutphen says people should enjoy the journey toward retirement as well as the destination.
And in case you missed them, here's a roundup of some of our best stories from Retirement Daily this week.
A reader asks whether it's better to keep taking required minimum distributions from a beneficiary IRA, or just take it all out and pay the taxes.
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