Knowing how much you are able to spend during your retirement years can be just as intimidating as figuring how much to save for retirement. If you spend too much, you will run out of money sooner. If you spend too little, you may not be fully enjoying your final years to their full potential. We’re here to help ease this worry and to give you an idea of how much will likely be an appropriate withdrawal rate.

Whether you have a 401(k) or a pension with Lockheed Martin, one thing is certain; you will be withdrawing regularly during retirement to meet living expenses and your financial goals. To come up with a rough estimate of a safe withdrawal amount, add up the values of all your investments right before you retire. Then multiply the total by 4% and this will be the annual amount you can distribute from your portfolio. This number can be adjusted annually for inflation. Example:

  1. Add all investments: $50,000 IRA + $25,000 brokerage account + $1,000,000 401(k) = $1,075,000 total
  2. Total investments divided by 4%: $1,075,000 X 0.04 = $43,000 annual withdrawal (year one)
  3. Adjust for inflation for next year: $43,000 X 1.03 = $44,290 annual withdrawal (year two)


This is a quick and easy method called the 4% rule and isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, but does provide a usual estimate. Each person’s financial needs, risk tolerance, and preferences are different and therefore an annual withdrawal of more or less than this rule may be more appropriate. To get a more accurate estimate of your retirement picture, book an appointment with our Lockheed Retirement Specialists!

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