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Early Retirement: What You Should Know.

By Thomas G. Holmshaw

Forty years is a long time to have to wait to pursue the real pleasures in life, but when you think about it, that is exactly what we do all the while that we are looking forward to retirement.
Hence the trend that for many reasons more people are opting to retire at an early age. The growing trend for the retirement is based on the fact that people are enticed to retire early than continue working and wait until they reach their retirement age of 65. In fact, most of the surveys carried out in the United States asserted that 60% of the respondents would prefer to retire at an early age.

In reality, there are many advantages that people can derive when they retire early. However, there are also many disadvantage's that result from early retirement. What they do not know is that early retirement has the potential of bringing more problems than reaping in benefits and advantages.

Here is a list of some of the reasons why retiring early can be a pretty risky activity.

Not in accordance with the regulations of Social Security.

When people take the option to retire at an early age, there is a great possibility that they cannot immediately obtain their Social Security benefits. The reason for this is that according to the rules and regulations of Social Security, anyone who is born after 1938 will have to wait longer than their retirement age of 65 before they can get their benefits.

Therefore, early retirement may only contribute to a negative outcome in the eventuality where older people's finances were not managed properly and the only thing they expect to help them in later years are the Social Security benefits they can get.

If people who took early retirement are taken ill, they may not be entitled to some Medicare benefits.

This is because the age when people are eligible for Medicare benefits is when they turn 65. Hence, if they are hospitalized and they have already filed for their early retirement, they have to have some other means of covering the expenses in the hospital without Medicare.

Penalty charges are inflicted on those who retired early and had withdrawn their IRAs early.

For people who retire at an early age and wish to obtain their IRAs, they have to face a hefty 10% penalty charge. Moreover, experts contend that the nest egg of people who wish to retire early is only 80% of what they should be getting when they retire at the age of 65.

Although the thought of early retirement brings some element of pain relief to those aching joints, unless you have planned well in advance for the occasion and hoarded heaps of cash in some secret place, give some serious consideration to the situation and weigh up all the pro's and cons before making that important decision.

The bottom line is that early retirement is, indeed, a personal choice and preference of an individual but you must consider the factors that may affect your life in the end.
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Author: Thomas G. Holmshaw.
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