The Good Retirement Guide 2018 – A SavvyReview

The Good Retirement Guide 2018: Everything You Need to Know About Health, Property, Investment, Leisure, Work, Pensions and Tax

Paperback: 271 pages

Publisher: Kogan Page (2018)

Written specifically for UK readers and fully updated for 2018 with the latest changes to legislation, this book is full of detailed, concise information on a broad range of subjects.

The editor, Allan Esler Smith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (“ICAEW”) and holds a Practicing Certificate from this Institute. He specializes in helping people start up in business by providing focused help around strategy and assistance meeting accounts and tax obligations.

Although The Good Retirement Guide 2018 is written for issues that affect UK residents, the concepts are transferable to retirement planning in whole.

Save More, Live Better, Be Happy

This is the theme throughout The Good Retirement Guide 2018 and is written for people who want to downsize their property costs and up-size their leisure, holidays and personal relationships, those who feel overwhelmed by financial “information” on tax, pensions, and investments and for people who want to earn more. Smith explains it all, clearly and plainly.

We are presented with a “This chapter at a glance” that provides a quick overview of what will be covered in the current chapter. Also provided throughout The Good Retirement Guide 2018 are highlighted “Top tip’s” and are helpful tips and a valuable resource to refer back to. The table of contents outlined below provides a glimpse into the hundreds of useful suggestions and insights packed inside.

Table Of Contents
Chapter – 01: Your Future, Your Money, Your Life – Doing the Sums;
Chapter – 02: Pensions, Savings and Financing Your Retirement;
Chapter – 03: Tax;
Chapter – 04: Save More, Complain Better, and Avoid Scams;
Chapter – 05: Your Home;
Chapter – 06: Personal Relationships and Health;
Chapter – 07: Starting Your Own Business;
Chapter – 08: Working for Others – Volunteering and Paid Work;
Chapter – 09: Leisure and Holidays;
Chapter – 10: Taking Care of Elderly Parents and Relatives;
Chapter – 11: No One is Immortal

My favorite chapter is Chapter Six. It focuses on personal relationships, and health, these are two equally important concepts as we reach retirement age. The nurturing of our bodies and the nurturing of our relationships both require us to “keep fit.” Keeping fit in our relationships with our spouse, children, parents, friends, and former co-workers mean that the dynamic of these relationships may change in retirement. As we age we may have to adjust our diet and or activity level, also adjustments are needed to keep our relationships fit. The Good Retirement Guide 2018 does a good job of breaking down the importance and an understanding that there may be opportunities that develop concerning our health and our relationships but most importantly how to prepare for them.

Final Thoughts

We understand that there is no “best way” to plan for retirement, however, overcoming an opportunity requires acknowledgment, expression, discussion, brainstorming solutions and action. The Good Retirement Guide 2018 does well showing you that difficult but unavoidable topics can all be understood and resolved. As written in the Introduction, “We are passionate about helping you achieve just one thing – a good retirement.”

The Good Retirement Guide 2018: Everything You Need to Know About Health, Property, Investment, Leisure, Work, Pensions and Tax is available at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. You found another good one, James! The top tips alone should be very useful. I’m heading over to my library’s website to see if this is in the collection.

    • Indeed, lots of good information and a great review by Brian.

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