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Thinking Smarter: Seven Steps to Your Fulfilling Retirement...and Life Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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—ROBERT SHILLER, Nobel Laureate, professor of economics, Yale University; author of Irrational Exuberance and Finance and the Good Society
“Too often, ‘retirement planning’ is limited to financial issues, leaving many vital factors unaddressed. In this highly original and practical book, Benartzi helps people prioritize their goals for their later years, and shows them how to really think creatively about their future.”
—RICHARD THALER, University of Chicago; coauthor of Nudge and author of Misbehaving
“This book transformed the way I think about my future goals and how to reach them. I absolutely love the goal planning app that accompanies the book and brings the ideas to life. It is a game changer for how financial planners will help their clients get the most of their retirement years.”
—MARK CASADY, chairman and CEO, LPL Financial
“Benartzi provides a powerful, innovative framework for thinking more deeply, broadly, and clearly about retirement and about many of the most consequential decisions affecting the rest of your life. Entertaining, full of lively examples, valuable insights, and practical advice, this small book can make a big difference.”
—MARK IWRY, coauthor of Aging Gracefully and Automatic: Changing the Way America Saves
About the Author
Roger Lewin is the author of more than twenty books, including Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos. He co-authored, with Shlomo Benartzi, Save More Tomorrow, the first major publication from the Allianz Global Investors Center for Behavioral Finance.
The Allianz Global Investors Center for Behavioral Finance is committed to empowering people to make better financial decisions. For more information, visit befi.allianzgi.com.
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781591848059
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591848059
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Portfolio (May 12, 2015)
- ASIN : 1591848059
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I like to read and review books that don't already have hundreds of reviews . I was a little mystified why this and his earlier book had literally no reviews (although one finally appeared a couple of days ago). Especially since he is exploring technological and social developments that you'd think would attract the kinds of readers who like to share their reactions and ideas. After reading "Think Smarter," I'm still confused by his lack of reviews. Anyway, here's mine ...
The authors have provided an easy-to-read and--better--easy-to-apply process for exploring and evaluating one's retirement goals and priorities. I decided to read the whole book first and then immediately apply the7-step process all at one time after reading it. The chapters about each of the 7 steps each had a couple of examples of why the steps worked in today's world. While not as interesting, they offered a juxtaposition of ideas that then fit together by the end of each chapter--similar to what Malcolm Gladwell does in his books.
By keeping examples to a minimum in each chapter the reader is encouraged to think through his/her own values-based goals and priorities. But by then bringing in two fleshed-out ideas featuring a 50-year old and 70-year old at strategic points, you do have something to compare your ideas to. I found the activity to be very worthwhile and now I do have more confidence that I'm looking at my own retirement planning more broadly and objectively.
My last comment is on behavioral economics itself. I find the Dan Gilbert retirement ads to be quite simple and yet valuable and thought-provoking. Those ads make the point that people are so intimidated by the challenge of saving for retirement that they end up doing little or nothing to prepare. Benartzi makes a number of observations about how difficult it is becoming for people to think for themselves about big and scary transitions--and there are few as big and scary as retirement. The 7-step process could be a helpful tool if more people were to read and share it.