Hi Jim,
I've setup a scenario where I run it at Below/Moderate/Above Average styles. They'll come back with a success probability of 99.8,98.9,95.8%. I run those without the back to work turned on.
I then turn on back to work and rerun for the 3 investment types, and the probability of success barely changes (99.9,99.7,98.0%), but I have a back to work probability of 7090%?
I've tried both flexible and stable spending rules. I'm not sure I understand why I would have such a high probability of back to work, when I only had a small number of failures.
I have the back to work set at 85% of portfolio for 2 years. I would think this should put me at 100% success?
Any insights?
Thanks
Back to Work probability
Re: Back to Work probability
Generally with this sort of stochastic modeling exercise, there's isn't a meaningful difference between a result with a 98% probability of success and one with a 100% probability of success. There's a builtin imprecision to tools like this and this is just the nature of this type of modeling approach. The builtin imprecision comes from guaranteed errors in estimating plan inputs along with necessary simplifying assumptions in the model like treating returns as if they were normally distributed. So the caveat is just to not read too much into small differences in the results.
That said, my best offthecuff guess for the reason you're seeing little or no impact from the backtowork feature would be because you're only allowing 2 years of back to work. It'd be interesting to see how high you'd need to set the back to work years to knock off those last 1020 failures that you're seeing (and get the prob up to 100).
Also, it's possible that the 2 year backtowork limit is having an impact, but in more subtle ways. It'd be interesting to see what impact enabling back to work is having (if any) on things like the 10% and 90% portfolio value bands, the median ending portfolio value, and the average spending shortfall. It may be that the influence of enabling back to work shows up in these outputs rather than in the probability of success.
That said, my best offthecuff guess for the reason you're seeing little or no impact from the backtowork feature would be because you're only allowing 2 years of back to work. It'd be interesting to see how high you'd need to set the back to work years to knock off those last 1020 failures that you're seeing (and get the prob up to 100).
Also, it's possible that the 2 year backtowork limit is having an impact, but in more subtle ways. It'd be interesting to see what impact enabling back to work is having (if any) on things like the 10% and 90% portfolio value bands, the median ending portfolio value, and the average spending shortfall. It may be that the influence of enabling back to work shows up in these outputs rather than in the probability of success.

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Re: Back to Work probability
Thanks ! I'll play around with the variables as you suggest
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