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Is the 4% Rule obsolete?


Over the half decade I’ve written this column and attempted to practice what it preaches, a central pillar has been the so-called 4% Rule. As originally postulated by Certified Financial Planner and author William Bengen, that’s the rule of thumb that retirees can safely withdraw 4% of the value of their portfolio each year without fear of running out of money in retirement. (That’s the gist, although you have to make adjustments for inflation.)
Problem is, with “lower for longer” interest rates and the spectre of negative interest rates, is it still realistic for retirees to count on this guideline? Personally, I find it useful, even though I mentally take it down to 3% to adjust for my own pessimism about rates and optimism that I will live a long, healthy life. I polled several sources to see if they still believe in the 4% Rule, or whether a 3% or even 2% rule might be more appropriate now.
“I think the 4% Rule is a reasonable rule of thumb,” says financial planner Aaron Hector, vice-president of Calgary-based Doherty & Bryant Financial Consultants…

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Q. I am 37 with a military disability income that will pay monthly until I die. Could you give your advice on which savings plans I should be investing in, and the order in which I should make my investments?
To date, I contribute to my and my spouse’s registered disability savings plan (RDSP), then our TFSAs. When I max out these savings plans, should I contribute to a RRSP, or should I use an unregistered trading account?
A. Structuring your cash flow so that you have more money coming in than going out is an important first step in the retirement planning process. But once you have that extra cash flow, deciding the best ways to allocate it is not always simple.
I would generally prioritize paying off high interest-rate debt like credit cards before saving, but I will assume that is not a consideration for you and your wife, Jason. 
It sounds as though you both qualify for the disability tax credit (DTC), which is a requirement to open a registered disability savings plan (RDSP)…

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