The path to retirement can be a long haul, so author David Shapiro recommends using GORP: goal-oriented retirement planning. The admittedly cutesy acronym does not diminish the gravity of Shapiro's topic, funding retirement for the millions of American Baby Boomers who have not yet saved enough.

Shapiro, CEO of Retirement Solutions of Los Gatos, Calif., introduces the concept of GORP in his new book, Retirement Countdown: Take Action Now to Get the Life You Want. "The intent of the book is to get people to realize the seriousness of planning for retirement and the predicament that most Americans are going to have to face," said Shapiro, who had been CEO of VARDS/Info-One, now owned by AnnuityNet in Herndon, Va.

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