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The Number: What Do You Need for the Rest of Your Life, and What Will It Cost?by Lee Eisenberg
"Like a good journalist, author Lee Eisenberg gathered information from numerous sources — doctors, philosophers, retirees, and financial planners of every stripe, including some who specialize in lifestyle planning, a recent niche within the larger discipline." Beth Lyons, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)
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It's the last question you think about before going to sleep, and the first on your mind in the morning. It's a taboo that you can't easily discuss with friends and can barely face with family. It's The Number: the amount of money you need to secure the rest of your life. Do you know what your Number is? Do you know how to think about it? Do you know what you really want to do with it?
A provocative field guide to our psyches and our finances, Lee Eisenberg's The Number will help you have the money conversations you have been avoiding. It will make you think about the kind of life you want and the kind of help you need to achieve it. You will also discover:
An important program for anyone over thirty, The Number is the audiobook to listen to before you consult an investment adviser or a retirement guide — and above all, before the rest of your life slips by, unexamined.
"Eisenberg's arc through life could be used to define the baby boom. In the 1970s, he coined the term power lunch; in the 1980s, he edited Esquire and invented rotisserie baseball. In the 1990s, he wrote books on finding the good life through golf and fishing, and at the end of the decade, he joined an Internet retailer. These days, he's thinking about retirement, particularly about his Number: the amount of money he'd need to have socked away in order to be confident that his postretirement life would meet his expectations. Everyone's Number is different, Eisenberg says, and though his book is not an especially useful financial guide, it isn't really meant as a how-to. Instead, it provides an illuminating and charmingly written consideration of an aging generation's retirement worries and of the investment business designed to profit from them. Heartfelt discussions of goals, health and health care, 'downshifting' to enjoy life while spending less money and the meaning of postretirement life pepper its pages. Financial planners are interviewed, partly to get information about savings and investment, but mostly to explore the meaning of the field and the type of people who practice it. A few of Eisenberg's chapters feel scattershot, but his perceptive analyses of real and fictional people's financial hopes and strategies will inspire readers to reconsider their Numbers and their methods for investing. BOMC Alternate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[Eisenberg] has a deft way of making abstract financial principles both personal and funny. His book will definitely make you think about where you're going and why." MoneySense
"An important book, one that illuminates the appalling mistakes that many baby boomers are making as they approach later life." Wall Street Journal
"Today's hottest personal finance book is Lee Eisenberg's The Number...read The Number, think about the Number." Dallas Morning News
"[Eisenberg's] tips are timely for millions of baby boomers who are hurtling toward retirement with little sense of what they want from it or how they'll get along once they no longer bring home a paycheck." Hartford Courant
andlt;B andgt;Do you know your Number?andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;B andgt;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;B andgt;What happens if you donand#8217;t make it to your Number?andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;B andgt;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;B andgt;Do you have a plan?andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The often-avoided, anxiety-riddled discussion about financial planning for a secure and fulfilling future has been given a new starting point in andlt;Iandgt;The Numberandlt;/Iandgt; by Lee Eisenberg. The buzz of professionals and financial industry insiders everywhere, the Number represents the amount of money and resources people will need to enjoy the active life they desire, especially post-career. Backed by imaginative reporting and insights, Eisenberg urges people to assume control and responsibility for their standard of living, and take greater aim on their long-term aspirations.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From Wall Street to Main Street USA, the Number means different things to different people. It is constantly fluctuating in peopleand#8217;s minds and bank accounts. To some, the Number symbolizes freedom, validation of career success, the ticket to luxurious indulgences and spiritual exploration; to others, it represents the bewildering and nonsensical nightmare of an impoverished existence creeping up on them in their old age, a seemingly hopeless inevitability that they would rather simply ignore than confront. People are highly private and closed-mouthed when it comes to discussing their Numbers, or lack thereof, for fear they might either reveal too much or display ineptitude.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;I andgt;The Numberandlt;/Iandgt;, Eisenberg describes this secret anxiety as the and#8220;Last Taboo,and#8221; a conundrum snared in confusing financial lingo. He sorts through the fancy jargon and translates the Number into commonsense advice that resonates just as easily with the aging gods and goddesses of corporate boardrooms as it does with ordinary people who are beginning to realize that retirement is now just a couple of decades away. Believing that the Number is as much about self-worth as it is net worth, Eisenberg strives to help readers better understand and more efficiently manage all aspects of their life, money, and pursuit of happiness.
Do you know what your "number" is? It's the amount you need for your nest egg. Have you saved enough? Can you save enough? The Number offers an intriguing and entertaining tour — of wealth gurus, life coaches, and financial advisers, and our hopes and fears for the future — to explore the secrets of the Number. The result is a provocative field guide to your psyche and finances, and an urgently useful book for anyone over thirty. The Number will help you think about the kind of life you want, and the kind of help you need to achieve it.
About the Author
Eisenberg is former editor-in-chief of Esquire.
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