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Retirement Planning: The Synchronicity of Libraries, Newspapers and E-Media

Ken Benham, Librarian, Business Department,

A New York Times Article has caught the attention of the Internet and gone viral. According to, the usually non-trendy topic of retirement planning is ‘burning up” the New York Times website as a top emailed and read article.

The article titled “A Path to Retirement, for Those Far From It” by Jeff Sommer, spotlights a new epublication by William J. Bernstein, titled “If You Can : How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly’ shows the syncrocity of the Web with its Blogs, (the full-text is available for free on the author’s website); and web pages, plus traditional and electronic news sources, Amazon and Kindle Readers – where the full text is available for free or for a nominal price, and of course libraries, where Bernstein’s works, as well as many others on the topic of retirement planning are available in a variety of media formats and access methods.

As more of our patrons realize the truths of “If You Can”: that they must provide for their own retirement incomes, the more important the Library’s many resources on the subject will be. A helpful reading list is provided covering investing fundamentals.

The Business and Economics Department has participated in the Mayor’s Financial Planning Days, hosted programs on the topic, setup periodic browsing collections for retirement planning, and created a FINRA sponsored Financial Resource Guide internet resource for retirement planning and many other aspects of personal finance. On a daily basis, we make available to the public, personal financial investing and wealth management resources that can make retirement possible.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel

 Common Sense on Mutual Funds, by John Bogle

Global Investing, by Roger Ibbotson and Gary Brinson

Value Averaging, by Michael Edleson

The Intelligent Investor, by Ben Graham

Devil Take the Hindmost, by Edward Chancellor

The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

 Asset Allocation, by Roger Gibson

Where are the Customers' Yachts? by Fred Schwed

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