How Longevity Fits Into a Retirement Portfolio

Clayton Brown


23 Sep 2022


As an advisor, you always strive to do what’s best for your clients. In retirement, they want to feel secure and know that their investments will fund their desired lifestyle, generating the income and returns they need to live their best life.

Today’s historic inflation and rising interest rates may be causing your clients to pause, reflect, and perhaps question how their investment portfolio is designed to navigate these rough waters and the uncertainty ahead.

The Portfolio

The traditional 60/40 portfolio has evolved over the years through an ever-expanding product shelf of solutions accessible to more advisors and their clients. Beyond stocks and bonds, advisors can now help their clients lower portfolio volatility and diversify across more asset classes than ever before. Some examples include:

  • Alternative Strategies where derivatives or options support higher income

  • Private Assets in the fixed income, equities, and real estate space to reduce portfolio volatility

  • Real Assets like agriculture, energy, base- and precious- metals for inflation protection

  • Crypto assets providing exposure to innovative new currencies and web3 technologies

A new asset class incorporating longevity risk pooling is now available for every Canadian investor’s portfolio. Traditionally, this pooling benefit has been delivered through access to a defined benefit (DB) pension plan or by purchasing an annuity from an insurance company. Now, you can incorporate this through a standard mutual fund structure, making it easy to incorporate into your practice.

Your Clients

Through a combination of financial planning and conversations with your clients, you have a strong understanding of their retirement budget, broken down into basic needs (housing, groceries, transportation, medical, etc.) and discretionary wants (entertainment, travel, dining out, gifts, etc.). You likely have some sense of how those might evolve over time while, of course, acknowledging the inherent uncertainty.

People are adaptable to some degree, and these spending levels are not written in stone. In tough times, clients may ratchet down their spending and portfolio withdrawals without compromising what's important to them; in good times, they may choose to take those excess returns and spend them on a big family trip or other indulgences.

What's important is making sure that those basic needs are always covered, regardless of how the market is performing. With some sense of those spending needs and wants, let's explore a framework that displays how the Longevity Pension Fund can benefit your clients.

The Scenario

Let’s look at Bill (65) and Norma (65), a recently retired couple looking for stability from their investments and planning to live a long life. 

They’re each collecting full OAS of ~$16,000 per year, have a combined CPP income of $24,000 per year (~83% of their combined maximum), with their $1,000,000 investment portfolio needing to supplement their income goal of $85,000 per year (adjusted each year for 2% long-term inflation).

Of this $85,000 goal, their basic needs are $55,000 per year, and their discretionary wants are $30,000 per year. You have them invested in a balanced portfolio generating average returns of 3.1%* (net of fees).

Here is what their income and portfolio balance could look like over their lifetime

Balanced portfolio without LongevityFor illustrative purposes only.**

As you can see in the chart above, Bill and Norma would not be able to meet their retirement income goals by the time they reach 90 years old using a traditional balanced portfolio. While this may sound unlikely, mortality tables suggest a 50% chance that at least one will live past 90. More importantly, they wouldn’t even be able to fund their basic needs past this age, which would require them to change their retirement plans significantly and would lead to a high level of financial stress for Bill, Norma, and the rest of their family. This is a significant risk that retirees face but is often overlooked or underestimated.

Now here is what adding a 33% allocation to the Longevity Pension Fund can do for your client

Balanced portfolio with LongevityFor illustrative purposes only.**

As you can see in the chart above, Bill and Norma now expect to cover their basic income needs for life, even if they live to 100 or beyond. This peace of mind could help them weather the volatility they might experience in other areas of their portfolio, helping you solidify a long-term relationship as their advisor.

The Benefits

Adding the Longevity Pension Fund into a diversified portfolio not only benefits your client, but it also benefits you as the advisor:

  • Your client’s inflation-adjusted basic income needs are addressed through income for life solutions ($24,000 from CPP, $16,000 from OAS, and $15,450 from the Longevity Pension Fund > $55,000 needs)

  • Deepen the client relationship by retaining the investment assets, allowing you to manage their entire retirement portfolio rather than moving a portion to a third party like an insurance company

  • Your client could receive $90,000 to $315,000+ more cashflow from their portfolio should they live a reasonably long life and require the income, covering their basic income needs for many more years, including more than one year of additional discretionary spending

To learn more about how the Longevity Pension Fund can streamline your portfolio management and help your clients, reach out to your Purpose Investments sales representative, give us a call directly at 1-888-273-8471 or email us at

*Investment Portfolio Assumptions: 60% fixed income and 40% equity, with average long-term returns of 3% and 7% respectively. Fees (investment management fees, or trailing commissions, plus MERs) of 1.50%.

**This example is for illustrative purposes only and are not indicative of expected or guaranteed performance by the Fund. In no circumstances should this be considered investment advice or professional guidance, and these scenarios should never be interpreted as predictive of the potential performance of their investment.

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