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Old 03-08-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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Retirement security: U.S. lags other countries - Feb. 25, 2014

Most people I know are clueless as to how much better people of other countries have it than we do here. After all, we live in the 'greatest country in the history of the world'. Ignorance is bliss, so they say...
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Comparing apples to oranges isn't even valid.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Comparing apples to oranges isn't even valid.
Really? In denial?
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I see the UK is only rated 18 to the US's 19. That's basically because other European countries have better state pensions than ours.

I count my blessings all the time that I'm retired here instead of in the US. I'd be struggling in retirement in the US if I was still there.

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Old 03-08-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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It's nothing to do with apples to oranges. The citizens of those countries made specific social policy decisions that have resulted in a generally better standard of living and life balance. If Americans acted in the same manner, we could also achieve those results. I am not holding my breath, however...
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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The unnecessary, derisive hyperbole regarding this country notwithstanding, this is not new news and has been an unfortunate reality for some time now. However, my wife and I do not suffer due to choices and opportunities afforded us during our working years. Having lived in three other countries, I still find the one I served while in the military during the 60s and 70s to be preferable overall. I have no major laments and no desire to live out my retirement years elsewhere. But thanks for posting this anyway. It's always interesting to hear from the "other side."
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:52 AM
 
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The unnecessary, derisive hyperbole regarding this country notwithstanding, this is not new news and has been an unfortunate reality for some time now. However, my wife and I do not suffer due to choices and opportunities afforded us during our working years. Having lived in three other countries, I still find the one I served while in the military during the 60s and 70s to be preferable overall. I have no major laments and no desire to live out my retirement years elsewhere. But thanks for posting this anyway. It's always interesting to hear from the "other side."
I'm more of a one foot in each boat kind of guy, in that when I reach retirement, my plan is to spend part if not most of the year abroad and maybe a few months a year in the US.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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It's the healthcare, or lack of, that knocks the US so far down the list. Number 21 for healthcare for retirees.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:04 AM
 
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It's the healthcare, or lack of, that knocks the US so far down the list. Number 21 for healthcare for retirees.
#22 in finances and #24 in QOL drag us down as well, but the icing on the cake is #36 for material well-being. And I thought that it was the Americans who were always buying sh*t.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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#22 in finances and #24 in QOL drag us down as well, but the icing on the cake is #36 for material well-being. And I thought that it was the Americans who were always buying sh*t.
They are. But this is only about retirees.
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