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

Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Author, Scott Burns, Author . Simon & Schuster $26 (319p) ISBN 978-1-4165-4890-4

Kotlikoff and Burns (coauthors of The Coming Generational Storm ) turn conventional retirement planning wisdom on its head in a feisty financial guide that questions the financial benefits of college and argues delaying filing for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, many provocative insights are buried beneath fairly recondite economic analysis. Math-phobic readers may be unable—or unwilling—to follow along as the authors couch their methods to maximize spending power in a number-heavy narrative with awkward case studies that fail to properly personalize the financial challenges new retirees may face. According to the authors, truly sophisticated planning is best left up to computer programs (such as the one Kotlikoff himself has developed and offers online at ESPlanner.com). Readers in search of a user-friendly primer might be put off, but there are nuggets of useful information to be mined—the authors efficiently address Roth IRAs and provide an eye-opening exposé of the duplicity rampant in the personal finance industry. Intrepid readers able to navigate through the numbers will be rewarded—if they keep from drowning in the evidence. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/14/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Paperback - 319 pages - 978-1-4165-4891-1
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