Well in my search for retirement data I have done many Google searches and read many books. Below is a sampling of information I found useful.
Canadian Early Retirement Books
Stop Working – Start Living by Dianne Nahirny: A good book on control spending and about being creative on how to save money and make a little more cash.
Stop Working by Derek Foster: Derek’s a bit new to this entire early retirement thing, but his book does offer some ideas for investing for a very long time frame.
Free Parking & Advance to Go by Alan Dickson: Two books by Alan that provide a good reality shift for most people. It challenges your belief on how you define wealth and an excellent basic description of index investing and why it works can be found in Advance to Go.
US Early Retirement Book
Work Less Live More by Bob Clyatt: This is an excellent resource on some of the finer points of cost prediction for retirement and dealing with the lifestyle of being semi-early retired. Well worth the read for any Canadian or US retirement planner.
General Personal Finance Book
The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton: A classic read for anyone who is just starting out. It covers the basics of insurance and saving, but you might want to take some of his advice with a grain or two of salt.
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham: A classic read on investing. I personally enjoyed the edition with commentary by Jason Zweig on each chapter. He points of many little facts that provide some reference to investing today versus investing in Graham’s time.
The Retire Early Homepage – A great site with many useful articles. It is written mainly for the US, but it has lots of useful information including a great article on the 4% rule.
Dory’s Early Retirement Forum – With over 3000 members of early retirees or people planning early retirement this page is a gold mine of advice from people who are living the dream of early retirement. On last count there were around 11,000 topics and almost 200,000 posts. The board is mostly US based, but there are a few regular Canadian posters as well. If you can’t find what you need in the search function, join up and put in a post. The same topics tend to come up and those with good memories will often post links to previous topics.
Enjoy reading everyone. I’ll post more links as I get some more time to dig in my bookmarks.