Drawdown Percentage

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Drawdown Percentage '

The portion of a retirement account that a retiree withdraws each year. If the drawdown percentage is too high, the retiree will outlive her savings and struggle financially at the end of her life. If the drawdown percentage is too low, the retiree will die with money left over. Many people wish to spend most or all of the money they’ve worked so hard to earn and invest during their lifetimes. Others want to make sure they leave an inheritance for their spouse, children or charities they support.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Drawdown Percentage '

A common suggestion for the ideal drawdown percentage is 4% of principal annually, adjusted for inflation. This 4% rule is supposed to maximize one’s chances of having enough money to last through to the end of one's life. A drawdown percentage of 4% is based on historical investment performance of a portfolio made up of 50% bonds and 50% stocks, and historical inflation rates. It is expected to ensure that the retiree’s nest egg lasts a minimum of 33 years and a maximum of 50-plus years.

Critics of the 4% drawdown percentage say many people won’t experience 33 years of retirement because they will work beyond age 65 and/or because of poor health, and point out that overall market performance has changed since the rule’s development in 1994. Usually, the best way to calculate the drawdown percentage for your own nest egg is to consult an independent financial planner.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Elder Care

    Elder care, sometimes called elderly care, refers to services ...
  2. Variable Annuitization

    An annuity option in which the amount of income payments received ...
  3. Gold IRA

    Definition of Gold IRA
  4. Pension Risk Transfer

    When a defined benefit pension provider offloads some or all ...
  5. Death Master File (DMF)

    Also known as Social Security Death Index. A list of people whose ...
  6. To Fund

    A type of target-date retirement fund whose asset allocation ...
Related Articles
  1. When Your Job Offers An Awful Retirement ...
    Retirement

    When Your Job Offers An Awful Retirement ...

  2. Top 5 Strategies To Pay For Elder Care
    Retirement

    Top 5 Strategies To Pay For Elder Care

  3. 10 Common Retirement Planning Mistakes ...
    Retirement

    10 Common Retirement Planning Mistakes ...

  4. Retire Abroad: Cosmopolitan Cities
    Retirement

    Retire Abroad: Cosmopolitan Cities

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Days Sales Of Inventory - DSI

    A financial measure of a company's performance that gives investors an idea of how long it takes a company to turn its inventory ...
  2. Accounts Payable - AP

    An accounting entry that represents an entity's obligation to pay off a short-term debt to its creditors. The accounts payable ...
  3. Ratio Analysis

    Quantitative analysis of information contained in a company’s financial statements. Ratio analysis is based on line items ...
  4. Days Payable Outstanding - DPO

    A company's average payable period. Calculated as: ending accounts payable / (cost of sales/number of days).
  5. Net Sales

    The amount of sales generated by a company after the deduction of returns, allowances for damaged or missing goods and any ...
  6. Over The Counter

    A security traded in some context other than on a formal exchange such as the NYSE, TSX, AMEX, etc. The phrase "over-the-counter" ...
Trading Center