Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement

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Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement

Format:  Paperback,

248 pages

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

Publish Date: Mar 2008

ISBN-13: 9781413308358

ISBN-10: 141330835X

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A great retirement isn't just about having your financial situation in order.

It's easy to be preoccupied with stock portfolios, 401(k) balances and saving options, but true happiness in retirement comes from simpler, more enjoyable things like an active social life, family time and leisurely travel.

In Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement," author Rich Stim and Nolo co-founder Jake Warner show you how to become rich in the ways that matter most. They encourage you to balance financial concerns with a lifestyle you always envisioned for yourself.

The book advises you on how to estimate real" retirement needs and create a workable savings and investment plan. Even more importantly, it advises you to make personal preparations for life after work, including:

    cultivating interests outside work leading a healthier lifestyle revitalizing family relationships spending more time with spouses embracing spirituality or meditation nurturing friendships and making new friends

    All the money in the world won't make for a happy retirement unless you're satisfied with the rest of your life. So start today.


Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publish Date: Mar 2008
ISBN-13: 9781413308358
ISBN-10: 141330835X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 248
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.82
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.5

Chapter outline

Will You Really Retire?p. 1
Start Your Planning (and Dreaming) Nowp. 3
The Four Things You Need in Retirementp. 5
Look Outward and Inwardp. 13
Invest in Your Healthp. 19
Four Conditions You Should Treat Nowp. 20
Exercise and Dietp. 33
Three More Tipsp. 41
Strengthen Family Tiesp. 47
How Strong Are Your Family Ties?p. 49
Five Ways to Improve Family Functionp. 50
Couples Power: The Tie That Bindsp. 62
If One Spouse Retires Before the Otherp. 64
Appreciate Friends, Old and Newp. 67
Friends: Many Concepts-One Goalp. 69
Four Paths to Friendshipp. 70
Members of Couples: Find Friends Who Are Yours Alonep. 78
Those Furry Friendsp. 80
Develop Lifelong Interests and Activities Nowp. 83
Volunteerp. 84
Do the Things You Always Meant Top. 93
Educate Yourselfp. 94
Figure Out Your Numberp. 99
Using Online Retirement Calculatorsp. 100
The Choices and Variables Underlying Your Numberp. 102
A Do-It-Yourself Retirement Calculatorp. 107
Convert Debt Into Retirement Savingsp. 115
Can You Avoid Car Payments?p. 117
Heading Into Retirement With Credit Card Debt?p. 119
Should You Prepay Your Mortgage?p. 127
Where Will the Money Come From?p. 133
It's Not Too Late to Beginp. 134
What to Expect From Social Securityp. 137
Employer Pension Plansp. 148
Individual Retirement Savings Plans: IRAs and 401(k)sp. 151
Withdrawing Money From Your 401(k), IRA, or Annuityp. 159
Savings and Investmentsp. 164
Inheritances and Giftsp. 164
Early Retirement Incentives and Buyoutsp. 169
Reverse Mortgagesp. 170
Immediate-Fixed Annuitiesp. 173
Growing and Protecting Retirement Assetsp. 177
The Safe Withdrawal Approachp. 178
What Are Your Investment Choices?p. 184
Cash: Lowest Risk, Low Returnsp. 184
Bonds: Low to Moderate Risk, Low to Moderate Returnsp. 186
Individual Stocks: High Risk, Varying Returnsp. 188
Mutual Funds: Varying Risks, Varying Returnsp. 190
Making Choices, and Sticking by (Some of) Themp. 198
Investing in and Profiting From Real Estatep. 201
Getting Help: Financial Planners, Advisers, and Brokersp. 204
Working After Retirementp. 209
Start Planning Nowp. 211
Whether to Work and Collect Social Securityp. 221
Legal Rules Protecting Older Workersp. 222
Indexp. 224


Review by Library Journal (2008-03-15)

These are the first three titles in a new series co-produced by Nolo and USA Today. In The Busy Family's Guide, USA Today personal finance columnists Block, John Waggoner, and Kathy Chu focus on the building blocks of family security: budgets, savings, investing, insurance, and estate planning. They begin by coaching readers on how to talk about money and how to set up a plan, then tackle taxes and tax breaks, controlling and dealing with debt, home buying and mortgages, and the components of an estate plan.

A chapter on investments demystifies the options by comparing and explaining cash investments, stocks, and mutual funds. Attorneys Fishman (Lower Taxes in 7 Easy Steps) and Fitzpatrick's Work from Home Handbook is for those considering working at home either as an employee or a freelancer. Essentially, it is a narrative checklist of issues to consider and the steps to take to make home-based employment feasible. Readers will learn to assess whether a job can be done from home, how to make the case for it with an employer, and how to find existing telecommuting jobs.

The section on freelancing helps those ready to create their own home-based businesses with information on setting fees, finding clients, and dealing with tax implications. Finally, in Retire Happy, attorney Stim (Patent Pending in 24 Hours) and Nolo cofounder Warner (How To Run a Thriving Business) advocate thinking through retirement well before turning out the office lights. They present strategies for constructing the elements of a successful retirement (e.g., health, money, rewarding activities, a circle of friends) and devote significant space to retirement money issues. Particularly useful is the section on calculating the amount needed for a long and secure retirement. Each of these books is clear, practical, and nicely enhanced by charts and checklists. Recommended for public libraries.

-Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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