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About Wes Moss
Wes is the Chief Investment Strategist at Capital Investment Advisors (CIA). CIA currently manages more than a billion dollars in client assets, making it one of Georgia's largest Fee-Only investment firms, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He is also a founding partner of Wela, a digital advisory service launched in 2014 focused on helping beginning investors and the mass affluent. In 2012 he was named as one of the top 40 fee-only investment advisors (under 40) in the country by Wealth Management Magazine. In 2015 and 2014, Barron's Magazine named him as one of America's top 1,200 Financial Advisors.
In addition, Wes is a weekly guest financial columnist for AJC.com, the website of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is also the editor and writer for About.com's Financial Planning blog. In 2014, Wes was the host of Atlanta Tech Edge, a weekly TV show on Atlanta's NBC affiliate WXIA, covering the fascinating business of technology within the state of Georgia.
Wes holds a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wes lives in Atlanta with his wife and three sons and loves spending time with his family, coaching lacrosse, and playing golf and tennis.
Wes has written several books including Starting from Scratch (Kaplan) and Make More, Worry Less (FT Press) and has served as a financial specialist for both local and national media including CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network. He has been interviewed by USA Today, Forbes, Time, the Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo Finance.
His latest book, You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think - The 5 Money Secrets of the Happiest Retirees (McGraw Hill 2014) has been a best seller in the retirement planning category. The book's unique message and research has struck a chord with readers and the financial community since its release in May of 2014.
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"The keys that Wes Moss identifies to having a happy retirement are simple but brilliant. Read this book." -- Clark Howard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Living Large in Lean Times
“Financial planner Wes Moss offers you something different—not just a plan to retire, but a way to do it sooner and to be happy when you do." – Atlanta Journal Constitution
If you think you need to win the lottery or work until you’re 75 to retire with financial stability, Money Matters host Wes Moss has very good news for you. You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think reveals the secrets for ensuring a successful retirement—sooner rather than later.
After conducting an intensive study of happy retirees to learn the financial practices they hold in common, Moss discovered that it doesn't take financial genius, millions of dollars, or sophisticated investment skills to ensure a safe, solid retirement. All it takes is five best practices:
- Determine what you want and need your retirement money for
- Figure out how much you need to save
- Create a plan to pay off your mortgage in as little as five years
- Develop an income stream from multiple sources
- Become an income investor
Getting on the fast track to a great retirement is a lot simpler than the retirement professionals would have you believe. You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think provides the proven-effective, five-step formula for creating the retirement of your dreams.
Make More. Worry Less. Everyone wants to do that—but how? And how can you do it within the organization, where most people will spend their entire working lives? This book has the answers. No academic theory here: Make More, Worry Less brings together 18 riveting stories from people who’ve achieved both of these goals, gaining surprising wealth and real peace of mind along the way.
These aren’t superheroes. They’re ordinary people who’ve done the extraordinary: from fast-food worker Linda Robb, now earning a six-figure income at Aflac, to once lowly telemarketer Steve Hudson, now running business development at one of the most promising start-up companies in the nation. Author and radio host Wes Moss reveals the powerful lessons these individuals have learned. Better yet, he shows how you can use those lessons to take ownership of your life and career, earning more money than you ever thought possible.
But that’s only half the equation! Moss also shows how to handle your increased success with less stress, fewer worries, and greater happiness.
Every single story in this book is accompanied by specific tips, tricks, steps to take, and mistakes to avoid: actionable information you can use right now. If you want to change your life, start right here.
Harness what you have
Find it, create it, or tweak what you have
Underestimate your obstacles
Stop wasting time thinking about what you can’t do
Notice your network—and make the most of it
Earning friendships, building alliances, finding mentors
Take the first step, today
You know what to do: learn how to get past whatever’s stopping you
What does it take to have a truly happy retirement? Is it money? A mortgage-free home? An active social life? A long-lasting marriage—or maybe a new one? Finance expert, author, and radio host Wes Moss asked more than 2,000 of the nation’s happiest retirees to find out—and their answers may surprise you. Through a series of revealing surveys, Moss noticed a pattern of distinct, recognizable habits that the happiest retirees shared, from the simplest of lifestyle choices to the smartest of financial strategies. These are the kinds of habits anyone can develop—the perfect road map to a healthy, secure, and joyful retirement—sooner.
Whether you’re already retired or just starting to make plans, these 10 simple actions and attitudes can make a profound difference in every aspect of your life. The book is packed with hard-won wisdom and invaluable advice on how to make little changes now that will have the biggest impact later. It’s filled with proven ways to develop smarter habits with: Money (“Think river, not reservoir”); Family (“Get your kids off your payroll”); Housing (“Live mortgage-free”); Investing (“Be a tomorrow investor”); Spending (“Be pound wise—so you can be penny foolish”); and much more. With these 10 transformational habits, you can stop obsessing over money, stay socially connected, and start enjoying your new life—as the happiest retiree on the block.