Turns out some endowments would rely on a returns-based spending strategy or a very generic 5% of the portfolio value spending strategy. However, I think the endowments now may have more well-thought-out income strategies.
Somewhere in the middle of the year, I realised that the Singapore government also needed their investments to generate income for our budget. They eventually settled upon a spending strategy called Net Investment Returns Contribution for NIRC for short.
You may not be so sure about the characteristic of your own spending in retirement but the government should be very clear about how much they need, how much purchasing power they need to retain and how flexible their spending can be.
It is extremely challenging to still have consistent income despite the market uncertainty.
Many of us would like to rely on risk assets such as equities and bonds to be the basis of our income strategy. If so, I think we may be able to to learn a little from how the Ministry of Finance, Temasek, MAS and GIC work together to come up with a good income strategy.
Most of what we have learn is in the video but I thought many of us wanted what the government wants of their income, which is to provide inflation-adjusted income that are consistent that last for a long time.
The government have more stringent income needs but you realize they don’t seek to only spend only their income from dividends, interest income only:
Well, they do in the past, but eventually, they have to incorporate an amount that is half of the long-term real returns of the portfolio.
Wouldn’t spending from returns be less prudent?
If this is the case, then maybe we should be more worried. But if someone needs the income to be more robust are fine spending 50% of returns, then you got to ask if you are not looking at income conservatism the right way.
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