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Old 09-22-2014, 01:11 PM   #21
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I don't get the OP's concern or question (if there is one). He has so much money to play with, and a budget that is mostly discretionary spending that it boggles my mind why he hasn't RE'd yet. A person with soon to be an $8M'aire posting whether he can retire or not is .... well, a bit strange.

To OP, are you serious or just letting the world know how rich you are? If you made it this far, you have already won. No need to spike the football.
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I don't get the OP's concern or question (if there is one). He has so much money to play with, and a budget that is mostly discretionary spending that it boggles my mind why he hasn't RE'd yet. A person with soon to be an $8M'aire posting whether he can retire or not is .... well, a bit strange.

To OP, are you serious or just letting the world know how rich you are? If you made it this far, you have already won. No need to spike the football.
I don't get it either. If that many millions and 3 luxury vacations a year are not enough for happiness, I don't see the fourth one as being the tipping point to a fulfilling retirement.
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I don't get it either. If that many millions and 3 luxury vacations a year are not enough for happiness, I don't see the fourth one as being the tipping point to a fulfilling retirement.
To each his own.

Personally, you could very easily spend $80k/year on just 4 luxury vacations. Ever check out those cruises on Regent or Silver Seas (6-star level, where all wine, excursions, tipping, booze, balcony, etc. is included)? $3k/week per person. Just one 2 week cruise for 2 people is $12k. Add in a little buying of gifts, maybe a piece of jewelry, maybe some more activities, add on a few days at the beginning or end with a few great meals on your own and staying in a nice hotel, and you're easily at $20k for just one 2 week trip.

And if the OP hasn't done much traveling with the wife so far, and has been waiting for retirement, you'd actually be hard-pressed to pick "just" 4 places to go each year, even if you traveled for a decade, whether on a cruise or luxury land tour (hey, we live in a big world with tons to see, do, and experience!)

And I don't see the political winds blowing to reduce the OP's taxes in the future. If anything, I'd expect taxes for OP to increase down the road.
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I get it, but I don't think it matters if we "get it". If he wants to spend a million/year to accomplish his goals in retirement, so be it. Why judge that? Everyone has their own number.

I think Texan is looking for reassurance about his WR relative to age, assets and spending. And I don't think he is trying to brag or show off his success. Not sure why that issue is even raised.
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I get it, but I don't think it matters if we "get it". If he wants to spend a million/year to accomplish his goals in retirement, so be it. Why judge that? Everyone has their own number.

I think Texan is looking for reassurance about his WR relative to age, assets and spending. And I don't think he is trying to brag or show off his success. Not sure why that issue is even raised.
You may think he is not trying to brag. Others are free to question his motivation. I.e., we are all "thinking" our thoughts here. I am not sure if there is any "issue" raised other than some people passing their opinions as you have done in your reply. But I am not judging you or the OP, just wondering and questioning about the post. After all, this is an unusual post as far as "can I retire on $xyz?" post goes. I may have seen a few others like this but this one seems to top them all.
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You may think he is not trying to brag. Others are free to question his motivation. I.e., we are all "thinking" our thoughts here. I am not sure if there is any "issue" raised other than some people passing their opinions as you have done in your reply. But I am not judging you or the OP, just wondering and questioning about the post. After all, this is an unusual post as far as "can I retire on $xyz?" post goes. I may have seen a few others like this but this one seems to top them all.
Understandable...but when the OP clearly states

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I've been monitoring these forums since late last year and have occasionally posted on BH's since 2009
It didn't really take much effort at all to identify the OP's likely handle on the Boglehead's forum, which seems to match their story here. Since the poster on Boglehead's has been around since 2009 (like they said) with a variety of posts (not 10,000, but also not just 2 posts), there is some consistency to match the data.

I'm among the more naturally suspicious forum members towards certain internet personalities in the finance world - but there's nothing in the OP's posts on here or Bogleheads that leads me to have any more doubt about their intent or post data integrity than any other poster.

Obviously, there are very few that are able to achieve a $7MM portfolio - but your view towards them is no different than how someone working minimum wage would feel towards your investment portfolio, and why you "need" more than $30k-$40k/year to retire.
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To each his own.

Personally, you could very easily spend $80k/year on just 4 luxury vacations. Ever check out those cruises on Regent or Silver Seas (6-star level, where all wine, excursions, tipping, booze, balcony, etc. is included)? $3k/week per person. Just one 2 week cruise for 2 people is $12k. Add in a little buying of gifts, maybe a piece of jewelry, maybe some more activities, add on a few days at the beginning or end with a few great meals on your own and staying in a nice hotel, and you're easily at $20k for just one 2 week trip.

And if the OP hasn't done much traveling with the wife so far, and has been waiting for retirement, you'd actually be hard-pressed to pick "just" 4 places to go each year, even if you traveled for a decade, whether on a cruise or luxury land tour (hey, we live in a big world with tons to see, do, and experience!)

And I don't see the political winds blowing to reduce the OP's taxes in the future. If anything, I'd expect taxes for OP to increase down the road.
Sure, you can spend $50 million on a single house as well. I am not sure that people who live in $50 million houses are much happier than people who live in $25 million dollar houses, but I could be wrong.

There are always things to spend more money on. The question I am raising is it worth trading off a year of your life for more money when you are 50 years old when it means 65+ hours a week at a high stress job. We have had a number of friends in their early 50s die in the past few years.

The OP didn't have a specific question in the initial post that I can see, so my previous post is my opinion, which he is free to take or leave. But I am assuming he is wanting opinions or else he would not have posted.
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Understandable...but when the OP clearly states

Obviously, there are very few that are able to achieve a $7MM portfolio - but your view towards them is no different than how someone working minimum wage would feel towards your investment portfolio, and why you "need" more than $30k-$40k/year to retire.
I don't think his post is anything that out of the ordinary. We have a number of recent poster with portfolio in the 3-6 million range, with big income and high stress jobs think about pulling the plug. I mentioned the estate tax cause my own net worth is near $5 million. I know that pretty much anything over $5 million (in today dollars) my estate will be subject to high estate tax. This is causing me to re-evaluate my aggressive portfolio.

The marginal utility of money is pretty significant. I imagine that value of spending $300K vs $250K a year is pretty minimal compared to spending $100K vs 50K. Even on a percentage basis say 20% I 't think it matters a lot less at high incomes.

I bring up the estate tax because if you already have a big pile of money at age 50 plus, don't kid yourself that you are going to benefit a lot from working longer to make more. The real beneficiaries are your kids, charities and Uncle Sam.
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Actually studies show beyond passing the poverty level, wealth does not increase happiness to your point daylatedollarshort. A great read about this topic and happiness is "What Happy People Know". I just read it. Fantastic book. Thanks to someone on this site who recommended it:
What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better: Dan Baker, Cameron Stauth: 9780312321598: Amazon.com: Books

Sorry, Rob, but I took your entire post to be judgmental. I guess we can agree to disagree. I wish the OP the best of luck and to you, as well, Rob.
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Perhaps the OP should talk to his wife, his retirement will impact her life as well. Partner Emeritus arrangement could occupy some of his time, after that determine how he would like to spend his time.

I have a minor concern about the pension. Remember what happened to Arthur Anderson, professional partnerships can implode. You need to assure that there is a firewall between your firm and the pension trust and that it doesn't depend on the success of the firm.
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I tend to agree with Totoro's analysis on the previous page.
You're looking to retire in the next year or two, and you should definitely do it, IMHO.
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I tend to agree with Totoro's analysis on the previous page.
You're looking to retire in the next year or two, and you should definitely do it, IMHO.
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What happens if the OP accumulates the extra 1MM then a 20% correction occurs. Then are you willing to give up another 2 years of irreplaceable time?

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Sure, you can spend $50 million on a single house as well. I am not sure that people who live in $50 million houses are much happier than people who live in $25 million dollar houses, but I could be wrong.
I would like to volunteer for this experiment, and I'll write a full report on my happiness.
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Actually studies show beyond passing the poverty level, wealth does not increase happiness to your point daylatedollarshort. A great read about this topic and happiness is "What Happy People Know". I just read it. Fantastic book. Thanks to someone on this site who recommended it:
What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better: Dan Baker, Cameron Stauth: 9780312321598: Amazon.com: Books
Others may have recommended it as well, but this is one I read recently and mentioned here. It is a good read for any high income, high stress worker in the OMY syndrome.

It is written by a director of the Canyon Ranch, who works with all sorts of fabulously wealthy, stressed out executives. Many of these people have more money than I would ever have even if I never retired, let alone work one more year, yet they still are not happy. Here is a quote from the book:

"No matter how much money people have, almost all of us want just a little bit more. But it never makes us happier. This is the failure of success."
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I would like to volunteer for this experiment, and I'll write a full report on my happiness.
I've signed up already. First come, first serve. I am just waiting for a confirmation for my acceptance from daylatedollarshort. Money accumulation is habit forming. The experiment will show I can break the habit. I think I can. I think I can.
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I'll take a slightly different angle at this from the last few posts.

My thoughts on this are:
Texan, it sounds like retiring will represent a *drastic* (to say the least) change in how you spend your time. It sounds like your current job is nearly all-consuming.

My question to you is, how carefully have you thought through how changing your situation might affect your spending.

The way you see things from your current stressed perspective may change quite drastically once you remove the stress.

How carefully vetted is the $320k number? It seems designed to fit the amount of money you think you'll have at the time you think you want to retire rather than being a detailed estimate of what you'll actually spend.

I'd work on coming up with a few different spending scenarios (consider things like downsizing your home/vehicle/vacation home/etc.)

Also consider that your spending will probably decrease over time. You may try modelling a decrease in spending as you age and see how that affects your outcomes.

If the only reason you're staying on at work is to pad the retirement savings, I'd consider putting in some extra work to see if the extra time is really necessary.
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To each his own.

Personally, you could very easily spend $80k/year on just 4 luxury vacations. Ever check out those cruises on Regent or Silver Seas (6-star level, where all wine, excursions, tipping, booze, balcony, etc. is included)? $3k/week per person. Just one 2 week cruise for 2 people is $12k. Add in a little buying of gifts, maybe a piece of jewelry, maybe some more activities, add on a few days at the beginning or end with a few great meals on your own and staying in a nice hotel, and you're easily at $20k for just one 2 week trip.

And if the OP hasn't done much traveling with the wife so far, and has been waiting for retirement, you'd actually be hard-pressed to pick "just" 4 places to go each year, even if you traveled for a decade, whether on a cruise or luxury land tour (hey, we live in a big world with tons to see, do, and experience!)

And I don't see the political winds blowing to reduce the OP's taxes in the future. If anything, I'd expect taxes for OP to increase down the road.
DW and I spent 2 1/2 weeks in Italy earlier this year and spent about $18k total. We stayed in nice places and ate well. We didn't look to see how much we could spend but we didn't do picnics to save money. I don't see how anyone can eat the big, full blown European type meals more than a couple of times in a trip. We didn't fly business class but I bet Texan will. The airfare from Houston to Paris could easily run close to $18k for two business class tickets.

Texan and I have earmarked similar amounts for travel. I'm having trouble spending it all because DW gets traveled out and doesn't want to travel enough to spend it. I have trouble getting her excited about most trips. I've told her that after I retire she needs to realize I'm going to travel more whether she comes along every time or not.
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I have a minor concern about the pension. Remember what happened to Arthur Anderson, professional partnerships can implode. You need to assure that there is a firewall between your firm and the pension trust and that it doesn't depend on the success of the firm.
Texan is a OMYer and you've just given him another reason to work longer. He's created a scenario where he needs to work "just another year or two" and he'll have "enough." He's expanded his lifestyle to "need" this new wealth. Putting a risk factor on his pension makes his working even more necessary.

I say this because that's what I've done the last two three years. I'm not at the $7MM level but then my basic living expenses aren't anywhere near his. Many here would probably say the same things to me about why am I still working with what I have. Yes, I really have enough. I'm definitely working for my grandkids.

Part of my continued working was aftershocks of 2008. What if it happens again? Oh my! Even in the darkest times of 2008 I still had plenty to fund my retirement. I might have adjusted my travel budget a little but that's about it. Then the damn market came roaring back. It may just go down again and I bet it will.

There's nothing wrong with working. In many ways it becomes addictive. I used to have that high pressure position with all the stress it could provide. There was a rush associated with "winning" and money is part of how you keep score. I now have a low stress postion knowing that if I was thrown out on the street today I really wouldn't care (except for an ungodly tax bill this year). The taxes are my current excuse for my OMY. Hopefully, I really, really, really will do what I plan and give it all up in January. Just 38 in-office daysafter today until resignation day. Then 2 weeks notice.
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Have you thought about canceling netflix and just going with Amazon prime? I mean, pop them numbers into firecalc and you might be able to pull the plug a little early.
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The OP seemed to me to be really counting on that pension. Were I he I would roll as much as possible into an IRA where he has control. My daughter is a CPA who had friends who worked for Arthur Anderson so their experience reflects my concern. A professional corporation is different than working for GE, Alcoa or IBM.
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