How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire

How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire

by Stan Hinden


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ISBN-13: 9780071702478
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/04/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Stan Hinden was a Washington Post financial reporter for 20 years.

From 1996 to 2003 he wrote the Post’s “Retirement Journal” column for

which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 1998.

Currently he writes the “Retirement Perspectives” column for AARP

Financial. He resides in the Washington DC area. Visit him


Table of Contents

Foreword John C. Bogle ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Decision 1 Am I ready to retire? 1

Decision 2 Can I afford to retire? 17

Decision 3 When should I apply for Social Security? 35

Decision 4 How should I take my pension payments? 63

Decision 5 What should I do with the money in my company savings plan? 77

Decision 6 When do I have to take money out of my IRAs? 95

Decision 7 How should I invest during retirement? 109

Decision 8 What should I do about health insurance? 133

Decision 9 What should I do to prepare for serious illness? 155

Decision 10 Where do I want to live after I retire? 173

Decision 11 How should I arrange my estate to save on taxes and avoid probate? 187

Decision 12 How can I age successfully? 205

Index 225

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How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I downloaded the 39 page sample. The first 21 pages were titles, prologs, prefaces, acknowledgements etc. So I got to read less than 9 pages. If they're going to provide a sample they should skip all the the other stuff and let you see content.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basic information for those who haven't given much thought to retirement. The author's view is valuable because, as a current retiree, he has experienced the issues first hand and has put them in a book. But most of the advice is elementary for those who keep up on general financial topics. Finances, on the other hand, is the furthest thing from my wife'd mind, and I know she will gain more from the book then I did. Written simply and very easy to read.