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

Last Update: 31 January 2024

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

Worst case scenario so far, over a 40-year time horizon, you could have withdrawn 3.615% of your initial capital each year, kept withdrawing all the time (adjusting for inflation), and you wouldn't have run out of money before 40 years.

With a 4% withdrawal strategy, you would have lived on your investiment for 40 years in the 92.64% of cases. In the 64.14% 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 40 years of the US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio

Over the last 40 years (last update: January 2024), the portfolio has returned 9.23% annualized, with a maximum drawdown of -32.38%.

A safe withdrawal rate would have been 8.132%.

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 Jan 2024
Withdrawal Rate (%)
Investment Performances
Timeframe Period from Period to Perpetual Safe Ann.Return(%)
[ Infl.Adj. ]
Max
Drawdown(%)
40 Years 1 Feb 1984
31 Jan 2024 7.412 8.132 9.23
[ 6.25 ]
-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 January 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 Jan 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 40-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 - Jan 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)
2.786
Jul 1901
2.994
Jul 1901
3.201
Jul 1901
3.408
Jul 1901
3.615
Jul 1901
95%
3.145
3.349
3.548
3.743
3.927
90%
3.308
3.496
3.689
3.892
4.091
80%
3.602
3.807
4.010
4.199
4.399
50%
Median WR
4.375
4.619
4.826
5.045
5.279
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
9.643
Aug 1982
9.814
Aug 1982
9.985
Aug 1982
10.156
Aug 1982
10.328
Aug 1982
Period: Feb 1924 - Jan 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)
2.882
Dec 1968
3.088
Dec 1968
3.295
Dec 1968
3.501
Dec 1968
3.707
Dec 1968
95%
3.279
3.443
3.613
3.784
3.940
90%
3.442
3.616
3.822
3.988
4.172
80%
3.693
3.887
4.099
4.297
4.512
50%
Median WR
4.602
4.802
5.033
5.266
5.511
Only 1 case
Best Period (From)
9.643
Aug 1982
9.814
Aug 1982
9.985
Aug 1982
10.156
Aug 1982
10.328
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 January 2024

Withdrawals and Success Rate

If you had implemented a specific Withdrawal Strategy with the US Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio, over 40 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 40-year timeframes available in the data source. To focus on a specific withdrawal rate, click on the links in the table.

Period: Jan 1871 - Jan 2024
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 40 Years
% Fail
% Success over 40 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
99.93
98.67
3.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
3.615%
0.00
99.85
96.69
89.91
84.54
4.00 %
92.64
90% Succ.
4.091%
7.36
86.97
80.34
73.27
64.14
4.50 %
77.03
22.97
69.44
60.82
52.50
46.47
5.00 %
57.88
50% Succ.
5.279%
42.12
51.18
45.95
41.16
36.01
5.50 %
45.51
54.49
41.53
37.19
33.43
29.38
6.00 %
38.66
61.34
33.06
28.06
25.26
22.97
6.50 %
27.91
72.09
23.86
21.80
20.40
18.56
7.00 %
20.91
79.09
18.70
17.16
15.46
13.40
7.50 %
15.17
84.83
13.55
11.71
9.65
8.17
8.00 %
10.01
89.99
8.39
6.26
4.93
3.83
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
Period: Feb 1924 - Jan 2024
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Withdrawal
Rate
% Success over 40 Years
% Fail
% Success over 40 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
100% Succ.
3.707%
0.00
100.00
98.61
93.48
88.63
4.00 %
93.76
90% Succ.
4.172%
6.24
89.74
83.36
76.70
70.32
4.50 %
80.03
80% Succ.
4.512%
19.97
73.51
65.19
57.84
52.01
5.00 %
62.00
38.00
55.89
50.90
45.49
41.05
5.50 %
50.07
50% Succ.
5.511%
49.93
44.66
40.64
37.86
31.90
6.00 %
39.94
60.06
35.23
29.13
24.83
21.36
6.50 %
27.18
72.82
22.19
19.56
17.06
14.15
7.00 %
17.61
82.39
14.15
12.34
11.37
9.02
7.50 %
10.82
89.18
8.74
7.63
5.41
4.44
8.00 %
5.27
94.73
4.44
3.47
3.05
2.64
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 January 2024

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