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As a general axiom, it is wise to look at your financial plan and, as best possible, exhaust your 401k/IRA assets first and your after-tax assets second; however, this is all secondary to making your assets provide the income stream you need.

IMHO, you should visit and view a variety of reports; particularly mine on "substantially equal periodic payments" which discusses how to make 401k/IRA withdrawals before the age of 59 1/2 without penalty.

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