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I had the majority of my net worth in the fund, now split with Smithson. The price has more than tripled since I first invested so my net worth has more than doubled since retiring after living costs. It’s been a great investment. At 31/12/19 property & cash represented less than 20% of my net worth, that will change as I bought another property in March but I have one to sell.
ok but net worth is not the same as money. From net worth you can get capital gains and dividends (or rent or yield in general) minus related expenses and taxes. What it matters is how much net cash you can get from all these plus your fixed pension (state or company) and that will determine your lifestyle. For example if in 2015 your total income was 3000 a month and now is 10000 a month and the future looks good then you can say you do much better now.
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To be fair, their track record a couple years ago (or today for that matter) is quite a bit different from 6-8-10 years ago.
SSON might give you the returns of early days fundsmith

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The far-from-great progress of FEET (managed by the same team, with the same investment approach, but invests in different world regions and markets) supports the notion that one should want a multi-year track record before getting tooo excited.

That said Fundsmith's track record speaks for itself, and looks like it will be very difficult to beat.
Well another candidate is SMT. Almost 100 years of track record.

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Same, paid in from IB(London). Still, took unexpectedly long to get my first T(acc), multiple back-and-forth. The top-ups went smoothly.
How did you manage to invest into fundsmith via interactive brokers?
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Better to live for the day and let the future take care of itself
This attitude is probably a good contributor as to why you are so miserable as a pensioner.
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Better to live for the day and let the future take care of itself
Agreed, but I would like to add that a lot of people have no option other than to let the future take care of it´s self.

Others, like my father have worked hard all thier lives (mine had a 10 stint in Indonesia) have paid off the house and was looking forward to a life of a pensioner with enough to see him through.
Died at 68, two years into pension.
And as for me? Well at least I don´t need to worry about who to invest with to get the most dividends...
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Spin-off from this - https://www.englishforum.ch/3183618-post102.html - thread where there were quite a few comments on my pension choices (https://www.englishforum.ch/3183655-post110.html).

We save about 25% of our income into pillar 2 (mandatory and voluntary) and pillar 3. It might seem a lot but there is no real substantial pension anywhere else, nor do we own a house or other things. We chose this as the state pension in about 30 years looks woefully low and have no idea what else to do so that it is still feasible to stay in Switzerland after retirement.

What do other people do? Do you not worry about your pensions? Do you have a better way of putting money aside?
A question: in your calculation you say you pay 2500 on taxes. is that amount calculated on the basis of the 200k income? Consider that all your savings in pension funds can be deducted from the taxable income, which will be therefore greatly reduced.
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ok but net worth is not the same as money. From net worth you can get capital gains and dividends (or rent or yield in general) minus related expenses and taxes. What it matters is how much net cash you can get from all these plus your fixed pension (state or company) and that will determine your lifestyle. For example if in 2015 your total income was 3000 a month and now is 10000 a month and the future looks good then you can say you do much better now.
I live off capital, not income. This has huge tax advantages if you live in a country with zero CGT.
Buying 'income' is a poor decision with negative interest rates, what is important is the 'total return' of your investments net of any tax liability.

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Old 08.06.2020, 09:36
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SSON might give you the returns of early days fundsmith
The earlier days of Fundsmith was the Tullet Prebon pension scheme, the Early performance & preFundsmith was very good, as I said earlier there has never been a 12 month period outside 1st quartile for Fundsmith, something I would have never imagined possible..
Smithson will with a 99% probability beat Fundsmith, however with higher volatility & hugely less liquidity. Once you trade over 10,000 shares the spread gets less competitive, you cant even get a quote for 50,000 shares , whilst you could easily sell £ 1 Billion in Fundsmith, they could deliver without the market blinking. That poor liquidity allowed a member to pick some shares up for £9.00 at a huge discount to NAV in March it's £14.84 this morning.
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The earlier days of Fundsmith was the Tullet Prebon pension scheme, the Early performance & preFundsmith was very good, as I said earlier there has never been a 12 month period outside 1st quartile for Fundsmith, something I would have never imagined possible..
Smithson will with a 99% probability beat Fundsmith, however with higher volatility & hugely less liquidity. Once you trade over 10,000 shares the spread gets less competitive, you cant even get a quote for 50,000 shares , whilst you could easily sell £ 1 Billion in Fundsmith, they could deliver without the market blinking. That poor liquidity allowed a member to pick some shares up for £9.00 at a huge discount to NAV in March it's £14.84 this morning.
Well 10,000shares is 140K GBP now. I don't think I will need more than that/trading session(day) :-)
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Well 10,000shares is 140K GBP now. I don't think I will need more than that/trading session(day) :-)
Thats per order....., I have exceeded that size per day when accumulating my position.

If you wanted to cash out in a falling market you could well be stuck, as we saw a member bought at 900 on a bad day & it was a tiny order, I wonder what 10,000 shares would have achieved then 600?
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Thats per order....., I have exceeded that size per day when accumulating my position.

If you wanted to cash out in a falling market you could well be stuck, as we saw a member bought at 900 on a bad day & it was a tiny order, I wonder what 10,000 shares would have achieved then 600?
How is that possible with a fund almost 2Bn now?

I guess I need to do some more reading on how investment trusts work. Apparently I underestimated the liquidity aspect.
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How is that possible with a fund almost 2Bn now?

I guess I need to do some more reading on how investment trusts work. Apparently I underestimated the liquidity aspect.
You need to match sellers with buyers, if no buyer exists you get a poor price or possibly close to zero.
The investment trust does not make any sales on your behalf it's share capital does not change.
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Yep, I know a couple of people who saved and waited for retirement To do everything, then died just before. Live whilst you can!
Well, the dead don't have any problems at all......I want to believe in that. Back to the living, never met anyone in a bar complaining about saving too much. All the complains are about lack of resources, not being able to help the family, travel, retire, how damned expensive the bar is, etc.

I'll pay 2 beers to listen the sob story of the guy who saved too much
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Better to live for the day and let the future take care of itself
In Switzerland if you run out of money in old age, the state pays to keep you fed, housed and looked after, courtesy of tax-payers. You are essentially saying "Better to spend all my money on myself now because in the end I can bum off the state." Not a responsible outlook on life, and one I see quite commonly in the UK, but not here.
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Re: How do people prepare for their pensions?

I have Fundsmith too, directly with Luxembourg. Opening the account was a bit of a pain, but since then topping up via fax and then sending EUR via Revolut is pretty easy, and they have been very good about sending statements via email and post.

I have about 25% of my holdings in Fundsmith, and about 15% in SSON (via IB).
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I have Fundsmith too, directly with Luxembourg. Opening the account was a bit of a pain, but since then topping up via fax and then sending EUR via Revolut is pretty easy, and they have been very good about sending statements via email and post.

I have about 25% of my holdings in Fundsmith, and about 15% in SSON (via IB).
I found SSON shares in IB. Is this the thing?
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I have Fundsmith too, directly with Luxembourg. Opening the account was a bit of a pain, but since then topping up via fax and then sending EUR via Revolut is pretty easy, and they have been very good about sending statements via email and post.

I have about 25% of my holdings in Fundsmith, and about 15% in SSON (via IB).
They take KYC & money very seriously
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I found SSON shares in IB. Is this the thing?
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In Switzerland if you run out of money in old age, the state pays to keep you fed, housed and looked after, courtesy of tax-payers. You are essentially saying "Better to spend all my money on myself now because in the end I can bum off the state." Not a responsible outlook on life, and one I see quite commonly in the UK, but not here.
I see this frequently on another U.K. forum I’m a member of. Lots of talk on how to ensure the council don’t force your parents to sell their house to fund care homes and the like, as they think it is stealing either from someone who has worked all their life to own their house or stealing the inheritance. I certainly don’t want to rely on the state to look after me in my dotage and I think the general expectation in the UK is wrong, but where I do have some sympathy is the amount of tax you pay in the UK. I can see why if you are paying 40%+ tax for most of your working life, you might expect some return. IMO the lower tax rates here allow you save to better provide for yourself.
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Re: How do people prepare for their pensions?

I thought I should check performance from Tullet Prebon start date 4/12/03 - 31/12/12 where £1 became £3.1176 net of fees, if that had been invested in Fundsmith on 31/12/12 it would have grown to £11.82 on Friday or a compound rate of return of 16.15% over 16.5 years with 2 spectacular market crashes thrown in!

In simple turns £84,000 became £1,000,000 in 16.5 years.
Funnily enough Terry Smith had back tested 30 years from 2010 & came up with 16% compound as a long term growth of the sort of stocks he was proposing to invest in.
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It all depends. We're not willing to cut down on our expenses to save up extra and have no problem with moving elsewhere if needed to lead a proper life.

It's easy when you come here when you're young and basically are able to do as the Swiss do, but if you already spend half your labour life elsewhere and are not in the position to set aside big bucks it likely will hurt to pension here, and many people leave the country when retiring since half a Swiss pension already gives a very decent life in many other places.
Well so many older Swiss live on just their pension. And a small one at that. They dont just pack up and leave. Its sad that living becomes so expensive in CH-the country is quickly becoming only a place for the good earner.
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