You’ve built a retirement nest egg by saving consistently and investing carefully. An asset allocation that allowed growth but gradually reduced risk as you got closer to retirement was probably part of the plan. But once you’re in retirement, your focus shifts a bit. The value of having accounts with differing tax statuses becomes apparent when you set out to create an income stream and start withdrawing money. The return profile of the asset and how it is taxed can make a great deal of difference to both the overall return of the portfolio over time, and the amount of taxable income generated each year.