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The global financial crisis, coupled with the reality of a recession and brutal bear market, has wreaked havoc on the retirement savings of millions of Americans. Add this to the fact that each year over the next twenty-five years, a growing portion of America's population will reach retirement age—with fewer resources for them to draw from—and you can see the potential problem we face.

Whatever your current situation, you must continue to strive for a viable retirement plan by finding the most effective ways to save, the best accounts to save in, and the right amount to save, as well as understanding how to insure against setbacks and handle the uncertainties of our new financial world.

Fortunately, the Bogleheads—a group of like-minded individual investors who follow the general investment and business beliefs of John C. Bogle, founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Group—are here to help. With The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning, this diverse collection of investors, who have shared their collective wisdom on www.Bogleheads.org for more than a decade, offer valuable advice on a wide range of retirement planning issues.

A truly group effort (no fewer than forty Bogleheads contributed in some capacity), this reliable resource is a first-rate primer on saving and investing for retirement. Divided into six comprehensive parts and filled with practical tips and anecdotes—including some pearls of wisdom from Bogle himself—The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning:

  • Explains the different types of savings accounts and retirement plans, from the individual retirement arrangement (IRA) to single-premium immediate annuities (SPIAs)

  • Warns you about the types of taxes that can affect your retirement plan

  • Offers insights on managing and funding your retirement accountsDetails efficient withdrawal strategies that could help you maintain a comfortable retirement lifestyle

  • Discusses the important part disability and health insurance programs play in a retirement plan

  • Addresses essential estate planning and gifting issues

It's one thing to save for retirement, but another thing to plan for it. With The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning, you'll discover exactly what it takes to secure your financial future, today.

All royalties are donated to the National Constitution Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the U.S. Constitution.

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"Meet the wisest and most generous crowd on Wall Street: the Bogleheads. The Internet's worst-kept secret is now well out in the open; for the best in online investment education and advice, you can't beat www.bogleheads.org. Wisdom of crowds, indeed: a thread for almost every need, an expert contributor for every subject. Now, for the first time between hard covers, the Bogleheads assemble their formidable collective expertise on retirement planning. Savor, enjoy, and learn."—William J. Bernstein, author of The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between

"The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning delivers the power of the community. Each chapter may have its own author, yet all have been molded by the remarkable Bogleheads community, resulting in a wonderful book that offers readers a slew of practical suggestions and a hefty serving of carefully calibrated advice."—Jonathan Clements, author of The Little Book of Main Street Money

"The Bogleheads have done it again! The Web's savviest and most caring investment consortium has gathered all the information you'll need to plot a safe and sane course toward retirement. Their camaraderie, kindness, and commonsense wisdom will steel you to 'stay the course' and realize your retirement dreams. With the Bogleheads, asking the audience is always the best solution."—Don Phillips, Managing Director, Morningstar

"This book pilots the reader around the shoals of retirement planning, including tricky issues such as social security, health insurance, divorce, and finding proper financial advice. This not-for-profit collaborative enterprise answers recurrent questions raised by members of the Bogleheads online forum with clarity, wisdom, and humor. It exposes fallacies, suggests alternatives, and reassures the thorough planner. It is a welcome contribution to a world where unrestrained greed and complex financial arrangements have capsized many. I keep referring back to it."—Ed Tower, Professor of Economics, Duke University

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley; 1st edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 370 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0470455578
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0470455579
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.34 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
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A former Forbes.com columnist, Mel Lindauer, CFS, WMS, was dubbed "The Prince of the Bogleheads" by Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard. He established The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy and served as its President for 10 years. He's a moderator and leader of the Bogleheads forum at bogleheads.org and of its predecessor forum at Morningstar.com. He's made more than 50,000 posts on these two forums.

A Marine veteran, he started investing in the late '60s and has first-hand experience with both bull and bear markets. Together with co-author Taylor Larimore, he initiated and continued to organize the grassroots Bogleheads annual Conferences for 20 years.

He's been quoted in a number of newspapers and national magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Money, US News & World Report, Investment News, The Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He's also appeared on CNN-fn. In March of 2012, he was honored by Money Magazine as one of its "Everyday Heroes" for his work in investor education.

Retired since 1997, he was the founder and former CEO of a successful graphic arts company in the Philadelphia area for 30 years. Since retirement, he's earned credentials as a Certified Fund Specialist from the Institute of Business and Finance and as a Wealth Management Specialist from Kaplan College.

He was elected to the Daytona Beach Shores FL City Council in 2016, was re-elected in 2018, and was elected as Vice Mayor in 2020.

He also holds commercial pilot and flight instructor licenses, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of his former home state of Kentucky.

He attended Delaware County Community College and Temple University and earned his degree in Business Management.

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