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Join Wade Pfau as he addresses how to determine sustainable spending levels from investment portfolios in retirement. Within the Retirement Income Style Awareness framework, this serves as the core of the Total Return style, but it is also relevant for discretionary goals within the Income Protection and Risk Wrap styles. The concept of safe withdrawal rates and the 4% rule developed from William Bengen’s analysis of the U.S. historical data. After explaining his approach and further refinements to the core methodology, the session shifts to consider the impacts of changing key assumptions behind the 4% rule. Ultimately, more sophisticated methods are required and described, and we will provide a particular emphasis on variable spending strategies.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the origins of the 4% rule

2. Explain how various assumptions impact the 4% rule

3. Consider whether 4% rule is appropriate for today’s retirees


*CE/CPE Eligible: 1 CE credit is available to subscribers with these designations: CFP, CLU, ChFC and RICP. CPA subscribers will earn 1 CPE credits.

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this session.

Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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