Mutual fund withdrawals


Q. I am 72. My wife is 62. I get $1,700 a month in pension and $1,700 a month in Social Security. My wife gets $5,800 in pension.

We put $70,000 in a mutual fund three years ago. It is now $80,000. I would like to take out $20,000 a year. I have health problems. Good idea or not?

A. You have the “idea” of spending money that you’ve saved and invested in mutual funds, and you want to know if your idea is a good one? That’s like asking if your idea to eat the leftover birthday cake is a good one. It’s an idea. I can’t possibly determine, based on the information you’ve provided, whether it’s good or bad.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to and view his blog at

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