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Retirement Bible Paperback – May 15, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552458
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Retire when you want and how you want. Whether you are 25 or 55, Retirement Bible can help you plan for a prosperous retirement. From 401(k)s and IRAs to stocks and bonds, you'll learn tricks to pinpoint high-performing investments, shelter your cash from Uncle Sam, and manage your nest egg so that it will see you through one, two, or even three decades of retirement. No matter where you stand on the retirement timeline, this book spells out the rules, explains your rights, and shows you how to build a future that's financially secure — starting today! Your Complete Guide for a Secure Financial Future
  • Calculate how much money you'll need in order to retire
  • Take advantage of online retirement tools and advice
  • Work with a financial planner
  • Manage your 401(k) like a pro
  • Understand 403(b)s, 457s, and small business retirement plans
  • Learn the essentials about IRAs, estate planning, and trusts
  • Select the right stocks, bonds, mutual funds, index funds, and exchange-traded funds
  • Develop tax-saving strategies for all your investments
"I am truly astounded by the volume of great information…. I will use suggestions from this book when I update my estate plan and to help structure the most tax-efficient form of distribution from my retirement account." —Ted Benna, President, 401(k) Association, and creator of the first 401(k) "Retirement Bible is the first book in the nation to contain all the new Individual Retirement Account Rules. Just this crucial information alone could be worth a fortune to you and your loved ones." —Ed Slott, CPA, editor of Ed Slott's IRA Advisor www.hungryminds.com

About the Author

About the Author Lynn O'Shaughnessy, the author of The Unofficial Guide to Investing, has been writing about personal finance for nearly a decade. The former Los Angeles Times reporter has contributed countless articles to Mutual Funds Magazine, Bloomberg Personal Finance Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine's Web site, and other magazines and Web sites. She is also a popular guest on Sage Online, a highly successful financial Internet site on America Online. She is currently finishing up her third book, Investing Bible. Lynn lives with her husband and two children in San Diego.

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LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY is a terrific wirter who has written a book that combines remarkable readability with comprehensive coverage of financial aspects of retirement.
A San Diego Cardiologist
I was impressed with this book and give it an A. O'Shaughnessy's investment advice is excellent and the writing style is very easy to read.
Dale C. Maley

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Stephens on February 25, 2004
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Introduction. Aiming to be a one-stop source for all things retirement related, the Retirement Bible largely succeeds in accomplishing its goal. Presenting sound and authoritative advice in a well-organized package, the book is appropriate for anyone at any age who is interested in planning for that important yet often neglected milestone in life: retirement.
Traditional retirement plans. The book begins by covering the media-ignored pair consisting of Social Security and pension plans. Despite the chapter title of "Gambling on Social Security," the author takes an overall optimistic perspective on the matter, arguing that the system will still be around a century from now due to political forces. That being said, the recommendation is wisely made that the rising generation's "best strategy is to plan for less." On the subject of pensions, the author chastises the media for rarely mentioning the topic, even though almost half of private-sector workers still have them.
Finding expert advice. The book next presents--in rather excruciating detail--a full three chapters on locating and using financial experts of various kinds. While the information is essentially useful, I felt the subject could have been covered in a single, pithy chapter. However, the author presented a well-formulated case for taking advantage of the experts. For most services, the author's apparent bias is toward the CFP designation, and fee-only planners are recommended.
Common retirement vehicles. With a solid foundation to build upon, the retirement vehicles themselves are introduced, starting with 401(k)s. I particularly enjoyed the section titled "The Six Worst 401(k) Mistakes." It presented in no uncertain terms the landmines that can explode in one's face when dealing with this common retirement plan.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A San Diego Cardiologist on December 29, 2001
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LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY is a terrific wirter who has written a book that combines remarkable readability with comprehensive coverage of financial aspects of retirement. As in her prior book THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO INVESTING and her most recent book THE INVESTING BIBLE, she puts her journalist's skills to good use having thoroughly researched this subject and written for a spectrum of readers ranging from those first approaching the subject to those already quite sophisticated.
While lots of others have written about calculating how much you need to have (or to save) for retiremeent and about stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, she covers these beautifully but also covers oft neglected topics: finding the right financial experts, investing and spending strategies during retirement, a nice introduction to estate planning and trusts, managing the family dynamics of inheritance, and the role of charitable giving in retirement income and estate planning. She has also included a thorough and well researched "resource guide" listing by topics the best of names, addresses, phone numbers, and website addresses for further help and study.
Just how good is this book? Good enough that we've given it as a present to good friends who also hope to one day retire comfortably.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Rosso on July 9, 2001
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This book truly is one of the most comprehensive books on retirement I have ever read. The book is written in an easy-to-read format and helps make complicated areas more palpable to absorb. Areas of great information include, managing your cash flow in retirement (The "Trinity Study", very interesting,) strategies for 401(k) and IRA Rollovers and the implications of certain actions. If you are saving for retirement, nearing retirement, or in retirement, I would keep this book around as a reference. The book does need to be updated for the changes to the Required Min. Dist Rules. Other than that, a great book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L J Matteson on July 5, 2001
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Finally a book for me! While the Retirement Bible is written for all ages, I appreciate the speciic advice for retirees like myself. I particularly liked the chapter that's devoted to investing strategies for those already in retirement. Usually the books I've seen at the store assume that you've got 25 or 30 years to save. I wish! The book has also motivated me to revise my estate plans. The chapter on inherited IRAs made me worry that I may inadvertantly shortchange my kids if I don't get my act together.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2001
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I bought this book after hearing Lynn O'Shaughnessy speak up in the Bay Area and I'm very glad I did. I've been able to find the answers to all sorts of questions I had about retirement, including what I should do with my 401(k) when I leave my company shortly. I was pleasantly surprised to find chapters in the back of the book on estate planning, trusts and philanthropic giving. I've been putting off finding a lawyer to draw up an estate plan, but thanks to the book I now know how to locate a truly qualified attorney in my area. I predict this book will become a classic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Lain Kennedy on June 19, 2001
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Lynn O'Shaughnessy makes retirement a far less scary place to go. A superb reporter and now author of financial planning books, O'Shaughnessy's care in demystifying current tax rules, estate planning, trusts, gift anuities, and all the other information so crucial to your future when you say adios to the working world makes this a must-have guide. O'Shaughnessy writes readable stuff -- and her research is impeccable. You won't mind getting older quite so much with O'Shaughnessy at your financial elbow. This is a great book!
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