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Does the 4% Rule Work for Early Retirement?

The 4% Rule is a very common topic when it comes to Early Retirement. I would even say that most in the Financial Independence/Retire Early community use it as the basis of determining their “FI Number”. For those not familiar with the term FI Number, this is the number that an individual would need to save to support their lifestyle in retirement. Usually this number is calculated by determining their annual monetary needs and then multiplying that number by 25 (or dividing by 4%). 4% Rule History The 4% Rule is based on a study by financial advisor William Bengen in 1994. The study reviewed market (stocks and bonds) returns over a 50 year period from 1926 to 1976. The goal of the study was…
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