One of the great fears – mainly as Americans live longer – is that we will somehow outlive our money. Such an experience has resulted in many efforts to preserve retirement income and ensure that our retirement savings last as long as possible.
One of the critical metrics of personal finance in retirement is the 4% retirement rule. This rule can be a good guideline. However, it has some severe drawbacks or alternatives that you must consider.
The 4% retirement rule or the safe withdrawal rate rule is a guideline for how much money an individual should withdraw yearly as retirement income from their investment portfolio without running out of money.
He used the market performance data with a 60/40 portfolio (60 percent equities, 40 percent bonds) to gauge how a person who retired during that period would have faired in a period with massive stock market rises and significant crashes. Bengen believed it was relatively reflective of the market volatility that the average retiree would face.