Who should read it
"Retire in a Weekend" is specifically targeted at baby boomers,
and addresses the decisions that should be thought out prior to
Author Bill Losey begins by taking an inventory of values to help readers define what retirement means at the individual level.
One point made throughout the book: "My view is not that 'life is too short,' but rather that 'life is too long not to be doing
those things that are fun and rewarding.'" In other words, if you get paid for doing what you love to do, what energizes you,
then you really aren't working but rather pursuing your passion. In that case, maybe you don't need to retire at all.
The book goes beyond navel gazing -- for which boomers are renowned -- and discusses investment risk, dispels retirement
myths and explains asset allocation as well as the composition of a "skill-weighted portfolio" designed to lower costs and maximize
returns. Instead of the conventional pie chart broken out into various asset classes, Losey's portfolio resembles concentric circles,
with low-cost index funds constituting the portfolio's core, surrounded by an "active ring" and an "alpha rim" that may be composed
of more expensive investments with higher return potential. The bases are covered, just designed a little differently.
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There's a chapter devoted to creating income for life using various financial instruments including annuities. And
Losey shares his "safe-money benchmark strategy," which calls for the liquidation of assets that exceed a predetermined level. A brief
discussion on when to begin taking Social Security payouts is followed by an exhortation on the importance of buying long-term care
The book concludes with the importance of pursuing activities that provide satisfaction and fulfillment. Boomers are
back to pondering the meaning of life as it applies to them personally. Recommended resources listed at the end of the book revert to ones
the author himself offers, whether readers are interested in help with money management, attending a retreat, hiring him as a planner
or perusing his Web site, which is referenced throughout the book, as well.
Because little in the book actually suggests that one should retire in a weekend, Bankrate asked the author point-blank why he chose
that name for it. Losey cited several reasons. "First, it's real catchy and grabs a person's attention. Second, the name coincides with
the name of a daylong retreat I put on for people.
Lastly, I've kept the book short on purpose so baby boomers can read it in a matter of hours over the course of a weekend."
This is true -- it's a quick read, and you don't need sophisticated knowledge of finance and investments to plow
through it. The obvious shortcoming is that the book doesn't delve deeply into all the issues confronting people as they approach
retirement. But it covers the basics, and if an encyclopedic treatment of retirement issues would prevent boomers from actually
reading the book, that would defeat the author's purpose.
The book contains some good ideas and helps demystify some of the
financial concepts and products out there. It's a good way to ease
into the idea of retirement and learn enough jargon to facilitate
dialogue with a financial adviser. In short, the book whets the
appetite, but it doesn't satiate one's hunger for more complete
information about retirement planning. But that seems to be the