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Real Solutions for Saving Your Retirement...No Matter Where You Stand Right Now!Step-by-step plans you can use if you're planning to retire in...5 years 10 years 15 years over 20 years or tomorrow! "The market meltdown has all of us worrying about whether we will ever be able to retire. Worrying doesn't help you. Planning does. "Save Your Retirement" by Frank Armstrong, III and Paul B. Brown can-and should-serve as your battle plan."-John A. Byrne, Executive Editor, "BusinessWeek" "Convinced the sinking economy has dragged your retirement plans down with it? "Save Your Retirement" shows there's still treasure inside that wreckage- and provides a map to help you find it."-Josh Hyatt, "Money Magazine" "Whether you're just beginning a career or you're five years from retiring, the authors show you how to take a realistic look at your current financial status and your retirement goals. With a refreshingly positive approach, they give all of us, no matter our life stage, a blueprint for successful retirement." -Professor Larry Meiller, Talk Show Host, Wisconsin Public Radio "Frank Armstrong, III and Paul B. Brown heal your retirement anxiety and show you exactly how to achieve financial security for the golden years. You'll actually be excited to save!"-Farnoosh Torabi, Author of "You're So Money: Live Rich Even When You're Not"" "Terrified about retirement? Stop losing sleep, and take action! This book gives you specific, step-by-step plans you can use to save your retirement. Forget "one-size-fits-all" solutions that don't fit your life. Here are personal plans focused on your unique situation-whether you're 5, 10, 15, or 20-plus years away from retirement or are scheduled to retire now. (There's even a detailed plan for people who've already retired and want to make sure their money lasts!) No matter what the market meltdown did to your portfolio or how little you've saved, you can save your retirement-if you start now. Get this book, and get started! All the help you need to save your retirement:
  • Where to move your savings
  • How to recalculate what you'll really need to retire
  • How to assess when you can now afford to retire
  • How to change your approach to investing
  • How to use the federal tax system to save more
  • What to expect from Social Security now
Part I: Let's Take a Deep Breath and Get Our Bearings 1Chapter 1: There's Hope 3Chapter 2: You Are Not Alone: Just About Everyone Is Unprepared to Retire the Way They Want 11Chapter 3: Maybe You Don't Want to Retire 23Chapter 4: Before You Begin Your Rescue Efforts: Things to Do to Make Sure You Don't Make the Situation Worse 29 Part II: Working with the Scenario That Is Right for You 63Chapter 5: R(etirement) Minus 20 (or More) 71 Chapter 6: R--15 79Chapter 7: R--10 95Chapter 8: R--5 107Chapter 9: R=0 117Chapter 10: R+ 123 Part III: (Dramatically) New Thinking 127Chapter 11: Maybe You Want to Retire Later 129Chapter 12: Don't Touch Up the X-Rays 133Chapter 13: Dealing with Risk 141Chapter 14: Where Does Social Security Fit In? 151Chapter 15: What to Do the Moment You Stop Reading 161Chapter 16: Final Thoughts 167 Part IV: Appendices 173Appendix A: Where Does the Money Go? 175Appendix B: Getting to What's Next 183Appendix C: Useful Links and Resources for Retirees 191Appendix D: Suggested Asset Allocation Models 195 Index 199

About the Author

Frank Armstrong, III, CLU, CFPTM, AIFA, is the founder and principal of Investor Solutions, Inc., a fee-only registered investment advisor. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the securities and financial services industry. His bestselling book, The Informed Investor, was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the best investment books of the year, and his previous book, The Retirement Challenge: Will You Sink or Swim, received rave reviews.

 

Frank was named by Barron’s as one of the top 100 independent financial advisors in 2007 and again in 2008. He was a featured columnist on Morningstar.com for a number of years and is a frequent contributor to The CPA Journal and Physician’s Money Digest. He has appeared on “CNN Headline News,” “Your Money with Stewart Varney,” “PBS Morning Business Report,” CNBC, “Money Life with Chuck Jaffee,” and public radio stations around the country. Frank is widely quoted in the media, his articles appear in major financial magazines and Web sites, and he lectures nationwide on principles of investment management.

 

His first publication, Investment Strategies for the 21st Century, was one of the first books ever published and serialized on the Internet in multiple languages.

 

A Vietnam veteran and former Air Force pilot, Frank flew 250 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Coconut Grove, Florida, with his wife, Gabriele, and enjoys boating, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, reading, and travel.

 

 

A long-time contributor to The New York Times, Paul B. Brown is the author of more than a dozen business books, including Grow Rich Slowly: The Merrill Lynch Guide to Retirement Planning (written with Don Underwood), as well as the international bestseller Customers for Life (written with Carl Sewell).

 

A former writer and editor at BusinessWeek, Financial World, Forbes, and Inc., Paul hosted his own nationally syndicated, three-hour personal finance call-in show heard daily on the Business Radio Network for a number of years. He is “the financial expert” at ThirdAge.com and a contributing editor to both M.I.T.’s Sloan Management Review and The Conference Board Review. He lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Anna Maria, Florida.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137029004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137029006
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is a good primer on how to review
retirement needs dispassionately. Some key elements
are as follows:
o be wary of too much credit and credit cards
o strive for an investment mix of 60% stocks
25% bonds and 15% cash or more
o utilize a retirement needs calculator to be more precise
o consider a second career to supplement income
o some retirees are adept at developing small businesses
o be wary of annuities because they may not pass down
to family and relatives when you die
o try to stay within a limit of withdrawing 4% savings
per year in retirement
o some retirees seek to live in cheaper geographic areas
so that the dollar stretches further
i.e. You can still pay $100/month for an apartment in
parts of Bulgaria and health care is free after
a short residency period passes.

Overall, the acquisition would be helpful for your
retirement planning. The author anticipates some of
the worst pitfalls which befall retirees and their
families.
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The hook for this book by Frank Armstrong III and Paul Brown is in the subtitle. Notice it's not "Save FOR your retirement". It's "Save Your Retirement: What do Do if You haven't Save Enough or If Your Investments Were Devastated" is a book of distilled wisdom compiled by a CFP and professional financial journalist.

It's really mostly the gloss they put on it as an excuse to write yet another book on a tired subject. Basically, they suggest you not retire if you can't afford it. Sorry, spoiled it.

But I liked the book overall. I found the structure to be useful, segregated out into different chapters depending on how many years out you were. There were some useful nuggets. As I say, "rules of thumb work pretty well for people with thumbs."

Although I mostly liked it, I had two quibbles about this book. One was that they starkly say "don't buy annuities". Money managers have a HUGE bias against annuities. I really wish people would talk more about the risks and benefits of annuities, because I can think of at least two different scenarios where "definitely buy annuities" would be better advice. Most of the time the correct advice is "consider carefully whether to buy an annuity, because it may be appropriate in your situation and you won't find out from an annuity salesman." That means you DO need to find out from books like this, and it totally dropped the ball on it.

The other quibble was that it didn't really talk about percentages you need to be saving. I've seen some really decent scholarship saying that the savings RATE is really super important, more than the amount you've got saved at any given moment, in terms of being able to reproduce your desired lifestyle.
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The cover of this book caught my eye at the bookstore and when I saw on the back that everyone from MONEY to BUSINESSWEEK was raving about it, I knew it was a financial must-read! The authors are so clear and concise and really helped me understand concepts that before seemed "greek to me." I'm always weary of personal finance books for giving people unrealistic ideas about how to get rich. This one is so great because it's no bs. If you can't afford to retire, the authors aren't going to tell you that you can. They know people saw their 401(k)s evaporate in the financial crisis and they're here to tell you what to do now. I highly recommend this book if you care a dime about your financial future.
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