Promote financial longevity for your clients and manage their risk of running out of money in retirement.  

A retirement income strategy, rooted in financial engineering

Why Real Spend?

One of the biggest concerns for retirees has always been, “Will my retirement nest egg last long enough to support my lifestyle?” Real Spend was designed with this concern in mind.

What differentiates Real Spend?

Real Spend aims to remove common behavioral investing mistakes while balancing asset preservation and growth, all in a liquid investment account that is designed to provide flexibility and peace of mind.

Accommodate for distribution needs

With a multi-year spending reserve of liquid assets to support current needs and fulfill short-term goals

Automatically replenish withdrawals

With an investment portfolio constructed of not just fixed income, but also equities, with the goal of generating inflation-adjusted returns

Help preserve your client's wealth

With Risk Assist®, a systematic risk management strategy that seeks to mitigate large losses


Retirement portfolio construction, modernized

Real Spend divides the assets of a retiree’s nest egg into two buckets.

Investment portion

Spending reserve

Overcoming retirement challenges

Real Spend is engineered and managed to consistently support desired distributions for as long as investors need.

The longer people live, the longer their money has to last too. At Horizon Investments, we believe an effective distribution strategy should strive to solve for today’s retirement income roadblocks, like:

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Past performance is not indicative of future results. 

RiskAssist® is NOT A GUARANTEE against loss or declines in the value of a portfolio; it is an investment strategy that supplements a more traditional strategy by periodically modifying exposure to fixed income securities based on Horizon’s view of market conditions. While Risk Assist was designed with the goal of limiting drawdown, Horizon is not able to predict all market conditions and ensure that Risk Assist will always limit drawdown as designed.

Accounts with Risk Assist® are not fully protected against all loss. Furthermore, when Risk Assist® is deployed (whether partially or entirely) to mitigate risk for an account, the account will not be fully invested in its original strategy, and accordingly during periods of strong market growth the account may underperform accounts that do not have the Risk Assist® feature. 

The Real Spend® retirement income strategy is NOT A GUARANTEE against market loss and there is no guarantee that the Real Spend® strategy chosen by an investor will be successful for the entirety of an investor’s retirement. Real Spend® is an asset allocation strategy that uses an investment model to (i) plan savings amounts and overall asset allocation during the distribution phase of retirement planning, (ii) compute target retirement wealth, assuming a retirement budget and a spending-investment strategy after retirement, (iii) compute the transition from the accumulation phase to the retirement phase, and (iv) generate the spending-investment strategy after retirement. Our retirement spending investment strategy uses an allocation model that replenishes cash needed for withdrawals. Before investing, consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the strategy. All investing involves risk. This strategy is not an insurance product with payments guaranteed. It is a strategy that invests in marketable securities, any of which may fluctuate in value. There is a possibility of outliving the assets if market performance is lower than forecasts used in planning, or if longevity is longer than anticipated. Calculations used with investors are estimates based on historical market behaviors, and there is no assurance that these behaviors will be repeated in the future. Investors should note that historical data suggests that higher Spend Rates will have a lower likelihood of success for the entirety of the retirement period than a lower Spend Rate would. Investor experiences will vary. 

The investments recommended by Horizon Investments are not guaranteed. There can be economic times where all investments are unfavorable and depreciate in value. Clients may lose money. Asset allocation cannot eliminate the risk of fluctuating prices and uncertain returns. Strategies are subject to risks including general market risk and risks related to economic conditions. Underlying investments fluctuate in price and may be sold at a price lower than the purchase price resulting in a loss of principal. The underlying investments are neither FDIC insured nor guaranteed by the U.S. Government. Any risk management processes described herein include an effort to monitor and manage risk, but should not be confused with and do not imply low risk or the ability to control risk.

Horizon Investments, the Horizon H, Real Spend, and Risk Assist are registered trademarks of Horizon Investments, LLC. © 2022 Horizon Investments, LLC.

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