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A Million Is Not Enough: How to Retire with the Money You'll Need Hardcover – March 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Springboard Press (March 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446582239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446582230
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael K. Farr is president and majority owner of Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC. As a leading financial analyst and strategist, Mr. Farr's commentary can be heard on Associated Press Radio, Bloomberg Radio, and National Public Radio. He is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Nightly Business Report. Mr. Farr is currently a regular guest host on CNBC's Squawk Box and was a long-time recurring panelist on PBS' Wall $treet Week with Fortune.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Michael Farr's book, A Million is Not Enough, covers retirement planning like a warm blanket on a cold night. It gives you a good sense of security, letting you know exactly where you stand and what you need to do to be successful in the end game. Fear not. The book doesn't drag you through overly detailed explanations of what specific investment techniques exist, though it highlights them. Instead the book provides valuable succinct answers to the really important questions of the why and how of retirement planning.

I think everyone knows that a million dollars is not what it used to be. And Farr starts off by hammering this point home. What you need in retirement is relative to your current lifestyle, and the lifestyle you hope to lead without working. Ten million dollars might not be enough retirement savings for some folks.

Three major sections guide you through Farr's retirement planning and execution processes.

1) Helps readers understand his view of the mission: Save successfully for retirement. Here Farr asks you to decide what you want out of life.

2) Talks to investing wisely, balancing risk and reward, but only after helping you assess where you stand relative to your goals. There's even a monthly budget worksheet to gain insight into current spending, from which future spending can be predicted. The last section addresses building and maintaining a healthy investment portfolio.

The paperback version is under 300 pages, with enough figures and tables to keep your interest. I especially liked his example retirees and how their portfolios were allocated. Are you a Neo-Boomer, a Core Boomer or a Tail-end Boomer? I would have liked to see more references and a detailed index to make the book more complete.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tank on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book spends a lot of time helping you explore things like your current budget, how you can save more, and how much you will need in retirement. I'm sure there are some people who need this basic information, but you may be better off with the on-line retirement calculators and there are certainly better books available. My biggest concern is that he rocommends portfolios that are extremely focused on actively managed U.S. Large Cap Growth stock mutual funds, but does little to justify this approach. Choose a different book (like Bogleheads Guide to Investing)and invest in a diversified asset class portfolio of index funds and ETF's.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on March 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Mr Farr! Finally a book on financial planning which gets right to the heart of mistakes we make, how to avoid them, and all the little things that add up to success in retirement savings. This one is easy to read yet cleverly written. I used it as a way to critique my retirement saving strategy to date and so far have found ways to save at least $350.00 a month, increase my projected age 65 nest egg by $200,000, and free up money from current unneccesary expenses for an extra family trip this year. I passed it on to my secretary and she hasn't stopped talking about it-she just became a grandmother and finds it very helpful in directing the family finances. It's a fresh approach, full of wit and wisdom, and well worth the investment.
James Williams, MD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Simmonds on March 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of great ideas on saving and investing. Beyond the ideas, though, Mr. Farr incorporates detailed and useful worksheets which allowed me to figure out exactly where I stand. With the economy the way it is, there is no better time to use this book to get your financial house in order.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wotherspoon on June 19, 2008
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Michael Farr has written a great book for retirement investment while making none of the usual assumptions about the financial situation of the reader. His advice and outlook is geared to anyone interested in securing their finances with a solid base and whether you start at 20 or 65 or you have or have not already made your first million he encourages you with the idea that it's not too late(or early)to start. If you analyze your own money routine using the charts and schedules in the book you do see where you can take yourself financially by paying attention and using available resources. He even offers his own email address in case you aren't quite sure of the appropriate direction. It's an appealing method he offers to capture your own financial interest. Using humor and examples from his own life as well as clients he uses budget and cash situations familiar to the reader. This presentation allows the reader to identify and understand the point he's making. I would recommend it just on the merit of it not making you scared of investing. The discussions are serious but clear and the usual glazing over of the brain when reading financial material did not occur. I hope you enjoy the book.
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