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Is it realistic that an individual could earn enough interest to retire in 10 years? What about 20 years? If the money were invested relatively aggressively with a higher tolerance for risk. What other ways could an investor expect to earn a significant return in 10 years?

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    Well, a safeish withdrawal rate is 4%. That gives $22,000 per year in spendable money. Can you live on that? If not, you will need a larger amount. To get a rough idea, figure out how much you need and then multiply that by 25 to give you the size of the investments you need. – zeta-band Jun 26 '18 at 19:53
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    "can I expect to live off the proceeds of the fund one day?" Sure, you can probably even get a few days out of it :-D – Kevin Jun 26 '18 at 20:18
  • Related, but not duplicate: money.stackexchange.com/a/86017/44232 The key is that the more you leave it alone for now [and support yourself through other means, like regular employment], the more your trust has a chance to grow. – Grade 'Eh' Bacon Jun 26 '18 at 20:44
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    This would depend on lifestyle, i.e. the amount of money you would need to spend every year after 10 / 20 years. It would also depend on your risk ability; whether the 550K is parked in savings accounts or in stocks or elsewhere – Dheer Jun 27 '18 at 4:18
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    @FlySpaceAge I highly suggest you revert your changes, or at least put the starting amount back in. Without knowing where you're starting at or how much you're contributing there's no way to answer the question. – D Stanley Oct 25 '18 at 14:39
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At an average 10% return, in 10 years the expected value of the fund will somewhere around $1.4 Million. In 20 years the expected value will be somewhere around $3.7 Million. From there, you could get to a safer return of 5%, which would give you an income of $185,000 per year. I would hope you could live off of that for the rest of your life.

Other than that, what do you want to do? Do you want to get a master's degree and improve your knowledge and income? Great! you have more than enough money to afford to get a degree, and with a higher income you could probably even contribute MORE to your "retirement" fund.

You can do whatever you want at this point. The only risk is that you do something foolish (like blow it on cars and boats, or use it ALL to start a new business that then fails), but you certainly have the ability to do whatever you want.

  • @FlySpaceAge Using the fund as collateral could go poorly if the business goes belly up. If this is your main retirement fund I would not advise using the fund as collateral against a loan. Of course, to get any kind of loan that size from a bank you would need to post something as collateral (like a paid-off home, etc.) – HK47 Jun 26 '18 at 21:08
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    "Would you suggest leveraging the fund to take out a loan? " Absolutely not. You're multiplying the risk by using it for leverage and spending money on interest unnecessarily. You should never need to borrow money again for the rest of your life. If you do, then you're getting in over your head. – D Stanley Jun 26 '18 at 21:14
  • Leveraging the money to take out a loan allows the bank to provide a lower interest rate. – FlySpaceAge Oct 25 '18 at 16:29
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    @FlySpaceAge taking a loan, even with your retirement money as collateral, will cost you money. The loan interest rate will not be lower than the expected returns adjusted for risk, so in the longer term it's costing you money, and in the short term it's gambling at best, with the odds against you. – GOATNine Oct 25 '18 at 16:34
  • @GOATNine The loan interest rate will be higher than the expected returns adjusted for risk? The answer states that an "average 10% return" could be expected. These statements seem contradictory. – FlySpaceAge Oct 25 '18 at 18:29

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