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Investing for RetireesPart 1 Construct a low fee, tax efficient, diversified, income producing portfolio Seventh Edition, February, 2019
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In conclusion: F T D • Control what you can: • Minimize Fees • Optimize Taxes • Diversify to reduce risk through asset class and geography
The point is, we don’t know what we don’t know • The world economy is more complex than 99% of us comprehend. • The next great market downturn will be caused, according to the “experts”, by the end of the Debt Supercycle. • Canada has the highest total debt load (Personal, Govt, Business) as a percent of GDP in the developed world • We have to design an investment portfolio knowing that we don’t know what is coming.
A great strategist once said: • There are known knowns. • There are known unknowns. • But there are also unknown unknowns - the things we don’t know we don’t know. • Loosely translated from Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defence, 2001-2005
Unknown unknowns – an example Denver 2004-2007. • Many beautiful, vacant houses for sale. • At the same time, radio ads offering: 1% Adjustable Rate Mortgages NINJA (No income, no job or assets) mortgages • Stock market peaked October, 2007 • Housing market bottomed October, 2011
4 rules for long term investing success • Develop and stick to a low cost, diversified asset allocation strategy • Focus on time in the market rather than timing the market • Keep it simple – complexity is not a benefit • Rebalance annually
Develop the allocation strategy that is right for you • Income vs growth • Most investment plans and vehicles are designed for accumulation, not decumulation • Dividends for income • Capital gains for legacy • Diversification for safety
Components of an Allocation Strategy • Equities (Stocks) • Canada • US • International • Emerging • Real Estate • Real property • REITs • Fixed Income • GICs • Bonds • Preferred Shares • Cash • Pension
Quiz True or False • The best investment managers can predict within six months the next market crash • We know when the Debt Supercycle will end and what impact it will have • Donald Trump‘s next actions regarding Canada are clearly known • The Canadian stock market is one of the best performing in the world over the past ten years • The Canadian economy has outperformed the US economy over the past five years.
Time horizon is key • Age is not the key factor – time horizon is • If you need funds within 5 years, keep those funds out of stocks and medium-long term bonds • No return without risk • “Ask yourself one question. • Do I feel lucky?” • Dirty Harry, 1971 This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA
S&P 500 Average Historical Returns90% of ten year periods had positive returns – but not all • Including Dividend Reinvestment: • Time period: 50 Years 30 Years 20 Years 10 Years • Average Return 9.389 % 9.425 % 9.301 % 9.158 %
9% Average stock market return hides a lot of variabilitySource: AWealthofCommonSense.com
S&P 500 (SPY ETF) 26 yearsNote 2000-2002 and 2008 crashes vs long term $100k invested in 1992 worth $940k today
10 - 2 Year US Treasury Spread1989, 2000, 2007 negative spread predicted market crash
Key to determining your asset allocation • Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. • Warren Buffett, October, 2008 • Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway currently holds over US$100 Billion in cash
The more decisions we make, the worser we do • Amateur investors woefully underperform the market. • Trying to beat the market is a fools game. 90% of the pros can’t do it. • Design an asset allocation strategy that is right for you, and stick with it. • “An investment portfolio is like a bar of soap. The more we handle it, the smaller it gets”.
Real (inflation adjusted) bond returnsaverage 4%Source: AWealthofCommonSense.com
Rebalancing is critical to a successful strategy and removes emotional decisionsRebalance when: • Annually • When new funds become available • When funds are removed • Markets tend to over and under shoot – don’t want to limit upside
Quiz True or False • The US S&P 500 has had historical returns of over 9% per year including dividends. • A negative 2 year bond – 10 year bond interest rate spread has predicted the last three stock market crashes. • Market timing produces consistent market beating returns. • Rebalancing of assets back to the original portfolio strategy allocation forces you to sell high and buy low. • Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway currently holds over US$ 100 billion in cash because Buffett cannot find suitable investments.
Costs seriously erode your gains • Market returns predicted to average 6-7% • 2% MER for managed mutual funds + 2% inflation leaves you 2-3% • Taxes take another 20-54% in non registered accounts
Projected investment returns • Some of the country's top financial minds think you should expect to make 6.3-per-cent a year in Canadian stocks over the long term and 3.9 per cent in bonds. • Rob Carrick, Globe and Mail, June 5, 2017
How 2% fees erode your gains over timeAfter 10 years, you could have 16% more, after 20, 44%
Why it is so hard to beat the market • More mutual funds and ETFs than stocks – 9500 funds in the U.S. in 2016 vs 4000 listed companies. • Fees – Canadian Mutual Fund fees some of the highest in the world • Active average 2.17% vs 1.2% in U.S. • SPIVA • Trading costs • Many funds have 100% turnover per year • Taxes • High turnover = high taxes
Most Canadian managed mutual funds underperform their Index • SPIVA research: % of funds beating the index over 5 and 10 years 5 years 10 years Canadian equity 10 11 Canadian dividend 40 0 US equity 7 2.5 International equity 10 5 As of June 30, 2018 www.ca.spindices.com
Buffett’s Index Bet Pays Off • Warren Buffett bet $1 million that an index fund would beat a basket of professionally chosen hedge funds over ten years • Buffett chose Vanguard’s S&P 500 index ETF (VOO) • He won the bet this January and donated the proceeds
Active (Managed) versus Passive (Index) Investments • Active Management: • Paying someone to select stocks or other investments • Goal is to beat the Index • Can be in a Mutual Fund, Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) or Personal Account • Passive Management: • Buying all of the stocks or investments in an Index • US = S&P 500, Russel 2000 • Canada = TSX 300 • Rest of the developed world = EAFE • Emerging Markets • Bonds • Preferreds
Index (passive) funds have lower fees and taxes • Typical Canadian equity Index MF fee is 1% or less • Index ETF fees are lowest: .05% • Passive (Index) funds now equal 15% of U.S and 5% of Canada markets • G&M January 27, 2018
John Bogle, the father of Index Investing • “In investing, you get what you don’t pay for. • Costs matter. So intelligent investors will use low-cost index funds to build a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds, and they will stay the course. • And they won’t be foolish enough to think that they can consistently outsmart the market.”
Mutual Funds versus Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) • Mutual Funds can be Active or Passive • Sold through brokers or financial advisors • Usually have annual trailing commissions up to 1% • Fees can be high: • .5% - 2.5%+ • ETFs can be Active or Passive • Sold like stocks through brokers • No trailing commissions • Often half the fees of an equivalent Mutual Fund: • .05% - 1%
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)have lowest fees and taxes • ETFs are mutual funds sold like stocks • Active ETF MERs range from .50 – 1.0 % • Passive (Index Tracking) ETF MERs range from .05 - .50 % • Passive funds do little trading, so produce little capital gains tax • See: Rob Carrick’s ETF Buyers Guide, Globe and Mail
Canada’s big banks are plotting to dominate the ETF world • 2010, 91 per cent of investment funds went into mutual funds, • 2018, over 50% per cent of fund sales are going toward ETFs • Canadian Banks and major Mutual Fund companies are all creating ETFs, many active with higher fees • As usual, financial service industry taking a good idea and making it into a money maker – for them • RBC & I Shares ETF joint venture • Soon ETFs will be available through Bank Branches
Your bank “Advisor” may not be your friend • Bank Advisors are basically salespersons with no investment qualifications • An “Advisor” is NOT a “Financial Adviser” • The majority of bank managed mutual funds underperform the market because of fees • All Canadian banks offer Discount Brokerage services online
Effective Ontario marginal tax rates after age 65 by type of income (including clawbacks)
Tax benefits of dividends and capital gains • Dividend tax rate = 70% or less of interest or income rate, depending on tax bracket • Effective after tax Dividend yield = 1.2-1.3 or more times interest income • Capital Gains = 50% of interest or income rate, depending on tax bracket • Effective after tax Capital Gain yield = 1.4-1.5 times interest income
US$ income poses unique issues • US dividends taxed like regular income • US withholding tax 15% in non retirement accounts (incl TFSA and RESP) • Solution- Canadian listed companies that pay US$ dividends if held in US$ side of account (Banks, pipelines, miners) • Brokerage accounts offer both US$ and C$ sides (except RESPs) • Result: US$ income at no tax if held in a TFSA & no exchange fees when US$ needed
Quiz True or False • Canada has some of the highest Mutual Fund fees in the world. • Active management of specialty sectors can sometimes beat passive (index) investing. • Between $46,000 and $75,000 taxable income, the income tax on Canadian dividend income in Ontario is 9% versus 33% for interest income or RIF/RSP withdrawals. • US Dividend Income is taxed at the highest tax rate, the same as interest income. • A number of co-listed Canadian companies (Banks, Pipelines, Resources) pay Canadian dividends in US$ if held in the US$ side of an investment account.