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Old 07-26-2015, 08:04 PM   #21
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For me it was 62. I had always thought of as 65 as retirement age, so anything less than that was early. Heck, lets face it, it is what ever you think it is!
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:58 PM   #22
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As soon as my investments replace my salary, I'll ER.
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:54 AM   #23
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As soon as my investments replace my salary, I'll ER.

I suppose it all comes down to that. Retire when you can and not a moment sooner or later...unless you love your w*rk.


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Old 07-29-2015, 07:06 AM   #24
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Given that a large number of people take SS at 62, anything before that could be considered early.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:15 PM   #25
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30-39 - Crazy Extreme Early
40-49 - Extreme Early
50-59 - Early
60-67 - Normal
68-75 - Late
This sounds right to me. I ER'd at 55 with a university COLA'd pension.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:33 AM   #26
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FI at 51 - ER at 58. Strangely, I enjoyed 51 to 58 - until I didn't. "Early" is a state of mind. YMMV
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:19 AM   #27
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FI at 51 - ER at 58. Strangely, I enjoyed 51 to 58 - until I didn't. "Early" is a state of mind. YMMV

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Old 08-06-2015, 04:20 AM   #28
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It all depends on your health. 60 years old and healthy = early. 50 years old and unhealthy = too late.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:15 AM   #29
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I retired at 56 and this seemed early to me and others in my social group. You could easily do it at 55 given your facts. Some advice though, don't fixate on early retirement at your age. If you do it will take up an inordinate amount of your time and emotions. By counting off the days they will seem interminable. Best to just LBYM and focus on your current life, eg family, doing your best at work,etc. If you do ER will always be there. I didn't even think of ER until about age 53.
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