In a recent article by Old Mutual Investment Group, they stated that inflation is still investors’ biggest enemy, as it erodes their spending power.
Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man”.
The reality is that many investors suffer from “inflation illusion” – they do not notice how destructive inflation can be to their investments over time. Therefore, we look at our long-term investment returns in real terms (return above inflation).
INFLATION AND YOUR RETIREMENT
If your retirement income does not at least grow in line with inflation, you will either experience a decline in your standard of living or you will run out of money.
At a 6% inflation rate, a fixed monthly retirement income of R10 000 a month today will decline in real terms to about R1 700 a month after 30 years.
See an example below of the impact of inflation on a retirement income of R10 000 over several years:
Source: Old Mutual Long-Term Perspectives 2020
It is a difficult topic to discuss, as many people would prefer to avoid thinking about an unpleasant future for themselves and their families.
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