Our investment and money-management philosophy may be boiled down to an A-B-C or Red, Yellow, and Green approach. We allocate our money into three separate buckets just like a traffic light: Red, Yellow, or Green:
“Red Money“ is our at-risk money invested in “Risky Assets,” otherwise known as in the equities or fixed income markets or in alternative investments designed with the potential to provide a steady yield, growth rate, or income stream. Red Money helps us stave off the ravaging effects of inflation and provides the potential for legacy or an extra boost in liquid assets available to handle life’s surprises like unexpected healthcare events.
We have higher liquidity in Red Money and potential for greater returns. But high liquidity and potential for greater returns comes at a trade-off of High Risk of Loss of Principal.
Red Money is invested on a mid-term to long-term time horizon. As the color implies, we approach our Red Money allocation with a full stop, analysis, and constant monitoring and management.
“Yellow Money” is our operating money. We have high liquidity because we need this money “On-Demand” to pay for living expenses. Thus, these accounts are typically invested very conservatively with low return rates, thus low-risk of loss, and are matched with checking accounts or electronic funds transfer ability to fund those expenses on a daily, as-needed, basis.
“Yellow Money” needs to look like a straight-line but if we can get some growth, we’ll take it–we just can’t afford any loss of principal. As the color implies, we approach Yellow Money spend rates with caution and proceed with deliberation.
Yellow Money is allocated to short-term investments on the timeline.
“Green Money” is our Safe Money. Green Money grows with the potential for more moderate rates of return, but with no risk of loss of principal. Green Money provides us with guaranteed lifetime income streams by utilizing “Mortality Credits.” Depending on the vehicle chosen, lifetime income streams can even have the potential to grow once triggered to pay status.
Green Money insures we have our baseline expenses covered come what may. That’s why I refer to it as “Go-Go Money!”
Green Money allocations may be anywhere along the time horizon as fits the situation. Green Money allocations allow us to optimize our Risky-Asset allocations and take more risk than we might normally, if we so desire. If we can get the Green Money allocation set properly, it allows us greater flexibility with both of the other two buckets.
The bottom line is that, when we get these buckets right, we can use our “Go-Go Money” to enjoy everything we’ve worked for in the “Go-Go Years” of our retirement.
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