Your Best Financial Life: Save Smart Now for the Future You Want (Hardcover)

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Your Best Financial Life: Save Smart Now for the Future You Want (Hardcover)


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*Axiom Book Awards gold medal winner for Best Book on Retirement Planning and named Best Future Planning Book by theSkimm*

From Anne Lester—former head of retirement solutions for JPMorgan Asset Management and award-winning investor—a wildly simple, step-by-step blueprint that anyone can use to understand retirement savings and investing for the future you deserve.

Get no-nonsense info on why you suck at saving (and why it isn’t your fault), how to save for a rainy day and retirement (yes, it’s possible to do both!), and diversifying your investments so your future is secure no matter what life throws at you. You’ll have everything you need to lay the groundwork for Your Best Financial Life!

Saving for the future can seem anywhere from daunting to downright impossible—especially for Millennials and Gen Zers, who’ve had to contend with economic setbacks, recessions, and layoffs since graduating college. But everyone—yes, even YOU—can find a way to save for your future, and Your Best Financial Life can show you exactly how.

Here, you’ll find actionable steps to demystify the retirement tools at your disposal, an easy-to-use roadmap to ensure you’ve saved enough by retirement age, and help identifying and eliminating wasteful spending in favor of stashing your money where it really counts. You’ll learn how to turn $100 into $1,000 and leverage every single cent you earn to your advantage.

Drawing on decades of investment experience and the latest research, you will:

  • Better understand your spending habits and learn where you can improve them
  • Discover strategies for paying off student loans or other debts, all while saving for the most expensive parts of life—a wedding, a family, and emergencies (and don’t worry, you’ll have enough left over to have a social life, too!)
  • Learn to make 401(k)s, IRAs, and other retirement tools work for you and the goals you’ve set for yourself

Anne Lester is a media commentator and speaker who’s on a mission to help Americans of all walks of life to achieve a safe and secure retirement. Hailed as a “pioneer and innovator” by the esteemed financial services company Morningstar, Anne has worked on all aspects of retirement for the past thirty years. Most recently, she spent fifteen years as head of retirement solutions for JPMorgan Asset Management, where she traveled the country and spoke to tens of thousands of investors. She is a regular contributor on an array of retirement issues for CNBC, Bloomberg TV, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and countless industry publications.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063320864
ISBN-10: 006332086X
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English

“[Your Best Financial Life] stands out for the clarity of Lester’s explanations . . . and for her shrewd assessments of recent financial developments . . . [A] sensible introduction to getting one’s finances in order.” — Publishers Weekly

“You’ll walk away from this book not only with the belief that retiring comfortably is doable, but knowing exactly how to do it yourself.”  — theSkimm

“Because she understands how easy it is to mess up and need a do-over when it comes to personal finances, Lester is able to talk to Gen Z and millennials about savings and retirement in a way that doesn’t stir up shame or embarrassment.” — Marketwatch

“[A] beacon of hope for Gen Z and millennials ensnared in the web of financial instability.” — BNN Breaking

“[Your Best Financial Life] delivers a straightforward pathway to retirement and financial preparedness directed at the millennial and Gen Z crowd." — Booklist

“The brilliance of [Anne Lester's] approach is that she breaks up the basics of a financial plan for retirement into easy-to-understand elements. . . . Her language and writing style are clear and straightforward, not in the least intimidating or challenging. . . .Your Best Financial Life is well written and intended for anyone looking to start planning and organizing their financial future.”  — FXBG Advance

“When you work in the trenches, you know: Money rules. Yet money brings up feelings of dread and anxiety for far too many people. Anne Lester changes the game—with fresh revelations on why it’s so hard to save, and how you can overcome any debilitating feelings standing in your way and get going. Anne’s been-there-done-that voice makes her approach nonjudgmental and wise. Her blue-chip background makes her preeminently qualified. Bottom line, if you're determined to get started, reading Your Best Financial Life is a great first step.” — Jean Chatzky, New York Times bestselling author of Women and Money and founder of

“Finding financial security is simple but not easy. It's simple because investing isn't alchemy; the market does a lot of the work for us. But it's not easy because it requires a disciplined saving and investing program, and that means delaying gratification and being willing to keep investing when stocks are down. In her new book Your Best Financial Life, Anne Lester shares an action plan for finding financial success and peace of mind. What makes the book come to life are Anne's relatable, and often hilarious, stories. The reader has the sense that the wisdom she imparts is hard-won.” — Christine Benz, director of personal finance and retirement planning at Morningstar

“Anne Lester’s new book, Your Best Financial Life, is a must-read. Geared toward readers in their 20s and 30s, the practical advice in this book is beneficial to anyone with money anxiety. The author’s conversational tone and self-depreciating humor make this book about finance approachable. I loved the money hacks tailored to different personality types. I just wish this book had been available when I graduated from college. I know this will be a game-changer for the next generation.”  — Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, author of Breaking Money Silence® and founder of KBK Wealth Connection

Your Best Financial Life is packed with tips, tools, and advice that will get you ready for a long and financially healthy life. Regardless of your age, you will benefit from the wisdom and insights that this book has to offer. A must-read for everyone.” — Michael Clinton, bestselling author of ROAR and former president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines

“In Your Best Financial Life, Anne Lester helps solve a problem that’s vexed the American economy for years: how to increase savings and investment. Anne’s credentials are exceptional, so I’m recommending her book to everyone in the rising generations. (That’s you, Millennials and GenZers.) With empathy and funny stories, Anne shows how our brains naturally work against savings—and how easily you can circumvent those biases and start saving for real, forever, and to have a financially secure future. Treat yourself to a solution that’s good for you and good for the economy. Get a copy of Anne’s book today.” — Jason Fichtner, chief economist of the Bipartisan Policy Center

"As Anne Lester knows, it’s easy to fall prey to false beliefs about money. In her book, she uses easy tools and can’t-make-this-up stories to help you simplify your thinking and reclaim your financial life—now, and at that seemingly-long away time of retirement. Take it from an expert, you need Anne’s help. I recommend you get copy of her book today." — Manisha Thakor, award-winning author of MoneyZen