Golden Butterfly Portfolio: 50-year retirement

Last Update: 30 April 2024

Do you have in mind a 50 years retirement, investing in the Golden Butterfly Portfolio?

Worst case scenario so far, over a 50-year time horizon, you could have withdrawn 2.897% of your initial capital each year, kept withdrawing all the time (adjusting for inflation), and you wouldn't have run out of money before 50 years.

With a 4% withdrawal strategy, you would have lived on your investiment for 50 years in the 66.8% of cases. In the 54.07% of cases, you would have preserved your initial inflation adjusted capital.

According to the historical returns and stats of the portfolio, which has been a sustainable withdrawal rate to live off your investiment?

The last 50 years of the Golden Butterfly Portfolio

Over the last 50 years (last update: April 2024), the portfolio has returned 9.43% annualized, with a maximum drawdown of -17.95%.

A safe withdrawal rate would have been 5.911%.

The Withdrawal Rates calculated here are annualized and refer to the initial capital (not the current!). The first month withdrawal is 1/12 of that annualized withdrawal and it's adjusted for inflation for each subsequent month.

A Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (PWR) protected the original inflation adjusted capital.

A Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR) didn't protect the original capital, but the portfolio didn't run out of money during retirement. The portfolio went to zero exaclty at the end of the retirement period.

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Timeframes ending at Apr 2024
Withdrawal Rate (%)
Investment Performances
Timeframe Period from Period to Perpetual Safe Ann.Return(%)
[ Infl.Adj. ]
Max
Drawdown(%)
50 Years 1 May 1974
30 Apr 2024 5.485 5.911 9.43
[ 5.40 ]
-17.95
Jan 2022 - Sep 2022
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of Golden Butterfly Portfolio | Preserved capital and withdrawals are considered adjusted for inflation | Withdrawals happen monthly | Performances are calculated in USD dollars, considering reinvestment of dividends when applicable | Portfolio is rebalanced each month | Inflation is updated at April 2024

For a complete view of the portfolio and all the possible strategies, please refer to Golden Butterfly Portfolio page.

Withdrawal Rates Simulation (updated at Apr 2024)

How much would it be an acceptable withdrawal rate, for the Golden Butterfly Portfolio?

Analyzing the available data source, all the 50-years timeframes have been considered to calculate the withdrawal rates and their success percentage.

Legend:
SWR 100% Success
PWR 100% Capital Protection
Period: Jan 1871 - Apr 2024
Period: May 1924 - Apr 2024
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WR (%) - Withdrawal Rate, on % Preserved Capital (Infl.Adj)
100%
Preserved
75%
Preserved
50%
Preserved
25%
Preserved
0%
Preserved
Success 100%
Worst Period (From)
2.158
Jul 1901
2.343
Jul 1901
2.527
Jul 1901
2.712
Jul 1901
2.897
Jul 1901
95%
2.531
2.713
2.877
3.038
3.211
90%
2.730
2.894
3.049
3.205
3.358
80%
3.009
3.153
3.294
3.439
3.583
50%
Median WR
4.156
4.314
4.475
4.616
4.752
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
7.175
Jun 1920
7.349
Jun 1920
7.522
Jun 1920
7.695
Jun 1920
7.869
Jun 1920
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WR (%) - Withdrawal Rate, on % Preserved Capital (Infl.Adj)
100%
Preserved
75%
Preserved
50%
Preserved
25%
Preserved
0%
Preserved
Success 100%
Worst Period (From)
2.847
Feb 1937
2.956
Feb 1937
3.066
Feb 1937
3.176
Feb 1937
3.286
Feb 1937
95%
3.294
3.399
3.523
3.629
3.747
90%
3.476
3.592
3.709
3.831
3.947
80%
3.780
3.937
4.064
4.179
4.299
50%
Median WR
4.564
4.662
4.765
4.871
4.973
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
6.761
Jun 1932
6.946
Jun 1932
7.130
Jun 1932
7.323
Jul 1932
7.517
Jul 1932
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of Golden Butterfly Portfolio | Preserved capital and withdrawals are considered adjusted for inflation | Withdrawals happen monthly | Performances are calculated in USD dollars, considering reinvestment of dividends when applicable | Portfolio is rebalanced each month | Inflation is updated at April 2024

Withdrawals and Success Rate

If you had implemented a specific Withdrawal Strategy with the Golden Butterfly Portfolio, over 50 years, which would have been the success rate so far?

Simulations follow the same rules mentioned before. Withdrawals are expressed as yearly rates and refer to the initial capital. After that, withdrawal amount is monthly adjusted for inflation.

Success rates are calculated over all 50-year timeframes available in the data source. To focus on a specific withdrawal rate, click on the links in the table.

Period: Jan 1871 - Apr 2024
Period: May 1924 - Apr 2024
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 50 Years
% Fail
% Success over 50 Years - on % Preserved Capital (Infl.Adj)
At least 0%
Capital Preserved
Percentile No Capital
Preserved
25%
Preserved
50%
Preserved
75%
Preserved
100%
Preserved
2.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
2.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
2.897%
0.00
100.00
100.00
99.19
96.13
3.00 %
99.52
95% Succ.
3.211%
0.48
95.65
92.26
85.33
80.18
3.50 %
84.45
80% Succ.
3.583%
15.55
77.84
73.89
69.54
64.87
4.00 %
66.80
33.20
63.17
60.44
57.37
54.07
4.50 %
56.33
50% Succ.
4.752%
43.67
53.91
49.07
44.80
40.61
5.00 %
37.87
62.13
31.91
28.77
25.30
22.08
5.50 %
21.35
78.65
19.18
16.52
13.30
9.75
6.00 %
12.49
87.51
9.83
7.33
4.75
3.06
6.50 %
5.88
94.12
3.87
2.10
1.85
1.53
7.00 %
1.77
98.23
1.45
0.89
0.56
0.24
7.50 %
0.73
99.27
0.24
0.16
0.00
0.00
8.00 %
0.00
100.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 50 Years
% Fail
% Success over 50 Years - on % Preserved Capital (Infl.Adj)
At least 0%
Capital Preserved
Percentile No Capital
Preserved
25%
Preserved
50%
Preserved
75%
Preserved
100%
Preserved
2.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
2.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
3.00 %
100.00
100% Succ.
3.286%
0.00
100.00
100.00
99.17
98.67
3.50 %
98.50
95% Succ.
3.747%
1.50
97.17
95.01
92.51
88.69
4.00 %
88.35
80% Succ.
4.299%
11.65
85.52
81.70
77.54
75.54
4.50 %
74.88
50% Succ.
4.973%
25.12
72.71
68.39
63.73
56.24
5.00 %
47.42
52.58
38.44
32.61
26.79
21.80
5.50 %
17.97
82.03
14.81
10.98
7.65
5.66
6.00 %
5.32
94.68
3.49
2.50
1.66
1.66
6.50 %
1.00
99.00
0.83
0.50
0.50
0.33
7.00 %
0.33
99.67
0.33
0.33
0.00
0.00
7.50 %
0.33
99.67
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
8.00 %
0.00
100.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of Golden Butterfly Portfolio | Preserved capital and withdrawals are considered adjusted for inflation | Withdrawals happen monthly | Performances are calculated in USD dollars, considering reinvestment of dividends when applicable | Portfolio is rebalanced each month | Inflation is updated at April 2024

Related Pages

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For the Golden Butterfly Portfolio, we have prepared a report for each available timeframe:
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if you want to learn more about the statistics of a specific withdrawal rate, we suggest these in particular:
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