December 26 2012 by Ellen Roseman
My book, Fight Back, is finally published. You can buy the ebook at Amazon or Kobo. Of if you prefer to get the softcover version, you can order it from Amazon or Indigo or pick it up in bookstores in early January.
Mine is one of the few Canadian books focusing on consumer issues, such as telecommunications, travel and retailing. It has a fabulous foreword from David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber Returns and newest member of CBC Dragons’ Den.
Two well-known TV personal finance personalities are weighing in with new volumes, Gail Vaz-Oxlade with Money Rules (at almost 500 pages) and Kevin O’Leary with The Cold Hard Truth about Men, Women and Money.
Two books I’ve read and liked are Gordon Pape’s revised guide to the tax-free savings account (TFSA) and The Real Retirement by Fred Vettese and Bill Morneau, chief actuary and executive chairman (respectively) of retirement consulting firm Morneau Shepell.
Unlike the gloomy retirement books written by some authors, The Real Retirement tries to make you feel better about not having saved a nest egg equal to 70 per cent of your working income.
“You likely will not need as much money in your retirement years as many experts have suggested,” they say. “Yes, you will require more health care and other attention, especially as your age advances, but their costs will not threaten your financial security.
“Given some basic planing (a paid-off mortgage, zero major debts, no dependents at home), you should be able to live fairly comfortably with retirement income representing 50 per cent of your pre-retirement earnings.”
Back to my book, Fight Back, I will give away several free copies to readers who post comments (below) about how they recognized and resisted corporate trickery.
So, please send your personal stories and best tips. I’ll contact you if you win a prize.