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Subject:  Re: Question For Intercst...or anyone Date:  2/13/2013  12:06 PM
Author:  ptheland Number:  71385 of 75335

Mathematically, taking out 4% of of the principal balance as of the beginning of each year will last forever. You can never deplete it from withdrawals.

The only way you could deplete the entire balance is by putting it all in a single investment that suffers a complete loss.

--Peter
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