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The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most

 

The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most

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A comprehensive guide to planning your retirement before it's too late!
Even though half of all Americans put money aside for retirement, it isn't until they reach their sixties that many realize that they haven't saved enough. With The Five Years Before You Retire, you'll hone in on what you need to do in the next five years to maximize your current savings and create a realistic plan for your future. This book guides you through each financial, medical, and familial decision, from taking ad

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  1. SageRad says:
    73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best personal finance books I have ever read, April 12, 2014
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    SageRad (Clayton, MO USA) –

    This review is from: The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most (Paperback)
    I consider my self to be a junkie of personal finance, behavioral economics, and investing books, and this is one of the best personal finance books I have ever read, up there with Jane Bryan Quinn’s classic, Making the Most of Your Money.

    It deals with an oft neglected time in the life cycle when the career is winding down and retirement related financial issues are staring you in the face. It clarified a lot of areas that were somewhat fuzzy to me–when and why to buy long term care insurance, the alphabet soup of Medicare plans, and dealing with outside-the-nuclear-family money needs, to name a few. Of course, retirement investment planning was in the forefront, with an excellent explanation of the increasingly popular “Three Buckets” strategy.

    I enjoyed the easy reading book so much that I conquered it in an afternoon. It is loaded with pearls and worth its weight in gold.

    Well done!

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  2. Johnny B "Send lawyers, guns, and money" says:
    89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I should have put the price of the book into my IRA, November 8, 2014
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    Johnny B “Send lawyers, guns, and money” (Charlotte North Carolina) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most (Paperback)
    Save your money and use Google. It’s free and in the couple hours it takes to skim this book you can find the same info for free.

    You can look inside this book… choose the Table of Contents and google each topic. Read what a reputable source (Kiplinger, AARP, Fidelity, etc.) has to say about it. To me, it looks like that’s what the author did.

    The entire book is superficial and weak. The section on Annuities is a prime example. I know very little about them but I already knew everything the author told me. Other the material is borderline irrelevant. The first section is about calculating how much you’ll need for retirement. A similar worksheet is available free at any of a dozen financial web sites (try your bank’s) and she focuses on calculating the ‘gap’ between what you need and what you’ve saved. Then she gives tips about how to close the gap. here’s my two cents…

    If you’re 5 years away from retirement and have any sort of ‘large’ gap between need and saved you seriously need to rethink how close you are to retirement. There’s no way you’re going to save 10s of thousands of dollars (or hundreds of thousands!) in 5 years by not dining out so much or cutting back on your cable TV bill.

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  3. Lillian A. Anderson "littlejohn" says:
    95 of 103 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    I’ll save you the money. You can invest it., February 25, 2015
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    Lillian A. Anderson “littlejohn” (Fort Wayne, IN USA) –
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    This review is from: The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most (Paperback)
    I’ll save you $13.
    The book has lots of swell forms you can fill out listing your expenses and sources of income. You can do those things yourself.
    Here’s the rest of the book:
    Q: Should I spend less? A: Yes
    Q: Should I save more? A: Yes
    Q: Should I make crafts and sell them (honest, she says that)? A: Yes
    Q: Should I move into a smaller home? A: Yes
    Q: Should I take in a roommate? A: Yes
    Q: Yes? But you just said I should move into a smaller home. Where would I put a roommate? A: Did I mention you could make crafts and sell them?

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