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more than 5 years from retirement 39 31.97%
within 5 years of retirement 45 36.89%
retired less than 2 years ago 21 17.21%
retired less than 5 years ago (but GT 2) 10 8.20%
retired more than 10 years ago (but GT 5) 7 5.74%
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:10 AM   #21
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5 years to go. My planned date is September 2013 when I am 50. I most likely will take some time off and then transition into something enjoyable and part-time. I'm hoping for a real estate rebound over the next 5 years to keep my plan on track.

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:39 AM   #22
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204 days 13 hours 21 minutes (approximately :-) ) to go.

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:55 AM   #23
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Two years ago YESTERDAY at 55. Officially anyway, since I took two weeks of annual leave prior to my retirement date. I just now thought of that. Wow, it really has gone fast. I'm still pondering what kind of "life" I want in retirement. Haven't figured it out yet. All I know is I really don't want another job that I feel tethered to... I like being free to do whatever I want during the day even if I just sit on my deck watching my grass grow.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:02 PM   #24
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"within 5 years of retirement"; though I didn't like the provided selections. My last day of w*rk will be exactly 30 days from now; way, way within 5 years! At 57 I'll already be pushing the definition a bit of "early" retirement. If I went the full 5 years I'd already be eligible for SS.

But I guess to the point of your survey: "no credibility"

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Old 05-01-2008, 03:28 PM   #25
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DH and I are only 38 and 35 so I voted we're more than 5 years to retirement (although the sooner the better!).
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:18 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by megacorp-firee View Post
? we have opinions and observations that are valid for recent retirees.
I think we know what it's like to hang it up and start enjoying life.

We may be doing it wrong. ... I don't know ... how many years do you have to do this to be credible?

What is it you think you are are looking for?
Clearly a poor choice of words (credibility) on my part, for that I'm sorry. Not saying everyone's opinion's are valuable. But in the context of quite a few strings I've seen here that started with a pre-retiree asking if he/she had enough money or was emotionally ready - and others who have answered to the effect 'I FIRE'd 2/3/6 months ago and it's great. My advice is to go ahead.' How could someone who has just retired know if they timed it right WRT having enough money or being emotionally ready? Would take a lot longer to be sure IMHO - but then I'm not RE so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. Again, apologies...

Nords, not sure I see what's redundant...

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