US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio: 20-year retirement

Last Update: 30 April 2024

Do you have in mind a 20 years retirement, investing in the US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio?

Worst case scenario so far, over a 20-year time horizon, you could have withdrawn 4.748% of your initial capital each year, kept withdrawing all the time (adjusting for inflation), and you wouldn't have run out of money before 20 years.

With a 4% withdrawal strategy, you would have lived on your investiment for 20 years in the 100% of cases. In the 64.58% 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 20 years of the US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio

Over the last 20 years (last update: April 2024), the portfolio has returned 7.38% annualized, with a maximum drawdown of -32.38%.

A safe withdrawal rate would have been 7.41%.

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(%)
20 Years 1 May 2004
30 Apr 2024 4.437 7.410 7.38
[ 4.67 ]
-32.38
Nov 2007 - Feb 2009
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 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 US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio page.

Withdrawal Rates Simulation (updated at Apr 2024)

How much would it be an acceptable withdrawal rate, for the US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio?

Analyzing the available data source, all the 20-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
Period: May 1974 - 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)
0.000
Jan 1901
0.771
Jul 1901
2.282
Jul 1901
3.792
Jul 1901
4.748
Dec 1968
95%
1.548
2.561
3.566
4.447
5.276
90%
2.068
2.977
3.881
4.762
5.561
80%
3.015
3.746
4.485
5.280
6.057
50%
Median WR
4.915
5.641
6.400
7.112
7.895
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
11.140
Jul 1982
11.717
Jul 1982
12.300
Aug 1982
12.911
Aug 1982
13.522
Aug 1982
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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)
0.646
Apr 1962
1.969
Apr 1962
3.246
Aug 1964
4.052
Dec 1968
4.748
Dec 1968
95%
1.881
2.805
3.671
4.504
5.224
90%
2.239
3.186
4.059
4.869
5.585
80%
3.091
3.846
4.594
5.437
6.233
50%
Median WR
5.076
5.761
6.457
7.115
7.895
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
11.140
Jul 1982
11.717
Jul 1982
12.300
Aug 1982
12.911
Aug 1982
13.522
Aug 1982
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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)
2.567
Apr 2000
3.334
Apr 2000
4.102
Apr 2000
4.869
Apr 2000
5.637
Apr 2000
95%
3.292
3.963
4.658
5.360
6.085
90%
3.983
4.700
5.331
5.922
6.543
80%
4.668
5.389
6.124
6.865
7.476
50%
Median WR
6.001
6.690
7.451
8.148
8.864
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
11.140
Jul 1982
11.717
Jul 1982
12.300
Aug 1982
12.911
Aug 1982
13.522
Aug 1982
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 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 US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio, over 20 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 20-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
Period: May 1974 - Apr 2024
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 20 Years
% Fail
% Success over 20 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
98.63
90.69
2.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
99.88
95.69
84.38
3.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
99.38
89.76
80.32
3.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
95.50
82.82
71.46
4.00 %
100.00
0.00
99.88
88.38
76.08
64.58
4.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
4.748%
0.00
94.13
79.58
67.83
56.40
5.00 %
99.06
95% Succ.
5.276%
0.94
85.70
71.39
60.27
49.09
5.50 %
91.38
90% Succ.
5.561%
8.62
75.39
64.65
52.15
43.35
6.00 %
80.76
80% Succ.
6.057%
19.24
68.33
56.53
45.35
34.92
6.50 %
73.52
26.48
61.65
47.85
38.04
27.92
7.00 %
66.65
33.35
52.90
40.91
30.61
20.80
7.50 %
59.28
50% Succ.
7.895%
40.72
43.41
33.42
23.80
15.30
8.00 %
47.66
52.34
37.10
26.30
16.61
11.18
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 20 Years
% Fail
% Success over 20 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
99.79
93.76
2.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
97.50
87.10
3.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
92.72
82.41
3.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
96.67
85.54
71.28
4.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
91.05
77.94
65.35
4.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
4.748%
0.00
95.01
82.00
69.61
57.02
5.00 %
98.65
95% Succ.
5.224%
1.35
87.30
74.61
60.15
50.88
5.50 %
91.68
90% Succ.
5.585%
8.32
79.19
65.66
52.97
44.95
6.00 %
83.98
80% Succ.
6.233%
16.02
70.45
55.67
47.03
34.34
6.50 %
75.65
24.35
61.39
49.22
38.29
26.95
7.00 %
67.43
32.57
52.65
41.73
29.86
17.79
7.50 %
58.06
50% Succ.
7.895%
41.94
44.12
32.88
21.96
12.07
8.00 %
47.76
52.24
37.46
25.29
13.53
8.12
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 20 Years
% Fail
% Success over 20 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
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
99.72
3.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
99.72
92.52
4.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
94.46
89.47
4.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
98.06
90.58
81.44
5.00 %
100.00
0.00
99.72
92.24
84.76
75.90
5.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
5.637%
0.00
93.63
87.53
78.39
68.14
6.00 %
96.12
95% Succ.
6.085%
3.88
89.20
80.89
71.47
50.14
6.50 %
90.58
90% Succ.
6.543%
9.42
82.83
74.24
58.73
36.57
7.00 %
85.60
80% Succ.
7.476%
14.40
77.29
64.54
41.83
28.53
7.50 %
79.78
20.22
67.04
47.65
30.75
23.82
8.00 %
70.36
29.64
56.51
33.52
24.93
17.45
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 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

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For the US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 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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