Authors tackle retirement challenge

2016-03-02 06:00
Photo: supplied ‘The Next Step - Planning the Road Through Retirement’ will be launched at The Book Boutique on Friday.

Photo: supplied ‘The Next Step - Planning the Road Through Retirement’ will be launched at The Book Boutique on Friday.

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THERE’S more to preparing for retirement than financial and investment planning – and a range of feelings about retirement. While many count down to finishing their working career with feelings of uncertainty, fear of the unknown or even impending doom, others eagerly look forward to a time when they can relax and do everything they’ve always wanted to do.

Authors Andrew Blaine and Barry Smith have launched a book - The Next Step - Planning the Road Through Retirement - which addresses both ends of this spectrum and encourages readers to plan ahead. Their book launch will be at The Book Boutique, Amanzimtoti on Friday 4 March at 10am.

The book – which leaves the money issues to more qualified financial planners – begins with the premise that retirement is simply another phase of life that offers its own unique, exciting opportunities. It is based on research tempered by their own experiences.

Although they individually deal with a host of practical, enjoyable and sometimes unpleasant aspects of retirement, they are united in their belief that the road towards retirement should be completed in advance in order to get the best start possible.

“I believe it is essential for people to plan for this important aspect of retirement. In my case, I admit that I did not plan sufficiently. However, I have been lucky as so many great opportunities have come my way. Nevertheless, I believe that before one retires one must have a good idea of who they are going to spend this important time with so they can maintain a real purpose for living,” Smith says.

The authors believe that The Next Step - Planning the Road Through Retirement should enable readers planning their retirement to learn from their mistakes and experiences, use the practical planning tools they provide in their book and ensure that this is the most productive and enjoyable stretch of their journeys so far.

The book costs R190. - Supplied.

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