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What DOES kill a portfolio is the variability in returns.
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Long time ago I did some modelling and came up with the rule that your withdrawal rate had to be no more than 1/2 the average portfolio total return (dividend + capgain), in order to be safe.

What people who focus on dividends miss is that dividend paying stocks are not bonds and don't behave anything like bonds. They behave like stocks ... which happen to pay a dividend.

A 6 foot tall man can drown walking across a river which has average depth of 4 feet.
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