Your Next Chapter:
A Woman’s Guide To A Successful Retirement
When approaching retirement, you need to understand the full emotional and financial ramifications of your choices to truly enjoy the adventures ahead.
In working with generations of women through the decades, Alexandra Armstrong found common threads and questions that often shaped their conversations. She wrote her most recent book alongside Mary Donahue, Ph.D., to provide guidance to help women navigate successfully through a time of major transition.
YOUR NEXT CHAPTER: A Woman’s Guide To A Successful Retirement, follows the stories of four fictional (yet realistic) women with varied backgrounds facing different aspects of retirement. They learn that starting an exciting new phase means asking difficult questions and making life-altering choices—which in some cases are irrevocable.
This is the second collaboration between Alexandra Armstrong, CFP®, and Mary R. Donahue, Ph.D. They both have long histories of breaking ground for themselves and for other women, and previously teamed up to publish ON YOUR OWN: A Widow’s Passage to Emotional and Financial Well-Being, now in its fifth edition.
We hope you’ll learn from our many decades of experience helping others. For more information about the book please visit awomensnextchapter.com. You can order the book directly by calling our office or through Amazon.com.
On Your Own:
A Widow’s Passage to Emotional and Financial Well-Being
As Alexandra Armstrong advanced in her career, she found herself working more and more on financial planning for women, particularly single women and widows. Two of her early clients were George and Mary Donahue. When Mary was suddenly widowed, she turned to Alexandra for help. Over the years they worked together and became personal friends.
Alexandra read books that dealt with the financial side of widowhood or the emotional side, but not the two together. She asked Mary, a psychologist, to work with her on this unique book which dealt with both parts of the recovery.
The first edition came out in 1993. Mary and Alexandra went on a nine-city book tour, appeared on Good Morning America and sold 25,000 copies of On Your Own. As tax laws and investment opportunities changed, they issued three other revised and updated editions of the book. This new fifth edition reflects the market upheaval and tax changes of 2008–2009, as well as technological changes.
Although this book was written primarily for widows, women of all ages and circumstances have found the information helpful to them as it provides basic financial planning and investment advice. You might want it for your own use or to give to a family member or friend. It is a thoughtful bereavement present. You can order it direct from our offices by calling your financial planner or through www.amazon.com.
BetterInvesting is a nonprofit organization providing investment information, education, and support that empowers members to become successful, lifetime investors. Founded in 1951, BetterInvesting has provided investment education to more than 5 million people and is a charter member of the World Federation of Investors, which provides investment education in many countries worldwide.
Alexandra Armstrong is a long-time contributor to their magazine, and co-authors a monthly article with Chris Rivers.
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March 2022: Digital Estate Planning
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December 2021: Year-End Tax Planning Tips
November 2021: Planning for Long-Term Care
October 2021: Planning for Retirement Income
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August 2021: The Benefits of Health Savings Accounts
June-July 2021: Retirement Plans and Your Estate Plan
May 2021: Estate Planning Beyond Wills and Trusts
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March 2021: Do I Really Need an Estate Plan?
January-February 2021: New Year’s Financial Resolutions
December 2020: 2020 Year-End Tax Planning Tips
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