Please note that in this time period, it took about 4 to 5 years to recover from the last peak (2000-2004 and 2008-2012), during which time dividends were still being pumped out. If you could have lived off 2.4% dividends (on average--I have not looked at the actual periods), you would come out 5 years later intact.
DIA declines were about 8 years apart during that period. Projecting, there would be 3 or 4 more in the next 30 years. Plan accordingly.
I consider the DIA a lousy index, by the way.
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I am retired.
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