Book roundup on smart financial decisions in retirement

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December 18th, 2015
man stacking coins
man stacking coins

When it comes to retirement, it seems that money can buy you some happiness—in the form of security, peace of mind, and the opportunity to travel and make the most of your free time. You spent your career building your nest egg, and your retirement years are the time to make the most of it. 

Here are eight informative and entertaining books that will help you make smart financial decisions throughout your retirement.

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get From Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J. Zelinski. A happy retirement isn’t only about the balance in your bank account. That’s the message in this refreshing read, which emphasizes that you don’t need $1 million in the bank to enjoy your retirement years.

Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement by Nancy Collamer. Gone are the days where “retirement” necessarily means the end of working. Read this book to figure out how to profit from your passions with a rewarding encore career.

The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get on With Your Life by Bill Schultheis. Investing in today’s volatile stock market can be nerve wracking. Schultheis’ no-nonsense advice makes it a little easier.

Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World by Lynne Martin. Even if you have no intention of living a “nomadic” retirement like super-traveller Lynne Martin and her husband Tim, you’re sure to pick up some savvy tips for stretching your own travel dollar.

The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken. This book gets down to brass tacks to teach you how to make all the right moves in the critical years just before you retire.

Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, and Paul Solman. Bad decisions about social security can cost you big bucks. Learn how to navigate the complex system with this comprehensive guidebook. 

You’ve Earned It, Don’t Lose It: Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make When You Retire by Suze Orman. In her typical no-nonsense approach to managing money, Orman discusses complex subjects like IRS tax rulings, wills and trusts, and long-term care insurance—in plain English.

Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries. If you’re planning to sell a house in retirement, you need to know the rules of today’s complex real estate market. Rascoff and Humphries break them down with concrete advice like words to avoid in your listing (“cute” and “unique,” to name a few) and why you should end your price with 900.