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How to Retire

20 lessons for a happy, successful, and wealthy retirement

By Christine Benz

Paperback £14.99 / $19.99
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How to Retire

20 lessons for a happy, successful, and wealthy retirement

By Christine Benz

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What are the secrets to a healthy, happy, and wealthy retirement?

To answer that question, longtime Morningstar columnist and podcaster Christine Benz asked 20 retirement thought leaders to go deep on a single lesson that they believe contributes to success in retirement.

These lessons range from nitty gritty financial matters to quality-of-life considerations that help pre-retirees and retirees maximize their “time on earth” allocations.

On the financial side of the ledger, the book delves into knowing your retirement income style (Wade Pfau), understanding how your spending might change in retirement (David Blanchett), and organizing your portfolio to support in-retirement cash flows (William Bernstein).

Other interviews probe softer but no less important considerations, such as how to spend in order to optimize happiness (Ramit Sethi), the value of burnishing relationships later in life (Laura Carstensen), and living life so that you have no regrets in the end (Jordan Grumet). These lessons help soon-to-retire and already-retired individuals and their advisors tackle retirement with confidence, wisdom, and a specific plan for maximizing their financial and human capital.

About the author

Christine Benz is director of personal finance and retirement planning for Morningstar and senior columnist for She also co-hosts a podcast for Morningstar, The Long View. She has been widely quoted in the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, CNBC, and PBS. Barron’s named her to its list of the 100 most influential women in finance in 2020 and 2021, and as one of the 10 most influential women in wealth management in 2021.

Benz is author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances; co-author of Morningstar® Guide to Mutual Funds: 5-Star Strategies for Success; and author of that book’s second edition.

Published: 17/09/2024
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781804090695
ebook - ISBN 9781804090701
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