Many people who are now retired would have quit work four years earlier – if they had had the opportunity to do so as they were approaching retirement.

This is the most notable takeaway of a survey sponsored by New York Life and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs that polled 750 retirees between the ages of 62 and 70 with $100,000 of investable assets.  The survey indicated that 46 percent of those who responded wished they would have started their retirement earlier if they had the same level of financial security that they did when they retired.

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