Retirement: Ignore it at your own risk. Let's face it -- you know you need to spend some time learning and thinking about it, and then taking action. You just need to take the first steps and get some guidance -- right?
Enter a slew of handy books on the subject. You don't have to face retirement planning alone, after all -- many knowledgeable authors are eager to help you out. Here are some books to consider:
The Motley Fool's Money After 40: Building Wealth for a Better Life
by David and Tom Gardner. This is the brothers' latest book, chock full of encouragement and guidance.
The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life
by Jan Cullinane and Cathy Fitzgerald
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
by Ernie Zelinski
Retire on Less Than You Think : The New York Times Guide to Planning Your Financial Future
by Fred Brock
How to Retire Early and Live Well With Less Than a Million Dollars
by Gillette Edmunds
- Retirement Countdown: Take Action Now to Get the Life You Want by David Shapiro
How should you choose among all these books? Well, read the reviews. Read parts of the books, too. One nifty feature offered by Amazon.com
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- I Eat My Children's Scraps
- 6 Retirement Resolutions
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Learn more in our Retirement area. And if the thought of taking control of something as critical as retirement on your own is daunting, seek the help of a financial advisor to hold your hand. Choose carefully, though (we offer some tips), and perhaps try our well-regarded TMF Money Advisor service, too (for free!).
Finally, you can ask questions and get answers on our Retirement Investing discussion board -- or at least drop in and see what other Fools are saying.
Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian owns shares of Amazon.com. The Fool has a disclosure policy.