Whether you’re in retirement, just getting ready to retire, or 5, 10, or 40 years out, this book can help you invest smarter your whole life and yes, plan better for retirement.
Harmful mythology abounds about retirement investing. Many retirees or soon-to-be retirees have heard a plethora of advice. Take 100 (or 120) and subtract your age to get your equity allocation, put the rest in bonds or cash. Buy only bonds. Buy only high dividend stocks. Or some combination! Buy equity-indexed annuities or some “guaranteed” income product. All examples of a potentially harmful myth many folks believe to be smart, strategic moves.
Investors believe preparing for retirement requires a radically different set of tools or a dizzying array of products. Navigating the world of retirement products and services can be a full-time job. But investing for retirement is, in practice, not much (if at all) different from investing. In Your Retirement Plan, Ken Fisher will give readers a workable strategy to either develop their own retirement investing plan or work more successfully with a professional to increase the likelihood of achieving long-term goals while avoiding common pitfalls. The book will include easy-to-follow steps like
- How to think, correctly, about investing time horizon.
- How to better figure how much income you need
- How to determine if a portfolio can provide that income
- How to figure how much to save each year to achieve retirement goals
- What pitfalls to avoid
- And more. . . .
In this retirement planning book that's not just for retirees, Fisher will hand readers the tools and confidence they need to better plan for the future.
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About the Author
KEN FISHER is best known for his prestigious "Portfolio Strategy" column in Forbes magazine, where his over 28-year tenure of high-profile calls makes him the fourth longest-running columnist in Forbes's 90-plus-year history. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Fisher Investments, an independent global money management firm managing tens of billions for individuals and institutions globally. Fisher is ranked #263 on the 2011 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and #764 on the 2012 Forbes Global Billionaire list. In 2010, Investment Advisor magazine named him among the 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades. Fisher has authored numerous professional and scholarly articles, including the award-winning "Cognitive Biases in Market Forecasting." He has also published eight previous books, including national bestsellers The Only Three Questions That Count, The Ten Roads to Riches, How to Smell a Rat, Debunkery and Markets Never Forget (But People Do), all published by Wiley. Fisher has been published, interviewed and/or written about in many major American, British and German finance or business periodicals. He has a weekly column in Focus Money, Germany's leading weekly finance and business magazine.
LARA HOFFMANS is Vice President of Content at Fisher Investments, managing editor of MarketMinder.com, a regular contributor to Forbes.com and coauthor of the bestsellers, The Only Three Questions That Count, The Ten Roads to Riches, How to Smell a Rat, Debunkery and Markets Never Forget (But People Do).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What? Me? Retire? 1
The Imagined Dichotomy 3
Two Goals … and Some Non-Goals 4
Definitions and a Pencil 9
Start Immediately. Now. Right Away 13
Plan Your Prosperity 14
Chapter 2: My Goals Are … What? 17
Why Is This So Hard? 20
Your Investing Goals, Simply 24
Potential Pitfall: Capital Preservation and Growth 26
Inflation’s Insidious Impact 29
Three Percent, Compounded 35
Chapter 3: The Secret Code—Asset Allocation or Benchmark? 37
Benchmark—A Road Map and Measuring Stick 40
Picking a Benchmark 42
The Big Decision—Asset Allocation 45
Potential Pitfall: Age Doesn’t Equal Asset Allocation 49
Benchmark Versus Asset Allocation—What’s the Difference? 50
Chapter 4: Time Horizon—Longer Than You Think 59
Potential Pitfall: Ignoring Opportunity Cost 62
Time Horizon—What Is It? 64
Time Horizon and Benchmark 68
Chapter 5: What’s in a Return? 73
Growth Defi ned 77
The Past as a Guide? 81
Gordon Moore and Endless Innovation 90
Potential Pitfall: Unrealistic Expectations 92
Chapter 6: Getting That Cash Flow 97
Potential Pitfall—The All High-Dividend Portfolio 100
How Much Do You Need? 103
Monte Carlo—Not Just a Casino 107
Let’s Get Bootstrapping 109
Chapter 7: Can I Get There? 117
How Much Do You Have? 120
A Savings Plan 123
Chapter 8: Putting It All Together 131
To Benchmark or Not to Benchmark 134
State Your Goals 136
Know Where You Are 137
Picking an Appropriate Benchmark 138
Finding Professional Help 140
Avoid Being a Fraud Victim 143
And You’re Off! 143
Appendix A: All Hail the Mighty Dow 145
Appendix B: Cash Flow Versus Expenses 155
Appendix C: Expense Categories 161
Appendix D: Personal Balance Sheet 165
About the Authors 173
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read quite a few books on retirement planning and this one is not as entertaining as the others but it contains important information in a straight forward manner for anyone who needs help planning their future. I really liked this book and because it is so concise I look forward to reading it again in the future. -
Wonderful book... I would not have bought it as I am older and comfortable with my investment plan and performance, but Mr. Fisher's company sent me a copy... I read it on a plane trip so could discuss it with my older nieces and thought it was a fantastic starting point... So now buying a copy for my nook to have available whenever any of the youngsters in my family want to discuss... Highly recommended for all ages, but especially for an older generation person trying to persuade a younger generation member to start planning for life... Thanks Mr. Fisher...