Financial Goals

This Monte Carlo simulation supports planning for financial goals and related spending. Multiple cashflow goals can be applied based on different life stages, and the simulation supports the use of linear glide path to transition from a career stage growth portfolio into a retirement stage income portfolio. The following simulation models are supported for portfolio returns:

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Monte Carlo Simulation Results

Monte Carlo simulation results for 10000 portfolios with $500,000 initial portfolio balance using available historical returns data from Jan 1994 to Dec 2016. 24-year linear glide path was used to transition from starting portfolio to retirement portfolio. The simulated inflation model used normal distribution with 3.22% mean and 3.13% standard deviation based on the parameters. The generated inflation samples were uncorrelated with simulated asset returns. The simulation time period was constrained by the available history for Global Bonds (Unhedged) [Jan 1994 - Oct 2017].
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Portfolio Allocations

Starting Portfolio
Asset Class Allocation
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US Stock Market 52.00%
Global ex-US Stock Market 28.00%
Total US Bond Market 16.00%
Global Bonds (Unhedged) 4.00%
Retirement Portfolio
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US Stock Market 26.00%
Global ex-US Stock Market 14.00%
Total US Bond Market 48.00%
Global Bonds (Unhedged) 12.00%

Financial Goals

Financial Goals
PurposeTypeStarts InEnds InFrequencyTimesTotalSuccess
Total is the sum of expected cashflows in present dollars
RetirementContribute $4,5801 month24 yearsMonthly288$1,319,040100.00%
LivingWithdraw 4.00% of portfolio24 years49 yearsAnnually26-100.00%

Summary Statistics

Summary Statistics
10th Percentile25th Percentile50th Percentile75th Percentile90th Percentile
10000 portfolios out of 10000 simulated portfolios (100.00%) survived all withdrawals.
Portfolio End Balance (nominal)$8,114,069$10,424,149$13,810,641$18,091,523$23,138,066
Portfolio End Balance (inflation adjusted)$1,621,450$2,134,936$2,904,907$3,916,393$5,124,331
Maximum Drawdown-32.41%-28.27%-28.27%-28.27%-22.21%
Maximum Drawdown Excluding Cashflows-41.02%-33.52%-26.67%-22.17%-22.17%
   
Notes on results:
  • Monte Carlo simulation uses historical data and thus assumes that the future will, to some extent, mimic the past. The actual future results may vary.
  • The probability of success is based on the number of simulations the portfolio survives with a positive end balance.
  • Maximum drawdown statistics are calculated from simulated monthly balances.
  • The results assume annual rebalancing of portfolio assets at the end of each year. Taxes and transaction fees are not taken into account.
  • Past performance is not a guarantee of future returns and data and other errors may exist. See Disclaimer and Terms of Use
  • Glide path based portfolio allocation changes are done as part of annual rebalancing
  • Withdrawals are done at the start of each specified time period (fixed amounts before percentage based)
  • Contributions are done at the end of each specified time period

Simulated Assets - Correlations and Returns

Simulated Assets
NameTotal US Bond MarketGlobal Bonds (Unhedged)Global ex-US Stock MarketUS Stock MarketExpected Annual ReturnAnnualized Volatility
Asset correlations and return vs. risk statistics are based on monthly returns from Jan 1994 to Dec 2016
Total US Bond Market1.000.640.010.005.26%3.63%
Global Bonds (Unhedged)0.641.000.360.186.02%6.97%
Global ex-US Stock Market0.010.361.000.836.05%16.97%
US Stock Market0.000.180.831.0010.35%15.06%

Glide Path