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<<<ZBar's last paragraph is saying, effectively, live off the growth and dividends. That's fine, except most people are not that wealthy.>>>

You don't have to be that wealthy, just have started early and Foolishly to start with. If you live off a fixed percentage, your yearly income will fluctuate, however, it has a greater chance of growing (as long as the percentage is less than the investment return). If one were to live off 5% and recieved 11% (avg. S&P 500 over past several years), after a few years, that 5% is much more than the fixed amount adjusted for inflation.

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