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Can I Retire?: How Much Money You Need to Retire and How to Manage Your Retirement Savings, Explained in 100 Pages or Less Paperback – May 13, 2013
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I would consider this coffee table reading for someone who has not even considered retirement; Retirement 101, This book will introduce you to the basic concepts and most of the things you need to consider. What you will not get is details. So if you are looking for a book to give you an introduction (ie the cliff notes) so you can have a general conversation with your spouse, or best friend, this may be good for you. If you are getting serous, and are a beginner, you should really consider the AARP retirement Survival Guide listed below.
I don't really want to beat up on the book to much, because it does give you a good 10,000 foot overview. Just remember, you are getting what you pay for here as far as the 100pages is concerned.
Here is a list of some of the books I have read in preparing for retirement, and a one-liner, and ranking for each. I will order them in the order I would read them:
1. The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad (Julie Jason)
Summary:Real good overview and introduction to the many considerations for retirement.
2. ...Read more ›
Anyone who follows ObliviousInvestor.com knows that Mike has a gift for conveying difficult concepts in concise, clear language, and by and large this little book is no exception. It explains clearly why 4% is probably the maximum safe withdrawal rate from a retirement portfolio (some would say 3% is the maximum, but that requires having a larger nest egg), why purchasing a fixed annuity is a wise option for people who have underfunded their retirement, why TIPs and short-term bonds are the best choices for retirees investing in bond funds, and much more.
There's a lot going on here in 100 pages, and the book really deserves several readings so you can apply the information in each chapter to your own situation. But I had a bit of trouble putting everything together at times: e.g., for the non-annuitized portion of your portfolio (which could be all of it), Mike recommends having two years of cash in what he calls a "spending bucket." But it wasn't clear to me if so much cash is needed for people have purchased an annuity or have other safe sources of funding. I wasn't clear either if what he calls the "sequence of returns" risk when one has 50/50% stock/bond portfolio would decline if one allocates more conservatively, and how that would affect a safe withdrawal rate.Read more ›
I am ordering a few more copies to give out to family [including my wife] and friends who are near or starting retirement, and plan to read his other books also.
There are rumors that Mr. Piper is thinking about writing a similar 100 page book on Social Security, which I hope is true, since I am already 61.
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Love the simplicity yet valuable information in this book. A must read for any individual. I plan to read other books by this author.Published 1 month ago by Vickie L. Loucks
This book did exactly what I believe it was intended to do. Have an overview of retirement options. Gets a person thinking and exploring alternate ideas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am a fan of Mike's books. I read his Accounting Made Simple and liked. And I bought this book. I can say with full conviction that Mike will not disappoint you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Curious Academic Publishing
Great Straight forward book - Easy reading and very helpful.
One of the best.
Overall this is a very good book with useful information for anyone who is looking for information about when and whether to retire. Read morePublished 4 months ago by reader