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rayanmiller6303
rayanmiller6303
1 month ago

Here is how I read the question and why I say Yes.

My wife and I will have at least 6K/month in SS and almost certainly have the house paid off, so chance of being on the streets is close to 0.

So if we live well at the youngest point in our retirement where and when we are also statistically the most healthy vs. limit ourselves to some 4% and then things go off the tracks while we are in 80’s (of course if we make it that far) I think that is a reasonable risk to take.

Jackie
Jackie
8 months ago

Only if you are planning suicide.

Ginger Williams
Ginger Williams
8 months ago

It’s a risky strategy. I plan to have my normal expenses covered by pension and social security, with some investments that will cover inflation and assisted living if needed. I have no particular need or desire to leave a legacy to relatives or charity, but I hope my heirs receive a small legacy, because that means I didn’t run out of money.

Purple Rain
Purple Rain
10 months ago

Not for me. I want to leave as much as I can to charity. I plan to retire on dividends, interest and SS and never touch the principal.

Mike Zaccardi
Mike Zaccardi
11 months ago

Of course not, but …
Let’s say you annuitized your savings. You can manage how much you leave to heirs or charity while helping to ensure you don’t outlive your money.

It’s a balance. Individuals should be considerate of longevity risk but also enjoy what they’ve worked so long to earn. The curve of retirement spending often features a dip in mid-retirement (i.e. 70s) when people get to be too old to travel but are still in decent health to where there are fewer major health expenses. 80yo and beyond has more healthcare costs, so that should be planned for.

Many people want to leave a legacy though. Bequeathing assets to children, grandchildren, and charity are common. A good financial advisor can help plan that.

OldITGuy
OldITGuy
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike Zaccardi

Well said.

Philip Stein
Philip Stein
1 year ago

Probably not a good strategy. The danger is that you may live longer than you anticipate and find yourself in dire financial straits. Isn’t the purpose of retirement planning to avoid financial struggle in retirement?

SCao
SCao
1 year ago

Nope.

Rick Connor
Rick Connor
1 year ago

Not for me. I want my wife and I to have a safe and comfortable retirement, but would also like to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren.

Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rodriguez
1 year ago

I, for one, have always wanted to leave a financial legacy. It’s one of my motivations for building wealth.

Sonja Haggert
Sonja Haggert
1 year ago

That assumes you know when it’s going to happen.

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