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There is a lot of talk in the news about retiring early, and there is even a whole movement focused on retiring early called FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early).  Before I get into why I think retirement needs to be re-thought, it is worth looking at the history of retirement and how 65 became the established age as a societal norm in the first place.

As a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group at Thompson Hine LLP, David Whaley assists private and public companies and nonprofit organizations with all areas of employee benefits, including design, implementation and compliance in connection with tax qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and health and welfare arrangements, as well as employee fringe benefits.