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4 must-read retirement planning books

Overwhelmed by retirement planning? These books can help

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Planning for retirement can feel overwhelming. As with so many other stages of life — college, marriage, parenthood — you can try your best to prepare for retirement, but you won’t know what it’s really like until you’re in it.

That said, reading up on it can help you prepare. (A failure to prepare is preparation for failure, and all that.) These books share the lessons of others who went before, in the hopes that you can repeat their successes and avoid their mistakes.

In that spirit, here are four retirement planning books that can help you get started.

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How To Invest for Retirement: A Simple Path To Retiring Rich, Independent, and Free by Anthony S. Park

If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow beginners’ guide, then this book is for you. How To Invest for Retirement details what it takes to save enough for retirement, and achieve financial independence. It covers financial concepts and tools such as:

One key piece of advice: Rather than saving money for retirement with a savings account (whose yield often fails to keep up with the pace of inflation), consider an index fund — basically, an account that owns stock in multiple companies, as a way of tying your financial growth to the overall growth of the market.

How Much Money Do I Need To Retire? Uncommon Financial Planning Wisdom for a Stress-Free Retirement by Todd R. Tresidder

Todd R. Tresidder is a former hedge fund manager who was a part of the traditional financial system — until he decided to leave it at 35 to help turn it on its head. If you like to do things a little bit differently, this book will show you the limitations of traditional financial retirement strategies.

Todd understands that humans aren’t machines and the world isn’t static. That means that not only are you unlikely to have the same wants and needs by the time you retire, but the world is also bound to be completely different by then too. That’s why this book offers an unconventional roadmap to help you understand what it really takes to retire before finding your retirement number.

Once you have found your magic number — that is, how much money you’d like to have socked away at retirement — Todd suggests how to optimize your lifestyle to retire earlier. Traditional retirement plans will simply encourage you to work more, save more, and retire as late as possible. However, strategies like seeking side hustles and relocating to an area with a low cost of living can help drastically improve your retirement outcome, thus allowing you to retire earlier.

Retirementology by Gregory Salsbury

A witty book packed with personal anecdotes and concrete advice, Retirementology is a no-nonsense guide, particularly for those who feel like they’ve made a few financial mistakes in the past. After all, spending, saving, and investing are equal parts psychological and rational.

Retirementology covers the emotional aspects of retirement and will help you identify what goals and values align with your ideal retirement scenario. By following the advice in this book, you’ll learn possibilities for finding your best version of retirement and creating a post-workforce life filled with purpose and meaning.

This book also covers common financial planning mistakes, and the essential lessons to learn from them. The best part is that you won’t have to make them yourself to learn the lesson.

The New Rules of Retirement by Robert C. Carlson

Packed with an enormous amount of information, this book will walk you through the most basic aspects of how to plan for retirement — including what to do after you’ve retired so you can maximize your financial future.

In this book, you can expect to learn:

This book also offers advice on financial moves you should consider during retirement, like claiming Social Security benefits and purchasing annuities.

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Reading financial planning books is one of the best ways to get ahead of the game when it comes to meeting your long-term financial goals.

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