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I did not understand you were not a US resident. That would probably make a difference to me also. I do not have any idea on tax consequences, but could you open an account with a US discount broker? This could lower your expenses, but would probably greatly complicate your tax situation.

The best solution to high expenses is to buy and hold rule maker stocks. Just never sell. But this does not allow regular income except from dividends.

Yes, I do understand that some years I may have less income than other years. I will have my house paid off, and will have both social securtiy benifits and a slightly smaller pension, for a base income of $2,000 per month. My investments will be the icing on the cake, so to speak.

I think that the FF and another 6 to 10 rule makers would be sufficient, but maybe not if your total imcome was dependant on the portfolio. That is a harder question. I have really never considered living 100% off of my investments.

This probably is not real helpjul, but I felt that I should reply to explain my answer. I'm sorry I was as harsh with my answer. Good Luck.

Jim.
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