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Under 40 9 9.89%
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51-55 34 37.36%
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:41 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by vicente solano View Post
Wow! Was it due to 20 years of service and entitled to a pension no matter one´s age?
No. It was due to working since I was 16 coupled with growing up poor, so I didn't waste my earnings. I guess being poor has its advantages....

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Old 06-16-2009, 10:50 AM   #22
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I got a golden handshake at 49, then planned to be a consultant for 5 years. A subsequent divorce added 5 years and 2 CEO roles until I finally pulled the pin at 59.

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Old 06-16-2009, 11:08 AM   #23
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Just after turning 56.....retirement was my Christmas gift to myself! HoHoHo
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:24 AM   #24
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Training a young feller to do most of my job with the rentals - if it works out maybe i'll call myself retired - could even be just before my 60th! Or do you have to be working for someone other than your customers to be retired? Been more than 15 years since someone else gave me a paycheck...
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:44 PM   #25
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Was aiming for full pension at 30 years service at age 58 & 6 months. Took an early out (running screaming into the night) at age 54 & 4 months.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:55 PM   #26
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At 55 after 30 years with the same company. That was 20 years ago.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:25 PM   #27
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Bailed out at 50. Boy I love how that sounds.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:50 PM   #28
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Always wanted to retire at 55; however, chance came along at 52 to go out on a "special early" and I got two years salary as a buyout. Couldn't see working those two years for nothing so I slipped out. Just passed my 21st year of retirement.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:32 PM   #29
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Three years ago at 58.

So far truly retired. No PT. No self-employment. No consulting. I do maintain the house myself and plan purchases to keep expenses down but haven't had a penny of earned income since MegaCorp's door slammed closed behind me.

It's been a good three years. I like it!
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I fired myself in 2005 at 54y/o. Ain't worked a lick (for pay) since. No regrets - not one.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:11 AM   #31
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I am not retired yet (no pension or SSA), just haven't worked since the age of 56. I had plan to give my 2 week notice 3/4's into 2005 but 6 months prior, management decided to lay me off with 6 month severance and health benefits. In addition, I received 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.
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