Two Significant Risks to Your Retirement Plan (and How to Mitigate Them)

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Two Significant Risks to Your Retirement Plan (and How to Mitigate Them)

With today’s high inflation and rising interest rates, some retirement plans may be at risk due to assets depleting prematurely due to these factors. Today’s economic conditions are much worse than coming out of the Great Depression when the U.S. experienced inflation, high-interest rates, historical debt, and tax levels when tax rates were above 40% for over 40 years (1940-1981). Here’s an explanation of two significant risks to your retirement plan: inflation risk and interest rate risk.

Inflation risk is the risk that the future real value (after inflation) of an investment, asset, or income stream will be reduced. Inflation risk impacts your savings and investments in these ways:

  • Since prices increase over time and more significantly during high inflation, you cannot buy as much as before.
  • Your net worth may decrease because inflation reduces your purchasing power.
  • Inflation hurts the performance of investments with a set annual return, such as a bond or certificate of deposit (CD), since you receive the same return each year.

What investments can help offset inflation risk in portfolios?

  • Inflation-protected annuities (IPA) are indexed for inflation risk through an inflation rider which is capped for inflation. They earn more when inflation goes up and less when inflation goes down. However, this feature comes with a price. Your financial professional can help determine if an indexed inflation rider is appropriate for your situation.
  • Alternative investments such as gold and precious metals have historically performed well during high inflation, but past performance does not guarantee future performance.

Interest rate risk is the potential for investment losses that results from a change in interest rates. When interest rates rise, the price of a bond and other fixed-income securities decreases. The opportunity cost of holding these investments increases due to the cost of missing out on positive return investments. Interest rate risks to your retirement plan impact your portfolio in the following ways:

  • Fluctuations are not correlated to stock prices, but they may impact stock market fluctuations.
  • Interest rates impact fixed-rate investments and may decrease overall performance if the portfolio is weighted too heavily in fixed assets.

How can investors offset interest rate risk in their portfolios?

  • Evaluate your portfolio’s composition to determine how assets classes may be impacted and adjust to mitigate against decreasing performance.
  • Meet with your financial professional to determine a strategy appropriate for your situation.
  • Consider a fixed-indexed annuity that offers both a fixed rate of return and a return basing on an index, such as the S&P 500.

Are you concerned about these Risks to Your Retirement Plan?

Your financial professional can help you determine an appropriate strategy for your situation to help mitigate inflation risk and interest-rate risk in your portfolio. Contact them today.

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