Summary of What If Boomers Can't Retire?

How to Build Real Security, Not Phantom Wealth

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What If Boomers Can't Retire? book summary
If everyone buys stock at once, the market goes up. But what happens when everyone sells at once and then retires?

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This book’s message is both unusual and upsetting. Author Thornton Parker questions conventional wisdom about financial planning for retirement. He draws on his varied background - including jobs in government and private sector financial planning - and discusses the influence that baby boomer retirement investments have on the stock market. He examines how the stock market creates wealth, why stock prices get inflated and who benefits. Contrary to what most experts in the investment, retirement and mutual fund industries tell their clients, Parker believes the "phantom wealth" that boomers have accumulated with their stock market investments is a time bomb. He suggests some changes, but given the greed and power he detects behind the creation of phantom wealth, his voice is probably not loud enough to make a difference. If his scenario unfolds, retirement certainly will not mean golden years for aging boomers. getAbstract recommends a look at Parker’s proposals to investment advisers, HR professionals and people planning their retirement. If he’s right, ignoring his warnings could lead to a distorted economy and increased income gaps between rich and poor.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the stocks-for-retirement (SFR) investment strategy is and why it is very dangerous
  • How SFR investment could cascade to prevent baby boomers from retiring comfortably
  • What individuals and organizations can do to mitigate the negative effects of SFR and protect themselves from disappearing "phantom wealth."
 

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Let’s All Retire at Once
Millions of baby boomers are approaching the age of 65 and planning to retire. When they do, they will find themselves with a limited number of income sources: Direct transfer payments, such as Social Security or pension payments. Proceeds...
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About the Author

Thornton Parker has more than 45 years of experience in fields ranging from computer science and intergovernment relations to policy development and transportation. He co-founded a company to help small manufacturing companies make more efficient use of their utilities.


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