Is your asset allocation aligned with your risk tolerance?

Your retirement portfolio serves as crucial financial support for an enjoyable retirement. Retirees with substantial portfolios may enjoy living off returns without touching the principal. However, those with smaller portfolios will likely need to access their funds eventually.

Seeking professional guidance on your investment objectives can offer valuable insights into the ideal frequency for rebalancing your retirement portfolio, ensuring that your asset allocation consistently aligns with your risk tolerance.

Why rebalancing is important

Maintaining your desired asset allocation
Over time, your portfolio’s asset allocation may shift due to market fluctuations. Rebalancing helps you maintain your desired allocation, ensuring that your investments align with your risk tolerance and long-term objectives.

Managing risk
If left unchecked, your portfolio may become too heavily weighted in one asset class, exposing you to more risk than initially intended. Rebalancing allows you to redistribute your investments and maintain an appropriate level of risk.

Opportunity for reassessment
Regularly reviewing your portfolio allows you to reevaluate your investment strategy and adjust as needed. This can be particularly important when your financial needs and goals may change during retirement.

How often should you rebalance
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the ideal frequency will depend on your circumstances and preferences.

However, some general guidelines include:
Annually: Rebalancing once a year is often sufficient for most investors. This allows you to take advantage of market performance while minimising the impact of short-term fluctuations.
Semi-annually or quarterly: Some investors may prefer to rebalance more frequently, such as every six months or quarterly. This can provide additional opportunities to adjust your portfolio and respond to changes in the market.

Tips for rebalancing your portfolio

Set target thresholds
Establish specific allocation targets for each asset class in your portfolio. When an asset class’s weight deviates significantly from its target, it may be time to rebalance.

Consider transaction costs and taxes
When rebalancing, be mindful of transaction costs and potential tax implications. These can eat into your returns if not managed carefully.

Remain disciplined
Stick to your rebalancing plan and avoid making impulsive decisions based on market movements or emotions. A consistent approach will help you stay on track with your investment goals.

Rebalancing your portfolio during retirement
As time progresses, your personal risk tolerance and investment objectives will evolve. Adjusting your investment portfolio with age – particularly as you enter retirement – can help align your asset allocation with your risk appetite and investment goals. It’s equally crucial to rebalance your portfolio during retirement.

Unlike younger investors who can weather market fluctuations, retirees aim to safeguard their capital rather than maximise returns. In retirement, your risk tolerance is likely to be significantly lower than when you were employed and received a stable income.

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