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How Much Should You Withdraw from Your Retirement Fund?

  7/31/23 10:50 AM

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If you withdraw too much, you risk running out of funds and if you withdraw too little, you may not enjoy the dream retirement you planned for. So how much is just enough?

One frequently used rule of thumb is the 4% rule which says, add up all your investments and withdraw 4% of the total value in the first year of retirement. If the cost of living rises in the coming years, factor that in the funds you’d withdraw then. The 4% rule should be considered more like a guideline than a strict rule.

Keep in mind, expenses may not be consistent every year, we may spend more one year and less the next. So, the withdrawal plan should be flexible enough to factor in additional expenses including the rise in cost of living or inflation, taxes, etc.

Also, determine how much of the retirement fund would you spend and how much would you wish to leave behind. Basis this calculation, decide your future investments and withdrawals. Considering the life expectancy and funds at hand, you would be able to arrive at a reasonable cut.

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Swati Tumar - Travel & Finance Writer   

Swati is a Writer in the day and an illustrator at night. Among her interests, she is quite fond of art and all things creative. She often indulges herself in creating doodles, illustrations, and other forms of content. She identifies herself as an avid traveler and shameless foodie.

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