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The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning Hardcover – October 5, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470455579 ISBN-10: 0470455578 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470455578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470455579
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The global financial crisis, coupled with the reality of a recession and brutal bear market, has wreaked havoc on the retirement savings of millions of Americans. Add this to the fact that each year over the next twenty-five years, a growing portion of America's population will reach retirement age—with fewer resources for them to draw from—and you can see the potential problem we face.

Whatever your current situation, you must continue to strive for a viable retirement plan by finding the most effective ways to save, the best accounts to save in, and the right amount to save, as well as understanding how to insure against setbacks and handle the uncertainties of our new financial world.

Fortunately, the Bogleheads—a group of like-minded individual investors who follow the general investment and business beliefs of John C. Bogle, founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Group—are here to help. With The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning, this diverse collection of investors, who have shared their collective wisdom on for more than a decade, offer valuable advice on a wide range of retirement planning issues.

A truly group effort (no fewer than forty Bogleheads contributed in some capacity), this reliable resource is a first-rate primer on saving and investing for retirement. Divided into six comprehensive parts and filled with practical tips and anecdotes—including some pearls of wisdom from Bogle himself—The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning:

  • Explains the different types of savings accounts and retirement plans, from the individual retirement arrangement (IRA) to single-premium immediate annuities (SPIAs)

  • Warns you about the types of taxes that can affect your retirement plan

  • Offers insights on managing and funding your retirement accountsDetails efficient withdrawal strategies that could help you maintain a comfortable retirement lifestyle

  • Discusses the important part disability and health insurance programs play in a retirement plan

  • Addresses essential estate planning and gifting issues

It's one thing to save for retirement, but another thing to plan for it. With The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning, you'll discover exactly what it takes to secure your financial future, today.

All royalties are donated to the National Constitution Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the U.S. Constitution.

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Praise for The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning

"Meet the wisest and most generous crowd on Wall Street: the Bogleheads. The Internet's worst-kept secret is now well out in the open; for the best in online investment education and advice, you can't beat Wisdom of crowds, indeed: a thread for almost every need, an expert contributor for every subject. Now, for the first time between hard covers, the Bogleheads assemble their formidable collective expertise on retirement planning. Savor, enjoy, and learn."—William J. Bernstein, author of The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between

"The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning delivers the power of the community. Each chapter may have its own author, yet all have been molded by the remarkable Bogleheads community, resulting in a wonderful book that offers readers a slew of practical suggestions and a hefty serving of carefully calibrated advice."—Jonathan Clements, author of The Little Book of Main Street Money

"The Bogleheads have done it again! The Web's savviest and most caring investment consortium has gathered all the information you'll need to plot a safe and sane course toward retirement. Their camaraderie, kindness, and commonsense wisdom will steel you to 'stay the course' and realize your retirement dreams. With the Bogleheads, asking the audience is always the best solution."—Don Phillips, Managing Director, Morningstar

"This book pilots the reader around the shoals of retirement planning, including tricky issues such as social security, health insurance, divorce, and finding proper financial advice. This not-for-profit collaborative enterprise answers recurrent questions raised by members of the Bogleheads online forum with clarity, wisdom, and humor. It exposes fallacies, suggests alternatives, and reassures the thorough planner. It is a welcome contribution to a world where unrestrained greed and complex financial arrangements have capsized many. I keep referring back to it."—Ed Tower, Professor of Economics, Duke University

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The book is clear, concise and easy to read.
The strength of this book is in pointing out options, explaining differences, and avoiding a Swiss cheese approach to retirement planning.
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I would recommend this book to others of any age, looking for retirement planning advice.
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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P. Smith on October 5, 2009
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The strongest features of this book are its truly exceptional breadth and completeness of coverage, and its level-headed neutrality. This book will protect you from blind spots, from overlooking things, and from the salesperson who wants you to focus on _which_ confrabulated glommis to buy, and not on _whether_ you need a confrabulated glommis at all. Buy this one book and you've got a solid basic reference for _everything_.

I wish I'd had this book a few years ago when I was planning for retirement. I browsed the bookstores and the library. I found dozens of books with "retirement" in the title, but all of them seemed to be focussed on accumulation for retirement, and on mutual fund investing. A subject like "social security" might get a one-page once over. Long-term care insurance might not be mentioned at all, or would say little more than "It exists; consider it."

You can see the breadth of coverage yourself from the table of contents (use "Click To Look Inside"). What other book on retirement discusses "Divorce and Oher Financial Disasters?" An exceptional chapter on "Seeking Help from Professionals" explains differences between all the various people who call themselves "financial advisors," and the importance of knowing whether the relationship is or is not a fiduciary relationship.

What's not as obvious at a quick glance is how neutral and balanced the book is. Much of it is written by people who learned about products by buying them rather than by selling them. The whole balance and tone is totally different from the typical money magazine article. For example, the chapter on life insurance is the most informative and even-handed discussion of term versus whole life I've ever seen.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By JYoder on March 6, 2011
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I had high hopes for this book but was ultimately disappointed. I think there are two reason for this.

First, I think it tries to cover a little to much, including topics that I don't necessarily think should be part of the retirement planning (ie general investing stuff). I was looking for a more narrowly targeted book. So would this be a good overview/introduction book? Well, no; and this brings me to my second issue.

The book is straddling the line between beginner and expert on knowledge of the topics covered. This is to say it covers a lot of topics, and does give you the basic concepts you need to consider in each of the topics(this is the beginner part), but since the topics are limited in scope, they tend to throw the concepts and terms at you without giving you the foundation for understanding the terms. So If you an expert, you say to yourself, yep, I know that already, and if you are a beginner, you are saying ok I got my marching orders, but I don't understand exactly what it means, or how to implement them.

To summarize, if you are well versed in the topic you will not be picking up much new information, but if you are a beginner you will probably get confused, or will not know how to implement the plans provided.

Now, the book is written by new authors for each topic, so the review I just provided does not apply for each topic, but the overall feeling I got when reading the book was that this book will help you to understand what topics you will need to investigate further (because you didn't understand fully what the writer was talking about), or you will decide okay, I am think I understand this topic quite well because I really didn't get anything new here.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By P. Rank on October 6, 2009
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How do you judge financial advice? Do you trust professionals or rely on the word of mouth? Do you want DIY or plan to engage an adviser? As always, it all depends.

The beauty of this book is that it combines all of the above. Some of the authors are professional advisers, whereas others are highly educated and knowledgeable amateurs. The book can serve as a guide for your own planning, or it can be used to understand the service your adviser provides to you.

And, please, do not underestimate amateurs! I use this word to mean "A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession." While some authors do not do finance professionally, they are executives, medical doctors (MD), scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and other professionals who are passionate about personal finance. They applied their extensive skills to provide a comprehensive and coordinated analysis of some of the most complex issues in personal finance and brought it to you in this book.

You have heard that the Wall Street hires "rocket scientists" to do finance. In practice, it means that physicists, mathematicians, electrical engineers, computer scientists, and others bring their analytical skills to the financial industry and use their talents to create financial products. While I don't advocate many of those products, my point is that the authors of this book are your personal rocket scientists!

I would also like to comment on the DYI part. There is frequently a conflict between simple things that you can do yourself and that are good for you, and complex things serving a similar function that others are selling to you. You can have a free glass of water or you can pay for a designer drink.
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