Here is a single-sit read than can change the course of your retirement. Written by Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, a retirement and savings specialist, and a trustee to two retiree health-care trusts worth over $54 billion, How to Retire with Enough Money cuts through the confusion, misinformation, and bad policy-making that keeps us spending or saving poorly. It begins with acknowledging what a person or household actually needs to have saved—the rule of thumb is eight to ten times your annual salary before retirement—and how much to expect from Social Security. And then it delivers the basic principles that will make the money grow, including a dozen good ideas to get current expenses under control. Why to “get rid of your guy”—those for-fee (or hidden-fee) financial planners that suck up valuable assets. Why it’s always better to pay off a loan or a mortgage. There are no gimmicks, no magical thinking—just an easy-to-follow program that works.
Author: Teresa Ghilarducci, Tony James
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Everyone deserves to be able to retire with dignity, but this core feature of the social contract is in jeopardy. Companies have swerved away from pensions, and most of the workforce has woefully inadequate retirement savings. If we don’t act to fix this broken system, rates of impoverishment for senior citizens threaten to skyrocket, and tens of millions of Americans reaching retirement age in the coming decades will be forced to delay retirement and will experience a dramatic drop in their standard of living. In Rescuing Retirement, Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James offer a comprehensive yet simple plan to help workers save for retirement, increase retirement savings by earning higher returns, and guarantee lifelong income for everyone. Built on people’s own money in individual Guaranteed Retirement Accounts, the plan requires no new taxes, no more bureaucracy, and no increase in the deficit. Speaking to Americans’ growing anxiety about their ability to retire, Rescuing Retirement provides answers to anyone wanting to understand the growing movement to protect a period of life once considered a deserved time of rest and creativity and offers a practical guide to the future of secure retirement.
..".this book is the best I've seen on how to navigate the retirement savings question." Forbes It seems so simple, doesn't it? Plug a few numbers into a retirement calculator and presto You have an accurate answer for how much money you need to retire. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. The conventional approach used by experts to determine how much money you need to retire is fundamentally flawed. The worst part is you won't even know it until it's too late. This book takes you behind the scientific facade of modern retirement planning to reveal: Why most estimates for how much you need to retire are a case of garbage-in garbage-out causing you to either overspend and run out of money or underspend so that you never get to enjoy your savings. The 5 critical assumptions that can destroy your financial security. Which one are you making? 3 models for estimating how much money you need to retire (your financial planner only knows 1 and it's not the best). How to reduce the amount you need to retire by $300,000-$600,000 or more. How to plan for inflation, changes in Social Security, and much more so you don't run out of money before you run out of life. 7 creative ways to spend less while also improving lifestyle. 3 strategies to maximize spending today while protecting for the future in case you live longer than expected. How Monte Carlo calculators cause a dangerous deception that can leave you broke. Explains step-by-step how to accurately calculate the amount of money you need to retire-the very first time you try, simply, and without being a math genius. No computer, software, or online calculator necessary-it's that simple. In one evening you can know more about how much money you need to retire than your financial adviser. This practical, no-nonsense guide provides a step-by-step plan that tells you how much money you need to retire with confidence. No retirement is secure without it.
Author: Jean Chatzky, Michael F. Roizen
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style
Two of the world's leading experts explain the vital link between health and wealth that could add years to your life and dollars to your retirement savings. All the money in the world doesn't mean a thing if we can't get out of bed. And the healthiest body in the world won't stay that way if we're frazzled about five figures worth of debt. TODAY Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic's chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen explain the vital connection between health and wealth--giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives. The same principles that allow us to achieve a better body will allow us to do the same for our investment portfolio. For instance, physical and financial stability comes down to the same equation: Inflow versus outflow. Do we burn more calories than we ingest? Likewise, are we making more money than we spend? The authors detail scientific ways to improve our behavior so that the answers tilt in the readers' favor. They also offer ways to beat the system by automating how we do things and limiting our decisions in the face of too much food or too much debt. Chatzky and Roizen provide a plan for both financial independence and biological strength with action steps to get you there.
You're in Control of Your Retirement Future Inside are twenty major financial decisions that could profoundly impact your lifestyle over the next forty years. For many retirees, these decisions come as a surprise and must be made hastily without proper consultation. But by reading the expert, commission-free advice in this fully revised and updated edition, you'll learn how to manage your assets and prepare for the best possible retirement. •Do I have enough money to retire now? •How will I cover my medical expenses during retirement? •When should I begin taking Social Security? •How much should I invest in stocks, bonds, and cash? •What criteria should I use to identify the best investments? •Should I cancel my life insurance policy? •Should I pay off my mortgage at retirement?
Author: David Trahair
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Stop risking everything to make your investment advisor rich The stock market crash of 2008 proved one thing: traditional retirement planning advice simply doesn't work. The risks are too enormous. Trusting the stock market is like gambling with your family's future. But how do you plan for retirement without risking everything? Enough Bull shows you how, with an easy-to-understand, simple-to-apply strategy for a better retirement. Enough Bull overturns the conventional wisdom about retirement planning, and offers the simple secrets to securing a comfortable retirement. In an accessible and straightforward style, this practical guide explains how it's possible to save for retirement starting later in life, retire comfortably on less money, and incur less risk. Updated to apply to both the U.S. and Canada, this new second edition offers a message of hope for average, cash-strapped baby boomers by detailing a step-by-step plan for avoiding all the traps, doing the exact opposite of what the major financial institutions recommend, and still coming out further ahead. Invest only in safe investments that will never decline Get out of the stock market and mutual funds forever Why waiting to save for retirement may beat starting early Elect to receive the CPP pension at exactly the right age Avoid the common scams that lead to financial disaster More than ever before, retirees are frightened and stressed out about finances. There never seems to be enough to pay current bills, let alone save thousands in RRSPs and 401Ks, yet the large financial institutions bombard us with fearful messages of destitution unless we maximize our contributions. The truth is this makes them rich, and you poor. Cut through the noise, stop taking the bait, and discover how you can have a comfortable future without sacrificing the present. Enough Bull provides the plan, you just need to act.
Don't Retire Broke
Author: Rick Rodgers
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Retirement planning was simple and predictable 40 years ago. All you needed was your company pension, personal savings, and Social Security. Those days are long gone. Most public pensions are underfunded, and private companies can’t get rid of them fast enough. Social Security’s own trustees predict it will run out of money in less than 20 years. And most people haven’t saved even a fraction of what they should. Retiring comfortably today is not about saving more, it’s about saving smart. In Don’t Retire Broke, you will learn: Traps to avoid before you retire. How to maximize Social Security benefits. What to do now if you still have a pension. How to keep the IRS out of your IRA. Isn’t it time to make sure you don’t retire broke?
As senior citizens age, they tend to go through less money; in fact, the typical over-75 household spent only $25,763 in 2004. This is in direct contrast to financial planners who tell you that you need to save large amounts of money in order to live comfortably during your retirement years. In this new book, you will learn how to manage your expenses, how to reduce and eliminate debt, how to save and invest wisely, how to use retirement planning tools, how to reduce living expenses, how to downsize to a smaller, less expensive property, how to save on small items, how to prioritize your insurance, and how to cut back. Additionally, you will learn about withdrawal plans, selling your home, simplifying your life style, and streamlining postretirement activities. Perhaps most interestingly, you will be presented with the option of moving overseas when you retire. Places such as Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Malta, and Mexico offer lower living costs and lower prescription drug prices. - Publisher.
Author: Bill Roiter
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Silences the worry financially successful people have over retirement while offering them exciting new ways to think about and plan for a life after work Moving beyond the world of work can be an anxious, fearful time for accomplished professionals fraught with uncertainty and indecision. Do I have enough money to live the life I want? Will I be healthy and able to manage any health problems that arise so that I can live the life I want? Will I be lonely? What kind of life do I want to live? These are the pressing questions they ask themselves and seek answers for. Yet most books on retirement focus mainly on the financial aspects of life after work, offering little of value to those who are financially secure. Beyond Work was written for accomplished people who feel financially secure enough to retire, but who are at a loss when it comes to planning their futures. It gives them the tools to think about all the other important aspects of retirement, so they can make a successful transition to and find meaning and satisfaction in retirement. Explores the four challenges that must be met in order to have a fulfilling retirement: financial, physical, social, and personal Packed with inspiring and instructive real-life retirement stories and practical tools that assist readers in making the transition to life after work
Turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life with Jane Bryant Quinn’s “‘how to’ book that covers every phase of retirement finance. Bottom line, anyone on the retirement track or in retirement should own this book” (Huffington Post). Today, people worry that they’re going to run out of money in their older age. That won’t happen if you use a few tricks for squeezing higher payments from your assets—from your Social Security account (find the hidden values there), pension (monthly income or lump sum?), home equity (sell and invest the proceeds or take a reverse mortgage?), savings (should you buy a lifetime annuity?), and retirement accounts (how to invest and—critically—how much to withdraw from your savings each year?). The right moves will not only raise the amount you have to spend, they’ll stretch out your money over many more years. With this book, financial expert Jane Bryant Quinn, “America’s dean of personal finance” (Forbes), explains how to turn your retirement funds into a paycheck that will last for life. She also shows how to look at your savings and investments in a new way. If you stick with super-safe choices the money might not last. You need safe money to help pay the bills in your early retirement years. But to ensure that you’ll still have spending money ten and twenty years from now, you have to invest for growth, today. Quinn shows you how. At a time when people are living longer, yet retiring with a smaller pot of savings than they’d hoped for, this book will become the essential guide—“a hugely valuable resource for readers, wherever they are on their personal financial timeline” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
The New Savage Number
Author: Terry Savage
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Nationally known personal finance expert Terry Savage helps you answer the most important retirement questions During a time when looking to the future is more important than ever, author Terry Savage offers street smart advice for the many soon-to-be retirees wondering how much longer they will have to work to make up for the losses in their retirement accounts. The New Savage Number provides the strategic guidance and hands-on techniques necessary to plan a successful, satisfying retirement. Throughout the book, Savage helps you figure out how much money you need to retire-your savage number-and how to invest to reach that goal. Then, as retirement looms, she guides you through the process of planning withdrawals so the money lasts your entire lifetime. In between, Savage offers practical advice on everything from getting personal finances organized to insuring retirement plans against the disastrous need for long-term care. An informative, engaging book that future retirees of every age can utilize, The New Savage Number Contains updated chapters reflect the current economy including changes to the mortgage market and stock market performance Takes issues such as social security, long term insurance, and new investment risks into consideration Offers guidance on continuing to earn income in retirement Written with every retirement bound individual in mind, The New Savage Number, Second Edition provides you with the tools needed to rescue your retirement.
Author: Emily Brandon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
"Provides tips on using a variety of sources, including Social Security, Medicare, and 401(k)s, to build a retirement income"--
This is a survival manual for the difficult but exciting road to retirement security.
Describes how a retiree can live comfortably on $500,000 or less.
Find all of the following, explained in plain-English with no technical jargon: How to calculate how much you'll need saved before you can retire How to use annuities to minimize the risk of outliving your money How to choose which accounts (Roth vs. traditional IRA vs. taxable) to withdraw from each year When it makes sense to use a Roth IRA conversion to save on taxes How to choose an appropriate asset allocation for your retirement portfolio How to minimize taxes by proper use of an asset location strategy How to reliably pick winning mutual funds