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Old 06-11-2017, 10:47 AM   #81
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Since retiring in October 2012, our investable assets are up over 40% after cumulative withdrawals of 13% of beginning balance.
that's pretty amazing that you can get out of the rat race at 49 and assets increased since..

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Old 06-11-2017, 11:18 AM   #82
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Since retiring in October 2012, our investable assets are up over 40% after cumulative withdrawals of 13% of beginning balance.
I retired around the same time and mine is up also, but not as much as yours. My investments have gone up about as much as the salary I'd have earned had I kept working. It a great feeling. but I know it won't continue like this.
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With pensions and delayed SS (along with life-long LBYM) one can easily end up with a higher cash-stash, as many other folks have attested to here.


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Old 06-12-2017, 02:42 AM   #84
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that's pretty amazing that you can get out of the rat race at 49 and assets increased since. congrats 523HRR... you're my hero.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:13 AM   #85
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that's pretty amazing that you can get out of the rat race at 49 and assets increased since..

congrats 523HRR... you're my hero.
Respectfully, I wonder if you're not fully appreciative of the benefits of investing. This is not a critique but just trying to understand your perspective.

Most folks here invest wisely and spend less than those investments pay out. As a result they eventually end up with more than they started with.
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I retired in late 2008 and have been living only off the taxable portion of my portfolio which has grown 49%. My tIRA which I haven't touched has grown 132%, so combined they have grown 72%. Unfettered access to my IRA is one of my "reinforcements" which await me when I reach my 60s, the others being SS and my frozen company pension.
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I retired around the same time and mine is up also, but not as much as yours. My investments have gone up about as much as the salary I'd have earned had I kept working. It a great feeling. but I know it won't continue like this.
One of the things that convinced me I could ER back 12 years ago was that my investment results were better than my salary several years running. It's a great feeling indeed! Hasn't been true these past 12 years since I've had to live from those assets. Still the NW total exceeds my starting point (or is that "ending point", heh, heh) 12 years ago. YMMV
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Since ER at the end of 2002 I've been living off the income (dividends and CG distributions from mutual funds) and occasional draws from my taxable portfolio which is up 52% from retirement. I haven't touched the tax advantaged funds which have increased by 351%. Started SS at 62 in 2012. RMD's start in 2020 which might be interesting tax wise.
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