Faculty Publications

Title

The Perks Of Being A Flexible Spender In Retirement

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-8-2016

Abstract

William Bengen’s 1994 article introduced the concept of the 4% rule for retirement withdrawals. He defined the sustainable spending rate as the percentage of retirement date assets which can be withdrawn, with this amount adjusted for inflation in subsequent years, such that the retirement portfolio is not depleted for at least thirty years.