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I frequently see advice that if you invest in stocks you can safely withdraw 4% of your investments each year for retirement.

To get one step from the horse's mouth go to the Retire Early Homepage at:
which has an article:
which contains a link to Robert J. Shiller:
on whose data the study is based.

The Retire Early Homepage has it's own message board here at the Fool.
which hasn't been very active lately. Maximum safe withdrawal rate has been discussed there.

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