I'm not an actuary, but as far as I'm aware the average age of 71 is "at birth". It would be more relevant to check the life expectancy of a 28 year old (I'll bet it's a lot better than 71).Thanks for the numbers. I really don't know what the current life expectancy is, but I'm fairly certain that I won't live as long. :)I think the recommended safe withdrawal rate is under 4% of your assets - that should guarantee you a good 40+ years of income. So, if you need $25K per year, you should have at least $625,000. invested - which I'd guess would mean you need to get about $150K in the bank by the time you're 35 if you want to retire at 55 (assuming you'll save no more beyond 35...).That should be (almost) trivial for me, assuming I don't allow myself to overspend while I'm working on contract, and I haven't, so far. With luck, I'll have much more than that.Thanks again, for your help.<jbrains>
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