- ISBN-10: 0982888759
- ISBN-13: 978-0982888759
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,464,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Tale of Two Retirements Paperback – 2014
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A Tale of Two Retirements shows you how to make the most of your nest egg during economic difficult times. More than that, the book will also help you factor in other considerations like your lifestyle, goals, and much more. This book delves deeper into what makes a person happy during retirement and how you too can find that happiness, as well as more information on how to make sure you don’t outlive your retirement savings. Ken Mahoney is a financial adviser, Tony Award winner, published author & speaker and CEO of Mahoney Asset Management. Ken appears regularly on National TV. He is a guest financial contributor on CNBC, ABC and WPIX and appears on Fox Business News and EBRU.TV. He has also authored several other books including Investing From Within, A Story of Understanding, Can I Retire? (Your Personal Guide To Retirement) and A GPS for Your Retirement.
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Ken’s book is very straightforward and easy to understand. It does get a little technical, but he breaks everything down and even includes definitions of some of the commonly occurring jargon in retirement planning. I never felt he was ‘dumbing it down’, but I did feel that his common sense approach and ‘don’t panic’ mindset are really useful for people nearing retirement age who are worried about being able to live a decent lifestyle.
I especially like the fact that he addresses health care and health insurance after retirement. I have watched my grandmother struggle with this issue and know how stressful it is not having adequate insurance after you leave your employer’s coverage. I know that I will likely pay a LOT for my health coverage if I want something better than just Medicare, so this book is the kick that I need to start thinking about my options sooner rather than later.
This book is definitely worth a read for those within a decade of retirement, but it is also meaty food for thought for those of us who are still nearly thirty years away.
The introductory Retirement List Worksheet is a great beginner’s tool for assessing potential retirement expenses and how to budget accordingly. I found Chapter 6 “Dealing with Debt” to most helpful in managing money and dealing with pre-existing debt. There are numerous printable worksheets useful to track monthly expenses as well as practical tips easy to apply to daily living.
Some of the finical lingo may be a bit difficult to grasp; however, the book concludes with an informative Investment Glossary and Retirement Planning Glossary for novices at finical planning like myself.
Whether planning to retire or already reaping retirement benefits, the book discusses the impacts of healthy lifestyle choices, health care options and avoiding probate and estate taxes when planning to retire. I’d definitely recommend reading A Tale of Two Retirements!
The only thing to bear in mind is that this book assumes some level of pretty basic financial understanding such as understanding the references to the various stock markets and percentages. Though a lot of the book does do it's best to explain these theories and present itself as very readable, it may be off-putting to some and those looking for straight advice without the background figures.
Definitely a good read, and by a respected author, though perhaps the book price is a bit too high for some, but largely recommended for anyone making or thinking about making financial decisions pre-retirement, or during retirement.
I’m not the best when it comes to financial jargon, so it was a little confusing for me to follow. I’m the type of person who wants a detailed plan of what I need to do and I’ll follow it. This book doesn’t really do that. It just gives you various theories and why they are helpful. In a way, it’s more open for interpretation of what you will do with the information given in the book.
With all that said, I’m not sorry for my purchase. I think I will keep this to read at a later date when I can fully appreciate the information. There are some helpful quizzes and activities that will help me get an idea of where I want to be when it is time for me to retire, so that’s a plus.
Explained in an authoritative but grounded voice I especially like the section on Managing Your Money after Retirement, which illustrates a real life view on maintaining a financially sustained retirement. Also offering helpful bonuses like printable worksheets, detailed glossaries, pertinent statistics and thorough references to other reliable sources, this book is definitely a worthwhile read