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Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #141
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So, 70% of forum users are over 50. I had suspected that, as this community seems not to skew toward EARLY retirement. (I don't know if retirement in one's 50's and 60's can be considered particularly "early".) Seems like the forum has become more of a general retirement forum, which I suppose is fine.
That or 70% of people here believe they are younger than they are. Subconsciously they know their age, but they haven't looked in the mirror for a while. Haha!

Seriously though, it's good to have a mix of people, early or not, they provide a lot of good info and entertainment.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:43 AM   #142
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So, 70% of forum users are over 50. I had suspected that, as this community seems not to skew toward EARLY retirement. (I don't know if retirement in one's 50's and 60's can be considered particularly "early".) Seems like the forum has become more of a general retirement forum, which I suppose is fine.
As jollystomper said, the "traditional" retirement age is 65, in many countries. But I do not agree with your conclusion that the present age distribution of forum members who answered the poll suggests that the majority are not early retirees. There are many forum members here who have already retired early and they continue to get older every year while sharing their wisdom with others. Imoldernu and johnnie36 would be examples, both with over 20 years' experience of ER.
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So, 70% of forum users are over 50. I had suspected that, as this community seems not to skew toward EARLY retirement. (I don't know if retirement in one's 50's and 60's can be considered particularly "early".) Seems like the forum has become more of a general retirement forum, which I suppose is fine.
But many of us were younger in the earlier days of the forum...
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Actually all of us were younger in the earlier days of the forum.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #145
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So, 70% of forum users are over 50. I had suspected that, as this community seems not to skew toward EARLY retirement. (I don't know if retirement in one's 50's and 60's can be considered particularly "early".) Seems like the forum has become more of a general retirement forum, which I suppose is fine.
Wow, I disagree that retiring in one's 50s isn't early! I'll be 54ish when we retire and the few people who know about our plans can't believe we're leaving the workforce so young.
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But many of us were younger in the earlier days of the forum...
I was so much older then I'm younger than that now...
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Early is all relative - I was able to stop before 65, for instance - which in my case made a huge difference in my life.
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My first retirement was at 49. I took a pension and then dabbled at what I enjoyed. One thing lead to another and I ended up w*rking until 60!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:32 PM   #150
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:50 PM   #154
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49. Had enough to stop 2 years ago but I love what I do, plus I still have two kids in high school so I might as well keep working.
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54. Retiring in the 50s or at any point before the Social Security age is "early retirement" in my book. But all are free to define early differently.
While the emphasis here is early, I think the principles of retirement discussed here are generalizable to late or on-time retirement. Early is ideological or aspirational or reality for some/most, but to me the value is how to prepare for retirement, whether early or late.
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Another forum where everyone claims to be over 18?

Including me .... 47 and retiring next month.
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I missed this poll when it was first posted. Just voted. Right at the mode of the distribution.

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So, 70% of forum users are over 50. I had suspected that, as this community seems not to skew toward EARLY retirement. (I don't know if retirement in one's 50's and 60's can be considered particularly "early".) Seems like the forum has become more of a general retirement forum, which I suppose is fine.
Bite your tongue! My wife retired in her early 50s. I myself worked part-time the last 10 years, but only quit for real last year. It took us this long to make sure our children finished college, got good jobs, and launched without being boomerangs.

In the economy ahead, if a person can retire for any amount of time before he/she drops, that's early. I recently ran across two articles that I would like to share. We are all fortunate here!

Excerpt 1 (Japan hits record high numbers of workers above age 60 - The Japan Daily Press):
Japan’s number of workers aged 60 years and above reached record highs in 2012. Japan’s elderly workers – numbering at 11.92 million in 2012 – make up almost 20 percent of the country’s workforce.


Excerpt 2 (More elderly workers in U.S. labor force | Morning Show - Home):
Nearly one in five Americans ages 65 and older are working or looking for jobs. That's the highest in almost half a century.
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I'm old (68). But I wasn't old when I retired 10 years ago at 58. I still feel pretty much the same now as Idid then.
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