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January 2008 3 4.55%
February 2008 1 1.52%
March 2008 1 1.52%
April 2008 1 1.52%
May 2008 0 0%
June 2008 4 6.06%
July 2008 3 4.55%
August 2008 0 0%
September 2008 0 0%
October 2008 1 1.52%
November 2008 0 0%
December 2008 0 0%
2009 10 15.15%
2010 3 4.55%
2011 6 9.09%
2012 2 3.03%
2013 2 3.03%
2014 0 0%
Retired prior to 2008 21 31.82%
2015 or after. I want to finish school first. 8 12.12%
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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Retiring in 2008?

I was interested in how many people plan to retire in the near future and why they are choosing that time.

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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I will qualify for lifetime medical in 2009, and I plan to retire at that time.

With health care expenses spiralling ever upwards, I think that having that benefit could be very helpful and will certainly give me more peace of mind. If health care was not the "issue du jour" these days, I would probably retire now as my portfolio is sufficient for my needs.

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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I'll have to admit we are totally confused as to what we are doing. We were orginally going to retire in June 08 but don't think we will be ready mentally for the move. We are about to start the green card process so by the looks that will keep us in the work force thru to at least mid-09. However, I have cut back to 4 days a week at work, which is better than 5, but is further confusing as I resigned last year and somehow I didn't leave my job.

I be a girl, he's a boy. Think I maybe FIRED since July 08. Mid 40s, no kidlets. Actually am totally clueless as to what is going on with DH.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:04 AM   #4
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I plan on ER in November. I will be able to draw on IRA's then without penalty. Want to ER while still young enough to do things I want to do but can't while w*rking full time.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:02 AM   #5
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Currently planning for end of 2012 (so I said 2013) when I will be 55. But that is not fixed in stone.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:16 PM   #6
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July 31 will be my last contractual day of employment. In reality, I don't plan to work beyond about July 10 when the moving van pulls up to take us half-way across the country to retire. (We're building a home in an "active adult" community in San Antonio, basically returning "home" after years of living elsewhere - including the current high-cost San Diego.) Part of me can't wait; part of me is a little sad, but I suspect I'll get over the sadness fairly quickly.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:44 PM   #7
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One week into retirement. I retire because I could. I liked work and could have stayed but I have this opportunity to travel and do things with my wife while we can still get around. Don't want any more stuff. The recession does scare me a bit but we do not plan to tap any retirement funds outside of our pensions in 2008 so as long as the recession is not a long one we are in good shape.

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