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Wall St Journal Guide To Understanding Personal Finance

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"The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance" gives you clear, simple explanations of the complexities you face every day in your financial life. This revised and updated edition also includes the information you'll need to make smart decisions about — and avoid the pitfalls of — banking, credit, home finance, financial planning, investing and taxes.

About the Author

Kenneth M. Morris, the president of Siegel & Gale, Inc., is one of the nation's leading experts in simplified communications. A pioneer in the plain language movement, he developed the first easy-to-read business documents for the insurance, brokerage, banking, telecommunications and credit card industries, as well as simplified forms for government agencies.

Dr. Morris has created a unique service that helps businesses cut through complexity and provide customers with helpful information they can use to make informed decisions. Clients include: Chubb, Citibank, Federal Express, Fidelity Investments, GE, IBM, IRS, MCI, The Prudential, Ryder, Smith Barney, Toyota, UPS and Xerox.

He is the author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance, The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing, American Dreams: One Hundred Years of Business Ideas and Innovation and Literature in Bureaucracy: Readings in Administrative Fiction, as well as numerous articles on information design and the use of technology to improve business communications. Dr. Morris is a member of the editorial boards of the Information Design Journal and Visible Language. He also serves on the Executive Board of the European Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Dr. Morris has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University and taught for 11 years at John Jay College of the City University of New York. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in English from Columbia University and a B.A. with high honors in English from Cornell University.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL FINANCE

BANKING

Banking
Banking Opportunities
Checking
How Checking Works
Checking Variety
Special Checks
ATMs: Tellers Go Automatic
The Monthly Statement
CD: Certificate of Deposit
Savings
Technology: New and Old
Home Banking

CREDIT

Using Credit
Credits Cards
Understanding Card Credit
What Cards Cost
Protecting Your Card Rights
Loans
The Substance of a Loan
The Cost of a Loan
How Repayment Works
Loan vs. Lease
Credit Histories
Reading a Credit Report
Coping with Debt

HOME FINANCE

The Roof over Your Head
Can You Buy?
Buying a House
Finding a Mortgage
Dealing with the Lender
Surviving the Closing
The Cost of a Mortgage
Mortgage Rates
Refinancing
Your Home as Investment
Using Your Equity
Insuring Your Home
Selling Your Home
Figuring Your Profit of Loss

FINANCIAL PLANNING

Financial Planning
Making a Financial Plan
Managing Your Cash Flow
Your Net Worth
The Cost of a College Education
Financial Aid
Planning for Retirement
Individual Retirement Accounts
Salary-Reduction Plans
Annuities
Social Security
Life Insurance
Types of Life Insurance
Long-Term Care
Estate Planning
Making a Will
Trusts

INVESTING

Investing
Risk vs. Reward
Figuring Your Return
Diversifying Your Portfolio
Investing in Stocks
The World of Stocks
Tracking Your Investments
Tricks of the Trade
Taking Stock of Your Investments
Investing in Bonds
The Value of Bonds
Special Types of Bonds
It's a Fund-Filled World
Investing in Mutual Funds
Anatomy of a Prospectus
Tracking Mutual Fund Performance
Futures and Options
Investing in Real Estate

TAXES

Paying Taxes
The Tax Brackets
The Reporting System
Completing a Return
Withholding — Prepaying as You Go
Tax Planning Is a Must
January Reading: The W-2
Keeping Records
Tax Help
The Dreaded Audit

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684833613
Subtitle:
Revised and Updated
Author:
Morris, Kenneth M
Publisher:
Fireside/Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Personal Finance - General
Subject:
Finance, personal
Subject:
Financial security
Subject:
Budgets, Personal
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. and updated.
Edition Description:
System requirements: IBM compatible PC; Windows.
Series Volume:
104-836
Publication Date:
19970429
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
10.29x5.30x.38 in. .64 lbs.

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