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-- from Social Security to your 401K in focus tonight.
A big risk your company is taking with your money rob Arnott is chairman of research affiliates that's -- California based investment management firm.
Rob thanks for coming on the show we've been talking about your criticism.
Of these target date -- sap for a week now.
And you're here in the pledge to explain to us why are you not a fan.
Well actually it's pretty straightforward -- I find it fascinating that so many of our ideas that dominate the investing world.
Folks don't even tell -- them to see whether they stand up under historical testing.
We went back over the last 140 years and simply ask the question.
If somebody started.
Where is 20% in stocks and ramp up instead of starting at 80% in stocks and ramping down.
Would they be better off.
And shockingly wind up 20% better off both in terms of your wealth and your retirement income.
If you start cautious and finish aggressive and there's some very interesting and an important reasons behind that.
Well of course conventional wisdom is at the older that you get the more conservative you should be with your investments -- what is your research tell you.
You know its interest and when you're two or three years away from retirement yes a shift towards bonds does reduce the uncertainty.
In what you retirements gonna look like.
But that uncertainty is startlingly high and when your ten years out.
-- -- your early fifties.
The uncertainty is actually higher with bonds.
-- with stocks.
Which suggests that.
The bonds -- trick.
Glide path and target date strategies as you get into your fifties and sixties may be totally off base.
Stop what isn't it.
Aren't we doubling down on that risk right now with what's going on.
In the bond world I mean isn't there a big bubble in bonds that threatens to blow up until this crisis people approaching retire with that.
This is one of the big factors with regard to glide path and target date strategies that.
The market -- this ready buyers.
For treasury bonds that are yielding.
Less than inflation so think of the treasury bonds especially the short end of the curve.
As certificates of expropriation not investments at all.
Seniors were punishing retiree -- were punishing savers were punishing conservative investors.
And glide path played right into that.
-- what should let somebody do though.
If they are approaching retirement may may be there five years out maybe they're ten years out and they've already gotten themselves heavily into bonds what's the bright -- to take now.
You know I think people I'm not an advocate of reverse glide path I'm not an advocate of ramping mechanism to -- from.
Mostly bonds early in life to mostly stocks later in life that was really just to test that proof of concept that showed the flaws of glide path.
Rather I think people should be tactical basically.
If markets are priced to provide too little return for them.
Look elsewhere most investors invest in two pillars mainstream stocks mainstream bonds.
The stocks participate macro economic growth well that's going to be pretty anemic.
In an ageing society.
And the bonds provide negative real interest rates so look at emerging market stocks and bonds look at high -- look at the spectrum of alternatives because some of these are more attractively priced and most important.
Ramp down your expectations.
If people don't expect eight to 10% from their investments if they expect.
Three to 5%.
Then they're gonna save more aggressively spend more cautiously and work a couple years longer and they'll be fine.
Her I like all of that except crashing down my expectations but that's just made.
Rob mixture coming hot tonight it's a pleasure to have an Indian that they really -- resistance -- to -- -- explanation -- thanks so much.
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