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The Essential Retirement Guide: A Contrarian's Perspective Hardcover – Dec 2 2015

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Dec 2 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781119111122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119111122
  • ASIN: 1119111129
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Retirement planning is difficult enough without having to contend with misinformation. Unfortunately, much of the advice that is dispensed is either unsubstantiated or betrays a strong vested interest. In The Essential Retirement Guide, Frederick Vettese analyzes the most fundamental questions of retirement planning and offers some startling insights. The book finds that:

  • Saving 10 percent a year is not a bad rule of thumb if you could follow it, but there will be times when you cannot do so and it might not even be advisable to try
  • Most people never spend more than 50 percent of their gross income on themselves before retirement; hence their retirement income target is usually much less than 70 percent
  • Interest rates will almost certainly stay low for the next 20 years, which will affect how much you need to save
  • Even in this low-interest environment, you can withdraw 5 percent or more of your retirement savings each year in retirement without running out of money
  • Your spending in retirement will almost certainly decline at a certain age so you may not need to save quite as much as you think
  • As people reach the later stages of retirement, they become less capable of managing their finances, even though they grow more confident of their ability to do so! Plan for this before it is too late
  • Annuities have become very expensive, but they still make sense for a host of reasons

In addition, The Essential Retirement Guide shows how you can estimate your own lifespan and helps you to understand the financial implications of long-term care. Most importantly, it reveals how you can calculate your personal wealth target—the amount of money you will need by the time you retire to live comfortably. The author uses his actuarial expertise to substantiate his findings but does so in a jargon-free way.

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"Anyone interested in retirement planning—amateur and professional alike—will benefit from this book. The advice is original, thoughtful, and objective. The ideas are well organized and clearly expressed. In a field long dominated by numbers and myths, this is as close as we get to wisdom."
—Malcolm Hamilton, Retired Actuary and Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute

"Fred Vettese's new book starts out by showing how traditional retirement finance 'rules' such as the 70% income replacement target and the 4% post-work drawdown rate are riddled with conceptual holes. One by one, he replaces them with his own planning, saving, and investing rules that combine his professional experience as a top actuary, common sense, and empathy for the reader. A truly valuable retirement guide."
—Keith Ambachtsheer, Director Emeritus, International Centre for Pension Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

"Retirement demystified. Smart, clear, persuasive, and reassuring."
—Rob Carrick, personal finance columnist, The Globe and Mail

"Vettese does an excellent job of dispelling some of the financial myths about retirement, giving us all hope that despite our habit of overspending, we won't outlive our money."
—Bart Astor, author of the bestseller AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life

"Fred Vettese is a leading pension and retirement expert. His latest book, The Essential Retirement Guide, is an important addition to the retirement reading list. Fred provides an appealing mixture of hard numbers and philosophical reflection to rebut many elements of conventional retirement advice. Of particular note, he presents well-supported and convincing arguments that most people need far less income in retirement than the financial industry would usually have you believe. He also delves deeply into how to financially cover your potential long-term care needs and provides a critical and persuasive assessment of the value of long-term care insurance."
—David Aston, retirement feature writer, MoneySense Magazine

"Fred Vettese's book is an excellent guide for both long-term planners and latecomers to retirement planning. He takes his readers beyond individual anecdotes and broad averages and gives them the tools to think sensibly about their own prospects and situations. Informative, insightful, and often witty, this book will be useful to people just starting to plan, and to those who are further along and want a fresh view of where they are trying to go and how they can get there."
—Bill Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute

"Thorough, approachable, and authoritative, Vettese has rewritten the book on retirement finances."
—Angela Hickman, Personal Finance Editor, Financial Post

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