How to Retire on $500,000
If you ask most financial advisers how to retire on a half-million dollars, they’ll likely say it can’t be done.
Many financial advisers point to the “4% rule” (also the “Bengen rule”) for tax-advantaged accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs. The 4% rule says you can draw up to 4% of your nest egg’s value in your first year of retirement, then add inflation to the prior year’s total and withdraw that each subsequent year, for 30 years, without worrying your money will run out. William Bengen, who first proposed the rule in 1994, later updated that figure to 4.5%.
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