Spend 'Til the End The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard--Today and When You Retire

ISBN-10: 1416548904

ISBN-13: 9781416548904

Edition: 2008

Authors: Scott Burns, Laurence J. Kotlikoff

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Rich or poor, young or old, high school or college grad, this book, written by economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff and syndicated financial columnist Scott Burns, can change your life for the better! If you follow the advice in this book, it will raise your living standard (possibly by a lot), improve your lifestyle, and help you spend 'til the end. And it will completely transform your financial thinking, turning every bit of conventional financial wisdom on its head. If this sounds like a revolution in financial planning, you got it. So doThe New York Times,The Washington Post,The Wall Street Journal,USA Today,Time,Consumer Reports, and other top publications that have been featuring the authors' economics-based "consumption smoothing" approach to financial planning. Spend 'Til the Endsubstitutes economic wisdom for the "rules of dumb" that currently pass for financial advice. In the process it indicts the investment and financial-planning industry for giving most people saving and insurance targets that are much too high and then convincing them to invest in risky mutual funds and expensive insurance policies. The result is that most people are scrimping and saving during the years when they could be spending and enjoying their money -- and with no sure payoff. Easy to read, this book is packed with practical and often shocking advice on whether to work, how to pick a career, which job to take, where to live, what sort of house to buy, how much to save, when to retire, which kind of retirement account to use, whether to have kids, whether to divorce, when to take Social Security, how fast to spend down your assets in retirement, and how to invest.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Scott Burns's personal finance column has been nationally syndicated since 1981.

Laurence J. Kotlikoff, one of the nation's leading experts on fiscal policy, national saving, and personal finance and a columnist for Bloomberg, is Professor of Economics at Boston University. His writings and views appear in Forbes, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other leading media outlets.

Introduction: The Three Commandments of Economics
Smooth Financial Paths
"I Am Financially Sick"
Consumption Smoothing
Conventional Consumption Disruption
Pimping Risk
Financial Mind-benders
Financial Pathology
What, Me Worry?
Understanding Financial Disease
Financial Snake Oil
Raising Your Living Standard
My Son the Plumber
Does College Really Pay?
Fire Your Job
Location, Location
Whether 'Tis Wiser
Pay It Down, Way Down
Does It Pay to Play?
Cashing Out
Double Dip on Social Security
Russian Roulette for Keeps
Learning Your Bs and Ds
Holding Your Nuts
Fire Your Broker
Equitable Alimony
Pricing Your Passions
Ciao, Baby
Shacking Up
Take the Leisure and Run
Pricing Procreation
Can We Help the Kids?
Charity Stays at Home
Preserving Your Living Standard
Are Stocks Safer Than Bonds in the Long Run?
Diversify Your Resources, Not Your Portfolio
Spending Down
Beware of Averages
Portfolio Choice
Public Policy Risk
Sell Your Boss Short (or Long)
The Troll Under the Bridge
Should I Care About Long-Term Care?
A Safety-First Strategy
Epilogue: Is There an Economist in the House?
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