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Old 07-23-2021, 07:19 PM   #101
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Out at 51, 59 now. During the depths of COVID, I contemplated going back to part time work, just to keep myself occupied, and even got thru part of the certifications I would need. I didn’t need the money and in fact between all the taxes fees (fed and state taxes -that the voters elected to double on my income bracket, certification and continuing education) I’d be lucky to keep 30% of the marginal part time income I’d be making. So I threw in the towel and decided to just travel a little more to keep me occupied. I’ll never go back to paid work unless all hell breaks loose and the economy and the markets implode…but then there’ll be no jobs anyway…at least for a geezer.
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Old 07-23-2021, 07:59 PM   #102
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I never knew I was a 1%er. Retired at 44. It's only been a few years, but so far it's great!
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Old 07-23-2021, 08:45 PM   #103
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Not before, but waited until I was 54 which is in the 3%. That was important as within that calendar year I turned 55 which gave me more options with my 401k for withdrawals.

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Old 07-23-2021, 08:55 PM   #104
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Wife was 50, and I was 49.
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Old 07-24-2021, 05:15 AM   #105
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Out at 52, currently 59 Life is Gooder Retired ...... No plans of ever going back to work, I just don't have time
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Old 07-24-2021, 07:04 AM   #106
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44, that puts me in the 1%. The unplanned 1%
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Old 07-24-2021, 09:36 AM   #107
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Done at 45. Always wanted to be done in my 40's, but the plan was for early to mid 50's since I didn't see how I could save enough sooner. Got lucky though, and beat my deadline. In retrospect, I wish I could have pulled the plug earlier, maybe 40.



Hats off to all you folks, esp. the sub 40 crowd. Just wow!
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Old 07-24-2021, 09:55 AM   #108
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I guess it doesn't count since I actually retired at 58, but I was financially independent (FI) at 51. I COULD have retired.

Told here many times before: At 51, my pension and company sponsored health insurance vested. My "stash" was making a lot more than my salary. BUT - I had w*rked my whole megacorp c@reer to create a niche for myself. Upon accomplishing that, I stayed to enjoy the fruits of my l@bors.

As in most megacorps, it would seem someone finally figured out I was actually enjoying what I was doing and decided "we can't have that!" On a Thursday, I found out my dream j*b would be turned into a cube-slave j*b. On Friday, DW and I huddled for the week-end. Monday was (ironically) L*bor Day. Tuesday, I informed my boss, his boss and her boss that I would be retiring on Friday (actually end of Sept. what with using my saved vacation.)

So can't claim 3% (or 4%) status, but I COULD have. The extra cash in the stash has mostly gone to my favorite charities. YMMV
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Old 07-24-2021, 10:15 AM   #109
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I semi-retired at 47 and fully retired at 50, so I'm not sure what percentage that puts me in. From the graph, looks like I'd be in roughly the 2-3% bracket. Oddly enough, I think that's also about where I am when it comes to total NW for my age.

For the record, I could have fully retired at 47 or even a bit earlier, but I was still getting comfortable with the idea and needed to ease into it via part time w*rk for a few years. Didn't need the money, just needed a smooth glide path from 40 hours per week down to zero. Quite happy with the way I did it, looking back.
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Old 07-24-2021, 10:27 AM   #110
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As in most megacorps, it would seem someone finally figured out I was actually enjoying what I was doing and decided "we can't have that!" On a Thursday, I found out my dream j*b would be turned into a cube-slave j*b. On Friday, DW and I huddled for the week-end. Monday was (ironically) L*bor Day. Tuesday, I informed my boss, his boss and her boss that I would be retiring on Friday (actually end of Sept. what with using my saved vacation.)

I resemble that comment!!

Hit my stride mid career, was now no longer the "college kid" and I actually knew what I was doing. Became a subject matter expert in a couple of obscure areas in our obscure little industry. Started enjoying myself fielding young teams to fix things the big name players couldn't or wouldn't (risk of career suicide). Well, that was too much "unauthorized" fun. Was straightjacketed by management, attacked by their political hacks. I too gave very short notice and never looked back.
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Old 07-24-2021, 01:13 PM   #111
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My wife and I retired at 58 and 60.

Had hoped to retire at 55 when I was younger, but did the math when our daughter was born and realized that wouldn't be possible.
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Old 07-24-2021, 07:33 PM   #112
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I was going for the 'Freedom 55' but had enough and called it a day at 52. Now 60. DW who is 65 refuses to call it a day but I think I am wearing her down.
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Old 07-25-2021, 04:25 PM   #113
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Count me in at 53, now 64. Best decision ever.
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Old 07-25-2021, 11:10 PM   #114
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Took advantage of an early our ppt & Retired at 54 and now 61. So glad to be retired & the stock market being good to me!
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ERd a 3% er well alright
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Found this interesting graph. Just curious if there are any "3%ers" out there that retired before age 54 and never went back to work.

Turned 51 and done- did a part-time 1yr then decided finish done no job No longer working period 53.
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:21 AM   #116
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Found this interesting graph. Just curious if there are any "3%ers" out there that retired before age 54 and never went back to work.
I was 50% part-time at 54 and hung it up for good a couple months after my 56th birthday.
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:37 AM   #117
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Pulled the plug at 48 and so did my DW.
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Old 07-27-2021, 11:43 AM   #118
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I'll admit I was a little scared, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.
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Old 07-28-2021, 12:25 AM   #119
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Pulled the plug at 48 and so did my DW.
Wow, Retire52 FIREd at 48! Nice work to you and the rest. Providing great impetus for the rest of us mid/late career hacks...
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Old 07-31-2021, 09:12 PM   #120
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