US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 Portfolio: 40-year retirement

Last Update: 30 April 2023

Do you have in mind a 40 years retirement, investing in the US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 Portfolio?

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

Key Points

Worst case scenario so far, over a 40-year time horizon, you could have withdrawn 3.692% of your initial capital each year, kept withdrawing all the time (adjusting for inflation), and you wouldn't have run out of money before 40 years.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 94.81% of cases. In the 74.5% of cases, you would have preserved your initial inflation adjusted capital.

The last 40 years of the US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 Portfolio

Over the last 40 years (last update: April 2023), the portfolio has returned 9.43% annualized, with a maximum drawdown of -37.47%.

A safe withdrawal rate would have been 7.843%.

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 2023
Withdrawal Rate (%)
Investment Performances
Timeframe Period from Period to Perpetual Safe Ann.Return(%)
[ Infl.Adj. ]
Max
Drawdown(%)
40 Years 1 May 1983
30 Apr 2023 7.186 7.843 9.43
[ 6.39 ]
-37.47
Nov 2007 - Feb 2009
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 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 2023

For a complete view of the portfolio and all the possible strategies, please refer to US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 Portfolio page.

Withdrawal Rates Simulation (updated at Apr 2023)

How much would it be an acceptable withdrawal rate, for the US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 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 - Apr 2023
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PWR (%) - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate
SWR (%) - Safe Withdrawal Rate
Preserved Capital 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Success Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 80% 50%
Minimum
Worst Period (from)
2.871
Jul 1901
3.077
Jul 1901
3.282
Jul 1901
3.487
Jul 1901
3.692
Dec 1968
3.993
95% Succ.
4.164
90% Succ.
4.510
80% Succ.
5.610
50% Succ.
Median 4.766
4.997
5.210
5.415
5.610
Average 5.264
5.452
5.640
5.829
6.017
Maximum
Best Period (from)
11.215
Jul 1932
11.360
Jul 1932
11.505
Jul 1932
11.651
Jul 1932
11.796
Jul 1932
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Key
Withdrawal
Rates (%)
Success Rate
100% 95% 90% 80% 50%
Preserved Capital 100% 2.871
3.288
3.449
3.819
4.766
75% 3.077
3.450
3.625
3.981
4.997
50% 3.282
3.648
3.807
4.156
5.210
25% 3.487
3.814
3.980
4.336
5.415
0% 3.692
3.993
4.164
4.510
5.610
Period: May 1923 - Apr 2023
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PWR (%) - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate
SWR (%) - Safe Withdrawal Rate
Preserved Capital 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Success Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 80% 50%
Minimum
Worst Period (from)
2.888
Dec 1968
3.089
Dec 1968
3.290
Dec 1968
3.491
Dec 1968
3.692
Dec 1968
4.000
95% Succ.
4.238
90% Succ.
4.589
80% Succ.
5.907
50% Succ.
Median 5.160
5.328
5.549
5.745
5.907
Average 5.410
5.582
5.754
5.926
6.098
Maximum
Best Period (from)
11.215
Jul 1932
11.360
Jul 1932
11.505
Jul 1932
11.651
Jul 1932
11.796
Jul 1932
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Key
Withdrawal
Rates (%)
Success Rate
100% 95% 90% 80% 50%
Preserved Capital 100% 2.888
3.410
3.578
3.920
5.160
75% 3.089
3.570
3.746
4.094
5.328
50% 3.290
3.716
3.921
4.253
5.549
25% 3.491
3.853
4.085
4.410
5.745
0% 3.692
4.000
4.238
4.589
5.907
Simulations are calculated with actual returns of US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 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 2023

Withdrawals and Success Rate

If you had implemented a specific Withdrawal Strategy with the US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 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 - Apr 2023
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Withdrawal
Rate
40 Years
% Fail
% Success over 40 Years - on % Preserved Capital
% Success Percentile No Capital
Preserved
0%
Preserved
25%
Preserved
50%
Preserved
75%
Preserved
100%
Preserved
2.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
2.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
3.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
99.63
3.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
3.692%
0.00
100.00
99.85
98.44
93.92
88.21
4.00 %
94.81
90% Succ.
4.164%
5.19
94.81
89.62
84.80
79.32
74.50
4.50 %
80.28
80% Succ.
4.510%
19.72
80.28
75.83
71.24
64.94
58.41
5.00 %
67.01
32.99
67.01
61.68
54.34
49.89
44.85
5.50 %
52.26
50% Succ.
5.610%
47.74
52.26
47.66
43.74
40.25
36.40
6.00 %
43.88
56.12
43.88
40.77
36.25
32.39
31.06
6.50 %
36.03
63.97
36.03
32.39
29.73
26.98
24.39
7.00 %
27.72
72.28
27.72
25.06
22.54
20.09
18.75
7.50 %
20.68
79.32
20.68
18.61
16.46
14.38
12.16
8.00 %
14.23
85.77
14.23
12.23
9.56
7.78
5.93
Legend: Min% of Protected Capital
Min 0%
Min 25%
Min 50%
Min 75%
Min 100%
Period: May 1923 - Apr 2023
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Withdrawal
Rate
40 Years
% Fail
% Success over 40 Years - on % Preserved Capital
% Success Percentile No Capital
Preserved
0%
Preserved
25%
Preserved
50%
Preserved
75%
Preserved
100%
Preserved
2.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
2.50 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
3.00 %
100.00
0.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
99.86
3.50 %
100.00
100% Succ.
3.692%
0.00
100.00
99.86
99.17
96.26
92.23
4.00 %
94.87
90% Succ.
4.238%
5.13
94.87
91.68
87.38
81.83
78.22
4.50 %
81.97
80% Succ.
4.589%
18.03
81.97
78.50
75.73
70.74
65.19
5.00 %
70.60
29.40
70.60
66.30
60.33
57.42
52.98
5.50 %
58.39
50% Succ.
5.907%
41.61
58.39
54.92
50.49
47.71
44.11
6.00 %
49.51
50.49
49.51
46.88
42.86
38.00
35.92
6.50 %
40.36
59.64
40.36
36.89
33.43
29.13
25.24
7.00 %
30.24
69.76
30.24
25.80
22.05
17.89
16.23
7.50 %
18.72
81.28
18.72
16.37
14.29
11.93
9.71
8.00 %
11.65
88.35
11.65
9.29
6.80
5.69
4.16
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 70/30 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 2023

Related Pages

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For the US Stocks/Bonds 70/30 Portfolio, we have prepared a report for each available timeframe:
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