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Save Your Retirement: What to Do If You Haven't Saved Enough or If Your Investments Were Devastated by the Market Meltdown Paperback – May 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0137029006 ISBN-10: 0137029004 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137029004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137029006
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Armstrong, III, CLU, CFPTM, AIFA, is the founder and principal of Investor Solutions, Inc., a fee-only registered investment advisor. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the securities and financial services industry. His bestselling book, The Informed Investor, was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the best investment books of the year, and his previous book, The Retirement Challenge: Will You Sink or Swim, received rave reviews.


Frank was named by Barron’s as one of the top 100 independent financial advisors in 2007 and again in 2008. He was a featured columnist on for a number of years and is a frequent contributor to The CPA Journal and Physician’s Money Digest. He has appeared on “CNN Headline News,” “Your Money with Stewart Varney,” “PBS Morning Business Report,” CNBC, “Money Life with Chuck Jaffee,” and public radio stations around the country. Frank is widely quoted in the media, his articles appear in major financial magazines and Web sites, and he lectures nationwide on principles of investment management.


His first publication, Investment Strategies for the 21st Century, was one of the first books ever published and serialized on the Internet in multiple languages.


A Vietnam veteran and former Air Force pilot, Frank flew 250 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Coconut Grove, Florida, with his wife, Gabriele, and enjoys boating, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, reading, and travel.



A long-time contributor to The New York Times, Paul B. Brown is the author of more than a dozen business books, including Grow Rich Slowly: The Merrill Lynch Guide to Retirement Planning (written with Don Underwood), as well as the international bestseller Customers for Life (written with Carl Sewell).


A former writer and editor at BusinessWeek, Financial World, Forbes, and Inc., Paul hosted his own nationally syndicated, three-hour personal finance call-in show heard daily on the Business Radio Network for a number of years. He is “the financial expert” at and a contributing editor to both M.I.T.’s Sloan Management Review and The Conference Board Review. He lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Anna Maria, Florida.


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Praise for Save Your Retirement

Praise for Save Your Retirement

“The market meltdown has all of us worrying about whether we will ever be able to retire. Worrying doesn’t help you. Planning does. Save Your Retirement by Frank Armstrong, III and Paul B. Brown can—and should—serve as your battle plan.” 

—John A. Byrne, Executive Editor, BusinessWeek

“Convinced the sinking economy has dragged your retirement plans down with it? Save Your Retirement shows there’s still treasure inside that wreckage— and provides a map to help you find it.” 

—Josh Hyatt, Money Magazine

“Whether you’re just beginning a career or you’re five years from retiring, the authors show you how to take a realistic look at your current financial status and your retirement goals. With a refreshingly positive approach, they give all of us, no matter our life stage, a blueprint for successful retirement.” 

—Professor Larry Meiller, Talk Show Host, Wisconsin Public Radio

“Frank Armstrong, III and Paul B. Brown heal your retirement anxiety and show you exactly how to achieve financial security for the golden years. You’ll actually be excited to save!” 

—Farnoosh Torabi, Author of You’re So Money: Live Rich Even When You’re Not

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is a good primer on how to review
retirement needs dispassionately. Some key elements
are as follows:
o be wary of too much credit and credit cards
o strive for an investment mix of 60% stocks
25% bonds and 15% cash or more
o utilize a retirement needs calculator to be more precise
o consider a second career to supplement income
o some retirees are adept at developing small businesses
o be wary of annuities because they may not pass down
to family and relatives when you die
o try to stay within a limit of withdrawing 4% savings
per year in retirement
o some retirees seek to live in cheaper geographic areas
so that the dollar stretches further
i.e. You can still pay $100/month for an apartment in
parts of Bulgaria and health care is free after
a short residency period passes.

Overall, the acquisition would be helpful for your
retirement planning. The author anticipates some of
the worst pitfalls which befall retirees and their
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
The cover of this book caught my eye at the bookstore and when I saw on the back that everyone from MONEY to BUSINESSWEEK was raving about it, I knew it was a financial must-read! The authors are so clear and concise and really helped me understand concepts that before seemed "greek to me." I'm always weary of personal finance books for giving people unrealistic ideas about how to get rich. This one is so great because it's no bs. If you can't afford to retire, the authors aren't going to tell you that you can. They know people saw their 401(k)s evaporate in the financial crisis and they're here to tell you what to do now. I highly recommend this book if you care a dime about your financial future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Saavedra on July 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
The cover caught my eye and the content kept my attention. Save your Retirement provides the most comprehensive, infinitely practical advice I have ever read. The author doesn't confuse the reader with complicated terms (nor does he treat you like an idiot, like other books). I have recommended this book to friends. It is packed full of great information regardless what stage of life you are in, it helps you form an action plan. The book also mentions an accompanying website, [...] I've browsed through the information there and their sister site [...] which has a lot of great financial articles about more than just retirement.
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