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A 19% return in an index fund is quite good. In a good year they can go up to about 30%, but 20s is typical.

You can conceivable get higher returns if you are willing to take higher risk. Technology stocks, internet funds, and life sciences or pharmaceuticals have done better. Janus 20 did 70% last year. Some internet stocks have been able to triple in short time frames. But I would think an index fund is already fairly aggressive for a retiree. So you would want to put no more than a portion of your portfolio in the go-go opportunities.

Good luck to you.
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