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Let's get real about money : profit from the habits of the best personal finance
Tyson, Eric
Adult Nonfiction HG179 .T966 2008

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ContentsPage
1 - Getting Real, Not Real Obsessed, About Your Moneyp. 1
The Surprising Wealth-Happiness Connectionp. 4
Buying the Good Lifep. 6
Choosing Your Role Modelsp. 7
The Power of Money Knowledgep. 9
Personal Finance Quiz I - The Basicsp. 9
Answers to Personal Finance Quiz I - p. 13
Scoring and Evaluating Your Quiz Resultsp. 14
Personal Finance Quiz II - Key Conceptsp. 15
Answers to Personal Finance Quiz IIp. 19
2 - Getting Motivatedp. 23
Personal Finance Quiz III - Avoidance Behaviorsp. 27
Understanding Why We Procrastinatep. 29
Conquering Money Avoidance and Disorganizationp. 30
3 - Your Money Beliefs and Practicesp. 35
Your Money Historyp. 36
Taking Stock of Your Money Backgroundp. 37
Your Friends and Moneyp. 39
Your Environment and Moneyp. 40
4 - Developing Your Personal Financial Action Planp. 41
Background Informationp. 43
Goals and Concernsp. 44
Assetsp. 44
Planningp. 47
Net Worth Calculationp. 48
Retirement Expectations Versus Meansp. 48
Pension Decisionsp. 59
Major Purchase Planningp. 63
College Cost Planningp. 64
Prioritizing Different Goalsp. 66
5 - Love and Moneyp. 67
How Men and Women Handle Money Differentlyp. 69
Finding Financial Peace as a Couplep. 72
Money and Divorcep. 78
Money Passed Down: Estates and Inheritancesp. 80
6 - Families and Moneyp. 83
Priorities: Work Versus Familyp. 85
Balancing Family and Work: Spend Less, Work Lessp. 87
Teaching Kids About Moneyp. 92
What (and How) Kids Learn About Moneyp. 93
Getting Children on the Right Financial Pathp. 95
7 - Valuing Saving and Spendingp. 103
Why Most People Have Trouble Saving Enoughp. 104
Buying Things You Don't Needp. 109
Excess Spending and Its Consequencesp. 111
Can You Save Too Much?p. 113
Postponing Achievable Dreamsp. 116
When Enough Never Isp. 118
Hoarding and Cheatingp. 120
Gaining Appreciation for What You Havep. 120
Balancing Spending and Savingp. 122
8 - Establishing a Savings Foundationp. 123
Giving Yourself an Unfair Advantagep. 124
Keeping Money Accumulation in Proper Perspectivep. 131
9 - Your Spending Planp. 135
Tracking Your Spendingp. 136
Necessities Versus Luxuriesp. 138
Budgeting Strategiesp. 139
Ways to Reduce Your Expendituresp. 141
Housing Expensesp. 141
Taxesp. 142
Food and Diningp. 143
Autos and Transportationp. 143
Recreation and Entertainmentp. 144
Clothingp. 144
Utility Billsp. 145
Insurancep. 145
Kid-Related Expensesp. 146
Charitable Contributionsp. 146
Reducing Your Taxesp. 147
Using Your Tax Ratep. 149
Taxes and Childrenp. 153
10 - Borrowing and Debt Managementp. 155
Ways to Borrow in Emergenciesp. 156
Right Reasons to Borrowp. 157
Borrowing for Home Purchasesp. 159
Choosing a Mortgagep. 160
Refinancingp. 162
Paying Off Debt Earlyp. 163
Assessing Consumer Debtp. 164
Strategies for Getting Out from Under High-Cost Consumer Debtp. 165
Compulsive Spenders and Debtorsp. 166
Do You Have a Shopping Problem?p. 167
11 - Investing for Bountiful Harvestsp. 169
Proven Intelligent Investmentsp. 172
Stocksp. 173
Real Estatep. 176
Small Businessp. 179
"Safe Money" Investmentsp. 180
Investing in Stocks or Fundsp. 181
12 - Cultivating Good Investing Habitsp. 191
Understanding Feesp. 193
Monitoring and Trading Your Investmentsp. 194
Chasing Hot Sectorsp. 197
Developing Better Investing Habitsp. 199
13 - Pundits, Predictions, and Confronting Your Fearsp. 203
Jim Cramer: Stock Market Maven or Uncalibrated Opinions?p. 204
How Predictions Affect Investorsp. 208
Addressing Investing Fearsp. 211
14 - Your Investing Planp. 213
Assessing Your Current Portfoliop. 215
Asset Allocationp. 217
Worksheet-Asset Allocation for Retirementp. 218
Allocations for Shorter-Term Goalsp. 224
Next Stepsp. 225
Selecting the Best Mutual Fundsp. 225
Selecting the Right Money Fundp. 228
Investing in Stock and Bond Fundsp. 229
Worksheet for Actively Managed Fundsp. 232
15 - Insurancep. 237
Don't Sweat (Insurance for) the Small Stuffp. 239
Insurance Not to Buyp. 241
Buying Your Way out of the Costliest Risksp. 242
Long-Term Disability Insurancep. 243
Life Insurancep. 244
Health Insurancep. 247
Insurance on Your Assetsp. 248
16 - Managing Risks Involves More Than Buying Insurancep. 249
Buy a Home at Low Risk for Natural Disastersp. 250
Maximize Your Personal Healthp. 252
Buy a Safe Car and Reduce Your Driving Risksp. 253
Conquer and Avoid Addictionsp. 256
Gamblingp. 258
Substance Abuse: Drugs and Alcoholp. 261
Smokingp. 268
Protecting Teens and Kidsp. 271
17 - Your Insurance Planp. 273
Health Insurancep. 274
Disability Insurancep. 277
Life Insurancep. 280
Will, Trusts, and Estate Planningp. 281
Auto Insurancep. 283
Home Insurancep. 285
Excess Liability Insurancep. 286
18 - Information and Edutainment Resourcesp. 287
Understanding the Role of Advertisingp. 288
Question What You Read and Hearp. 292
Booksp. 295
Who's Your Rich Dad?p. 298
Financial Books and Authors Worth Readingp. 300
19 - Hiring Financial Helpp. 303
The Keys to Finding the Best Advisorsp. 305
Financial Advisors and Plannersp. 308
Budget Counselorsp. 310
Investment Managersp. 311
Real Estate Agentsp. 313
Tax Preparers and Advisorsp. 317
Insurance Agentsp. 318
Attorneysp. 318


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