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Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  220 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Most people are overextended, and overstressed—and feel that the thrill is gone from their worklives. Even those who are not mired in debt or struggling to save for retirement feel they have no choice but to keep slogging away until age 65. The book teaches how to make early semiretirement work, built on: sensible spending,a rational investing method based on Nobel Prize w ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 4th 2007 by Nolo (first published October 10th 2005)
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Aug 24, 2010 Jana rated it it was ok
Outdated as it was written before the current financial crash. But among a lot of B.S. there is a bit of good financial information about financial planning for retirement but really designed for someone other than me. Overall though, overly simplistic, and seems to written for the young dot-com millionaire or people who can save money by cutting back on their multiple vacations at fancy hotels and $100,000 cars. I'm glad it's a library book and that I didn't buy it.
Alicia Brown
Dec 07, 2010 Alicia Brown rated it did not like it
Maybe it was because I read this after reading several others on the same general topic, but I didn't care for this one. Boring. Repetition.
Sep 11, 2012 Marshall rated it it was amazing
This book was a pivotal tool in my quest to retire early. It encapsulated and confirmed everything I'd learned from my own research, and served as a guide and reference. It's packed with a ton of vital details. It provides an excellent investment strategy and model portfolio, tailored specifically for early retirement; it discusses taxes and how to minimize them; it talks about the withdrawal rate, and provides plenty of charts and tables to show how different withdrawal rates hold up for variou ...more
I'm not ready to read this book. I think I should start with the regular book, not the workbook.

I think I should diversify and also reduce my risk, but I don't really understand my current asset allocation,

-Current investments are fragmented among many different brokerages
State / DOT investments are required to be separate
Vanguard funds must be with Vanguard

*I could group my TDAmeritrade ROTH |to Vanguard in Jan 2011|,
Portfolio 21 ROTH |moving to Vanguard in Jan 2011|,
Pioneer fund |cash check
Aug 24, 2010 Brian rated it it was ok
This had some good examples of how you don't have to buy into the mind set of working till you are 65. There are other ways to live.

It did seem a bit biased towards already being rich (most people owned their homes and had substantial stock portfolios). If you have a lot of money already, you should figure out what your budget is and then determine if you can live off of 4% per year of your wealth. Evidently 4% is the magic number that will keep you from running out. It has a huge section on ho
Aug 06, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was so interesting. Gave us lots good ideas. Perhaps by living at or below our means we won't have to work until the day we die.
Pretty good thinking around what a semi-retirement looks like. Basically just not working a normal 9-5.
Warren Rowland
Jun 04, 2015 Warren Rowland rated it it was amazing
Really good. Gives concrete steps advice and lots of good ref material for getting to semi retirement.
May 01, 2014 Janene added it
An utter disappointment. Helpful only if you own your home already and make 200K/year and up. Blah.
Jun 07, 2014 Tish rated it liked it
Good reference.
Northern Credit Union
This book shows us that with disciplined saving, a focused approach, and a keen eye on your expenses, semi-retirement can become a reality, and you can really enjoy your Golden Years.
Albena Liebigt
Branch Manager, Hornepayne
Apr 29, 2012 Tahni rated it it was ok
Shelves: finance
I've heard most of this before, although there were a few good points.
possibly my favorite book on living the good life while you're still young!
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