GusSmed writes,It's awfully tempting to think I don't need quite as much money as I think I do for true financial independence. BuildMWell's post is the devil whispering in my ear. "You're smarter than the S&P 500. You can do better than Intercst's simulations. You won't have a big downturn."Except that, you know, some of my stocks have lost money. The method is nothing like 100% predictive. Yeah, I made money during 2001-2003 while the S&P was still dropping, but will I do that the next time? I hardly know.</snip>I think the Governor of Texas must be reading the BuildMWell board. He thinks he can sell the Texas Lottery to a private company, set up an $8 billion endowement with the procedes and then withdraw $800 million per year (a 10% SWR) to fund education in the state.http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8N4NFG00.htmlPerry also said the sale could provide more than $8 billion to be dedicated to a public education endowment, providing $800 million a year for public schools. However, the state-run lottery currently contributes $1 billion per year to public schools. Perry spokesman Ted Royer said the governor's proposed two-year budget would make up the $200 million gap, and that if the lottery were sold for more than $14 billion that would produce extra money for education.</snip>Most universities and large charitable foundations limit their endowement withdrawals to 4%-5% of assets per yearintercst
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