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The Smartest 401k Book You'll Ever Read: Maximize Your Retirement Savings...the Smart Way! Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 24, 2008
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John C. Bogle, Founder, The Vanguard Group
Solins book will show you how to plug the leaks in your 401(k) and 403(b) plans, sidestep the minefields in your financial future sown by the investment industry, and get on the road to a secure retirement.
William Bernstein, author of A Splendid Exchange and The Four Pillars of Investing
Dan Solin has produced a retirement savings masterpiece: all will lament not being taught these lessons at the beginning of lifes journey! Brooks Hamilton, Senior Fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis and co-author of NCPAs Reinventing Retirement Income in America
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On the one hand, I totally agree with his claim that the entire 401(k) system is corrupt, as is the entire investment management industry, and the U.S. government is a willing and active cohort in this scam to rob American employees of their retirement savings. My own 401(k) plans have seen paltry returns over the last 15 years, despite my effort at picking the "best" funds that were available to me. (No, I don't chase past year's performance.) Call me bitter, but from talking to my friends and former coworkers, this seems a commonplace experience, and this book explains why it's the case. The action chapters, esp. in part 3, are also decent, although as another reviewer has said, the entire action plan can be summarized in two sentences: diversify your portfolio, and only invest in low-cost index funds. The author does provide a list of funds to consider, although your plans may not offer them at all (see the "cheat sheet" in chap. 24 of the 2010 edition).
On the other hand, I'm not sure what the author's true motive in writing this book is. Is it really to help us worker bees to save for our (gloomy) retirement? As I was reading the book, I got the feeling that he was writing the book primary to sell the book, kind of doing what the mutual funds he criticizes are doing. For example, he cherry-picks on certain numbers, such as quoting historical returns without mentioning the significant inflationary effect of survivor bias (i.e., only companies that survive get included in calculating market returns).Read more ›
He offers far more than another book about how Wall Street and the insurance industry are ripping us off in our 401(k) and 403(b) retirement accounts. Though Mr. Solin does explain how our hard earned money is siphoned off by the "experts" that provide these plans, he also explains practical easy steps we can take to minimize the impact. These steps include:
* Using an IRA with better options.
* Rolling the 401(K) to the IRA when you leave an employer.
* Picking the "least bad" funds within a poor retirement plan.
* Choosing assets that fit with the rest of our nest egg.
* Joining the investment committee of our employer's plan.
Albert Einstein once said "if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Dan Solin gets it and explains it with brilliant simplicity!
If you want financial independence years earlier, "The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read" is for you. It will give you sound and simple advice that's equally simple to implement.
For those who make their fortunes from providing these outrageously expensive plans, you'll hate this book. Read it anyway.
Author Dan Solin provides helpful and necessary information for those who are currently in a 401, who will be, and also those who'll be switching jobs. After leaving an employer there are a multitude of options of where to put your 401K money. Solin does note the latent gimmicks and tricks that take your hard-earned money in hidden fees.
Ten of millions of Americans are now relying on Defined Contribution Plans (401Ks) as Defined Benefit Pension plans (Pensions) are now nearly extinct. How much of your 401K will go toward your medical and pharmaceutical drug costs when you're old? Will the old rule of withdrawing 4% of your principle without eating into the principle be enough for you to live off of? Tax-deferred means - deferred - not tax free. Will Congress change the rules on taxes, again and again, as they so often have? What will the average rate of return per annum be? What will the average rate of inflation be? We must make a variety assumptions and calculations.
Solin's advice and info is critical because those with 401Ks are statistically putting all of their eggs into 1 Financial Market Basket.Read more ›
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Great overview on what you need to know about retirement accounts and how to successfully navigate them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
FULL OF VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION. READ ALL OF HIS BOOKS THERE OUTSTANDING!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is full of useful information. I recommend it to anyone who wants to really make things simple for their 401K and at the same time want a comfortable retirement.Published 14 months ago by Ronal Rowlett
Great information in here... and simply written!!
How to avoid losing your hard earned retirement to "money hungry" fund managers.
INDEX FUNDS ONLY, BABY!!!