This column has to do with life expectancy. If you would rather not know when you are departing this world, then perhaps you don’t want to read any further. But if you are curious enough to know what your longevity might be and how this is critical for retirement planning, read on.I asked one calculator which said I would leave this earth in 12 years, 306, days, 3 hours, 38 minutes, and 24 seconds, as of the time I got this down on paper. Another calculator estimated that I would last until I was 90.21 while a third one had me pegged taking off at age 89.

Of course, what set these calculators apart are the questions they ask. The first one above (that has me checking out in 12 years) only asked for my birth date, time of birth, and gender. I hardly take that one too seriously. The other two asked me a myriad of questions ranging from present lifestyle to health issues about my family and my parents. I would tend to look at those a little closer; besides, they have me living longer.

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