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Since 1991, I have averaged a little over 14% annual return on my invested money, which includes 2001 and 2008/9.

This allowed me to retire 5 years ago at 55 instead of 66 or 62 even though I "gave up" 80% of my company pension and healthcare benefits to retire early. My savings have paid for everything.

The 5 years referred to was in "my" earlier post, 62 - 65 is 4 years not 5 that I had put in my post.

In the list below, I start with $18,576 that stays in my IRA instead of being withdrawn. In year 2, an additional $18,576 is put in plus gains at 8%.

I dropped all gains on the first year, so the end number is now lower even though it is currently invested and would have the full first year appreciation.

$40,124 +
$63,396 +
$88,530 +

No additional money in from here to the end, only investment gains of 8% annually.

This assumes:
1. I was able to live comfortable on the $18,576 + other normal sources.
2. That I actually leave the saved money invested and do not "drain" it.

If I switch from 8% to 6%, the end result is $288,321.

Incidently, in my planning, I use 6% for investment appreciation so that I plan for a pessimistic future. It was just tested in the 2008/9 sag without any problems.

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