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FIRECalc said I was barely able 3 4.55%
I was way better than FIRECalc. 16 24.24%
I had a SWR of 4% or better (no FIRECalc in the decision) 5 7.58%
I went with Bernicke. 0 0%
I went with Guyton. 0 0%
Physical health forced it and I have to make do. 3 4.55%
I just had enough of work and I'll make do financially. 29 43.94%
Something else -- please specify. 10 15.15%
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:45 AM   #41
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Retired in 2002. 30 years (age 18 to 48) of climbing telephone poles in the Mississippi delta was about all I could stand.
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Re: Why Did You Retire? -- Poll only for those currently, fully retired
Old 10-31-2006, 05:53 PM   #42
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This is interesting. The poll indicates that far more people were just sick and tired of work and walked away. THEN they figured out if they could afford retirement.

I had the impression that most of this forum was full of "anal-retentive" types that analyze things to death (like me -- but I've always been well paid for it).
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FI at 40 ... RE at 43. The severence forced my leap. Otherwise I could have stayed on a couple more years ... really no other reason to leave; certianly no reason to "start - over" in a new mega corp.
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It was costing me more to work than to not work. My net worth has increased $50 K since I retired 3 mo. ago.
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No-brainer for me. My business needed an expensive re-tread, and a 5 year committment from me....3 years to pay off the loans and 2 years to reap the profits. Been there done that. Joyously DW agreed.



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Old 11-18-2006, 09:34 AM   #46
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I closed the poll. We have an interesting result in my opinion and not anywhere near what I expected.

"I just had enough of work and I'll make do" was the runaway leader. That tells me the many anal-retentive types on this forum just walked away from a real job and later figured out they were going to live on their "stash."

The number 2 spot was "way better than FIRECalc." This would be the group that finally looked at their assets and said "why am I still going to work? I'm loaded!"

I was expecting a higher percentage of people that "stretched" but really watched the numbers. These would be the ER stretchers of which we have relatively few. I'm surprised nobody went for Bernicke or Guyton who have the more "liberal" calculating methods.

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But it looks like a pretty even split between : having plenty (4% or less plus FireCalc verified) and "we'll make it work"(health issues plus I have to get out).
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