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Retirementology: Rethinking the American Dream in a New Economy Paperback – May 5, 2010
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“Individuals, regardless of age, should read this illuminating book because it will assist them with developing meta-cognition about life planning. Recommended.” Library Journal
USA Today calls Retirementology "entertaining and illuminating."
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a post-meltdown book, and the effects on retirement and retirement planning are well covered. For example, it talks about the spending boom and consequent lack of savings. It uses the real-estate bust to explain why a house should be considered a place to live rather than an investment. How to think about the rise and fall of investment prices. Why retirement will not be the same as it was for earlier generations.Read more ›
His helpful advice includes:
Retirement should be a process that begins as soon as we engage in earning and investing.
Choosing a lifestyle that eliminates credit card dependence and debt.
Having critical financial health care planning.
Avoiding making big purchases immediately instead of saving to buy them later.
Avoiding the destructive behavior of procrastination, overconfidence, overspending without awareness, discounting the impact of taxes, chasing trends or using the equity in your home as an ATM or retirement plan.
I found Salsbury's new language of retirement with it's many one-of-a-kind terms, descriptions, definitions and scenarios confusing and too academic.
However, the 2008 economy crash makes Salsbury's book a good behavioral finance spending and savings guide for all people not just retirees.
Dr. Salsbury gives great examples on how money spent on luxury items today can blossom into nice financial payouts in the future if the money is used for investing more than buying gizmos that often will be passé in the near future.
Another great point is what I've been stressing for years to others - a house is a place to live, not an investment. In fact, it's a money pit until you finally do sell it but many see it as a bank that may pay out in the future. Think about it, if you sell your house you still have to buy another which means the money you thought you'd have won't all be there.
This is a very good book for those in their 30s and I see the only fault to be the title which indicates the book is a retirement primer more than a history lesson. It should be mandatory reading for those starting out in life so they can learn the lessons their parents may not have.
Now, in the new economy (newer anyhow), Salsbury comes back with Retirementology, a behavioral science approach to the problems after the corrections, after the difficulties (assuming they're over, not necessarily a good assumption) and before the worst of the problems comes home to roost. I think my favorite story that he relates is one of his first, that a man who had 3 years to go until he could get social security couldn't afford to wait. So he robbed a bank, handed the cash back to a guard and waited to be arrested. Sentenced to three years in prison, he got out in time to collect social security. The crux of it was that the prosecutor pointed out that 'Its not the financial plan I would have chosen, but at least it was a plan.' Great story...and it sets up the book nicely.
Retirementology is still heavy on the statistics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book to be a somewhat light-hearted yet analytical overview of a topic that we all have hanging over our heads - whether just starting out, about to retire, or even in... Read morePublished 5 days ago by KLP
Good overview of the various aspects of retirement planning and the need to start early as well as making the best decisions at any given point in time to maximize retirement... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Seattle Reader
This author gives good advice regarding money and investing attitudes. While the book is geared towards retirement planning,it will apply to other financial planning.
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This was a gift for people in our insurance agency, so it was appropriate subject matter for them. I have not heard any negative comments about it.Published on May 29, 2013 by Y. Gipson
The basic premise of this book seems to be that when it comes to finances people do not always act rationally. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Sires
Discussion of financial planning for retirement following the stock market meltdown of 2008.
I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. Read more
This is not your average retirement book--and indeed it doesn't go into much depth about all of the various technical things you can do to prepare for retirement. Read more
The book is a rehash of the bad things that happened during the financial meltdown and offers little in concrete advice as to how to move forward for people approaching retirement... Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Chicago Gal