How Much Can You Take from Your Retirement Each Year

Should retirees toss the long-established 4% rule?

The rule claims that retired individuals can safely pull 4% of their savings out every 12 months without worrying they could run out of funds before they die.

Now, some investment experts advise drawing no more than 2% or 3% from your nest egg per year.

The 4% rule was created in 1994 by financial planner Bill Bengen. The rule requires spending 4% of retirement savings in the first 12 months of retirement, adjusting that share yearly for inflation.

Now even Bengen believes the 4% rule must be forgotten.

Bengen and other financial experts believe the reasons for doing so are numerous. One contributing factor is that people are living longer.

According to the Social Security Administration, the average man who turns 65 now can anticipate living to 84.3. His female counterpart can expect to live until 86.6.

Recent research has predicted that millennials could live into their 90s or later, straining to stretch financial savings.

Additionally, the 4% rule does not consider specific personal financial savings levels. Millennials are at the bottom of participation when saving in employer-sponsored plans.

Recent reports find that 56% of them are much less likely to save for their retirement years. This is significant as it indicates a large percentage of younger employees may come up short in retirement.

What can you do instead?

Given the variability of retirees’ funding outcomes and spending habits, JPMorgan suggests six fundamental principles to develop a withdrawal technique that fits your needs and circumstances.

  • Financial commitments — Do you want to leave an inheritance for your descendants
  • Taxes — What will your state, federal, and other taxes be?
  • Healthcare bills — Estimate your possible medical expenses. Will insurance cover your needs, or will you need additional health savings?
  • Age of your partner — It is estimated that a 65-year-old couple faces a 72% likelihood that at least one of the partners could live to age 90 or older.
  • Additional assets — Do you own liquid property like trusts, an inheritance, or physical property?
  • Composition of your portfolio — How much do you have in taxable versus tax-deferred investments?

What’s the bottom line?

The forecast for a sharp decrease in market returns of 5% or less and continued soaring inflation signifies that the 4% withdrawal rule should be replaced by withdrawals of 2% to 3%.

If you aren’t sure how this applies to you, consider hiring an experienced financial advisor can help you establish methods to secure your retirement without spending more than 2% to 3% of your nest egg each year.

Also, if you do not have a 401(k) at work, consider opening an IRA or Roth IRA as an option to save for retirement.