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Affluent Americans Rush to Retire in New ‘Life-Is-Short’ Mindset

The unprecedented surge in shares and home values during an economic crisis is easing the retirement path for those who have savings and investments.

Craig DiLorenzo in Chicago, on April 23. The former 3M Co. executive retired in March at 58.

Craig DiLorenzo in Chicago, on April 23. The former 3M Co. executive retired in March at 58.

Photographer: Sebastian Hidalgo/Bloomberg

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After a year of early-morning Zoom calls, the specter of a deadly virus and soaring stock and real estate values, working American baby boomers who can afford it plan to get out while the getting’s good.