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Christine Benz: Hi, I'm Christine Benz for Morningstar.com. I'm a big believer in structuring your retirement portfolio by your anticipated spending horizon, which is sometimes called a Bucket strategy. The starting point is figuring out how much you will need to withdraw from your portfolio each year to cover your spending needs. You then need to make sure that your planned withdrawal amount will be sustainable throughout your retirement. Once you know how much you will be withdrawing each year, you can then organize your portfolio by holding assets in investments where you are likely to have a positive return over that spending horizon.
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