7 – Investing And Day-To-Day Management
Topic 6 advises determining an inflation-adjusted, after-tax income
you cannot outlive. The tricky part is now to invest your portfolio
so as to ensure that income.
Good portfolio management requires day-to-day attention to
bill-paying, budget review, tax reporting—a myriad of activities that
can get more challenging as you age. (The first sign of cognitive decline
usually occurs when making financial transactions.)
- Utilize software tools to track your investments regardless of type or custodian
- “Guarantee” income by identifying specific accounts and/or assets which will generate your income in each of the next 10 years income needed in years 11 and on might need the inflation hedge of stocks
- What is portfolio’s asset allocation?
- Are return assumptions realistic and conservative?
- Can you accept the projected investment risk?
- Can you articulate to others the investment strategy being pursued?
- Assess your capacity to self-manage your account vs. using an advisor
- Will a surviving spouse or partner have the same capacity?
- Regular portfolio review
- Is performance consistent with long-term budgets?
- Utilize tools to track future expenses vs. a budget
- Tax matters
- Know the senior-specific policies of your financial advisor and custodians of your accounts