A Simple Formula for Calculating “Safe” Retirement Spending

For nearly two decades, the 4% rule has served as a benchmark of how much retirees can safely afford to withdraw from their nest eggs initially, with annual increases for inflation, and be reasonably certain they would not outlive their savings over a 30-year retirement. In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007 to…

 

Bill Bengen Discusses His Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

William “Bill” Bengen, whose 1994 study introduced the concept of the 4% withdrawal rate for retirees, recently participated in a question and answer session on social media website Reddit. The conversation focused on retirement withdrawal strategies and portfolio allocation. I’ll provide some highlights here. The full exchange is interesting, though you will want to set…