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Subject: Re: 4% Rule -- Common Misconceptions Date: 9/1/2011 1:27 PM
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I also like the idea that if your investments average 8%/yr, that 4% per year looks like it could last a very long time.

As a practical matter we are all painfully aware that the stock market does not move in a steady straight line. There are times when stocks are down or flat, and other times when you can do a lot better than 8%.

I think its important to keep an eye on the market and be sure to participate to the fullest when times are good. In bad times, you have to retreat and hunker down. But ideally you make enough in the good times to cover the bad.

If not we are all destined for jobs as greeters at Walmart. And we will have lots of company. I don't think we will ever be lonely.
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