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I am looking to compound the assets, that I have set aside for retirement, at around 7 to 8%. Fortunately, we (me and my wife) can cover any shortfall on a given year's return from our income

Honestly, I think it is completely unrealistic to expect 7-8% annual returns in the current economic and interest rate environment with only 5% annual standard deviation. If I talked to someone as a potential client, I would flat out tell that is extremely unlikely. If you want 7-8% returns over say the next 5-10 years you are likely going to have to be willing to accept higher annual volatility than 5%.
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