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Age 49 or younger 51 13.64%
Age 50-54 88 23.53%
Age 55-59 132 35.29%
Age 60-62 65 17.38%
Age 63-65 25 6.68%
Age 66-69 6 1.60%
Age 70 or older 7 1.87%
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:26 AM   #101
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I intended to retire at 55 which would have been 2010. That goal was set at year 2000. Then 2008 market happened. I left the BIG job in 2011 to work part time and earn just enough to not have to touch the diminished retirement portfolio. Did that until Dec 2015 and retired then. I was 60.5 years old. But it didn't last more than 6 months.
I got talked into working part-time for a respected non-profit. I'm still doing that. So I can't claim to rightfully post on this thread. I waffle about quitting for good. Friends and family do not believe I'll go cold turkey and they may be right. I get satisfaction using my skills for meaningful work and getting paid for it.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:36 AM   #102
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I did it at 55. I work for beer now.

I run a brew lab and do qc for a friend's local brewery. Right now a hiatus as we build a new one.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:53 AM   #103
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I did it at 55. I work for beer now.

I run a brew lab and do qc for a friend's local brewery. Right now a hiatus as we build a new one.
Do you work from home?
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:21 AM   #104
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Disabled due to injury 60yr 9mo old. Make ample to support lifestyle from SS and pension. Leave investments to fa. Haven't seen a need to withdraw from portfolio. Don't miss work at all.
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I voted in the poll but shouldn't have, I guess. I left the daily grind at 59 but immediately was recruited to do a little writing/editing gig for a magazine. I work about 4 hours a month and get paid $200. Occasionally I get an extra assignment at about the same rate. It's more for amusement and mental exercise than money, but why would I turn down the paycheck?
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Old 06-03-2020, 10:30 AM   #106
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I voted in the poll but shouldn't have, I guess. I left the daily grind at 59 but immediately was recruited to do a little writing/editing gig for a magazine. I work about 4 hours a month and get paid $200. Occasionally I get an extra assignment at about the same rate. It's more for amusement and mental exercise than money, but why would I turn down the paycheck?
Retirement police will show up any moment now to denounce your pretenses and rip the insignias from your virtual retirement uniform (old stained t-shirt).
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Old 06-03-2020, 10:46 AM   #107
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Retirement police will show up any moment now to denounce your pretenses and rip the insignias from your virtual retirement uniform (old stained t-shirt).

At least he's not expecting the Spanish Inquisition...
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At least he's not expecting the Spanish Inquisition...
I'm not looking for an argument, either.
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Old 06-03-2020, 02:17 PM   #111
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This survey really surprised me. I'm 69, and semi-retired lawyer, but I'm not "retired" based on the definition of this survey, nor are most of the lawyers I know. Based on my peers, I feel guilty at having "semi-retired" at 65. One lawyer in our firm practiced well into his early '80s.

I know a lawyer who was just laid off from his firm at the end of May - he's 73 years old, and he was furious. He's already found a job with a new firm. "Old lawyers never lose their appeal."
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Old 06-03-2020, 02:30 PM   #112
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MegaCorp made the decision to retire everyone 55 and older when they overreacted to the crash of 2008. And they paid dearly for that bad decision.

But it was a great decision for all the experienced employees. None ever worked again.
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This survey really surprised me. I'm 69, and semi-retired lawyer, but I'm not "retired" based on the definition of this survey, nor are most of the lawyers I know. Based on my peers, I feel guilty at having "semi-retired" at 65. One lawyer in our firm practiced well into his early '80s.

I know a lawyer who was just laid off from his firm at the end of May - he's 73 years old, and he was furious. He's already found a job with a new firm. "Old lawyers never lose their appeal."
I think as a general point, with the lawyer as well as the doctor professions, there appears to be a higher percentage of professionals who work into their 60's and 70's.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:06 PM   #114
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I answered 70+ as that is the same as NEVER, according to OP's definition.

Due to rental properties and being too cheap to pay someone 10% to manage it, plus save a lot doing simple repairs myself.

Also a company calls me a couple of times a year to fix their system when they screw it up. So far this year it's been worth less than 1 day of work.
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...Picked 55 to be eligible for retiree medical and Rule of 55. The extra 2 days got me another month of company health insurance.
In March of this year, I was going for 54 (this year), but while I was on vacation, the COVID crash happened, and I lost 30% (now down to 4.5%) and the ability to travel for a while. So, back to w#rk. I'm currently debating RE in September or October, or waiting until early January so that I qualify for Rule of 55 distributions (which I don't need) and the 401(k) match. If I still can't fly internationally in September, I may limp a long a few months longer, or not. Part of my dilemma is wanting the documented income for a short-term home loan for a new place (which we'd pay off after the current place sells). My body's still sitting in my home office, but my mind left 4 years ago. Right now, the countdown timer says 69 days, or September 11 (to get one last holiday), but my wife doesn't want me to resign on THAT date. It would be easy to remember!
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Old 06-08-2020, 06:04 PM   #116
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53 although gave notice at 52 but they moved so slowly to find a replacement. Took 3 months to sell the house, pack up and move to Uruguay..., one of the best decisions of my life!
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Old 06-13-2020, 12:17 PM   #118
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55 for me. In 6 to 9 mos.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:16 PM   #119
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55 Left in March right before COVID. We waited for our daughter to be a freshman in college and then to pick up our annual bonuses in March.
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Yeah, In voted before I read the “rules”. I don’t know many engineers that stop doing stuff snd get compensated for it. So change my answer from 61 to 70+. Just yesterday, the neighbors behind us switched to Comcast from Fios and the installer only goes up to the modem due to Covid. They gave me (us) a $100 gift card for me to have fun installing the gear. I enjoy tinkering.
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