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The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read [Kindle Edition]

Daniel R. Solin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Follow the advice in The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read and you will:
  • Find simple strategies to maximize your retirement nest egg
  • Steer clear of scams that rob you of your hard-earned savings
  • Ensure that your money lasts longer than you do
  • Avoid the common mistakes that can leave your spouse impoverished
  • Discover financial lifelines no matter how desperate the economy

"If you want a handy guide that provides information in small chunks, Solin's book is it." -Newark Star-Ledger



Editorial Reviews

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"Reading this book is smart.

Solin's previous entries in this series were clever, breezy guides to navigating through the financial morass without getting hurt... This new book gets into the basics of investment in context with the present economic scene, so reading the earlier volumes doesn't mean that you won't get anything out of this one.

...Solin casts his wise eye and sharp pen on other important subjects like reverse mortgages, age of social security distribution, prenuptial agreements for seniors, options and implications of delaying retirement...

The best thing that Solin brings to the party is his shrewd and skeptical approach to the art and science of investing. ...there's no question that his focus is on what's best for individuals, not institutions.

Throughout, Solin writes clearly with style and humor but stays on topic and doesn't bloviate or pontificate excessively. He includes a number of charts and other tools to figure out what to do with your money so it grows into the amount you will need to live on for the rest of your days."
--Richard Pachter, Miami Herald

"These two books are very different in format-Solin (The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read) offers short chapters on a variety of retirement subjects, each concluding with a pithy summarization, while Jason (principal, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc.) gives a more explanatory dissertation. But both are clearly written and easy to understand, tackling such topics as stocks, bonds, annuities, pensions, and cash withdrawal strategies (although Solin's book offers a handy section on care costs, Jason's does not). Jason's will be better for readers not as familiar with basic finance concepts, while Solin's may appeal to a more financially literate crowd."
--Library Journal

Review

"Reading this book is smart.

Solin's previous entries in this series were clever, breezy guides to navigating through the financial morass without getting hurt... This new book gets into the basics of investment in context with the present economic scene, so reading the earlier volumes doesn't mean that you won't get anything out of this one.

...Solin casts his wise eye and sharp pen on other important subjects like reverse mortgages, age of social security distribution, prenuptial agreements for seniors, options and implications of delaying retirement...

The best thing that Solin brings to the party is his shrewd and skeptical approach to the art and science of investing. ...there's no question that his focus is on what's best for individuals, not institutions.

Throughout, Solin writes clearly with style and humor but stays on topic and doesn't bloviate or pontificate excessively. He includes a number of charts and other tools to figure out what to do with your money so it grows into the amount you will need to live on for the rest of your days."
--Richard Pachter, Miami Herald

"These two books are very different in format-Solin (The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read) offers short chapters on a variety of retirement subjects, each concluding with a pithy summarization, while Jason (principal, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc.) gives a more explanatory dissertation. But both are clearly written and easy to understand, tackling such topics as stocks, bonds, annuities, pensions, and cash withdrawal strategies (although Solin's book offers a handy section on care costs, Jason's does not). Jason's will be better for readers not as familiar with basic finance concepts, while Solin's may appeal to a more financially literate crowd."
--Library Journal


Product Details

  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399535209
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DW92UM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book. February 25, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Read this book. You'll be glad you did. As a middle class American couple with very little knowledge about what to do with our nest egg, we entrusted it to a financial advisor. Then a different one. In this down economy, with a shrunken nest egg, we are still being eaten alive with fees. After reading this book the first time (I will read it again and again), I feel I now have the tools to manage my own nest egg, to prepare for retirement and to best handle our estate planning. Thank you Mr. Solin for writing a book that explains the do's and don't's of retirement planning in a language that anyone can understand.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investing resource February 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first read this book over a year ago, having checked it out from the library when I was setting up a rollover IRA. Recently I was helping a relative with their investing, and checked out this book again. I decided to purchase a copy for my own resources. It is concise, easy to understand, and written so that most anyone can understand the concepts. Some reviewers have complained that it is too simple, but that's the point. It is aimed at the general consumer and investor who doesn't want to pay high fees trying to beat the market. I recommend it to anyone who is not completely sure if their investments are in the right assets, or who doesn't understand what their "advisor" has them putting money into. That was the case with my relative. Their retirement funds were being invested in equity-based variable annuities, INSIDE a tax-deferred fund, which is helping their insurance agent's fund but not so good for their own. When they asked me, "Why would he do this?" the best answer I had is that 1) he has no fiduciary responsibility to clients, and 2) these annuities pay high commissions to agents.
Anyway, if you don't know what you're investing in nor why, then this is one of a few books I recommend reading before you start throwing money around. Oh yeah, each chapter is about two or three pages long, then ends with a highlighted "point". This is another negative from some reviewers but I really like it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Simple, but EXTREMELY Effective. April 28, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a Personal Financial Planner, this is one of the 4 books I recommend to people. Financial Planning isn't difficult and doesn't need to be done by someone working in a fancy office with all the trimmings that YOU'RE paying for via fees/commissions. Just remember, while this is a great book and will do 85% of what the general public needs, some people will still benefit from sitting down with a FEE-ONLY (not comissioned) financial planner. No one book can cover all the unique aspects of financial planning (Investments, Insurance, Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning, College Planning, and Charitable Giving.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid information, sometimes lacking substance June 17, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is set up in an interesting, easy to read manner. There are 58 "real" chapters, as chapter 59 is effectively an end-notes section with further reading relating to references made earlier in the book. The chapters are very short, most are not longer than 4 pages. It makes the book a rather quick read, and Solin does a good job explaining everything in plain language. The target audience seems to be those closer to retirement than those just starting out. If you're inclined to read a lot about personal finance, there may not be a lot of new ideas in this book, but I did find out a few new things.

Solin stresses diversified investments in low-cost stock and bond index funds, where you determine the appropriate ratio according to your risk appetite. A suggested asset allocator is included in an appendix. He touts money market accounts over savings accounts for cash. He cautions against Variable and Equity-Indexed annuities that are hard to understand, although his supporting evidence is almost non-existent, his thesis is basically "Don't invest in these, they're bad." He talks about Social Security and pension pitfalls and astutely points out that there's no way to really know what the right age to take your SS benefits. He has some interesting discussion on nest egg withdrawal strategies, going beyond the 4% rule to more complex, market-based strategy. Also interesting is a strategy of leaving IRAs as inheritance, but informing your heirs to not cash in all at once, rather make minimum required annual withdrawals and allow compounding to continue to build the account. He discusses Long Term Care policies, setting up trusts, and estate planning as well.

Overall the book is a fine read.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Info & Recommendations (But Basic) September 30, 2009
By Blues
Format:Hardcover
I've read a few of Dan Solin's books now and I wholeheartedly agree with his message (with very few minor exceptions).

That said, I personally find that his books are best for those with little knowledge (or inclination toward further study) of the subject matter as the material presented is relatively basic.

This is not to say that if one followed the recommendations offered in the books that one would not be well served. Not at all...for I believe that the message is a good one and makes a great deal of sense.

However, for those looking for more in depth discussion of the subject matter covered, I believe there are more comprehensive books available.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Informative good.
Published 5 days ago by C. Among
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent $trategic advice
I am 70 and have been studying aspects of retirement planning, the alternatives their relative efficiency and consequences for several years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dean W. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 month ago by John P McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some important basic principles for retirees.
Published 1 month ago by Nong Zhou
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
easy to read and hits the specifics without going into brain overload.
Published 1 month ago by peaches
5.0 out of 5 stars Super purchase.
I got this for my husband and he says it is great. It's easy to read, has excellent advice and the ideas are easily doable.
Published 1 month ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable; covers breadth of plans well
This is a great book for a short, readable, but thorough explanation of all sort of retirement plans and considerations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike T.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading the book because is straightforward
First. The book was received in the condition described in the order information. I have now read 4 of the books by Solin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred P. Debnam II
5.0 out of 5 stars great
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Published 3 months ago by Richard Senette
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Product is well made and arrived quickly from shipper.
Published 3 months ago by Dennis T Pymm
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More About the Author

Dan Solin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Smartest series of books which include: The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own and The Smartest Money Book You'll Ever Read. He is also the author of Does Your Broker Owe You Money?

He is the co-author of Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disputes, A Statistical Analysis of How Claimants Fare, which examines the fairness of the mandatory arbitration system imposed on investors by the securities industry. He testified before a congressional subcommittee investigating the mandatory arbitration system.

He writes financial blogs for The Huffington Post and USNews.com.

He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the director of investor advocacy for The BAM ALLIANCE and a wealth advisor with Buckingham Asset Management.




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Dan Solin plants reviews and castigates negative reviewers
watch out for those liberal huff post writers looking to take financial advantage of average people, huh? Those are the ones we need protection from? Thanks for the warning! Sounds hysterical to me.
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