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The Redefining of Retirement: Creating Sustainable Well-Being in Retirement Paperback – January 1, 2015
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This book provides numerous examples of the concepts, lists resources to consult, and considerations to contemplate with how one thinks about and approaches preparing for retirement...I'll say job well done.
San Francisco Book Review
Overall, there is a wealth of information within the pages of this book. Darwish knows the topic well...The Redefining of Retirement is worth the reader's time.
Portland Book Review
About the Author
Ryan Darwish is a Certified Financial Planner, working in Eugene, Oregon, with a fee-only financial planning practice. With over twenty five years of experience working directly with the financial issues and problems real people must cope with, he has developed a perspective that goes beyond the scripted models of retirement and financial planning. With an appreciation of what is financially realistic, and what is relevant in most people's lives, he offers guidance and develops the strategies needed to create whatever sustainable well-being might be attainable subject to the circumstances of each family, or individual's circumstances.
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The concept of holistic medicine is culturally well established. This book offers what might be considered a perspective in holistic financial planning.
Interesting connections to many intellectual areas of thought build the narrative. At the same time, career insights give the book credibility. A pragmatic and healthy way to view retirement emerges from the mix.
While this book makes many philosophical points about numbers, asset protection and mortality, my novice level understanding of simple and concrete issues such as annuities, reverse mortgages and medicare was also engaged.
This book is fun to read.
Investing has become more like a form of fast-paced gambling where enormous companies have a “house edge” by exploiting the few thousands of seconds it takes electronic data to reach most investors and very high speed computers running sophisticated programs using that data to make trades to make that results in hundreds of millions of dollars a year being “pumped” out of the economy as money flows through major channels such as stock exchanges.
The author discusses findings from psychology and other fields about how our brains work and how the complexity of the modern world exceeds our capacity to understand to such an extent that we are forced to simplify our ideas of how the world works to such an extent that we can no longer make accurate guesses about the consequences of what we choose to do.
Much of the remainder of the book covers how we, as individuals, can change our ideas and behavior to adapt to the new situation and offers a number of “tools” to accomplish the goals that we resonate with.
I've given the book a 5 star rating though it's not an easy read and the text could benefit from inserting many more paragraphs to break the ideas into manageable chunks but those who persevere will find a “gold mine” of ideas that can make life going forward more enjoyable, secure, and more beneficial to ourselves as individuals, our families, and our communities.
In this well-written and researched book, the author explains that as times and economic conditions have changed, the reader must also change his expectations of what retirement means. No longer is it possible for most people to count on a pension or social security to provide a comfortable retirement. Instead, one must think about many aspects, such as adjusting spending patterns, or finding other sources of income.
Mr. Darwish presents a thorough analysis of the many aspects of retirement that must be considered in a thoughtful and logical way. It is a useful tool for those entering the workforce as well as those approaching retirement.