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Subject:  Re: Retirement Needs Formula? Date:  10/5/2013  3:19 PM
Author:  JLC Number:  73447 of 75377

But that assumes you will not take from the principle and thus the retirement fund can last any length and in theory forever.

That's not correct.

The 4% rule of thumb says nothing about invading principal. You take 4% of your initial next egg the first year, then increase the withdrawal for inflation each year afterward.


I always took the 4% rule as 4% of portfolio that year. Rinse, wash, repeat, always taking just 4%. Some years more, some years less.

Hundred ways to skin a cat.

JLC
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