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The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work, and Living



The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work, and Living

Mark Miller

ISBN: 978-0-470-90834-1 June 2010 240 Pages


A timely guide to overcoming the retirement challenges we all face

The Great Recession has placed a wake-up call to America's baby boomers. Many have not saved enough for retirement and have not taken a hard look at how many post-work years they may need to finance.

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security tackles the tough questions about retirement in the new post-crash economy. Page by page, it puts retirement in perspective by touching on important issues such as insuring against the risk of outliving your assets, recalibrating damaged retirement portfolios, managing the risk of health-care expenses in retirement, and career strategies for workers who are 50 years old and up.

  • Reveals how to boost lifetime income through better planning, and working just a few additional years
  • Offers advice on how to hire a financial advisor whose first loyalty is to you, not Wall Street
  • Discusses why you should rethink housing in the wake of the real estate crash
  • Offers detailed advice on career reinvention, the 50+ job market and midlife entrepreneurship

Engaging and informative, this practical guide provides the strategies needed for a truly fulfilling and secure retirement.


1 Rethinking Retirement in Hard Times.


2 The Great Wake-Up Call.

3 Getting the Most from Social Security.

4 The Old-Fashioned Pension on Life Support.

5 Income Annuities: Another Way to Get a Guarantee.

6 Resuscitating the 401(k).

7 Managing Your Health-Care Expense Burden.

8 Taxes and Retirement.

9 Coping with Post-Bubble Real Estate.

10 How to Hire a Financial Adviser.


11 How Working Longer Helps.

12 The Fifty-Plus Job Market: Good News, Bad News.

13 Six Rules for Job Hunting.

14 Fifty-Plus Entrepreneurs: Launching a Lifestyle Business.

15 How to Hire a Career Coach.


16 Making a Difference: Encore Careers.

17 Volunteering in Retirement: Getting Engaged.

18 Learning and the Path to Brain Fitness.

About the Author.


"The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security aims to help baby-boomers with retirement planning. Author Mark Miller covers topics such as managing health-care costs and becoming a midlife entrepreneur." (Kiplinger's Retirement Report, August 2010).

"Miller is an expert on aging and shows in his careful reporting on the ominous subject of retirement. He is diligent about listing detailed notes in each chapter to support facts and figures. He paints the picture: "Real estate values and retirement portfolios are depressed, and job security has evaporated...the need to build retirement security has never been greater." He offers ways to build long-term retirement security and boost knowledge on an array of topics from money issues, such as 401(k) plans and managing health care expenses to ways to navigate the 50-plus job market. There are several chapters on the 50-plus job market – how to find a job, start your own business, even how to hire a career coach to help with career transitions. Each chapter concludes with a wealth of resources and suggestions for further reading. The listings are ample guidance, worth keeping close at hand for help along the retirement route." (USA Today, July 25, 2010)