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Here’s How Much You Can Really Withdraw in Retirement

Here’s How Much You Can Really Withdraw in Retirement

How much money can you safely withdraw from your investments once you retire?

This is a subject of wide debate in the financial planning world as our country’s 78 million baby boomers start turning 65 this year. This “withdrawal rate” simply refers to how much you can tap from your investment assets to avoid running out of money before you die. The approach is designed to allow you to withdraw money each year while leaving your principal intact.

For example, if you start with $1,000,000 at retirement and withdraw 4% per year ($40,000), you skim a $40,000 annual gain off …

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