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The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning Paperback – February 22, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"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 www.bogleheads.org. Wisdom of crowds, indeed: a thread for almost every need, an expert contributor for every subject. Now, for the first time between these 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
About the Author
TAYLOR LARIMORE has been dubbed by Money magazine as "the Dean of the Vanguard Diehards," and Jack Bogle himself calls Taylor "the King of the Bogleheads." Now eighty-six and retired, Larimore regularly spends several hours a day answering questions for free on the Bogleheads.org forum.
MEL LINDAUER was dubbed "the Prince of the Bogleheads" by Jack Bogle. Together with Taylor Larimore, he initiated and continues to organize the grassroots Bogleheads annual meetings. Lindauer has been quoted in a number of newspapers and magazines and has appeared on CNNfn.
RICHARD A. FERRI, CFA, is a key member of the growing Bogleheads "brain trust" and founder and CEO of the investment firm, Portfolio Solutions, LLC. He is the author of seven books, including The ETF Book: All You Need to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds and The Power of Passive Investing, both published by Wiley.
LAURA F. DOGU, called "the Queen of the Bogleheads," participated as an investment panelist during the Bogleheads meetings for the last four years. Dogu is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
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Seriously, my 93year old father has dedicated the past 20 years of his life helping others get honest, unbiased financial education in a world where billions are spent marketing financial services to you, with your money and at a very high cost to your retirement.
All proceeds of the book are donated to charity - Not my inheritance:)
In addition, if you're familiar with the general Vanguard/Boglehead investment principles (diversify, stay the course, etc) there won't be much new information in here for you. For those not familiar with Vanguard and the basics of retirement planning, it would be a useful guide if it were updated.
"The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning" stays true to the investing principles pioneered by Vanguard-founder Jack Bogle. However, unlike the first book, this book is focused on the various aspects of retirement planning. There is a lot more to retirement planning than 401(k)s and IRAs. Important topics such as how much money to take out every year to make your money outlast your retirement, how to factor in inflation, when should annuities be considered, what kinds of insurance you should have, and how to plan your estate are answered in this book.
Young people shouldn't brush off this book. In fact, younger readers would be much better prepared than their peers if they are proactive in reading this book. Chapters such as the one on early retirement are targeted towards them, so this book is a wealth of knowledge for all ages.
One of my favorite lines from the authors is: "Choosing the right mix of assets at the beginning of your career is not as important as getting started on retirement early and establishing good financial habits. At the beginning, it is the amount that you put into a plan that counts, rather than the return of the investment in that plan." A good way to live by this statement is to pay yourself first after every pay period and using your designated retirement accounts specifically for their intended purpose (short of a real emergency). If anything, advice like this is more useful for the younger audience than the ones closer to retirement.
After you read this book, Appendix II has plenty of good reading for novice investors, intermediate investors, and advanced investors. Regardless of which category you fall under, you will be better prepared for retirement after reading this book.