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Tina Di Vito
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Oct. 11 2011
Retirement planning isn't something that happens at a specific point in time or at a specific age - we are all affecting our retirement plans every day with every decision we do or don't make. Canadians are living longer, and the average retiree in the future may have as much as 30 years of retirement to plan for, and there are many simple things that will impact our eventual retirement life.

52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement identifies 52 things we do that could wreck our retirement, explains why it puts your retirement at risk, and provides the strategy to correct the mistake, or better still, avoid it entirely. The book is organized under several key areas of the planning process, including:

  • Starting to Plan for Retirement
  • Mistakes around Investing
  • Mistakes around Debt
  • Saving for Retirement
  • Pensions
  • Living in Retirement
  • Spending in Retirement
  • New Realities about Retirement

52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement is not a feel-good book about how wonderful retirement will be or an alarming fear-mongering book about dying broke, nor is it a get-rich-late-retirement solution. Quite simply, it is an easily-accessible and practical guide written for Canadians of all ages that gives you the tools you need to better manage the financial and personal aspects of your retirement.


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"Di Vito's first foray as an author is a must-read. What we do today determines our tomorrow. This book is a step-by-step plan for what could be the best years of your life—retirement!"
The Honourable Pamela D. Wallin, o.c., som.

As a result of global uncertainty and volatility, financial matters have become increasingly complex, but Tina's book will give you the confidence to make better financial decisions and is a superb resource for any Canadian looking to understand how to better prepare for retirement."
L. Jacques Ménard, o.c., o.q., lld, Vice-Chair of the Task Force on Financial Literacy, Chairman BMO Nesbitt Burns, President BMO Financial Group, Quebec

"I used to joke about self-wrecked RRSPs but now Tina Di Vito's new book shows us 52 ways to wreck your retirement. More to the point, she lays out 52 compelling ways to rescue it."
Jonathan Chevreau, Financial Post columnist and author of Findependence Day

Starting to think about retirement early is the best strategy, but starting today is the next best thing.

Planning for your retirement isn't something you do once, forget about, and hope that everything turns out for the best. Your retirement encompasses the cumulative effects of many decisions throughout your life. Canadians are living longer than ever before, and the average retiree of the future may have to account for as much as 30 years of retirement living.

Continued financial turmoil and lack of predictability has heightened concerns about what retirement will look like. 52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement takes a close look at the issues that can spoil your golden years, and what to do about them, including issues surrounding:

  • Basic planning, and knowing where you stand

  • Savings, debt, and money management

  • Investing, risk tolerance, and balance

  • Pensions, taxation and withdrawals from plans

Each chapter provides advice and actionable steps that you can take in order to get your retirement on the right path. So whether you're still many years away from retirement or it's just around the corner, or even if you're currently retired, 52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement can help you put the missing pieces in place and motivate you to take action.

About the Author

TINA DI VITO is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), and Fellow of FPSCTM. She is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Women in Capital Markets, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.  With more than 20 years of experience helping Canadians plan for and live in retirement, Tina has worked with families and small business owners and runs workshops and seminars for Canadians of all levels of prosperity. She is a sought-after speaker and is widely quoted in national and  international media such as the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal and has been on Canada AM, Global Television, BNN, and CNBC. She has also been consulted by Canadian Parliamentary committees as an expert on a variety of wealth-management topics. She volunteers her time and financial expertise to the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) to help bring financial literacy to older Canadians. She has lead research resulting in the creation of industry-leading, white paper reports on retirement and estate and tax planning issues facing Canadians.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best retirement books I've read! Dec 21 2011
By Snap03
Format:Paperback
This book was an easy read and contained a lot of very useful information. I really like the way it's divided into 52 short chapters - the thought being you tackle one topic per week. Each chapter concludes with a to-do list that provides easy to follow steps for getting/keeping your retirement on track. I find planning for retirement quite daunting so this divide-and-conquer approach appeals to me.

The book also provided some eye-opening calculations (like how much or little money CPP and OAS might provide). But it is never dry and is balanced with chapters that look at the "soft" sides of retirement - like whether it is really a good idea to make too many changes to your life as soon as you retire. I also found the chapter on "how feeling younger than you really are can wreck your retirement" fascinating.

I bought this book because I thought it would be a good resource to get me ready for retirement, but now I think it's going to be something I keep referring to even once I'm retired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By LT
Format:Paperback
As a CFP who provided financial planning advice to clients, I found this book very well written. Those in the profession will relate that most clients do not enjoy being spoken to in "industry" terms. By taking concepts and breaking them into 52 bite sized pieces, Ms. Di Vito has written a book that Financial Planners and their clients alike will read and understand. Simple, straight forward advice that everyone should read to make sure they keep on track - particularly the chapters around the long-term costs of debt and failing to manage one's cash flow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A amust read if you do your own taxes Feb. 1 2012
Format:Paperback
If you do your own taxes, this is must reading. It explains all the ways to handle and do your taxes while minimizing what you pay. there is extra information on how to save for the next year with advice on tax planning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Steve Jan. 2 2012
Format:Paperback
I found the book over simplistic and not very useful. The content was written at a high school level with a considerable number of errors which was annoying to read.
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