The 4% Rule

Here's a formula to help insure that your retirement savings last as long as you do!


Many studies indicate that if you want your retirement savings to last, you should withdraw no more than 4% to 6% of your savings each year. The exact percentage depends on many factors, including how long you live and how much income you receive from part-time work, social security, etc.
The 4% Rule
Desired retirement income:
Social security:
Pension:
Investment income needed:
4% withdrawal rate
$80,000
$20,000
$10,000
$50,000
Total Investment assets needed:
$1,250,000
If someone has $100,000 in savings and withdraws 4% a year, that's just $4,000 a year. With $1,000,000 dollars in savings (at the same 4% withdrawal rate) the amount grows to $40,000 a year … which sounds like a much nicer retirement!
Here's another way to look at it: Assuming a withdrawal rate of 4%, for every dollar you want to withdraw annually during retirement, you need to have $25 in assets set aside at the time you retire.
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