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Meet the realistic investor

Date: Mar 20th, 2019

Investors should be realistic. This means being realistic in setting their long-term goals, being realistic in their expectations for investment returns and being realistic in their spending habits.

Critically, the reasons for being realistic with your goals, return expectations and spending are indelibly linked. Being unrealistic in any of three may throw the others off course.

The case for investors to take a realistic approach is particularly worth highlighting given widespread expectations for subdued returns over the medium-to-long term from diversified portfolios together with the likelihood of higher volatility.

A Vanguard research paper* published several years ago – Required or desired returns? That is the question – closely examines the need for investor realism.

Realistic goal-setting

As this research paper discusses, financial planning should result in an estimate of the return needed to achieve investors’ realistic objectives given such factors as their investment time horizon, current assets, savings pattern, tax position and risk tolerance.

Realistic return expectations

This thorough financial planning process should provide an estimate of an investor’s required return from their portfolios as opposed to a desired return.

“The required return is the return necessary to accomplish the goals that the investor has determined to be most important while bearing the level of risk that the investor feels is most palatable, “the researchers explain.

Key points to help understand the often-overlooked difference between required and desired returns include:

  • A desired return usually originates from factors that are unrelated to an investor’s objectives and constraints. These may include an investor’s past experiences, recent market returns, historic market returns, media reports, fund advertising, best-performing fund lists and tips from friends.

  • Many investors would already have a target investment return in mind – their desired return – before fully examining their particular circumstances.

  • Desired returns are typically, but not always, higher than an investor’s required return. “Higher returns are associated with higher risk in the long run,” the paper stresses. “Other investors may insist they don’t want no risk at all, ignoring the potential threat to their future wealth.

Realistic spending

Investors who keep their personal spending within their means are less likely to chase unrealistic investment returns. This is particularly relevant for retirees relying on their investment returns to pay their living costs. In other words, your spending habits should realistically reflect your income.

Understanding the difference between desired and required returns should help investors set appropriate asset allocations for their portfolios. And by being properly diversified, investors are well placed to reduce the level of short-term volatility in their portfolios.

*Required or desired returns? That is the question by Vanguard investment analysts Donald Bennyhoff and Colleen Jaconetti.

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Source : Vanguard 

Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard.

Reproduced with permission of Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd. 

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