Today’s review and giveaway is on the book “New Rules of Retirement” by Warren MacKenzie and Ken Hawkins. There are a couple of very favourable reviews on the internet already from Canadian Capitalist and Four Pillars – please check out what they had to say.
I can’t imagine adding more to the aforementioned reviews other than to say that I really appreciated the main message of the first half of the book in which they challenge a lot of widely held beliefs about retirement – guess the title was a good pick! :)
Instead I’ll comment on the two authors since I’ve met them both. Warren MacKenzie is the founder and president of Second Opinion Investor Services and we met when we were both guests on the TV show “Moneyline” with Linda Leatherdale. We found that we instantly had a lot in common and have stayed in touch ever since. Warren is a former financial advisor who eventually decided that he needed to do his part to address a broken industry – namely that transparency and professionalism were lacking. I couldn’t agree more. Warren and his team are a real boon to Canadian investors.
I’ve spoken to Ken Hawkins on the phone for a bit of an interview. Back when I was an advisor, Warren mentioned that they have an advisor and manager search in which any clients of theirs who are seeking financial advisors to work with are introduced to “approved” persons. They don’t receive fees or kickbacks from the advisors, only a flat service fee from the investors – which means that they are offering a truly unbiased service. Part of the process of getting vetting by Second Opinions was to speak to Ken (who is a CFA). Again we shared many of the same philosophies and I can tell you that there are very few people who shoot straighter then Ken Hawkins.
I feel lucky in that the books being reviewed this week are all “keepers” in MY book. If you don’t win a copy, I’d recommend adding this to your wish-list. This would be especially well-received by Canadians in their fifties I would think – since retirement is top of mind and a very confusing issue right now. Having said that, the book is suitable for all ages since there is no time like the present to start planning! :)
If you’ve already entered a comment on the other contest posts this week, I have good news for you (if you didn’t already know): you are automatically entered into all four book giveaways this week. Essentially, any comment on any of the four book giveaway posts this week enters you for a chance to win any book. There will be four winners announced on the weekend. For those who haven’t already entered, here are the rules and regulations:
- One copy of the book New Rules of Retirement by Warren MacKenzie and Ken Hawkins will be given away in this contest
- To enter for a chance to win this book (or any of the other books featured this week) all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this or any other post this week with a suggestion of a post topic for me to write about in the near future
- Comments must be made by Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 11:59pm
- You must include a valid email address in the comment form (but don’t worry, your email isn’t shared with anyone)
- Good luck!