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The Real Retirement: Why You Could Be Better Off Than You Think, and How to Make That Happen

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Straight Talk and solid retirement advice for all CanadiansIn the face of government changes, financial market volatility, and an aging workforce, Canadians are understandably concerned about the impact on their finances and their future retirement. This reassuring book debunks the generally-accepted claims about necessary savings rates, which can cause paranoia among ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 14, 2016 Jaidee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Canadians dreaming of retirement
Recommended to Jaidee by: a gift

4.5 "detailed, reassuring and helpful" stars.

I grew up in a working class family where both my parents were industrious new immigrants to this country. When they came to Canada in the late 1960s there was lots of work and they established themselves through diligence and initial difficulties and what sounds like minor racial discrimination against them. My father worked himself up to middle management (with a grade six education) and my mother ran three different businesses at her peak. They est
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Aug 20, 2013 Chuck Slack rated it really liked it
A good book that provides a no nonsense, mathematical, and logical approach to figuring out how much we need to retire. But what I really liked about was that it was not all financial planning rhetoric, there was advise to live life while we are living and working not pining away for some utopian retirement while forgetting to live and enjoy life along the way.
May 27, 2013 William rated it it was ok
The author does seem to capture what I suspect most Canadians will be doing in this generation.

I was unimpressed by how he seemed to write that "People who focus their attention too much on planning for their retirement risk missing too much of their life before retirement, and that’s a tragedy".

His basic premise seems to be that most Canadians will only save a small portion of possible RRSP and TFSA savings that they could, in one example using 3.8% of total salary and in another example 6% o
Jul 15, 2014 Winnie rated it liked it
And very sensible book analyzing how we should prepare ourselves for retirement.
Lots of information about where your money comes from for the retirement : saving, investment, pension, government.
Also, about how much money is needed in different stages of retirement.
Then concluded that Canadians are better off than they think financially in their retirement stage.
So relax,just enjoy the present, enjoy what you like to do.
Jul 29, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Very good, hot-off-the-press, and Canadian - my favorite kind of personal finance book. Basically, we (as Canadians) worry too much about not having enough money in retirement. This book addresses that quite successfully, imo. I (specifically) am doing everything right and I can continue to not worry too much about my personal finances - everything is going well and according to plan.
Sep 12, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
Well written advice about how to plan for retirement. We are going to rethink some of our numbers with this data.
Sep 03, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
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The 1st portion of the book much more interesting and helpful. These guys are actuaries and their investment advice reflects that.
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