I thought I would have a look at my asset allocations as I do need to review how to make my money work for me – I don’t think it is even breaking a sweat! I don’t think I am investing wisely and need to shuffle the money around to give me the best income and growth long term, while enabling me to draw down and live – balancing risk.
I have read on a number of blogs how people have a lot of money/net worth tied up in property so I thought it would be good to see how my allocations compare.
On the left is my ratio for: cash, equities, bonds and property.
So 34% of my net worth is tied up in property. This is across 2 properties, my own home and my BTL. I don’t have one huge house; just two small properties, with a mortgage on the BTL. What is interesting is how I have only 40% in equities, I thought I would have more but it just shows how I am holding quite a bit of cash. This cash is in a mix of general savings and NISA accounts and includes my emergency funds; my own and the BTL – to cover any expenses that may crop up including covering the void periods.
On the right is my ratio excluding property: Cash, equities, bonds and pension.
Now in all my figures I have excluded my DB pension which is now sitting dormant with an old employer. I will not be able to access this until I am 65. I am not sure what its value is, all I do know is that it should pay out a fixed income (£12,000 p.a.) when I reach 65. It should have a small annual increase included when it is drawn. The current state pension age for me is 67, at the moment I don’t think I have paid in enough through NI to obtain a full state pension. You need 30 qualifying years and I don’t have this yet.
Some of my equity allocation will be split into bonds but I haven’t tried to go to that much detail here. I have just highlighted the explicit bonds. Seeing my DC pension in double figures is impressive as the value seems so pitiful. Its the value from 2 employers pension schemes and a personal stakeholder which I setup after leaving my DB so I could have something ‘on-the-side’ to drop money into when I was feeling flush with bonuses – not that I have received any in the past 2 years. I saw the stakeholder as a personal scheme independent from any employer into which I can place spare cash which I know I couldn’t access until I was 55. Maybe I should have opened a SIPP but now I am not working there are limits on what you can invest in pensions annually(?).
The cash will start to deplete as I enjoy a period of freedom and also reallocate this towards equities to gain more income and growth.
I need to read the Tim Hale book and look at allocation ratios to really sort this as I think I have too much cash doing nothing and need to rebalance my equities to get a good return! If anyone has any book recommendations feel free to let me know. At the moment my equities are returning 9% annually.
I will also look to use some of the cash to start a new hustle. Not sure what this will be yet, I may just go contracting to earn some income in the future, using the honey pot as my backup during the lean times. Income streams are important and I need to make sure my assets are working for me not against me!
Time for some serious reading.