3 Good Retirement Planning Books


Retirement Planning Books

When we are new on our financial journey, we tend to focus on the basics like learning how to live on a budget, getting out of debt and raising our credit score.  Even though we know we probably need to start saving for retirement we tend to put it off for one reason or another.  Reading any one of these good retirement planning books will help you to make better decisions with your money.

While mastering the basics is critical to eventually building wealth and gaining financial freedom, we can’t get stuck there. Personally, I failed to start a retirement account for about seven years into my grown-up work life. Initially I thought that I was too young to worry about retirement. It was books like the ones listed below that helped me to realize that you are never too young to get started! In fact, the younger you are when you start saving…the better!

Even after I realized I should open a retirement account I had a hard time figuring out what to invest in. In fact, it took me over 10 years to truly understand what works best for me given my income, personality and tolerance for risk. Truthfully speaking, I probably waited a little too long for getting serious about preparing for retirement but as always, I enjoyed every minute of learning (the hard way) how to plan for retirement.


1. The Bogleheads’ Guide To Retirement Planning, By Taylor Larimore and Mel Lindauer

Author’s Description: Whatever your current financial situation, you must continue to strive for a viable retirement plan by finding the most effective ways to save, the best accounts to save in, and the right amount to save, as well as understanding how to insure against setbacks and handle the uncertainties of a shaky economy. Fortunately, the Bogleheads, a group of like-minded individual investors who follow the general investment and business beliefs of John C. Bogle, are here to help.


2. Money for Life, By Steve Vernon

Author’s Description: Money for Life addresses the concerns of a wide range of people who are planning their retirement and hoping to create a retirement income from their retirement savings. With the demise of traditional pension plans, this is a significant and important challenge facing boomers as they approach their retirement years.


3. How To Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, By Ernie Zelinski

Author’s Description: “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free” is not only a book about retirement — it’s an inspirational guide on how to enjoy life to its fullest. What sets this international bestseller — over 250,000 copies sold — apart from all the other retirement books is its holistic approach to the fears, hopes, and dreams that people have about retirement. This one-of-a-kind guide goes way beyond the numbers that is often the main focus of most retirement planning books.

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Do you consistently invest in a retirement account? What is the best retirement planning book you ever read?