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If you haven't turned 70 yet, don't retire

Original post made on Nov 1, 2019

Want to retire more comfortably? Work longer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 1, 2019 at 9:39 am

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Two hundred ninety-two retirement strategies? Oh, geez, I’ve only pondered two or three.

Posted by oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 3, 2019 at 8:44 am

Keep working until you're 70 is easy to say but real hard to do in Silicon Valley where the tech companies routinely force engineers out before they turn 40 years old. H1B immigrant labor is much cheaper and easier to control.

Posted by Maurice
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm

This information is available in the Social Security statement I receive every year. Why are a Stanford study and a newspaper article needed to convey this information?

Posted by Marc
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 4, 2019 at 10:48 am

This seems like a rehash of every story about when to retire in the last 10 years. Nothing new.


Posted by Midtown Local
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 4, 2019 at 4:24 pm

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"Retirees also pay significantly less for state and federal taxes, since a large portion of Social Security income is exempt from income taxes and taxpayers ages 65 and older have larger tax deductions." That's a bit questionable.

For anyone with a substantial RMD from retirement accounts, 85% of your Social Security is taxable. See SSA site: Web Link .

And the recent tax change did quite a number on the deductibility of our California property tax bills.

Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm

Or you could work until you're 100 and retire on $1 million a year for the rest of your life. Ahhhh, I can see it now....

Posted by Palomaya
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Nov 5, 2019 at 4:14 am

What! Not sure what company would keep you until age 70. Once I hit mid 50's that was it for working in the Valley even with my doctorate degree. Can you work even in the public sector until 70. This has to be one of the most lame brain studies that I have recently read. Does not reflect reality. So if you could work until 70, you would maybe have 5 years of retirement until 75 when the body starts to go haywire for many of us.

Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 5, 2019 at 9:34 am

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Ditto to "Oldster" and "Palomaya"; I know that Stanford Hospital tries successfully to get older staff out before 70 by making them take enhanced care classes while working past 65. It's a burden to remain full-time and take classes at that late age.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2019 at 11:15 am

Posted by oldster, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> tech companies routinely force engineers out before they turn 40 years old.


Posted by Joel, a resident of Barron Park

>> enhanced care classes

What, pray tell, is an "enhanced care class"? Examples?


I haven't read the report, but, I think that any advanced-retirement-age strategy has to consider political risk as well-- the risk that those who hate Social Security will succeed, politically, in chipping away at it enough to make it useless for anyone not already destitute.

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