Do I have enough to retire?

Mar 25, 2021 | Brendon Boothman


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A question we often get asked is "do I have enough money to retire?".  The answer that I always give to that question is "it depends".  Several factors determine if a person has enough and no two situations are the same so a cookie cutter approach does not work. 

Today we’ll attempt to simplify this quandary and give you a look at portfolio withdrawal rates and the required returns.  Let`s start looking at 3 scenarios all with a $1 million beginning portfolio value and annual withdrawal over 30 years.  The investment return required will depend on the annual withdrawal amount and also your plans to leave behind an inheritance to your children.    

 

Annual withdrawal

# of years

Inheritance goal

Required Rate of Return

Scenario 1

$40,000

30

$1 Million

4.17%

Scenario 2

$70,000

30

$1 Million

7.53%

Scenario 3

$70,000

30

$300,000

6.68%

 

Looking at this another way we could use a fixed rate of return goal like 5% using similar annual withdrawal rates to determine how long your portfolio will last.  In all our calculations we use a 2% inflation factor, this means your annual withdrawal increases a little each year as your cost of living increases. 

 

Annual withdrawal

Target return

Balance after 10 years

Balance after 20 years

How long will it last?

Scenario 1

$40,000

5%

$1,055,037

$1,019,011

44 years

Scenario 2

$70,000

5%

$704,420

$222,950

24 years

 

Remember other factors have not been considered like government benefits (CPP,OAS) or fixed assets that may be sold, life insurance proceeds or future inheritances (don’t count on it).  Working with our team to complete your goals based plan will take these other factors into consideration to provide you with the confidence & clarity you should have with your money.