In 99 pages, seven-time author Mike Piper answers three burning questions in Can I Retire?
(Win my review copy below.)
- How much money do I need to retire?
- How do I manage my retirement savings?
- How do I plan for taxes in retirement?
On the first page, Mike admits that there are plenty of good retirement books out there. So why did he write another one?
Can I Retire? is not meant to be better. It’s meant to be shorter. It’s written for the person who…
…might not be able to find the time to read Otar’s entire 525-page book or the 370-page Boglehead’s Guide…But if there’s a good chance that, if you were to buy one of those other books, it would sit unread on your coffee table or bookshelf, then this book is written for you.
I met Mike at the Financial Blogger Conference in October 2011, where he told me about self-publishing on Amazon. (If you’re interested in writing a book, the gist of it seems to be that if you go with self-publishing and selling on Amazon, you’ll make a lot more money per book. But you won’t get any recognition because self-published authors still have a second class reputation. If you go with a traditional publisher, you may get a lot of media buzz and attention, but you won’t make any money.) Mike gave me a free copy of his book, even before I said I would review it on BargainBabe.com.
Each chapter is a few brief pages, with practical and simple steps to take action. Mike summarizes each chapter with bullet points at the end. Can I Retire? does not shy away from technical terms, but it uses plain language to explain terms and concepts, making the book a great primer for anyone interested in planning their retirement.
Because the book is so short, it does not cover when to start taking retirement benefits, whether you should buy long-term health care, and some other subjects. Mike suggests you supplement the book with advice from a professional adviser or continue to self-educate yourself.
If you’d like to win my review copy, comment on this post with how you’d like to spend your retirement. Comment by Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST to be eligible to win. A winner will be selected and announced on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Or buy Can I Retire? on Amazon for $10.20 (orig. $15). The Kindle version is just $5!