BECAUSE WE FORGET SO QUICKLY…35 YEARS AGO A FINANCIAL PLANNER ASKED ME HOW MUCH I WOULD EVENTUALLY LIKE TO PULL OUT, ANNUALLY, FROM MY INVESTMENTS, IN ORDER TO FUND MY LIVING EXPENSES DURING RETIREMENT. I HAD READ THAT A 6% ANNUAL WITHDRAWAL WOULD BE HISTORICALLY SUSTAINABLE, SO I SUGGESTED 6%. HE THOUGHT THAT WAS PERFECTLY REASONABLE. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THEN AND NOW, WE HAVE DOWNGRADED OUR EXPECTATIONS AND WE HAVE NOW NAMED IT THE, “4% RULE” (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/f/four-percent-rule.asp).

OHH, WAIT…4%…how about 3.3%…OR MAYBE 3.0%! (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-4-rule-is-being-debated-again-but-heres-what-you-should-do-11636999447). (https://www.barrons.com/articles/retirement-4-percent-rule-downturn-strategy-51642806039).

Charles Tadros, M.D.

December 21, 2021

Saint Louis, Missouri

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