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Old 02-25-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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What have you learned from this forum?

What are the 2 or 3 best nuggets of wisdom that you have learned on this site? Try to be relatively brief so we don't run on, but what was an "Aha!" moment for you that we might all learn from. I have only been here a few months, but for me it was:

not relying so heavily on stocks during RE as the volatility would not be worth a slightly higher return
all about SWR
and the issues around private health insurance

Anyone else?
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?
Old 02-25-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

- the potential benefits of delaying taking SS
- the savings potential of high deductible health insurance
- the potency of wheat bread

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Old 02-25-2007, 09:03 PM   #3
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

Individual 401(k) has already saved me several thousand dollars over the SEP IRA I had previously.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:06 PM   #4
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

Three years ago when I first found this forum I had no idea that ER was possible, I'm now retired.

That Vanguard can support all my financial needs without AG Edward, ML and the sort.

Also there's some very smart people that hang out here. Thanks to all of you.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:18 PM   #5
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

wow, many things but i'll be brief with one: i'm still not as secure about money as when mom used to give me my allowance but thanx to forum members i've become comfortable enough about finances that i think i will be able to continue sleeping until noon far into my retirement.

i've never known about most of this stuff before. i'm reading pillars and bogleheads and this money section of this generous forum. a lot goes over my head, some bits go in one ear and out the other, but i think enough is getting stuck in my teeth that i won't be too embarrassed of my portfolio even many years from now.

much thanx to all my tutors.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:30 PM   #6
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

Three Nuggets? Well....here goes:

1. Most of my fears about ER were unfounded.
2. ER doesn't have to be permanent, temporary, good or bad. It is an adventure,
one day at a time!
3. ER isn't going to be fun if I worry about $$ too much. Luckily, I don't have to.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:39 PM   #7
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

Lots of stuff

1. If you waste enough time on this forum - the women in the house trash your webtv and buy you a real computer.

2. How to use Goggle and Mapquest to find out cool stuff about Missoula.

3. If you do a good job of whining a VERY impressive Curmudgeon certificate will awarded - suitible for printing and framing.

heh heh heh heh - oh yeah and lots of basic nuts and bolts stuff for successful ER.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:54 PM   #8
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

The proper use of firecalc
1% is actually a lot
Put wheat bread on my shopping list
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:55 PM   #9
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

I'm also relatively new here, so these are mine:

- VUL's are a crap investment. Buy term life or a mutual fund (or both), but don't combine them.

- Your Roth can be used to store some of your emergency fund since you can withdrawal the principal penalty-free.

- How much fees can erode investment performance.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:03 PM   #10
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

1. Found out about and read Bob Clyatt's "Work less, live more...."
2. SWR considerations
3. Redirect dividends and cap gains from taxable accounts to money market to faciltate
rebalancing without forcing realization of more cap gains.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:14 PM   #11
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

1. That there are other people like me that want to or have retired early to enjoy life (can't find these types of people anywhere else)
2. The 72t rule
3. That Vanguard and Fidelity are both great places to invest
4. That Military TSP has some of lowest expenses anywhere
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:15 PM   #12
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

On a different tack:

1) How similar are many people's frustrations with workplace
2) How much of a consideration health insurance is for US ERs
3) Lots to do day to day during ER - not to worry about boredom
4) ER can be good for health and well being
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:19 AM   #13
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

-That withdrawel methods are very important due to tax considerations
-That SS is best delayed to prevent 50% reduction prior to 65
-That some condition of FIRE elicits focus on food (CFB, T-Al) or Sex (....) Waiting for the book showing the combination of the two
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:43 AM   #14
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

- Somehow it's very comforting to read about others' dreams and fears and how similar they are to mine

- 72(t)

- Great to hear from those that ER primarily on income from investment real estate

- Ins and outs re health insurance... a dense, dark world I never knew existed :P

- Yes, I can ER. I am not alone.

Thanks to all for the tremendous knowledge, wisdom and insight provided.

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Old 02-26-2007, 02:51 AM   #15
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

Here's my list:

1. Strategies for Portfolio withdrawal. I haven't retired yet so I was totally focused on accumulation -- it's good to have some idea of the flip side of the picture. One of my favorites that was posted here: Retire at the Pie Shop
2. Compared to my co-workers, I'm a Saver Extraordinaire. Here, I've just average.
3. There are many roads to Dublin. Oh wait! That's from the Vanguard Diehards forum :
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:13 AM   #16
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- If I relocate to a lower cost area, I can ESR/ER in a few years instead of a decade.
- Piglet sodomizers walk among us.
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

1. Buffet was right; if you don't have the inclination to research stocks, buy index funds, allocate correctly, then get on with your life.

2. There are a lot of unhappy employees who envy me, of all people.

3. SWR. Like point#1 on allocation, figure out what you can live with, set it and forget it.

4. I'm extraordinarily fortunate to have pensions, and healthcare.

5. Balance. This one I'm working on, but as you age, spend it. If you don't your kids/grandkids will.
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1. That FIRE is possible
2. How to determine if/when you can pull the plug - FIRECALC, SWR and the like.
3. I am not alone in this dream.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:08 AM   #19
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Re: What have you learned from this forum?

I've learned

ER is possible and that there ARE people out there doing it.
Bonds should be held in my tax deferred accounts.
That I still have a lot to learn.

When I look back I'm amazed at how much I've learned and the confidence I've gained since coming here.
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I'm the sane one for RE.
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