WealthVest White Papers

Sustainable Withdrawal Rates-2016

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The 4% rule gained popularity in 1994, when financial adviser and MIT graduate William Bengen attempted to answer a question brought to him by a number of clients: "How much can I spend in retirement without running out of money?" This groundbreaking whitepaper looks at modern stock and bond valuations to project the safe withdrawal rate for new retirees in 2016.

Retirement Realities Brochure

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WealthVest surveyed over 1,300 Americans, age 45 and over, to better understand risk tolerances and investment approaches. This white paper includes discoveries about investors’ attitudes towards investment risk, misconceptions about stock and bond market returns, and opportunities to build portfolios that are better suited to match risk risk tolerances and objectives.

Social Media Survey Infographic

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WealthVest recently completed the largest known study examining how financial professionals are using social media in their practice. This nationwide study reached over 1,100 financial professionals across the wirehouse, banking, advisory and insurance sectors. The complete findings from this study were published in the January 2016 issue of FA Magazine and can be found within our Social Media Survey Infographic.

Timing Risk

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Sequence of Return risk, or Timing Risk, is the concept that not only are your annual returns important – but the sequence in which you experience these returns is critically important. Retirees may experience a 9% average annual return during their retirement years, but a major early loss can dramatically change their golden years. This piece explores the Sequence of Returns in detail and provides retirees with resources for mitigating this risk.

Sustainable Withdrawal Rates-2015

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The 4% rule gained popularity in 1994, when financial adviser and MIT graduate William Bengen attempted to answer a question brought to him by a number of clients: "How much can I spend in retirement without running out of money?" This groundbreaking whitepaper looks at modern stock and bond valuations to project the safe withdrawal rate for new retirees in 2015.

Portfolio Optimization

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Modern portfolio theory seeks to find the highest possible return for a given level of risk. Uncertainty about the future of interest rates has many advisors rethinking traditional investment strategies. This whitepaper analyzes 65 years of stock and bond market data to understand how fixed index annuities can be used to optimize a portfolio’s risk adjusted performance.