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Personal Finance for Dummies
Synopses & Reviews
Many Americans don’t understand personal finance. If you’re among them, it’s probably not your fault. Personal Finance 101 is not offered in our schools – not in high school, not even in the best colleges and graduate schools. It should be. There are common financial problems and mistakes and different people keep making those same mistakes over and over again. Personal Finance For Dummies, 3rd Edition, like a good friend, can stop you from falling into those traps.
This book is for anyone who wants a crash course in personal finance. It’s basic enough for a novice to get his or her arms around thorny financial issues, but advanced readers will be challenged to think about their finances in a new way and identify areas for improvement. In a nutshell, this easy-to-understand guide is for anyone who wants to
You’ll explore what it takes to start an investment program as you diagnose your current financial health, set new goals, and reduce your spending. Personal Finance For Dummies, 3rd Edition, also covers:
Best-selling personal finance writer Eric Tyson is a master at keeping it simple. And his third edition of Personal Finance For Dummies, can help you consider your higher life goals and non-financial priorities (your family, your friends, and your causes) and how you can best accomplish those with the financial resources you have.
This updated reference also includes how readers can find resources and information online, how to use financial software packages like Quicken and where to locate other useful money management resources. Written in an accessible, easy-to-understand style, this book provides sound financial planning advice from consumer advocate, Eric Tyson. Tyson shows readers how to get out of debt and stay out, how to reduce their taxes and spending, how to choose wise investments in mutual funds, real estate or small business.
"By far, the best book I have read on financial planning." Althea Thompson, PBS Nightly Business Report "Detailed, action-oriented advice A standout personal finance primer." Kristin Davis, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Praise for Personal Finance For Dummies® "Among my favorite financial guides." — The Wall Street Journal "Tyson doesn't tell you what to do or consider doing without explaining the hows and whys — and the booby traps to avoid—in plain English." — Chicago Tribune "Smart advice . Rewards your candor with advice and comfort." — Newsweek
Wall Street Journal bestseller — over 1 million copies in print!
Expert advice now completely updated
Do you have trouble identifying and managing your financial priorities? Are you confused by today's investment options? Relax! This friendly guide, now updated with new advice on Internet resources, gives you just the information you need to take control of your finances, cut your tax bill, and achieve your financial goals.
Discover how to: Assess your financial situation Reduce your spending and debt Give yourself a tax cut Build wealth with wise investments Plan for college and retirement Buy the right insurance
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About the Author
Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor, a syndicated columnist, and the author of bestselling For Dummies® books on investing, real estate, and taxes.
Table of Contents
PART I: Where Do You Go from Here?
Chapter 1: Figuring Your Financial Fitness.
Chapter 2: Overcoming Obstacles to Personal Financial Success.
Chapter 3: Establishing and Accomplishing Goals.
PART II: Saving More, Spending Less.
Chapter 4: Where Did Your Money Go?
Chapter 5: Solving Debt and Credit Problems.
Chapter 6: Reducing Your Spending.
Chapter 7: Taming Taxes.
PART III: Investing Crash Course.
Chapter 8: Important Investment Concepts.
Chapter 9: Investment Vehicles.
Chapter 10: Mutual Funds: Investments for All of Us.
Chapter 11: Investing in Retirement Accounts.
Chapter 12: Investing Outside Retirement Accounts.
Chapter 13: Investing for Educational Expenses.
Chapter 14: Real Estate.
PART IV: Protecting What You've Got.
Chapter 15: Insurance Basics.
Chapter 16: Insurance on You.
Chapter 17: Insuring Your Assets.
PART V: Where to Go for More Help.
Chapter 18: Financial Planners.
Chapter 19: PC Money Management.
Chapter 20: On Air and in Print.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Eric's Tips for Ten Life Changes.
Chapter 22: Ten Things More Important than Money.
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