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"The book’s gem is a personal financial action plan that allows easy assessment of current assets and retirement goals…This book demystifies the many obstacles--from the logistical to the conceptual--to smart financial planning.”
"Eric Tyson is the best personal finance writer at work today. In a field cluttered with hucksters, false gurus, and just plain bad advice, this book delivers powerful common sense. I trust Eric Tyson, and you should, too.”
--Tom Ehrenfeld, former writer and Editor at Harvard Business Review and Inc. Magazine, author of The Startup Garden: How Growing a Business Grows You
"Many people have developed attitudes, beliefs, and fears about money that prevent them from acquiring, investing, and spending it in healthy ways...Eric Tyson helps readers get past all that...and start building happy and healthy financial futures. Everyone can profit from this new book--I did."
--Dr. Brian Russell, Psychologist as seen on CNN, Court TV, and Fox News; Professor, University of Kansas
Transform Your Personal Financial Habits and Attitudes...And Your Life!
Real money solutions from the best-selling author of Personal Finance For Dummies, Eric Tyson!
Worried about money? Join the club. Now, do something about it! One of America’s best-selling personal finance authors offers real, practical solutions that work: steps you can take right now to start replacing money anxiety with financial fulfillment and happiness. Eric Tyson gets straight to the point, identifying the habits that put you at risk--and helping you replace them with the habits of financial success. Tyson offers plain-English, no-gimmick techniques you can really use: knowledge you’d have to pay a fortune for, if you could get it at all!
Financial success doesn’t just “happen”: it’s determined by your financial habits. Fortunately, you can develop good financial habits--and systematically eliminate the bad ones that stand in your way. Eric Tyson will show you how--step-by-step and hands-on.
Millions of people have benefited from Tyson’s best-selling books and award-winning columns. Now he brings together all he’s learned over two decades--including financial management secrets most professionals never tell you about.
Tyson will help you organize your finances…take control of your future…make plans you’ll actually implement…save, spend, and invest more effectively…choose the right advisors…reduce your risks…and put money where it belongs in your life (instead of making it your whole life!).
This meaty, action-oriented guide is packed with checklists and worksheets that’ll help you start today, get results fast, and make positive changes that will last a lifetime!
1 Getting Real, Not Real Obsessed, About Your Money 1
2 Getting Motivated 23
3 Your Money Beliefs and Practices 35
4 Developing Your Personal Financial ActionPlan 41
5 Love and Money 67
6 Families and Money 83
7 Valuing Saving and Spending 103
8 Establishing a Savings Foundation 123
9 Your Spending Plan 135
10 Borrowing and Debt Management 155
11 Investing for Bountiful Harvests 169
12 Cultivating Good Investing Habits 191
13 Pundits, Predictions, and Confronting Your Fears 203
14 Your Investing Plan 213
15 Insurance 237
16 Managing Risks Involves More Than Buying Insurance 249
17 Your Insurance Plan 273
18 Information and Edutainment Resources 287
19 Hiring Financial Help 303