Financial services professionals need humility and should admit they don’t have all the answers. Our belief is that interest rates could have made a multi-generational low in 2016, and may begin rising slowly over the next 10 or 15 years.
A doubling of rates from 2.7% to 5,50%, instead of being a good thing, could make the average mutual bond fund crash by -46%! An increase in interest rates would crush the 40% of your 60/40 stock / bond allocation at a time when you can afford to lose it the least.
If we’re wrong and the United States follows the path of Europe and Greece, pension austerity programs will devastate retirees. I see my own Mom and Dad struggling to find “a decent yield”.
Either way, if the US Treasury 10 Year rates double from their current level (2.70%) or fall below zero, it could devastate the “safe” portion of a retirement portfolio. Widows and divorced women are the most vulnerable according to the Social Security Administration and US Census Bureau.
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