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The Myth Of Safe Withdrawal Rates

By Doug Carey

What do retirees in 1921, 1966, and 2010 have in common? Very little of course, yet many financial advisors are still using ideas from 1921 to plan retirement today.

The truth is these dates weren’t chosen at random: One had the highest safe withdrawal rate in

recorded history, the other the lowest, and the third barely survived the ravages of inflation.

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