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The Money Classby Suze Orman
Synopses & Reviews
What does it take to create your New American Dream?
Suze Orman, the woman millions of Americans have turned to for financial advice, says it's time for a serious reconsideration of the American Dream--what promise it still holds, what aspects are in need of revision, and how it must be refashioned to fit our lives so that we can once again have faith that our hard work will pay off and that a secure and hopeful future is within our reach.
In nine electrifying chapters, Orman delivers a master class on personal finance for this pivotal moment in time. She addresses every aspect of the American Dream--home, family, career, retirement. She teaches us that in order to create lasting security we must learn to stand in our truth. We must recognize, embrace, and be honest about what is real for us today and allow that understanding to inform the choices we make. The New American Dream is not the things we accumulate, says Orman, but the confidence that comes from knowing that which we've worked so hard for cannot be taken away from us. In THE MONEY CLASS, Orman teaches us how to take control over our present--right here, right now--in order to build the future of our dreams.
Whether navigating the complicated mix of money and family, offering the most comprehensive retirement resource available today, or delivering a bracing dose of reality when it comes to recalibrating our expectations and our goals, Orman educates us with her signature no-nonsense approach and laser-like clarity. She empowers us to live a life of integrity and honesty that will create an enduring legacy for future generations--a New American Dream that lies in truth, security, financial freedom, and peace of mind.
From a popular financial guru who has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show comes a new no-nonsense guide to personal finance. By the author of The Road to Wealth.
I understand fully: At this moment in time, you are in fear of the unknown. You don't know exactly what to do or where to turn because you're not sure what works anymore. You don't know who or what institutions to trust.
About the Author
\Suze Orman is a two-time Emmy Award–winning television host, #1 New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today.
Orman has written eight consecutive New York Times bestsellers and has written, co-produced, and hosted seven PBS specials based on her books. She is the seven-time Gracie Award–winning host of the Suze Orman Show, which airs on CNBC, and of the forthcoming Money Class on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She is also a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine.
Twice named one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people, and named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women, Orman was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2009 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 2010 she received an honorary doctor of commercial science from Bentley University.
Orman, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987 to 1997, served as Vice President—Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983 to 1987, and was an account executive at Merrill Lynch from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California, from 1973 to 1980.
Table of Contents
Class 1: The new American dream — Class 2: Stand in your truth. Finding your truth: a personal financial accounting — Living truthfully: how to stand tall in your reality — The foundation of all truthful living: the power of cash — Class 3: Family. How to build honest family relations — How to raise young children to stand in the truth — How to create a financially honest college strategy — How to help adult children facing financial challenges — The conversation every adult child should have with his or her parents — Advice for grandparents: how to build a lasting legacy — Class 4: Home. The truth about home values — When it makes sense to rent — The new rules of buying a home — What to do if you are underwater — How to reduce mortgage costs — The dangers of home equity lines of credit — Reverse mortgages — Investing in real estate — Class 5: Career. Advice for the employed — Advice for the unemployed — Starting (and running) your own business — Class 6: Retirement planning: getting going in your 20s and 30s. Time is your greatest asset — Retirement accounts explained — How much you need to save for retirement — Investing your retirement money — Class 7: Retirement planning: fine-tuning it in your 40s and 50s. Deciding when it makes sense to pay off your mortgage — Have a realistic plan for working until age 66-67 — Delay your social security benefit — Estimate your retirement income: how are you doing? — Saving more, and investing strategies in your 50s — Plan for long-term care costs — Class 8: Living in retirement. Home finances: stand in the truth of what is affordable for you — Coping with the high cost of healthcare in retirement — Stick to a sustainable withdrawal rate — Avoid long-term bonds and bond funds — Earn higher yields by investing in dividend-paying ETFs and stocks — Double-check your beneficiaries and must-have documents — Class 9: The ultimate lesson.
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