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About the Book


Most people aim to stop work sometime between their mid-fifties and their early seventies. We are generally in reasonable health and expect to spend at least 15 to 20 active years doing all the things we didn’t have time for while we were at work. This of course requires money.


Managing our personal finances is a necessary part of planning for retirement but the banking crisis, mis-selling scandals and misaligned motives within the financial services industry have led to us fall out of love with the notion of ‘finance’. Rather than seeing our finances as a mechanism for achieving the lifestyle we desire, we often view them as a means to pursuing social ideals. 


The purpose of Retirement Compass is to guide you in reconnecting with what is truly important to you. It will help you to identify your highest values and provide you with an understanding of how you can plan your finances with these values at the core, adjusting your perspective so that you are able to approach retirement with a different outlook. 

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What People Are Saying

“Surprisingly, for a non-financially minded person I found it very easy and actually pleasant to read!”

Audio Resources

Listen to Emily read an extract from chapter 1 of Retirement Compass.

Listen to Emily Read - Chapter 1

Lucy McCarraher is an author, publisher, mentor and speaker. Her latest book is A Book of One's Own – a manifesto for women to share their expertise and make a difference.


In this episode of her related podcast, Emily joins Lucy to explain how she buckled down to write, and how her experiences continue to shape her professional work

A Book of One's Own Podcast - Episode 17 Lucy and Emily
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About the Author

Over the past 15 years Emily Macpherson has pursued a quest to combine her analytical thinking with her passion for making a real difference to people’s lives.


Following a negative experience on the receiving end of a financial adviser’s ‘sales’ process, she chose to train as an Independent Financial Adviser, determined to change the way financial advice was delivered.


Having advised hundreds of clients over the years, Emily has gained understanding of her client’s relationships with their money and the wider problems they face.


Her particular passion is helping clients as they approach retirement and the successful outcomes she has delivered provide her with valuable insights which she shares in this book, presenting a new way of thinking about planning personal finances in retirement.


As a Chartered Financial Planner, business owner and mother of two, Emily is well aware of the intricacies of balancing time, money and passion to lead a fulfilling life.


Her structured methodology is designed to provide those approaching retirement with a clear, purposeful, fulfilling and prosperous way of living.

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