There was a time, not too long ago, when the word retirement wasn't automatically followed by the words "Yeah, in your dreams!" For many, a brutal economy has made life in a hammock seem unattainable—the stock-market meltdown obliterated up to 50 percent of typical retirement accounts. But millions of Americans are still securely retired despite this mess, and thriving in their postcareer lives. Countless more are taking the plunge amid the turmoil. Here are some retirees who prove that a long-deserved lifelong holiday can be scripted many ways, at many income levels. … Back to Article
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