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About 20% of my assets are liquid after-tax $, while the other 80% is in tax deferred vehicles. When I retire (~1year out), is a good strategy to invest the after tax money in a fixed account and use it alone for income (principal + interest-- this will last for 4-5 years), while letting the tax deferred money grow (invested in a mix of stocks and bonds/fixed). If so, what would be the highest yielding, yet safe vehicle to invest the 20% in?
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ARe you over 59-1/2 so you are able to take distributions whenever you like? If not, you could need to invest differently for now.

See TMFPixy's retirement portfolios from the link below for TMF investment recommendations. Fools would suggest only enough fixed income investments to cover your short term needs (3 to 5 yrs expenses) with most in stocks to provide inflation protection.

Assuming your income tax rate will be lower later, you will be best off to have your growth investments in the tax deferred account. However, if you are under 62, your tax rate could go up when you begin collecting social security. Also, if you have other income that allows more options, investing after tax for growth gives the advantage of paying taxes at capital gains rates. And your heirs will get stepped up cost basis on your death. The tax deferred profits are eventually taxed at regular, not capital gains rates.

Just a few thoughts on the subject. The right answer depends on your exact circumstances.
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