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Your financial plan should help you prepare for the unexpected

How much will the stock market gain or lose after you retire? Consider a financial plan that can help provide retirement income through bear markets, inflation, recessions and other challenges.

sequence of Returns risk in retirement

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Having to draw income from your investments during a market decline early in your retirement can damage your nest egg, as demonstrated by the orange line scenario. In contrast, the green line scenario experiences positive returns in its early years. The right financial plan can prepare for alternative income sources.

SOURCE: Edelman Financial Engines. This is a hypothetical illustration used to demonstrate the impacts of bull and bear markets on retirement assets either in the early years or later years of retirement, respectively, as withdrawals are taking place. Each scenario assumes a starting value of $1 million, annual withdrawals of $40,000, the same set of annual returns over a 30-year period, only in inverse order or "sequence." The orange line represents a sequence of returns that includes a bear market in its early years. The green line represents a sequence of returns that includes a bull market in its early years. Hypothetical performance of each line assumes a 6.7% average annual return over the full period. The chart is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to predict investment results. They do not include consideration of the investment fees or expenses, time value of money, inflation, fluctuations in principal, or taxes.

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