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How to Calculate Your Financial Independence Ratio

How to Calculate Your Financial Independence Ratio 1

How close are you to financial independence? What if I tell you that you can calculate this number down to a reasonably precise percentage. Regardless of where you stand financially, knowing where you are is a great way to help you move closer toward your goal of financial independence. Like measuring distance or time, knowing … Read moreHow to Calculate Your Financial Independence Ratio

The 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate Retirement Drawdown Rule

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The 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR) was first introduced by William Bengen in 1994 and later supported by the Trinity Study in 1998. The rule basically states that when you hit retirement age, you can withdraw 4% of your total retirement savings initially. Each year, you increase the amount by the inflation rate. Assuming you … Read moreThe 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate Retirement Drawdown Rule

Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

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When you stop working and have to start withdrawing money from your retirement accounts, you have to decide the best way to withdraw money from different accounts. Do you take money out of your tax-free accounts like Roth IRA and Roth 401(k) first? Or do you withdraw from your tax-deferred accounts like Traditional IRA and … Read moreTax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

The 80 Percent Rule for Retirement Explained and Improved

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In How Much Money Do You Need to Retire, I mentioned using the 80% rule to calculate retirement needs. You may have heard this rule before; here is a variation of it: You need 80% of your pre-retirement income during your retirement. Where Did the 80% Number Come From? The theory behind the 80% number is that … Read moreThe 80 Percent Rule for Retirement Explained and Improved

The Average Retirement Savings by Age

The Average Retirement Savings by Age 24

Are you saving enough for your retirement? How are you comparing to other Americans? In this article, we will be looking at average retirement savings by age group in the United States. This article is using the information found in the Economic Policy Institute’s The State of American Retirement article, which based their information on … Read moreThe Average Retirement Savings by Age

Emergency Fund: Your Safety Net Against Financial Emergencies

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You know you need to have some money set aside for life’s emergencies, but how much is the right amount? Should you have a separate fund for your car, for unemployment, and for medical problems? At the end of the day having some sort of emergency fund, specific or not, is better than having none at … Read moreEmergency Fund: Your Safety Net Against Financial Emergencies