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Rock Retirement: A Simple Guide to Help You Take Control and be More Optimistic About the Future Paperback – March 20, 2018
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About the Author
Roger Whitney is a practicing financial planner with over 25 years experience walking life with clients. He developed an Agile Retirement Management System focused on helping people make the most of the only life they have. He is past instructor of the Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits CFP® certificate program at University of Texas Arlington and of Wealth Management at Texas Christian University.
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What I didn't like was the relative lack of specifics on how to do this or clearer examples of the process. There were links to worksheets, which may have provided additional instructions, but these links didn't work. I don't like having to look outside a book for additional information by the author relevant to the point and would prefer to find the worksheets in an appendix if it isn't placed in the same chapter. It is particularly annoying when the links go to Go Daddy name domains instead of a worksheet. The Kindle versions often would not sync between devices and the font for headings was illegible on one device. The flow of information seemed a little disjointed at times.
Overall, I thought it was a worthwhile read because of the advice to dream big, then prioritize, and keep revisiting the plan based on changing circumstances keeping in mind that a retirement plan is much more than a money spreadsheet.
The book stays at a relatively high level discussing mindset, priorities, approaches, and philosophies. Occasionally it delves into moderately detailed instructions or guidelines with anecdotal examples or story based examples sprinkled in. It can be a bit repetitive at times but that may be intentional. I was hoping for a little more specific examples and scenarios illustrating successful or unsuccessful transitions from the work force. It would have been nice to have a little more detail about approaches for determining when you're poised to transition away from full time work to a life with more freedom to do what you choose. But determining that is very personal and seemingly beyond the scope of the book. Still, those questions and how to think about them is the focus of the book.
Overall, I think this is a very worthwhile read. It should get you thinking a little differently or reinforce what you're already thinking. What "Retirement" means for many of us baby boomers has changed, often quite for the better. But the time horizon you're planning to cover can be daunting. Roger does a good job giving us some tools for approaching that planning and reducing the stress and anxiety many face when thinking about their retirement.
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