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Intercst posted: "A 4% withdrawal is what's required to survive the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression. If you don't happen to retire on the eve of the next catastrophe, 4% will likely leave you with more money than you can spend 25 or 30 years down the road.

You can always declare the start of a new 30-year payout period at 4% of the current higher account balance if a few years of good returns has boosted the value of your retirement portfolio."

If my memory is correct, wasn't the 1966 retirement date a bigger problem than a 1929 retirement date? Inflation caused more portfolio stress than the big crash?
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