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Yet I can tell you that it is very possible RE with significantly less than 2-3M.

I don't doubt that for a second. But early retirement is a huge step to take. I don't want it to be very possible. I want it to be absolutely certain.

For a lot of us, age 50 to 60 represents some peak earning years. Retiring early involves giving those up. If, for some reason, you find ten or fifteen years down the line that you miscalculated, it's not as if you can simply pick up where you left off.

Part of this depends on what type of lifestyle you look forward to and how much of a security net you think you need. Retiring early leaves you with a lot of years ahead of you, during which any number of things might change.

I guess it might be different if I were utterly miserable in my current situation as opposed to just moderately miserable. But to me, if I were to retire before age 60 I'd want to be pretty sure I had a secure future ahead.
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