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Old 01-06-2016, 02:12 PM   #261
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Retiring at 43? Impressive!
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:30 PM   #262
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Thank you! You guys are pretty much the only ones I can talk to this about.
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Old 01-06-2016, 03:16 PM   #263
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Adding myself back into the list. I got dropped during the conversion I think. :-)

Still on track; actually haven't gone into the office since late November, so already feeling mostly retired.
Same here, congratulations on surviving the last year. I went to the Carribean for the month of November and only showed up at the office twice in December. (Remotely working, so to speak)

I can't imagine going back to doing my day job, I have gotten quite used to managing my time on my own schedule

Today I put in a request to corporate to transfer my cell phone into my own personal account, it is nice they offer this to those leaving the company. I just hope my unlimited international data plan can move with it!
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:00 PM   #264
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Well I had my first retirement luncheon today. I work with groups at 2 sites so 2 lunches. The second one is tomorrow. It was a nice informal affair. Most of my co-workers are younger than I am but still have a hard time understanding why I would want to retire young (I am 60). I explain to them that It's time for me to do other things in life.


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Old 01-08-2016, 03:53 AM   #265
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Well I had my first retirement luncheon today. I work with groups at 2 sites so 2 lunches. The second one is tomorrow. It was a nice informal affair. Most of my co-workers are younger than I am but still have a hard time understanding why I would want to retire young (I am 60). I explain to them that It's time for me to do other things in life.


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Congrats! I've gotten some of the "you're too young to retire comments too". Good luck to you!
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Old 01-08-2016, 11:50 AM   #266
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Well my 12/31/2016 date has been confirmed by my manager (see my earlier post, company re-structure and severance package). I was told that they reserve the right to extend it past that date (per the bonus package that I signed) but they "promise not to pull it in". I said, "Well what if I want you to pull it in?".

So I have officially started my final year, and it is going to be interesting. I have dubbed it my "Left Shark" year....

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Old 01-08-2016, 03:42 PM   #267
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May the months fly by! Today was it for me. Packed up the last boxes, turned in my keys, last hugs and out the door by lunchtime. Still isn't real yet. Maybe on Sunday night. The general plan is to goof off for a month. Then start house hunting for a downsize. Then a month or two in Maine during July - August to avoid the heat of the south.


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Old 01-08-2016, 04:45 PM   #268
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Anyone changing plans due to latest market turmoil?


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Old 01-08-2016, 06:42 PM   #269
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My Great Big Plan assumes that we live on cash and earning from the taxable account from May-December of this year, and after that, we would start selling shares. If the markets are still crap, we will cash in GICs (CDs) instead. Of my 14 stocks, two are on a "dividend cut watch". If more than those two cut their dividends, I'll start to worry. But I'd probably cut our planned spending before I'd delay my retirement.
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Old 01-08-2016, 07:13 PM   #270
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Suppose i should stop watching cnbc predicting the end of the world. One of the commenters i think his name is kelley on fast money tonight tell people to sell everything in their 401k and go to cash. How irresponsible!


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What market turmoil? A little volatility yes, turmoil? Ha


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Old 01-09-2016, 11:36 AM   #272
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No.

If I had to worry about every fuxuation in the market I wouldn't retire. That would be too stressful.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:48 AM   #274
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I am definately going to Left Shark mode for my last few months
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Great,

I guess if I want a luncheon or cake party I will have to start to tell people.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:53 AM   #276
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Great,

I guess if I want a luncheon or cake party I will have to start to tell people.
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:06 PM   #278
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Moved up retirement date from mid 2017 to May 2016

I just made the decision to retire at the end of May; 5/27/16. I had been planning on retiring mid 2017 but with recent changes at work I decided I cant take it for another 18 months and 5 more will be a stretch.

I had my plans reviewed earlier today by a fee only adviser I use occasionally to review and give a "reality check" on my plans / numbers and he confirmed that no problem to retire in May. I plan to work PT (consulting) 2 or 3 days / week for the next few years, more to make me feel better (less guilty) about calling it quits early and eliminating the need to withdraw from investments until I take SS at age 66 (I will be 61 when I retire in May).

I am finding it more difficult to think of not working (some what of the reason I plan to work PT) then I thought I would. I think I will become more comfortable with the decision (just made the actual decision today) in the next few days. Wife is totally on board with the decision (said she was tired of me complaining about the job). Sure is nice to have planned and have the resources to make this decision.
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Old 01-11-2016, 01:29 PM   #279
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Moneygrubber I am hesitating due to the markets. I've been contemplating giving them two months notice at the end of March to be done in May. Will have to see how the next few months shake out.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:43 PM   #280
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Congrats to the first few of our Class of 2016. I am 80 days out and haven't given notice yet. Love hearing the stories/impressions of your last few days. Keep them coming ...😀
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