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Product Details

  • Series: Bloomberg Personal Bookshelf (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1ST edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576600688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576600689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,248,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Don't Die Broke: How to Turn Your Retirement Savings into Lasting Income, by personal-finance writer and financial-education specialist Margaret A. Malaspina, offers a fresh take on one of today's hottest money matters by outlining ways to tap most effectively into the retirement nest egg that you're currently nurturing. While most such guides concentrate on actually amassing those future fiscal resources in the first place, Malaspina shows instead how to maximize what you're (hopefully) already building so you'll (hopefully) always have what you need. "Most people find themselves making decisions about retirement plan distributions with little guidance," she writes. "Few people understand the consequences of their choices--or, indeed, what choices they have." In clear, highly focused chapters, she offers solid suggestions for creating a lasting retirement income, lowering potential taxes, and building an estate worth passing along. --Howard Rothman

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Personal finance writer and financial education specialist Malaspina presents an excellent summary of the many options and decisions likely to be faced by the massive baby boomer population as they near retirement. She discusses such related topics as how to take money out of retirement plans, how to create a paycheck, how to manage assets as part of an estate or inherited from someone else's estate, how to provide for a spouse and transfer wealth to heirs, and how to seek guidance in selecting a financial advisor. This work's user-friendly approach to the complex decisions that have to be made about retirement savings set it apart from the crowd of other programs available. With narration by Susan O'Malley, this is highly recommended for all public libraries.ADale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Norman Posner on February 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Malaspina has done an incredible service to the taxpaying world in her book. As a Certified Public Accountant, I can attest to fact that dealing with the Internal Revenue Service Code is an extremely difficult process. She has consistently dealt with this complicated and very confusing subject and de-mystified it in a way that heretofore has never been done. As more and more assets of American citizens are finding their way into retirement accounts, the timing of this book is perfect. What might appear to be some type of simple election or investment decision can backfire in terms of significant additional taxes. She attempts and succeeds in identifying these problems and proposing appropriate solutions. I have read it thoroughly and have recommended it to my clients and friends.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L. tilles on February 7, 2000
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Like so many of my friends, my husband's and my focus has been all about reaching some magic number that would say, ok,now it's safe to retire without going broke... We gave not a thought to how we'd manage the money afterwards. But then we began to hear rumors ... you must do this, you can't do that, and panic set in. Finally, after reading Ms. Malaspina's book, we understand what's really going on (better than we did after talking to our accountant!). I've given this book to friends and even a cousin who was 69-1/2 and didn't have a clue about the need to start drawing on certain retirement savings. This book should be required reading for anyone over 50. Thanks, Bloomberg Press!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was expecting a much more complete discussion on how to manage retirement funds especially guidelines for taking distributions from various types of retirement instruments. Only one chapter of the whole book really treated this issue. The primary pracital advice I got out of it is "use taxable assets before deferred assets".
Most of the book (not devoted to filler pages) described the various kinds of retirement accounts. This was presented well and is informative. But given all the definitions and account alternatives, I did not get much in the way of useful advice on "How to turn your retirement savings into lasting income".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was a great surprise. I didn't expect to like it, mostly because I hate the very thought of retirement planning and I approach the subject kicking and screaming. Yet it is time, and this book has been an enormous help. It makes the subject at least accessible, if not downright friendly.
I note that my enthusiasm differs from the reviewer from Austin, and I'm not sure why. It's true that not every page of "Don't Die Broke" is focused on "How to turn your retirement savings into lasting income" (the tag line on the book's cover), but I didn't have a problem with that. The bottom line is that a few mistakes in the retirement planning area can be very costly, and this book is first and foremost about avoiding those mistakes.
A final thought. Only a few readers have given reviews so far. Is that because we're retiring types after all?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SmallNetBuilder on July 10, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The subtitle is "Taking Money out of your IRA, 401(k), or other savings plan-- and creating lasting retirement income, but there's precious little useful how-to here. There's basically one chapter (9) that deals with the details of setting up a withdrawal plan and the advice boils down to "go find an investment advisor". Most of the book is spent explaining 401ks, IRAs, workplace plans, etc.
It's my own fault, though. Next time I'll read the TOC before buying!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In Don't Die Broke, Margaret Malaspina offers a careful, practical, step-by-step, effective approach to ensuring proper and profitable management of money. Here is a wealth of useful advice and counsel on making money last, avoiding the need to spend retirement years worrying about financial security. The reader will learn how to turn assets into income; create a monthly paycheck from savings, stocks, and other financial resources; avoid making irreversible mistakes with retirement savings; understand a company's retirement plans, individual retirement accounts (such as the new Roth IRAs); transfer wealth to heirs; and minimize taxes on retirement savings. Don't Die Broke is "must" reading for anyone seeking relief from financial stress in their retirement and eventually being able to leave something to loved ones.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Malaspina has taken a very complicated topic and made it easy for the average reader to comprehend the important issues and find answers to questions that face everyone who needs to make a decison about their retirement savings. I had no idea it could be so complicated to get at my own money. Reading this book has enlightened me and helped me avoid some serious mistakes.
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