Income investors struggling with today's low interest rates, afraid to adjust portfolios

Income investors struggling with today's low interest rates, afraid to adjust 
Despite concerns about making their money last, many of today's income 
investors are sticking to low-yielding investments 
TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - A new CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) poll reveals that 
today's lower interest rates are taking a toll on investors who named income 
generation as their primary investment objective, with 42 per cent saying they 
are not satisfied with the returns they are currently generating in their 
portfolios. In fact, only 10 per cent are completely satisfied with their 
Key poll findings include: 

    --  Among those who stated that income generation was their primary
        investing goal, 42 per cent of this group say they are not
        satisfied with the income they are currently generating from
        their portfolio; in fact, only 10 per cent said they were
        completely satisfied.
    --  Despite the concern, there is strong resistance to change with
        54 per cent of income investors in low-yielding products saying
        they are not considering moving funds, with 52 per cent of that
        group citing "too risky" as the reason.

Fear Prevents Investors from Changing their Approach

"The fact of the matter is that fear is driving the decisions of many 
investors," said Steve Geist, President, CIBC Asset Management. "As a result, 
they have stopped taking an objective look at their investment options and are 
simply parking their money in low-yielding products - but ones that often 
guarantee a return that's less than inflation. In this new economic reality, 
Canadians need to review their portfolios for investments that will generate 
the income or return needed to meet retirement goals."

"When you combine this extended period of rock-bottom interest rates with the 
fact that people are living longer after they retire, you reach a point where 
you need to consider a new investment path," said Mr. Geist. "The good news is 
that there are investment strategies and solutions that can help, and by 
working with an advisor you can find that right balance."

Advice on Generating Income from your Retirement Portfolio

For investors who need to generate more income from their retirement 
portfolio, while still managing risk, CIBC offered the following tips:
    --  Meet with an Advisor to review your finances - An advisor can
        help you determine how much income you will need to generate
        from your retirement savings and whether adjustments to your
        current portfolio would make sense based on your financial
    --  Diversify your fixed income investments - Just like investing
        in equities, the benefit of diversification holds true for
        fixed income as well. A managed approach that spreads
        investments across a number of different types of fixed income
        assets such as corporate and global bonds can yield better
    --  Move gradually up the risk spectrum - You can generate
        additional yield for your portfolio by moving into high-yield
        corporate bonds, Real Estate Investment Trusts or dividend
    --  Use specialized expertise - The investment universe is more
        complex than ever, but there are excellent opportunities which
        experts can help identify. Professional money managers can
        evaluate risk and identify the most favourable investment

Results are based on a CIBC poll conducted by Leger Marketing via a Web survey 
conducted from December 21, 2012 to January 4, 2013 among a representative 
sample of 1541 English- and French-speaking Canadians with an investment 
portfolio for retirement. Using data from Statistics Canada, the results were 
weighted according to gender, age, region, language spoken at home, education 
and presence of children in the household to ensure a sample representative of 
the entire population under review. In comparison, a probability sample of the 
same size would yield a margin of error of ±2.50%, 19 times out of 20.

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CIBC Asset Management, the asset management division of CIBC, is responsible 
for the CIBC and Renaissance Investments families of mutual funds, Imperial 
Pools, Frontiers Pools and the CIBC family of managed portfolio solutions - 
Axiom Portfolios, CIBC Managed Portfolio Services and CIBC Personal Portfolio 
Services. CIBC Asset Management manages more than $55 billion in assets.

Sean Hamilton, Director, Media Relations: (416) 304-8456


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