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How much do I need to support myself for a long retirement?

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Estimating how large a nest egg you need to support you throughout a long retirement -- or, looking at the issue a bit differently and assessing how much you can safely withdraw from a nest egg of a given size -- is crucial to planning for a secure retirement. After all, if you underestimate how much savings you need or overestimate how much you can withdraw, you may run out of money while you've still got a lot of living to do.