Average Annual Return: 9.8%
Best Year: 30.9%
Worst Year: –20.9%
As you transition into retirement, you'll likely need to make some adjustments to your retirement portfolio.
Stocks can be volatile, offering greater risks and rewards. Cash and fixed income tend to be safer bets, providing more modest returns. While it’s generally recommended that you take on a more conservative investing approach as you reach retirement, it will depend on your own unique circumstances and tolerance for risk.
Use our asset allocation models as guidelines to help you balance your need for income and growth.
Get more familiar with your retirement income choices, including the many different types of fixed income and stock offerings that can power your retirement portfolio—from bonds to CDs to mutual funds and more.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Example is for illustrative purposes only.
1. Sample Allocation Portfolios
Source: Schwab Center for Financial Research with data provided by Morningstar, Inc. The return figures are the average, the maximum, and the minimum annual returns of hypothetical asset allocation plans. The asset allocation plans are weighted averages of the performance of the indices used to represent each asset class in the plans and are rebalanced annually. The Conservative allocation is composed of 20% stocks (15% large-cap stocks, 5% international stocks), 50% bonds, and 30% cash. The Moderately Conservative allocation is composed of 40% stocks (25% large-cap stocks, 5% small-cap stocks, 10% international stocks), 50% bonds, and 10% cash. The Moderate allocation is composed of 60% stocks (35% large-cap stocks, 10% small-cap stocks, 15% international stocks), 35% bonds, and 5% cash. The indices representing each asset class in the asset allocation plan are S&P 500® Index (large-cap stocks); Russell 2000® Index (small-cap stocks); MSCI EAFE® net of taxes (international stocks); Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (bonds); and Citigroup U.S. 3-month Treasury bills (cash).
CRSP 6-8 was used for small-cap stocks prior to 1979, Ibbotson Intermediate-Term U.S. Government Bond Index was used for bonds prior to 1976, and Ibbotson U.S. 30-day Treasury bills was used prior to 1978. Results assume reinvestment of dividends and interest. Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses and cannot be invested directly. Past performance is no indication of future results. For more information on the methodology for the long-term return estimate calculations, see Market Insight article “Q&A: Estimating Long-Term Market Returns.”
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