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Old 06-19-2014, 04:43 PM   #141
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$125,000 x 4% = $5,000
$1,000,000 x 4% = $40,000

A different perspective, but based on this simple calc, it looks like $125k back then got you a lot further than one million today.
Maybe not as different as one might think. According to this source Average Salary , the median salary in Dec 2013 was $48,872. Of course, I'm well aware of the difference between median and average but not knowing how the 1959 figure was derived it may very well be that for both periods of time the equivalent of $1 million adjusted for inflation would provide close to the average wage at the proverbial 4% rate.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:27 PM   #142
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As others have pointed out, the average standard of living derived from that average income in 2013 was much higher than it was in 1959 (life expectancy, material goods, leisure time, etc).
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:04 PM   #143
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Today, my wife and I just reached the $2MM milestone. We now consider ourselves to have F. U. money - the amount of money that, if our respective bosses pissed us off enough, we can tell them "F. U.". Most people in this country (U.S.) can only dream of having that much. You're darned right we're going to celebrate. Not sure how yet - maybe a super-nice dinner at a super-nice restaurant, or a really outstanding red wine (or both). Or maybe a long weekend at some luxury spa. We'll see.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:40 PM   #145
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We played "If I had a million dollars" by BareNaked Ladies and drank a Bud Light. Looking for a repeat performance soon.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:11 AM   #146
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Heck, my Granddad was only making $6/hour when he retired from the railroad in 1974, with 34 years of service in!
In 1974 I was fresh out of the Army, making $3.20 per hour at the electric company. First class linemen were making around $7.00- and I thought they were fabulously well paid, especially when they received over time pay
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:59 AM   #147
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Its all relative.

I am a billionaire many times over in the local currency where I live.

I just went to the ATM and withdrew 5,000,000 in cash to pay my driver and maid their monthly salary.

Buy I don't feel rich - Its all relative.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:22 AM   #148
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I bought a $10 calculator to celebrate my attainment of 7 figure status.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:10 PM   #149
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Its all relative.

I am a billionaire many times over in the local currency where I live.

I just went to the ATM and withdrew 5,000,000 in cash to pay my driver and maid their monthly salary.

Buy I don't feel rich - Its all relative.
Well, if you can afford a driver and a maid I would say you definitely qualify as rich in whatever currency!
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Its all relative.

I am a billionaire many times over in the local currency where I live.

I just went to the ATM and withdrew 5,000,000 in cash to pay my driver and maid their monthly salary.

Buy I don't feel rich - Its all relative.
A driver and a maid and you don't feel rich? What does it take for you to feel rich a private plan with a dedicated pilot?

If you lived in the US that would certainly feel rich granted that it requires much more to do that here.
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Everyone here has a maid and usually a driver - it is to be expected.

The car is a basic Nissan sedan - not a Mercedes or BMW.

A private plane and pilot would be nice - but I think unnecessary in my case.
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Everyone here has a maid and usually a driver - it is to be expected.

The car is a basic Nissan sedan - not a Mercedes or BMW.

A private plane and pilot would be nice - but I think unnecessary in my case.
The maid makes sense, but a driver? What country do you live in?
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Geez so many party poopers here with their "$1M is nothing to celebrate" ask someone who's trying but not even half way there yet...and approaching 40 already
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