When it comes to withdrawing money from your retirement funds, one of the most important things to consider is how much money you should be withdrawing each year. Many experts recommend that you use a formula known as the 4% safe withdrawal rule, which is based on your ending account balance and how many years you have until retirement. However, this may not be the best solution for you. Ultimately, the amount of money that you withdraw from your retirement funds will depend on a number of different factors, including whether you have any other sources of income, whether you plan to leave extra money in your account just in case, and how much risk you are willing to take with your investments.


When calculating how much money to withdraw from your retirement funds, there are a few different things that you will want to keep in mind. A general guideline is the 4% safe withdrawal rule. This rule states that you can withdraw up to 4% of your account balance each year, provided that you have 25 times the amount of money in your retirement fund as you expect to withdraw annually. For example, if you plan to withdraw $30,000 per year from your retirement account, you should have at least $750,000 in your account. While this formula is a good starting point, it is important to make sure that you have enough money in your account to last throughout retirement.


In addition to the 4% safe withdrawal rule, it is also important to consider other factors that might affect how much money you withdraw from your retirement funds. For example, if you have another source of income that will provide a steady stream of income during retirement, you may be able to withdraw less money from your retirement fund. You may also want to leave extra money in your account just in case, so that you can be prepared for unexpected expenses or market downturns. Additionally, if you are willing to take on a higher level of risk with your investments, you may be able to earn a higher rate of return, which will allow you to withdraw more money each year.


Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to withdrawing money from your retirement funds. Whether you use the 4% safe withdrawal rule or another method, you should take into account all of the different factors that will affect how much money you can withdraw from your retirement fund each year. We always recommend consulting with a financial advisor before making big decisions about your finances. Our advisors would be happy to meet with you to discuss your retirement plans. Call for a free, no obligation consultation.


Any opinions are those of Munn Gray & Associates, Inc. and not necessarily those of Raymond James.  Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. Any information provided in this blog is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making a financial decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Examples provided are for illustrative purposed, only.

Please note that Withdrawal of pre-tax contributions and/or earnings will be subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken prior to age 59 ½, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. Please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation.