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We are now in a world where interest rates are at record lows and the reality is that they are likely to remain so for some time to come.
To earn the same dollars of income from Term Deposits today requires an investment of up to four times as much as it did in 2008.
In 2010, one of Australia's leading banks offered its customers a 5 year Term Deposit rate of 8%. Today that same bank is offering less than 3% on a 5 year Term Deposit rate. This means that investors in income products are looking for income streams that will allow them to maintain their living standards.
With a relatively fixed capital base, inflation protection should be a central consideration in any retiree's medium to long-term financial plan. Over the past 20 years, income needed to grow a total of 63% to offset the loss of purchasing power from inflation.
As every year passes Australians are living longer and this trend is forecast to continue. As we live longer there is growing risk that we outlive our savings – this is known as longevity risk. By 2025, a man aged 60 can expect to live another 27.9 years and a woman 30.3 years.
Sticking to the well-worn path of Term Deposits and annuities will not provide for the comfortable lifestyle that income investors seek. It is time for income investors to ‘rethink’ their approach to investing. This means turning some of the traditional portfolio construction approaches on their heads.
Many commentators still, incorrectly, view Australia as a resources dominated market. The reality, however, is very different.
While conventional portfolio construction wisdom dictates that to achieve a higher return we need to take more risk, that is not the case when the objective is to generate a sustainable and growing income stream.
When the investment objective is primarily focused on sustainable income generation, we believe your money should be managed differently compared with a typical equity strategy.
Australian payout ratios over the past 15 years have averaged over 60%, which is well above other developed economies.
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), when the debt of a nation exceeds 60% of its annual production (GDP) then economic growth is no longer sustainable and future growth is compromised. Australia is the only AAA rated country to exhibit a high expected divided yield and have very low debt to GDP.
Assets such as property, infrastructure and utilities provide a tangible investment linked to the real economy, where income can grow ahead of inflation, minimising income risk. For the income investor, listed real assets are the missing link between equities and fixed income.
By investing real assets investors can hedge against future price rises to a significant degree. For example: since 1983, retail sales have grown by 2.5% p.a. above the inflation rate of 3.6% p.a.
One of the key drivers of real asset growth is population growth. Australia is projected to experience a 50.6% population growth between now and 2050. The largely monopolistic nature of infrastructure assets allows them to benefit directly from population growth, as more people use these fixed assets.
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