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Money Mountaineering

Using the Principles of Holistic Financial Wellness to Thrive in a Complex World

Foreword by Annie Duke
Published by Post Hill Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Consider this book a trail guide—helping you survive and thrive financially in this complex and unpredictable world in which we live.

Given how the coronavirus pandemic has rocked the economy, readers need a framework to make good financial decisions about their future, as well as support to psychologically handle the changing landscape. That’s what Peter Neuwirth’s six foundational principles of Holistic Financial Wellness can provide.

Specifically, this book will help people understand and deal with the complexity of the system, the uncertainty of the future, the hidden agendas and misguided views of many advisors, and the built-in irrationality we have as humans that makes it so hard to survive—let alone thrive financially.

As you will soon see, Neuwirth’s advice on how to structure your financial world in order to withstand the inevitable systemic collapses that the global economy was destined to experience could have saved the average reader tens (if not hundreds of thousands) of dollars, had they adopted these suggestions before Covid-19 arrived in this country. More than that, by using the six foundational principles of Holistic Financial Wellness, the attentive reader will now be prepared psychologically to weather the aftermath of this crisis, and be ready to face the next one.

“Peter gives readers needed guidance for surviving a complex financial future. This book empowers readers to plan for the predictable, and to be prepared for the unpredictable—without losing sight of the trail.”
—Mike Kaplan, CEO, Rael & Letson

“Pete’s observations on how to ensure financial wellness over a lifetime are based on his deep knowledge of money and probability, complexity and change, and the quirks of human nature. The book is funny, frank, and realistic about how to navigate financially in an uncertain world.”
—Peter Cahall, Chief Executive Officer, CapAcuity

Peter Neuwirth is an actuary with forty years of experience holding leadership positions at a variety of firms around the country, including most of the major consulting firms (Towers Watson, among others). He now focuses on writing and researching financial wellness issues. He is also the author of the award-winning book, What’s your Future Worth?

"In his latest book, Peter gives readers needed guidance for surviving a complex financial future. His extensive career as an actuary gives him a unique perspective on how to reach long-term financial wellness in a 'wilderness' that holds different challenges and obstacles for every individual. This book empowers readers to plan for the predictable, and to be prepared for the unpredictable—without losing sight of the trail." 

– Mike Kaplan, CEO, Rael & Letson

"In Money Mountaineering, Pete Neuwirth stands at the summit of a career devoted to real-world financial planning, and takes in the view. His observations on how to ensure financial wellness over a lifetime are based on his deep knowledge of money and probability, complexity and change, and the quirks of human nature. The book is funny, frank, and realistic about how to navigate financially in an uncertain world." 

– Peter Cahall, Chief Executive Officer, CapAcuity

"In this erudite but approachable book, Neuwirth outlines six principles of holistic wellness to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Alignment with Neuwirth's six principles will enable each one of us to approach our futures to optimize the probability of achieving exactly what we want, knowing our capabilities, while realizing what we can never know."

– David J. Ballard, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.S.P.H., Ph.D., M.B.A.

"The path to longterm financial wellness, like a journey through the woods to a waterfall at destination's end, is a path best begun early. In that way, one can reap and accrue the many benefits throughout the journey. With this book, Pete has crafted a powerful an dinviting trail guide for those seeking longterm financial wellness. The book is filled with personal anecdotes and historical context, taking a conversational tone that invites the reader to take that first step. Equally importantly, the book shines with Pete’s actuarial knowledge and experience and reflects Pete’s ability to view things from perspectives that opens new possibilities. This book is both an invaluable resource and an enjoyable read. The Six Foundational Principles it contains illustrate Pete’s wealth of knowledge for managing the unforeseeable in an ever-changing financial environment. Money Mountaineering and the guidance within will shape future curriculum and financial planning practices for decades to come, yet it is written for every person. As an educator, a parent, and an individual planning her own financial future, I recommend it highly.”

– Stefi Baum, Dean, Faculty of Science, Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Manitoba

“Pete’s true brilliance shines through in this book, which reads much like an adventure novel, where we can’t wait to get to the next piece of wisdom packed in its pages. Pete generously guides us through the financial world in a way that makes it not only easy to understand, but also fun and engaging, as he teaches us through storytelling. Money Mountaineering’s six principles give us the foundation we need to achieve financial well-being. As such an important piece of our overall health, I highly recommend this book to set us on course to build and maintain financial health over the long term.”

– Christine Tozzi, FSA, Electronic Arts