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How Much Is Enough Balancing Today's Needs with Tomorrow's Retirement Goals Paperback – September 5, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0471738718 ISBN-10: 0471738719 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471738719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471738718
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,313,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for How Much Is Enough?

"How Much Is Enough? gives you a practical, goal-oriented approach to looking ahead and working through your finances. The result is a non–anxiety producing method that works and sticks . . . you'd be nuts not to take advantage of it."
—Josh Gordon, bestselling author of Selling 2.0

"A great book about protecting your retirement funds and your future."
—Frank W. Abagnale, bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can "The most straightforward, easy-to-understand book I have ever read on financial planning. A must-read for anyone interested in a secure financial future."
—Richard H. Sullenger, The Sullenger Financial Group

"A useful guide to making your money grow—simply written, well thought out, and right to the point."
—Peter C. Newman, author and columnist for Maclean's magazine

"The attitude quiz alone is valuable. It not only helps you achieve a clear understanding about where you are and where you need to go financially—but personally too."
—Jeff Dowle, Executive Vice President, HSBC Bank

About the Author

DIANE McCURDY, CFP, is an experienced financial planner with more than twenty-five years of experience working with clients. She began by starting her own insurance agency, which expanded over time. McCurdy is now an elder planning counselor as well as a Certified Financial Planner. She is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a group of the top 30,000 insurance and financial service professionals from sixty-one countries. McCurdy has appeared frequently on TV and radio in Canada and more recently has been speaking to groups in the United States and elsewhere.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Lange on September 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a CPA and attorney whose practice is devoted to addressing clients' retirement and estate planning needs I especially liked that Diane McCurdy's How Much is Enough: Balancing Today's Needs with Tomorrow's Retirement Goals helps readers figure out their "money attitude." For instance, are you a spender or a saver? Once you understand your own spending patterns and habits you can take steps to avoid the financial pitfalls common to each attitude. Perhaps the most important benefit of the book is that it helps readers choose their "Enough Number"--the amount that will be "Enough" for them after they retire. And she doesn't forget to factor in all of those things that concern us the most, like how we will afford those special luxuries on our retirement wish lists. Great job Diane! I will definitely be recommending How Much is Enough to my clients.

James Lange, CPA/Attorney and author of Retire Secure! Pay Taxes Later: The Key to Making Your Money Last as Long as You Do
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Browne on October 6, 2005
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As a financial advisor, I recommend this book to clients who need a good overview of money management and retirement planning. There are lots of books on specific types of investing, but this one is different. It's a comprehensive tool that gives clients a better understanding of what we're doing and enables them to ask more pertinent questions. The "money personality" aspect is a very useful device in helping people understand why they use money the way they do. My clients report that the book is very motivating too.

Peter C. Browne, LUTCF
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sleepless in Vancouver on October 3, 2005
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Perhaps the previous reviewer should check this book out more carefully. I found the 401(k) contribution limits in Table 8.3 on page 123. It has more than enough detail for me, but doesn't pretend to be a comprehensive encyclopedia of financial instruments. I like the writing and the experience that the author brings to project. But I think the real strength of this book is that it helps the reader face his or her various denial strategies about their money. Diane McCurdy understands people really well and she's not going to let anyone get away without seriously examining their money issues. And it's so well-written, I'll even pay for the experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on August 25, 2006
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I'm part of the baby boomer generation and as we near retirement age, we worry. Have we lived too extravagantly and not planned and saved enough for retirement?

That's what this book is all about. McCurdy reminds us that it's never a good idea to go into debt unnecessarily. She recommends finding inexpensive ways to treat yourself and saving up for the big things. Too many people that I know have indulged themselves with fancy cars and exotic vacations without thought for the future. Here's a book that will help balance out current needs (and desires) while helping plan for retirement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alfonso on September 19, 2005
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Frankly, I had higher expectations from a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), but Diane McCurdy does a poor job of explaining even the fundamentals (e.g., fails to mention the 401(k) $4,000 catch-up for those 50 or older, pg. 122) and the examples are contrived (one of her clients was feeling "blue" because his neighbor had, apparently, more wealth; but then the neighbor consults with the author and he is actually worse off - sure). Her coverage of stocks and other financial instruments is incomplete and cursory, there is a marked lack of substance in this book for those who are seeking planning information for their retirement. The author's site [...] has some interesting material but it is a far cry from what you can find in Morningstar's site or others such as Fidelity, Vanguard, etc. for financial planning, including retirement. I still think G. Edmund's book is superior although four years older, for actual planning also consider Paul Merriman's latest book (Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money!), which provides factual evidence of why mutual fund portfolio mixes perform well (perhaps not for everyone, but certainly for the non-professionals like myself) - sample portfolios are provided as well. As I said, a CFP who purportedly counsels clients should have released a much better product.
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