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Old 05-08-2021, 01:44 PM   #21
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April 2016 here. It is hard to believe it has been 5 years. So far so good on all fronts. My physical condition is better due to exercise and losing 40 lbs. Financially it went better than projected.
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Old 05-08-2021, 05:45 PM   #22
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Technically Class of 2017, but only because I didn't close down my company until 12/17. The last year of meaningful income was 2016. DH retired in 2008. Since 12/31/2016, our Investments have increased by 61%, so we're doing .
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Old 05-08-2021, 06:02 PM   #23
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Unlike some, I did not know my last day at work was going to be in 2015, my last check for a medical claim came in 2016, so maybe I am in the 2016 class also. I had made plans and did save for when Diabetes would make renewing my licenses too hard.
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Old 05-08-2021, 06:54 PM   #24
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arbeadub >> glad all is going well with you the last 5 years.

Golden sunsets >> Looks like you have done extremely well financially. Very nice that is a nice gain.
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Old 05-08-2021, 07:45 PM   #25
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I wasn't on any list as I was winding down doing part time project work. Technically, I was off the "paycheck" in 2016, but I took few lucrative assignments during 2017 and 2018 even tough I was collecting SS.

My, how time flies.....
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Old 05-08-2021, 08:04 PM   #26
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DW and I are coming up on our five year anniversaries. She retired June of 2016 and I followed in August 2016. It’s been a fantastic five years. Bought a big motorhome and have travelled quite a bit of the USA. Watching our grandsons start to grow up. Net worth is up nicely. What’s not to like about retirement? Congrats to all of our fellow 2016 retirees!!
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Old 05-09-2021, 04:47 AM   #27
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arbeadub >> glad all is going well with you the last 5 years.

Golden sunsets >> Looks like you have done extremely well financially. Very nice that is a nice gain.
Thanks Street. I did that calculation in order to respond to your thread. I didn't realize the gain was as big a % until I did the calculation. We were 55/45 AA at the end of 2016. We slowly reduced that AA to 50/50 over the ensuing 5 years, staying fully invested and rebalancing along the way.
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Old 05-09-2021, 07:35 AM   #28
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5 year club for me too. My last day of work was in March 2016 although I didn't officially retire until June 2017 when I reached non-penalty status on my pension.
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Old 05-09-2021, 09:41 PM   #29
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Class of 2017 - EVERY day I count one more day of total, pure freedom. Its over whelming when you realize you don’t have to work again. I have a lot of friends that just can’t fathom not working. I can’t fathom ever working again but I realize it could happen. I hope this lasts another 4 years, or with some luck, another 30 years.
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I’m class of 2016 too, formal retirement began 1/1/2016. But then I got persuaded to do minimal job from home for a non- profit. Just gave notice that I’ll be finished with that as of 9/30/21. I had a lot of needed home improvements in the last five years. Took two European vacations with children, grandchildren. Spent much more than expected and more than a SWR and still have 50% more in my portfolio than I did 1/1/16. Am very grateful for an early bull market.
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DW & I are 2016'ers.

Last month we sold our home in the Phoenix area along with our car and liberated ourselves of the entirety of our possessions save for two carry-on roller bags and two backpacks. Now fully vaccinated, free from the responsibilities of home ownership and with the world beginning to open up, we are looking forward to more roaming about.
Wow - this sounds a bit extreme but oh-so-inspiring! Do you have a place you call home now? Or are you completely nomad?
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:51 PM   #32
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A little late to this post. Yep, class of 2016. I hit 5 years in April.

We haven't traveled as much as we would have like to and now DW is scheduled for a knee replacement in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, after recovery and covid restrictions we will be able to start doing a bunch of short trips at least.

I do still have some work dreams. I wonder when they will end.
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Wow - this sounds a bit extreme but oh-so-inspiring! Do you have a place you call home now? Or are you completely nomad?
We are completely nomad - vagabonds if you well. Homeless (actually house-less) by choice! "Home" for us is as much a state of mind as it is a physical location.

Currently, a 1BR apartment in Oaxaca City, MX is the location we call "home" - though only until the end of August.
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I do still have some work dreams.
Are some of those dreams the makings of a nightmare??
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I retired December 20th 2016. The time has flown by. I am so grateful every day. There is nothing like waking up on a Monday morning. The market has been kind since i retired. Just need to do more traveling. Soon, very soon. Life is great!
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I retired December 20th 2016. The time has flown by. I am so grateful every day. There is nothing like waking up on a Monday morning. The market has been kind since i retired. Just need to do more traveling. Soon, very soon. Life is great!
I can see how Monday mornings can quickly become your favorite My first Monday morning in retirement will be this October 4th. Boy, I can't wait...
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Monday mornings are nothing compared to not being bothered by the Sunday Night 60 Minutes tic tic tic......
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Old 05-14-2021, 10:46 AM   #38
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Congrats all! Coming here from class of 2015.

Time has flown by. Moved last year to the sunny SW after enduring cloudy and rainy Frozen Flyover all my life. Should have done this in 2015.
Took years to figure out what we really wanted . Now got a great base camp to road trip the beautiful western US. Getting into RVing too, a decades deferred, almost forgotten dream.

Would have never figured out all this if I had stayed at w*rk.
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I was retired by my company along with many “grey beards” on February 29th 2016, just a month short of 5 years with them.

It was a blessing of sorts as I had planned to retire anyway in April. Small severance and then Cobra (expensive) followed by ACA.
My young Turk IT boss didn’t like a few of us oldsters and most likely put us on his hit list. All managers had to do it.

Anyway, time flew and I fill my days with golf in the morning and programming Firesticks.

Enjoyable thus far👍
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I was retired by my company along with many “grey beards” on February 29th 2016, just a month short of 5 years with them.

It was a blessing of sorts as I had planned to retire anyway in April. Small severance and then Cobra (expensive) followed by ACA.
My young Turk IT boss didn’t like a few of us oldsters and most likely put us on his hit list. All managers had to do it.

Anyway, time flew and I fill my days with golf in the morning and programming Firesticks.

Enjoyable thus far
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