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1. Rich Dad Poor Dad Classics - 3
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1. Rich Dad Poor Dad Classics - 3 Copy Boxed Set
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
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Asin: 1586211676
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 7621
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Rich Dad's Classics Box Set contains 3 titles from the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series:

- Rich Dad, Poor Dad, the bestselling personal finance guide for the millions hoping to become masters of their money
- Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant, the follow-up to Rich Dad, Poor Dad, reveals why some people work less and earn more, pay less taxes, and feel more financially secure than others
- Rich Dad's Guide to Investing covers the basic rules of investing, including how to reduce investment risk and how to convert earned income into passive and portfolio income. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Only for those who want to reach the top 5% .........
Social Security Administration tells us year after year that at age 65, only 5% of the population will be financially independant. The remaining 95%? They will still be working, dead or dead broke!

Kiyoaski teaches the principles of wealth. This tape set is the compilation of Kiyosaki's first three books; Rich Dad Poor Dad, Cashflowquadrant and Rich Dad's Guide to Investing. Although I have other books in the Rich Dad series, these three are the basis of the Rich Dad/Kiyosaki system.

And if you are like me and prefer to listen to something inspiring, educational and motional than the news or the democrat commercials, then you will enjoy playing these tapes in your car.

5-0 out of 5 stars The first three classics on audio........
This tapeset contains 6 audio tapes and 9 hrs of powerpacked information that can change your life.

RICH DAD POOR DAD: the best selling personal finance guide for
the millions hoping to become masters of
their money.

CASHFLOW QUADRANT: this program reveals why some work less and
earn more, pay less in taxes, have more time
to live out their dreams and feel more
financially secure than others.

GUIDE TO INVESTING: the basic rules of investing, including how
to reduce investment risk and how to convert
earned income into passive and portfolio
income

This collection of the first three Rich Dad books can very well, change your life. It certaintly has mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Listen and grow rich!
No time to read you say? Great, then just plug these tapes in your car cassette player or walkman and lsiten and grow rich. Listen as Kiyosaki explains the principles of wealth, how to invest safely and successfully and how to create passive income.

I am in network marketing full time and am also using Kiyosaki's techniques to create additional streams of income. Highly recommended tape set. Well worth the price. And glad that Kiyosaki appreciates and understands network marketing.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book/tape?
Now, I have follow his idea and start to invest. Yes, he won't teach you step by step. But he give you a general idea and you need to apply them by yourselves. Try to use your brain and think hard and eventually, you can figure out how to do it. I have figured out a way to do it now. This is a great book to change my point of view of how money should be used.

Alex

5-0 out of 5 stars Only for those who want financial freedom
This tapeset covers the most important information in the first three Rich Dad Books and is critical for those who want financial freedom.

According to the social security dept, only 5 out of every 100 people at age 65 will be financially secure. The remaining 95 will either be dependend on others, still working, dead or dead broke.

Kiyosaki's material is for those who want to make the top 5% and escape from the bondage of being subservient to a unappreciative employer or turning your financial affairs over to a broker, tax preparer or fiancial planner.

Kiyosaki teaches you how to get involved int he process yourself and then set up a team of fiancial experts who work for you instead of what they make the highest commission on.

This tape set is fabulous for anyone who wants the real dope on the first three Rich Dad books and who wants to become a part of the top 5% who are independent isntead of the bottom 95% who are dependent.

Excellent program. Highly recommended. ... Read more


2. The 40-Day Prosperity Plan
by John Randolph Price
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Asin: 1561703427
Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
Sales Rank: 35895
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Timeless teaching from Ageless Wisdom, which reveal the truth about the Law of Abundance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Plan for Miracles
The 40-day Prosperity Plan has completely changed my life. I am now on my 4th round and I am constantly experiencing miraculous abundant changes and events in my life. When I started this program in February of 2004, I was skeptical. However, I persevered, and just before the first round 40-day period ended, I got a new job that is extremely creative and pays well. During the second round, I contracted to build a house, which, before I began this program, I'm sure would never have been impossible. It was as if the pieces of the puzzle all fell into place....as if the universe was orchestrating everything to perfectly arrange for this to occur.During my third round, I got a refund for a used car that was a lemon-- one that I purchased from a dishonest car dealer 8 months ago. This was truly miraculous because, at first, the owner of the dealership lied and told me he would refund my money, only to deny that he had said that. I meditated on the Source within for several days and eventually I was effortlessly led to people who advocated on my behalf.Finally he relented, refunded me all of the money I put down on the car and all of the payments I had made over the past 8 months. Then I turned around and purchased a new car for less money down and a lower monthly payment. So,once again, the universe orchestrated all of the "details" effortlessly. The most important lesson that I have learned doing this plan, is perhaps that not only can I acquire material things, but that by constantly acknowledging the Power within to solve my problems, I can have true peace of mind. I highly recommend this plan for anyone who is disciplined and committed to changing his or her life and realizing a powerful relationship with God. It REALLY works.

5-0 out of 5 stars STREAMS OF BLESSINGS
This tape deserves 7 stars because it is so very effective. The first part consists of John Price talking about money and your attitude to it, explaining some basic concepts and blowing away the error-thought one often has about money and prosperity in general. He then explains how to use the statements that follow over a 40-day period: there are 10 statements to be used in succession and repeated for four 10-day periods, in other words, one statement per day. This statement for the day can be written down, repeated and meditated upon. The gist of it is that God/The Infinite Spirit IS abundance and wishes to express itself as abundance through the individual. If one has no metaphysical knowledge, the statements might appear strange at first but there's no denying that they work. Following the statements there is a meditation that incorporates the complete message of the statements and finally some more points to ease the flow of abundance into your life (e.g. by cultivating an attitude of giving). Price has a very engaging and reassuring voice that ensures a very pleasant listening experience every time. If you experience any type of lack in your life, follow this program and you'll be amazed by the results. Do not allow your own doubt, worry or cynicism to dismiss this great blessing -- whether you believe it or not, it will work. Sooner or later, depending on the state of your consciousness when you start the program. And best of all, the result is not restricted to money but encompasses abundance in all areas of your life. I sincerely wish that all people who currently experience lack may discover this tape and reap the rich harvest of blessings. God bless you all.

5-0 out of 5 stars 40 Days To A Wealth Consciousness
John R. Price writings is rocket fuel for transforming the soul! You are about to start on an amazing transformation. Here is the key to Infinite Thinking. Always birth your ideas from a place of perfection. Spirit is Perfection. You can endow your confessions with no greater power than: "God Is" therefore I Am" ... Read more


3. The Energy of Money
by Maria Nemeth
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Asin: 1564555690
Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
Sales Rank: 592555
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment, by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D., outlines a distinctly unique approach to one of the most dominant yet forbidden topics in modern society: money, and how we deal with it. A clinical psychologist who once lost $35,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme, Nemeth learned from that ordeal (and similar experiences of friends and associates) how most of us develop relationships with money, and the ways in which we subsequently can bring these in line with our actual dreams and realities. She initially used this knowledge to start a workshop called You and Money, which eventually attracted more than 4,500 participants and led to the development of concepts now delineated in this book. Quoting relevant wisdom espoused by those ranging from Joseph Campbell and Ram Dass to Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, Nemeth sets out "12 principles for personal fulfillment" designed to help readers "uncover the hidden landscape of beliefs, behavior patterns, and habits that underlie and sometimes subvert how you use money and other forms of energy." The result is a refreshing, useful, and surprisingly accessible mixture of universal financial advice and the much rarer--but no less important--ethereal side of fiscal self-management. --Howard Rothman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mind and soul approach to wealth
The Energy of Money is a brilliant explanation of the intuition and intellect behind wealth, prosperity, and abundance. If you believe that money represents energy, want a grounded approach, this book is for you. Knowing how to raise one's energy frequency to attract greater flows of money is easier said than done. Nemeth helps guide you to the process to increase flow. Try it and see if it works. If anything, you'll learn something new that you can use.

5-0 out of 5 stars compassionate, guilt-free approach
I am a millionaire, and every time I read a book about money, I feel guilty.I *know* I'm supposed to pay attention to money, but I don't, so I feel guilty when I'm reminded of what I "should" do and end up doing nothing.In contrast, this book opened with the author opening her heart.She is compassionate and understanding of the guilt.Somehow, just feeling accepted by her, I was moved after the first 15 pages to get up and take care of some money issues.I have continued to read the book and continue to take positive action.I also find her insights applicable to other "congealed energy," such as issues with food.This book is life-changing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Information with Belief Shifting, Repeatable Exercises
Taking a wholistic approach to shifting beliefs and outcomes around ones financial fulfillment, The Energy of Money differs from many other Spiritual Money guides because of the wealth of exercises and the completeness of its coverage.

Nemeth doesn't see money as a "stand alone" issue, she sees it as being a part of one's life intention and integrity.

Another feature that works is her taking the obstacles and problem areas and meeting them head-on rather than denying they exist.Its more of the "Name it and claim it" approach which works very well.... when the claiming involves taking congruent action, about which Nemeth also offers instruction.

Its an all around powerful read, one which I repeat and refer to frequently both for my own learning and for my life coaching clients as well since this is oftentimes a challenging area.

If you read it and put the information to use, you will definitely have a positive return on your investment.

2-0 out of 5 stars Get the book, not the audio program...
First, I ought to say that I purchased both the audio book (as a download) and the written book, hoping to find more material and exercises in the audio program and also with the desire to to be able to review the contents of the program at ease.This was not the case.As another reviewer commented, the presentation is VERY difficult to listen to as it is very monotone and downbeat.I don't think I could listen to the entire program again and I would definately NOT recommend buying the tapes or download.

That said, I found the contents of the book to be quite comprehensive and there are numerous practical exercises throughout the book to complete.The book has its foundations in a number of metaphysical (ie. money as energy), 'spiritual' (i.e. your life purpose and Buddhist concepts of 'structures of knowing' and 'monkey mind' among others) and psychological perspectives (including beliefs systems and blocks).In particular, it is about taking the hero's journey (ie. Joseph Campbell's work), that is, about creating the kind of life that you want and assisting you to clear the blocks in order to achieve this.It aims to get the reader look at themselves, what they really want in life and the internal changes they need to make in order to do this.

The book doesn't contain 'practical' money management strategies - that's not it's focus, it's focus is on the important inner dimension of success and fulfilment.The book is a worthwhile read and I think it's much, much better than many others on the market.The practical exercizes are also useful in enhancing self awareness and in that sense is worth the price of the book - I would definately purchase it again, I just wouldn't buy the audio version, unless you are having problems sleeping!

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Material But Boring Speaker
I purchased "The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial Freedom and Personal Fulfillment", as an audio book. I was extremely excited to go over the material as I have done pretty extensive reading on spirituality as it relates to money and abundance and am always fascinated with any new twist I pick up on the subject. In that respect the book did give me what I was hoping for.

Especially interesting was the concept of "unfinished money business". The program really stops and makes you think about just how many money related issues may be hanging over your head. Issues like... are your insurance policies adequate? Do you prepare and follow a monthly budget? Is your car maintenance up to date? Is your checkbook balanced to the penny? The list is extensive and it really makes you want to get busy at doing those things you've been putting off.

The program is designed to make you look at your lifelong relationship with money... how you spend it, use it, abuse it and how you feel about it. Several guided exercises are designed to help you discover your deepest thoughts relating to money and how you can use that information to establish new, more meaningfulgoals.

My main problem with this program was the presentation. It is read by the author, Maria Nemeth, and I found her voice and reading of the material to be too slow, bland and boring. The quality of the material presented was the only thing that kept me awake! ... Read more


4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
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Asin: 1570429596
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 35576
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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"Personal-finance author and lecturer Robert T. Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective from two very different influences--his two fathers.One father (Robert's real father) was a highly educated man, but fiscally poor.The other father was the father of Robert's best friend--the Dad who was an eighth grade dropout who became a self-made multi-millionaire.The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his "poor dad" pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his "rich dad."Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retore at 47.RICH DAD, POOR DAD, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L. Lechter lays out Kiyosaki's philosophy behind his relationship with money.RICH DAD, POOR DAD opens readers eyes by:

- exploding the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich
- challenging the belief that your house is an asset
- defining once and for all an asset versus a liability
- explaining what kids need to know about money for their future financial success" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Eye opener !
I am a 35 y/o computer person. As I grew up, my parents told me to go to school and become an engineer, or an accountant, so that I could have lots of money. I grew up thinking it would happen, and my belief got stronger when I chose a profitable computer carreer. However, I spent 15 years working on computers, with many over-time hours, and lots of time away from friends and family because I was learning newer technologies to try to make more money.

However, I never got rich, I made good money but I was never able to accumulate more than $5,000 on my bank account. I never understood why after working so hard, money was still a big concern! I figured out that there's gotta be another way to become wealthy. I gave it my best shot at studying and working hard, and years went by and things didn't get better.

I started looking for information on wealth accumulation books, and a friend of mind recommended this book. This book has been very enlighting, I wish I had learned the principles shown in here 15 years ago. If I had, I know for a fact that money would not be a big concern for me today. I feel much better now because, even though I don't have lots of money (not yet), this book pointed me in the right direction.

I also recommend "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. It goes deep into detail about what to put in your mind if you want to become wealthy.

I hope my review helps.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is an eye opener to all of those who desire money.
I have read both 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' and 'Cashflow Quadrant.' Being young and still in college, these two books have taught me how the rich think. As Kiyosaki emphasizes, getting a high paying job after college is not the answer to becoming financially indepent and satisfied. His books unteach the reader everything he/she has learned about money and allows the reader to focus on building wealth the way millionaires do. His books are enlightening, and his method to achieving wealth makes sense logically. After reading 'Millionaire Next Door', I could honestly tell that Kiyosaki's method is the way the truly rich think. 'Millionaire Next Door' simply focuses on frugality and spending as little money as possible. Who wants to enjoy all of their money when they become 60 yeas of age, having spent their prime years living as cheap as possible? Kiyosaki's book is excellent in teaching the common man/woman how to have money work for them and allows them to live life to their fullest. I recommend this book and 'Cashflow Quadrant' as the first two readings for someone seeking financial independence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, life changing program
A few months ago, I was working in sales for a B>B Business Group. I followed Mr. Kiyosaki's advice and started investing my money in passive income. I bought some equities, a rental or two and started a home based business.

While my colleagues spent their checks and worked for ThankGodItsFriday and cheer for Wednesdays because it was "hump day" and yell hooray for the weekend, and then made wise cracks about my goals. I invested, left that company over 6 weeks ago and am now full time in my own business. Meanwhile, my colleagues were recently served notice that their company (my former company) is laying off 150 people!

Thank God for Robert Kiyosaki.

2-0 out of 5 stars Can't communicate to save theirselves
Easy read-18 minutes & spelling and grammer errors are throughout. Plus, pure money making "Dribble". Follow this & you LOOSE!

5-0 out of 5 stars A book on how to think like the rich do
This book is about strategy, not tactics. Here you will start to learn how the rich think. This book changed my life as it was the first book of my new life! It's not going to teach you the exact tactics the rich use (try the new van tharp's book for that) but more importante it will teach you the thinking behind what they do. Don't mind the bad reviews: it worked for me. ... Read more


5. MONEY: WHO HAS HOW MUCH AND WHY CASSETTE : Who Has How Much and Why
by Andrew Hacker
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Asin: 0671576526
Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: Audioworks
Sales Rank: 641978
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A staple of American conversation, from barstools to sermons to op-ed pages, is that money isn't everything. And yet it seems that nowadays, nothing else counts nearly so much. In this book, Andrew Hacker, an eminent sociologist, uses his knack for making statistics come alive to address such questions as "Has affirmative action helped African-Americans financially?," "Do the same professions that used to ensure lifelong economic security still do so?," and "Are the rich getting richer, and if so, why aren't the poor doing better as well?" Hacker doesn't conclude with a call for income redistribution--he doesn't think it would be heeded--but the facts he amasses tell the story of a country that inordinately promotes non-social ambition and, just as excessively, penalizes children. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for the Mad Statistician
A mack daddy of statistical research analysis, the author pulls off another grand compilation of information relating to the title. The fun part about reading his stuff is that the stats are easy for everyone to see and relate, in otherwords its very simple...and he throws in tidbits of information that you won't be able to catch if you read too fast...for example for every $1000.00 the descendents of the puritans make the descendents of the ex-enslaved make $700.00, which means that they are makeing three quarters of what they were worth two hundred and fifty years ago. whew, some stat...

3-0 out of 5 stars Long on statistics, short on insight.
Rather dry. Not very much that you couldn't figure out by yourself; not much original insight. The author uses statistics throughout to the point that it almost becomes meaningless. Anyone with the most limited experience with statistics knows that you can make them say just about anything you want.

What I had hoped for was some insight into why there is so much economic disparity in this country and what we can, or should, do about it. Instead the author gave more of a status quo, "we are here," appoach.

The last chapter was maybe the most insteresting. It focused on the economic changes in the US since WW2. It is anybody's guess what the future will bring, but it seems like it will continue as it is now until there is some big crash or other disaster.

4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at how money gets distributed in the US.
Andrew Hacker's Money is a great look at who has the money in America and how they got it. He talks in great detail about how the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. I was astounded to read that in 1997 there were 137individuals who claimed over $1 billion in income. Almost 70,000 taxreturns claimed an income of at least $1 million. There are far more richpeople out there than I thought and it leads me to believe that if they cando it, so can I.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brief Response to Brian Carey's review
As a former student of Professor Hacker, I've developed much respect for the man.While that certainly biases my opinion of his books (as I do view him as the God of Political Science), I know that I will always be gettinga fresh perspective as I've never known anyone who could "cut thecrap" better than Professor Hacker.

One of the most importantlessons I learned from him is to always read between the lines; so that wemay learn to think beyond the 68% norm.While Dr. Hacker could certainlyfill hundreds of more pages with his insightful comments and statisticalanalyses, he knows that in between the lines, there is a whole other bookyet to be created by the reader.I regret not having learned that untilafter he had already given me my final grade.

3-0 out of 5 stars Our Free Market Economy and the Resulting Trends
In "Money: Who has how much and why", Andrew Hackermakes a decent attempt to illustrate the changes in the American economic profile. He uncovers some interesting and surprising facts from time to time and he provides the reader with more than enough statistics for one book.

The main focus of "Money" is the economic trends of the past twenty to thirty years. Hacker points out some of the important changes that have taken place and he is careful to emphasize that while these trends are a step in the right direction, there is still much room for improvement. Examples would include the overall increase in pay for women, the movement of women into non-traditional, higher paying jobs, and the upward mobility of blacks into higher social classes.

There are several other areas where the economic trends have not been necessarily favorable. The most obvious is the growing income inequality between rich and poor. While this is usually viewed in a negative light by most people, Hacker does not say much about the possible consequences relating to the income inequality gap or what can be done to stop this trend. He merely states that these financial inequalities are a fact of life, a direct result of the capitalistic system.

With subjects as diverse as economic trends, causes, predictions, etc., this book could have easily been double, perhaps triple, in length. Hacker provides a quick overview with lots of economic statistics in a relatively short amount of space. ... Read more


6. New Rules of Money
by Ric Edelman
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Asin: 0694519294
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Sales Rank: 409420
Average Customer Review: 3.26 out of 5 stars
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It's time to learn the new rules.

You can't afford to manage your finances the way your parents did. While your parents and grandparents paid relatively little in taxes, you lose more than a third of your income to the tax collector. Prices for goods and services were stable for the first 60 years of this century, but you must buy today to avoid tomorrow's price increases. The result? You are earning more money than ever'but you also save less than ever. And, by living longer, you increase the risk that you will outlive your income.

In The New Rules of Money, Ric Edelman puts you on the right financial course. His strategies are fun to listen to and easy to follow, and he shows you how to maximize your personal finances in today's economic climate. He tells you the best strategies for paying for college, buying a home, saving on taxes and choosing the right investments. He changes your thinking about insurance, retirement, and estate planning.

No matter what your economic situation, it is time for you to change the way you think about personal finance. Ric Edelman will show you the way. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars AN EYE OPENER
This book is an excellent "eye opener" to the world of personal finance. The truth is that money doesn't come withan instruction book and when it comes to money, nobody is your friend. The people we typically get advice from have their hands in our pockets; brokers, bank loan officers, financial planners, auto and life insurance salespeople, car sales people etc., etc. This book and The Truth About Money will wet your appetite for more. For actual techniques, I highly recommend "More Wealth without Risk" and "Financial Self Defense" by the late great Charles J. Givens. "Millionaire Next Door" is also a great work, although like Edelmans books, a little lacking on the "what" and the "how"

5-0 out of 5 stars Good advice from a highly qualified CFP
Ric Edelman may tell you a few things you don't agree with or don't coincide with other so called "experts" who write financial books, but, how are you doing financially? How much money have you lost in the market following their "expert" advice?

I know I got smacked following a certain East Coast female author and got back on track with "What You Need To Do Now" and Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth." I have just strated to read this book along with "Discover the Wealth Within You."

I also recommend Suze Ormans excellent books "The Road to Wealth" and "The Laws of Money" to get you on the fact track to financial success.

A lot of what Ric teaches is different and controversial but the bottom line is, it works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Huh what?
I found a review supposedly by a school teacher from Florida complaining about middle income brackets of $54,000. He goes on to to say that he won't see that in 35 years.

I work for a school system in Pennsylvania and I don't know how I'd live on only $54,000/per year. I also know people in Florida who are making 6 figure incomes. One guy I know made over $50,000 last month.

Don't blame your profession, your location or Ric Eedelman. Blame the guy you see when you look in the mirror!

5-0 out of 5 stars Edelman is a controversial guy
No doubt that Edelman is a very controversial guy--just check out these reviews. However, Edelman is also very knowledgeable and very accurate. He accurately called the Index Fund fallout as early as 1998. HE WAS WIDELY CRITICIZED FOR THAT. But as someone who listened to him, I am glad he was so perceptive!Likewise, Edelman suggests to carry a mortgage vs having a paid off mortgage and invest the difference. As another astute reviewer commented, this is a lot like the old term vs cash value life insurance debate. Which is better?Cash value is generally the better value for the insurance salesman. Likewise, a paid off mortgage is not doing you any good because it is a liability and provides no income. Better to put that extra mortgage moneyin good investments that can grow 20%-25% per year.Edelman may be controversial but his advice is right on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great advice
I shouldn't be surprised that there are a lot of negative reviews. Personal finance is exactly that....personal...and with the personal factor involved people will have different ideas about what they like and don't like, etc. I think the thing that gets overlooked about the ideas Edelman shares in this book and his others is that if you want an index fund or a short mortgage, you can still do that. I don't think the effectiveness of the kinds of techniques and ideas Ric promotes should immediately be shot down just because you like index funds and he doesn't. Are you going to shun dollar cost averaging your index fund as well, because Ric hates index funds and likes DCA? Well, now you're just being silly.

That's why I think this is an extremely valuable book. No matter what you want to do with your own finances, there is something here to help you. Maybe you don't like his approach to investing, but you may find his ideas on saving for college indispensible. Maybe you're just curious about what a municipal bond is, or how it behaves. It's an extremely malleable approach to personal finance. It's more goal-oriented than return-oriented. It focuses on the long term, regular joe investor, not the day trader.

And one last thing about the author. I don't know if any of the other reviewers live in the DC area and get the oppotunity to listen to Ric's radio show, but Ric is very fair-minded about how he presents his financial planning firm. He repeatedly advocates shopping around for the firm that can help you best, and certainly doesn't think that he is the only game in town. He brags about his achievements and the success of his firm, but so what? Wouldn't you rather take advice from a guy widely recognized as top-notch in the industry? ... Read more


7. The New Buffettology: How Warren Buffett Got and Stayed Rich in Markets Like This and How You Can Too!
by David Clark
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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If you listened to the original Buffettology, you know exactly half of what you need to know to effectively apply Warren Buffett's investment strategies.

Buffettology was written specifically for investors in the midst of a long bull market. Since then we've seen the internet bubble burst, the collapse of Enron, and investors scrambling to move their assets -- what remains of them -- back to the safety of traditional blue chip companies. As price peaks turned into troughs, worried investors wondered if there was any constant in today's volatile market. The answer is yes: Warren Buffett's value investing strategies make money.

The New Buffettology is the first guide to Warren Buffett's selective contrarian investment strategy for exploiting down stocks -- a strategy that has made him the nation's second-richest person. Designed to teach investors how to decipher and use financial information the way Buffett himself does, this audiobook guides investors through opportunity-rich bear markets, walking them step-by-step through the equations and formulas Buffett uses to determine what to buy, what to sell -- and when. Authors Mary Buffett and David Clark explore Buffett's recent investments in detail, proving time and again that his strategy has earned enormous profits at a time no one expects them to -- and with almost zero risk to his capital.

The New Buffettology is an essential companion to the original Buffettology, a road map to investment success in the worst of times. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I loved the book and enjoyed the CD
This is great book on investing and I highly recommend it. The CD is great to listen to in the car and gets all the points across. I suggest that you also get the book. It's way better than the Graham books - which are very dated - they give you the tools to buy stocks selling at below book value - not a lot of those around any more. Besides Buffett got over Graham years ago.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Joke
This book tries to reverse-engineer Warren Buffett's investment strategy and does a horrible job of it. Like all of Mary Buffett's books, this is long on hype and short on credibility.

For about the same price, you can buy the Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, a book that Warren Buffett personally recommends reading. ... Read more


8. The Money Club:How We Taught Ourselves the Secret to a Secure Financial Future, and How You Can, Too
by Diane Terman Felenstein, Dale Burg, Marilyn Crockett
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Sound Ideas
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How much do you really know about managing your money? Do you know what steps you should taketo protect yourself before you say "I do"? Is it possibleyour husband has forgotten to remove his ex-wife's name as the beneficiary of his life insurance? (Don't smirk, it happens all the time.) Can you talk to your accountant as comfortably as you hairdresser? If you had a medical catastrophe or lost your job, would you have enough money to tide you over?

Most women do not have good answers to these questions, and neither did Diane Terman Felenstein and her friends. Though smart and accomplished in many arenas, every one of them -- like women everywhere -- had fears about dealing with money. They were reluctant to talk candidly about financial issues with their husbands, intimidated by their advisors, and afraid to tackle their finances alone -- as 90 percent of women eventually must do. The bottom line became increasingly clear: Ifyou want a safe and secure future, you have to learn how tomanage your money today. With this in mind, Felenstein set out to form an investment club and asked Marilyn Crockett, a highly successful financial consultant, to be its chief expert. Their book, The Money Club, is the result of their experience -- and is the only complete financial guide written by women for women that explains the secrets of managing money, whether you have $5,000 in assets or $50,000. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, for men and women
This is an excellent book. Sure, every woman should read it, but it is a great fundamental financial planning resource for men, too. If you are looking for a way to get started, start here. You will learn the basics of investments, insurance, estate planning, etc. And the book gradually progresses to more complex concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT HAND BOOK FOR EVERY WOMAN FROM PARK AVE TO PEORIA
EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO READ ANDEXPERIENCE WHAT EVEN THE MOST SOPHISTICATED WOMEN IGNORED...THEIR FINANCIAL HEALTH. 9 OUT OF 10 WOMEN WILL AT ONE TIME BE ALONE IN THEIR LIVES...6 OF 8 WOMEN WHOSE HUSBAND DIES NOW WILL SUFFER SEVERE FINANCIAL DISTRESS...THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL...IT HAPPENED TO ME---AND THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH HORROR STORIES OF WHAT OTHER WOMEN JUST LIKE YOU HAVE IGNORED FOR SO LONG. I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY IT ... Read more


9. Rich Dad's Guide to Investing : What the Rich Invest in, that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (Rich Dad's (Audio))
by Sharon L. Lechter
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Asin: 1586210378
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Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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"The rich get richer.The poor get poorer.

We've all heard that complaint many times before.But finally, that long-standing monetary tradition has been shattered, as Kiyosaki explains how even the smallest investor can start benefiting from the investing patterns of the richest folks.

Robert Kiyosaki knows all this first hand.There was a time in the 1980's when he and his wife, Kim, were so cash poor that they were forced to sleep in their car.Today, however, the Kiyosakis are multi-millionaires, and are considered highly sophisticated investors.

Based upon the four tenets of RICH DAD, POOR DAD (are you an employee, self-employed, business owner, or an investor?) the INVESTING GUIDE explains the nuts-and-bolts approach to understanding the real earning power of money, and how you can start cashing today.Along the way, Kiyosaki explains how he's invested his monies as his own wealth has grown over the years." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for those who want to be Financially Independent
This book continues from where Kiyosaki left off in Cashflow Quadrant, his 2nd book in the trilogy (now complete with Rich Dad's Guide to Investing).

In his 1st book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki addressed the differences in mindsets between the Rich and the Poor. Then, in his 2nd book Cashflow Quadrant, he spoke on the 4 quadrants from which one can generate income. To be wealthy, Kiyosaki recommended that we learn to generate our incomes from the "B" (Business-owner) and "I" (Investor) quadrant as opposed to the "E" (Employee) and "S" (Self-employed) quadrant.

In his 3rd book Rich Dad's Guide to Investing, Kiyosaki tells how he got started in his investment journey, starting with nothing, and in fact at one stage, with a negative net worth. Most of us, having read his first 2 books, would have wondered if we could have embarked on our journey to become financially independent without much resource at hand. In this book, Kiyosaki shows how anyone can get started and how it does not take money to make money. He teaches how time is more important than money; how investing in one's self and getting an education and experience precedes excessive cash; how having a plan is more important than being in a hurry to make money.

This is not a book for those who want hot tips and quick fixes. This is a book on mindsets. Kiyosaki plants ideas and provides a road-map. The reader must take the first step and learn to navigate his/her own journey.

What I like about this book, is Kiyosaki's concept of being an Ultimate Investor, a "selling-investor". The Ultimate Investor creates deals and businesses that the public hunger for and are willing to pay a premium to acquire a share of. With the internet, it has never been easier to create businesses and deals which one can take public.

As in all his other books, Kiyosaki's book is worth reading again and again. I would also recommend that one reads Robert Allen's Multiple Streams of Income in conjunction with Kiyosaki's Rich Dad's Guide to Investing.

5-0 out of 5 stars RDGTI is the Ultimate Investors Guide
This book is about the 90/10 investor difference. As Kiwosaki explains [quoting Rich Dad] "If you want to be rich, just find out what everyone else is doing and do the exact opposite"RDGTI explains the differences between the 10% of investors who make 90% of the money and the 90% who make only 10% of the money.It's not what they invest in, but how they think.The RDGTI goes against standard, accepted dogma. To me, the greatest revelation was when I realized that by changing my thoughts, as espoused by Rich Dad AND told to Kiwosaki, I could [and did] change my investment results.The average investors philosphy is to not take risks and buy and hold [actually buy and pray--average down]I like the fact that this book is written in an easy to read format. The story telling and metaphors help drive the ideas home. The mental attitude quizzes clears the cobwebs from your head and gets you thinking like an entrepeneur, champion investor. While some of the information is repeated from the RDPD and CFQ--so what? Ever taken a class? Don't teachers review previous material before moving on to newer studies? This book builds on the prior books Kiwosaki and Lechter will tell you some things that you don't want to hear and blow holes wide open on typical misconceptions.So where do you want to be, in the 90% who go nowhere or the 10% who succeed. I have chosen to be inthe 10%. Care to join me? Start by reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerfully impacted my investment results
Prior to reading (...and applyiny) the advice in Rich Dad's Guide to Investing I was like a gerbel in a cage going nowhere with my investing. I was loosing money, not making money and my broker wasn't making me feel any better by reminding me that all of his clients were loosing money, everybody is loosing money, the market is down and so on.

I recalled a saying by Will Rogers:

"I am not so worried about the return on my investment as I am on the return of my investment."

Listening to brokers was causing me to loose money.

Rich Dad's Guide to Investing gives you all the keys you need to get to where you want to go. It's not theory, it's how the rich invest. It is how the rich become rich.

I also recommend Rich Dad's Prophecy which since it has been written has been 100% accurate. That is a pretty good batting average. I'd count on the rest to be accurate as well.

If you are serious about making money investing, read and apply Rich Dad's Guide to Investing and Rich Dad's Prophecy my two favorite Rich Dad books after of course Rich Dad Poor Dad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great advice that really works
If you were one of those 80 million Americans who lost over a trillion dollars following your stock brokers or convential advice, then you will love this book.

While no one has a time machine, we can't correct the past, we can certaintly plan for the future and this great book by Robert Kiyosaki will show you how to do just that---plan for your future and actually make some money investing...and in more than just the stock market too.

CAUTION: Brokers won't like this book and in fact will hope you never read this book, but then, you know why they are called brokers don't you? It's because they are usually broker than you are! The massive downsizing of brokers by so many brokerage firms shows just how valuable these guys really are.

By the way, I also recommend Rich Dad's Prophecy.

5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER BASED ON AUTHOR'S WISDOM
I am a fan of Robert Kiyosaki. On the book shelf next to me is his CD and workbook course titled "Choose To Be Rich" (produced by Time Life) bought at a live lecture in 2002 in Fresno, California where he took the time to autograph the course for me after he spoke even though he was trying to get away to get to the airport. So I have made it a point to read all the books he has written as he has walked his talk. In addition to this book, I would recommend that readers have on their bookself to read and constantly refer to "Making Dollars With Pennies: How The Small Investor Can Beat the Wizards On Wall Street," by R. Max Bowser. This book is also by an author who after many years created a system that enables investors to become wealthly over time. It is available used and new on Amazon.com. ... Read more


10. Rich Dad's Retire Young, Retire Rich : How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever!
by Sharon L. Lechter
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Asin: 1586212559
Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
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Sales Rank: 188063
Average Customer Review: 3.24 out of 5 stars
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It's the American Dream--to be able to make so much money at an early age that you could decide when to retire, knowing that you have enough money stashed away to ensure a life not burdened by financial restraints.Here, in the fifth book in the phenomenal Rich Dad series, financial guru Robert Kiyosaki provides practical insight on how to put together a financial plan which will not only make you prosperous but will also allow you to map out the freedom to choose your own retirement age. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A "MUST READ" if you want to be wealthy.
Robert doesn't give you any "get rich quick" schemes, this is a straight forward, easy to read book about changing your mind set in order to obtain wealth. You cannot become a wealthy person without thinking like a wealthy person first. This book is very similar to "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" because it makes you question your core beliefs about money and how to obtain it and how to stop having a "loser" or "chicken little" mentatlity. A lot of books out there give you the details of what to do but do not discuss the personal psychology behind wealth-buiding. I was introduced to Robert's books almost 3 years ago by my father at the beginning of my college career and have taken all the steps necessary to ensure the fact that when I graduate in may of 2003, I will not have to type up any resumes, go to any job fairs, or interview for a future career with XYZ corp. of America because I started a business, heavily invest in real estate with my business partners, and continue to learn about wealth buidling tactics. If I can do this before I graduate from college, anyone can, you just have to change your mindset from a person who works for money to a person who lets money work for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very relieving
What a relief it is to realize that I will never have to depend on social (in) security, a company pension, a 401 (k) (just glorified savings accounts or that whopping .50% return in a bank savings account or 1%-2% on cd's to retire on.

I feel sad when I see people who were planning on a great retirement and believing in some or all of the above, having to go back to work when reality set in.

Kiyosaki offers a better way. His Rich Dad taught him a better way and now Kiyosaki so kindly and humbly offers the advice to the rest of us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes you can get rich quicker today
I have to agree with the review that precedes mine indicating that it is not possible to get rich easier than ever before. The speed at which people like Michael Dell and Steve Chase have become billionaires is incredible. But keep in mind that these two gentlemen made their fortunes over a decade ago...it's even easier today.

What I like about book like Retire Young Retire Rich is that it blows past self induced limitations about wealth or even the ability to retire. If you follow conventional methods, you'll be lucky to retire at all.

Retire Young Retire Rich is must reading for anyone who wants to create wealth early and quick enough to enjoy it. Some parts are similiar to his other books and other parts are completely new.

Interesting how many unhelpful votes that CPA who wrote a very nice review here is getting (presumably from 1 star reviewers) Isn't it funny how some people have nothing better to do with their but attack successful people like Robert Kiyosaki who so kindly and humbly want to help the rest of us, discredit the guy and when someone of note comes along, they blitz that person with so many unhelpful votes? If you ask me, I think their actions are driving more people towards Kiyosaki, not away. Book sales are increasing not decreasing. And more and more people are becoming more successful than ever before.

This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to get rich quicker in todays world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can you get rich quickly?
This installment in the Rich Dad series Retire Young Retire Rich is also subtitled How To Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever.

Kiyosaki tells us that it took Rockefeller 16 years to become a billionaire in his time. And it took Bill Gates 10 years to reach the billion dollar status. However it took Mike Dell and Steve Case only 5 years to become billionaires. It's easier than ever.

In Retire Young Retire Rich, Kiyosaki pounds to death the concept of leverage. One chapter I found interesting was the leverage of generosity. Kiyosaki discusses how his Rich Dad taught him reciprocity and service. He states an age old law "Give and you shall recieve." Kiyosaki says thath is rich dad taught him that if you want to be rich, you must first be willing to serve as many people as possible.

Aaccording to Kiyosaki, Rich Dad believed inthe law of reciprocity and in the idea of being generous was the best way to becoming very, very rich.

Kiyosaki also talks about networks and network marketing. He goes on to discuss the power of networks and the importance of leverage ratios and goes on to say that you can b ecome exceptionally wealthy in a short period of time by doing so and at a fraction of the cost.

I noticed that Retire Young Retire Rich is recommended here by a Nationally recognized CPA. I am glad that people of quality appreciate Rich Dad's and Robert Kiyosaki's work.

I'm with a company that does business around the world and the most successful people I know are exercising the concepts espoused by Kiyosaki and are becoming very wealthy as a result.
So can you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably his best book
I read Rich Dad Poor Dad, CASHFLOW QUADRANT and RICH DAD's GUIDE TO INVESTING first and learned something new from each book. Retire Young Retire Rich is ideal for anyone who is sharp enough to realize the folly of betting on social (in) security, a company pension or a 401 (k) (should be called 101 (k) based on what they are worth after following your company's advice)

With the advice in Retire Young Retire Rich, we all can truly retire young and retire rich. ... Read more


11. Transforming Your Relationship With Money: The Nine-Step Program for Achieving Financial Integrity, Intelligence, and Independence
by Joseph Dominguez
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Asin: 1564558096
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
Sales Rank: 456107
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Are you making a living? Or as Joe DOminguez puts it, are you making a dying? This unlikely hero of the conscious living movement was born in Harlem and went on to a successful career on Wall Street, retiring at age 30. How he did it - and how anyone can do it - made his first book, Your Money or Your Life (Penguin, 1999), a publishing phenomenon - seven times on the New York Times how-to bestseller list, an Oprah! feature, articles in the Chicago Tribune, Utne Reader, San Francisco Chronicle, and dozens of others.

Joe Dominguez achieved financial independence not through a get-rich-quick scheme, but through a path of inquiry that led him to question the very nature of our relationship with money. Now the seminal work that led directly to this unique publishing success story is available for the first time to the mass market, with Transforming Your Relationship with Money.

Previously available only through direct mail, here is the complete audio seminar taught by Joe Dominguez himself that defines a new path to financial independence for our times. With 12 compelling lectures and a 120-page workbook, Dominguez brings listeners face to face with the misconceptions and habits that cause us to chase and endlessly spend money. He draws the equation between money and our most precious resource - our life energy - so that a powerful new definition of money emerges. In nine simple steps he teaches how to consciously track, evaluate, and direct the flow of money - without compromising our principles or most cherished dreams.

"The foolish person wants more money, and more of the things money can buy," Dominguez says. "The wise person wants enough money, and more of the things money can't buy: health, happiness, love, and peace of mind." Now the personal money management course that brings this wisdom to consciousness is open to everyone, with Transforming Your Relationship with Money. ... Read more


12. FINANCIAL SELF-DEFENSE
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Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful!
Where do I begin? I had a tiny, home-based business at the time, when I bought this book. I lived in a tiny house in a miserable Northern State that I will not mention. At that time, 10 years ago,I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing when it came to my money. I needed serious help! 10 years ago, I bought this book. This book, along with Charles Givens other books, "Wealth without risk" and "MORE Wealth Without Risk" have been my financial bibles for the past 10 years. Along with my own hard work and determination, my business has grown substantially and these books have seriously played a role as a building block for what I now have today. A beautiful home and a pool in sunny, tropical FL. My dream life and dream home. I cannot believe this book is out of print! I still refer to this book today. A few of the topics are outdated for 2000 but the overall message is unavoidable and timeless! "Financial Self Defense...Financial freedom" is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. It simply covers the financial basics in simple English and is well written. I am guilty of a short attention span and the chapters of "Financial Freedom", "Wealth Without Risk" and "More Wealth Without Risk" are short and to-the-point. Everything from uncrupulous car dealer and life insurance schemes to advice on taking business deductions. I have learned from this book! Scads of simple, down-to-earth answers to common questions you were afraid to admit that you did not know. Alternately, in my opinion, Givens lost his steam with "Super Self". I bought it and was wholley disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Win the Fight for Financial Freedom
There is a war going on out there and everyone has their hands in your pockets.

Fincancial Success is WAR and in Financial Self DeFense, the late, great Charles J. Givens offers defensive and offensive stratgies on how to win the war for financial freedom.

For me, by using just some of the insurance strategies was able to save over $... a year on life insurance. I took our family on a wonderful trip to Disney World on a satisfying tax deductible vacation, using just some of the tax strategies.

By using the 10% solution strategy, there is no limit to what we will save by retirement, which will be a lot sooner than what we had initially though, thanks to Givens.

We started and have revised (upwards) our dreams list and know that we can achieve them with the confidence that the Givens strategies has given us.

Also recommend More Wealth without Risk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this along with More Wealth Without Risk
This great book by the late, great Charles Givens along with More Wealth Without Risk is all the protecion you need to save yourself from dangerous advice disseminated from brokers, insurance salesmen, car dealers, financial advisors or planners.

Financial Self Defense is actually even more hard hitting that More Wealth Without Risk. One area that I saved was in buying cars. Following the advice in this book, I bought my dream car, sold my old car myself and pocketed nearly $10,000 in savings compared to what I would have spent had I followed conventional wisdom.

Great book Mr. "G". Rest in peace and thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great companion to More Wealth Without Risk
If you have already read More Wealth Without Risk, you probably think you have all of Mr. Givens best strategies. Not so. Financial Self Defense is even better and offers more strategies to reach your financial dreams.

In Financial Self Defense, Givens goes right after banks, brokers, auto salesmen and even the IRS, exposing the schemes and scams perpetrated by these people.

My son was going to buy a car. I loaned him Financial Self Defense and he saved over $6,000 with the advice. A $14 book saved $6,000. Now that's not bad!

Most of us are wasting an easy $1,000 per month in financial mistakes. Givens shows you how to plug up the dike and use that money to invest or improve your lifestyle.

More Wealth Without Risk is excellent and Financial Self Defense is in many ways even better. Read both and prosper.

5-0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot about taxes and I was already tax savvy
I had been for many years an aggressive tax preparer and felt that I know just about everything there was to know about taxes. Givens books Financial Self Defense and More Wealth Without Risk taught me many strategies that I wasn't aware of.

Also recommend SuperSelf, a super personal development book by Givens and Money Mastery another great book on reducing taxes...legally. ... Read more


13. Don't Die Broke: How to Turn Your Retirement Savings into Lasting Income, Set
by Malaspina Margaret A.
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Asin: 0786117141
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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14. The Money Club:How We Taught Ourselves the Secret to a Secure Financial Future, and How You Can, Too
by Diane Terman Felenstein, Dale Burg, Marilyn Crockett
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Asin: 0671574930
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Sound Ideas
Sales Rank: 827242
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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How much do you really know about managing your money? Do you know what steps you should taketo protect yourself before you say "I do"? Is it possibleyour husband has forgotten to remove his ex-wife's name as the beneficiary of his life insurance? (Don't smirk, it happens all the time.) Can you talk to your accountant as comfortably as you hairdresser? If you had a medical catastrophe or lost your job, would you have enough money to tide you over?

Most women do not have good answers to these questions, and neither did Diane Terman Felenstein and her friends. Though smart and accomplished in many arenas, every one of them -- like women everywhere -- had fears about dealing with money. They were reluctant to talk candidly about financial issues with their husbands, intimidated by their advisors, and afraid to tackle their finances alone -- as 90 percent of women eventually must do. The bottom line became increasingly clear: Ifyou want a safe and secure future, you have to learn how tomanage your money today. With this in mind, Felenstein set out to form an investment club and asked Marilyn Crockett, a highly successful financial consultant, to be its chief expert. Their book, The Money Club, is the result of their experience -- and is the only complete financial guide written by women for women that explains the secrets of managing money, whether you have $5,000 in assets or $50,000. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, for men and women
This is an excellent book. Sure, every woman should read it, but it is a great fundamental financial planning resource for men, too. If you are looking for a way to get started, start here. You will learn the basics of investments, insurance, estate planning, etc. And the book gradually progresses to more complex concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT HAND BOOK FOR EVERY WOMAN FROM PARK AVE TO PEORIA
EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO READ ANDEXPERIENCE WHAT EVEN THE MOST SOPHISTICATED WOMEN IGNORED...THEIR FINANCIAL HEALTH. 9 OUT OF 10 WOMEN WILL AT ONE TIME BE ALONE IN THEIR LIVES...6 OF 8 WOMEN WHOSE HUSBAND DIES NOW WILL SUFFER SEVERE FINANCIAL DISTRESS...THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL...IT HAPPENED TO ME---AND THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH HORROR STORIES OF WHAT OTHER WOMEN JUST LIKE YOU HAVE IGNORED FOR SO LONG. I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY IT ... Read more


15. The Truth About Money (Cassette)
by Ric Edelman
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Asin: 0694519146
Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Sales Rank: 447971
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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"The advice is sound, insightful, and can be used by young people just getting started, advanced investors, and everyone in between." -- Jack Kemp

As incomes shrink and the cost of living continues to rise, more and more people are searching frantically for ways to build a stable financial future. But in the crowded and volatile world of today1s financial marketplace, the sheer number of available investment options has even sophisticated investors scratching their heads.

On this audio, taken from his best-selling book, The Truth About Money, long-time financial planner and Wall Street guru Ric Edelman has created an accessible and practical approach to money management that cuts through all of the confusion and delivers an unbiased and lucid guide to selecting the right investment strategy.

Here Edelman focuses on such key topics as estate planning, tailoring investment strategies to suit income and needs, and choosing a financial advisor. He takes the guesswork out of financial planning and provides the novice and the experienced investor alike with the tips, tools, and insights they need to make their hard-earned money work for them.

Edelman's latest audiobook The New Rules of Money is also available from HarperAudio. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book has no real competition
While there sure are a lot of books on personal finance, there are none as comphrehensive as Ric Edelman's great work The Truth About Money 3rd edition. And there are not that are as current. Most of the books that are on the bookstands have been around for awhile and say pretty much the same thing.

Ric is different. He is controversial. But his advice really works. Ric is not some magazine writer without a financial background who has never helped anybody and decides to write a book. As another reviewer has indicated, Ric is very qualified to speak on personal finance.

Other books that are useful include The Automatic Millionaire and although they have been around for awhile, The Millionaire Next Door and More Wealth Without Risk still offer powerful advice that you won't find anywhere else.

The Truth About Money is an outstanding book that must be read by anyone whow ants to learn the truth about money. The facts, not just opinions. Advice that is tried and true, not tired and through as with some financial authors.

And as already mentioned, this book has been updated and is current. Not just a new cover on an old book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Edelman's best book yet. Outstanding!
The Truth About Money 3rd edition is more than just a updated version of the very best financial book ever written. It's almost like a totally new book.

Some many other authors out there just revise a few things and more or less put a new cover on an old book. Not Ric. This book is completely redone.

The Truth About Money is an easy read. It is informational, entertaining and enlightening. And it stands alone as a single source of financial information.

Want to know how to buy your first home, your next home and save on taxes when you sell. It's in here.

Want to get the facts on estate planning and long term care; learn how to protect yourself and your family? It's in here.

Want to learn the ABC's of investing; from annuities to zero coupon bonds, mutual funds to writing covered calls, go from owing money to owning money. Get out of debt and stay out of debt? It's in here.

And how about retirement. Do you want to learn the right steps that you need to take to reach the American Dream? Then read Ric Edelman's new book.

I considered myself pretty savvy on investing untill I took the 130 question money quizzes that Ric provides. I was surprised to find out how much I didn't know.

The Truth About Money is divided into 18 sections, 86 chapters and 625 pages. With all of that, you would think that this book would be a difficult read. Wrong. It is a delightful read. Ric is not only the most knowledgeable of financial authors, he is also one of the best writers in that he can take the most difficult subjects and make it fun and easy. No wonder his books have sold so well!

Ric is uniquely qualified to write on the subject of personal finance. Aside from earning the designations of CFS, RFC, CMFC, and QFP he was named by Research magazine as the #1 financial advisor in the nation for his focus on the individual client in 2003.

His firm Edelman Financial Services, Inc. has won more than 50 professional, business, community service and philanthropic awards and has been ranked twice by Bloomberg Wealth Manager as one of the largest independent financial planning and investment firms in the nation. The firm has created and implemented financial plans for more than 6,500 clients, and today Ric and his team manage $2 Billion for investors across the country.

If you want to buy just one book on personal finance, The Truth About Money should be that book. It is excellent. Everything you need to know about personal finance is in here.

5 stars is not enough. Amazon, you need to go back to 10 stars for this outstanding work by Edleman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh your way to Financial Independence
Whoever says money can't buy you happiness doesn't know where to shop. ~Gittel Hudnick

Ric Edelman is a top financial advisor who focuses on issues facing us all. This book began as a course he was teaching at Georgetown University. His work was first published in 1996. Since then, his firm, Edelman Financial Services Inc., has created and implemented financial plans for over 6,500 clients. This review is for the 3rd Edition.

Are you buying your first home, just starting to invest, sending the kids to college, considering retirement or making decisions about long-term care? There is a section for every major issue and tons of great tips and advice. I also love the comic strips throughout the book. Who knew you could laugh your way through a finance book?

The Truth about Money is divided into 14 main sections:

The Rules of Money Have Changed. Again.
Introduction to Financial Planning
Understanding the Capital Markets
Fixed Income Investments
Equities
Packaged Products
The Best Investment Strategies
The Best Financial Strategies
The Best Strategies for Buying, Selling and Owning Homes
Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
Retirement Planning
Insurance
Estate Planning
How to Choose a Financial Adviser

Ric often gets frank about life choices and I enjoyed reading his comments about how we make choices that lead us to our present lifestyle. The information on "Where American's Spend their Money" is enlightening. Housing is at 32%. In the past few years I was able to decrease our housing costs in order to increase funds in other areas and page 307 makes perfect sense to me. I've also watched friends struggle with this issue because they want to keep their lifestyle at such a high level, their income won't cover the luxury of living by themselves. Issues like Liquidating your assets, closing bank accounts, paying off high interest credit cards and borrowing money at a lower interest rate than your credit card interest makes complete sense. Cutting up all but one credit card also works wonders.

While reading the information about credit cards on page 309 I was laughing out loud. Ric is a real comedian. Hey, wait, but he is actually getting my attention in the perfect way. There are also quotes from famous people all through the book and here is a good example:

"If you can see yourself in possession of your goal, it's half yours." ~Tom Hopkins

I loved the: "How to Use This Book" section. There is a list of "If You Are" situations and "Then Read" these page numbers. You can choose from: In Debt, Single, Married, Retired, Female, Young, Old, Parent, The Child of Aging Parents.

Features within the chapters include:

The 11 Reasons You Need to Plan
Building Cash Reserves
Event Risk
Three Ways to Buy Stocks
Understanding Volatility
The Computer vs. The Money Manager
How to Get Out of Debt
Should You Buy or Lease Your Next Car?
How to Protect Your Identity
The American Dream
IRA Accounts
Your Will
Ten Taboos Between You and Your Planner
Four Tips for Working Successfully with a Real Estate Agent
How to Make Money by Giving it Away

If you only have time to read one book about money, "The Truth About Money" should be the book! You could really laugh your way to financial security if you take this advice seriously. This has to be the most enjoyable book about money I've ever read. Everyone in America should read this book in their 20s so they can make wise financial decisions throughout their entire life.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Motivating, and Understandable
Big book that I finished in less than a week. Great advice, gives you pointers on what to be wary of, and what has time proven strategy.

Easy, actually more like FUN to read. And motiviating. This is the best point. If you aren't motivated to act, it wont help you anyhow. The examples and descriptions make the goal of commanding personal finances and "owning your money" realistic. It does this by making you understand the processes.

Thats all I can say on this book, read the other reviews, they cover the rest.

One more thing though:

Why would you take advice from a canadian about a book written about the American financial institution?

5-0 out of 5 stars Edelman raises the bar on personal finance
The Truth About Money is the most complete and up to date financial book on the bookstands right now. And Edelman is an authority on money.

First of all, The Truth About Money is 645 pages packed with powerful financial information. It is split into 13 sections and 89 chapters. This is very complete.

Everything you need to know about money is in here. From sending your kids to college, to investing, to insurance, to buying a home to retirement.

Edelman spends a considerable amount of time discussing the greatest discovery of the 20th century--compound interest. Simple but I am continually surprised at the number of people who do not understand or even have heard of the rule of 72. After reading Edelman, you will understand it and pursue your investing with new vigor.

Ric also has a full chapter on how to prepare for economic collapse and another chapter on social security. Edelman recommends that regarding social security, that "you take and money and run" meaning that you are better off to retire and take benefits at age 62 than wait untill later. Considering the current sad state of the social security system, I couldn't agree more. Another way to put it is take the money now because it may not be there later.

At 645 pages, The Truth About Money may appear challenging but in reality is a eay and fun read. This not Jane Bryant Quinn. Ric Edelman is both a financial expert and a interesting writer. I got through the book in a few days. It was hard to put it down.

Since the book was written in November 2003, The Truth About Money is also the most up to date financial book out there. Forget those books that were written by magazine writers in 1997 and were out of date even before they were released.

Also, this book is obviously updated from Ric's first 2 editions. If you have either of those books, this one is bigger and better. Ric Edelman is not one of those authors who puts 2 pages of new information in a older book and calls it "new". This edition has been completely revised. It is like a new book.

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16. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth
by Ric Edelman
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"One of the most successful financial advisors in the country" --Dow Jones Investment Advisor

How have a secretary, a firefighter, a retired naval officer, a housewife, a construction worker, and a pharmacist become wealthy?  They, along with five thousand of your neighbors, have discovered the same secrets to attaining wealth.  Their years of hard-won financial success -- the result of a lifetime of trial and error -- can now be yours.

All you have to do is buy this audio.  Consider it your first wise investment.

Looking at the habits of thousands of financially successful people, bestselling author Ric Edelman has found that they share eight fundamental strategies for attaining wealth.  These include: Don't measure your success by the S&P 500; Rarely move from one investment to another; Don't diversify the money you put into your employer retirement plans. 

You can adopt these same strategies yourself, and Edelman shows you how.

By combining his years of experience as a financial advisor with the experiences of these ordinary investors, Ric Edelman provides you with the tools to help turn the wisdom of these real-life stories into practical steps that can help you create wealth.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
First off I'd like to say that the information in this book,8 so called secrets,is valuable. Mr. Edelman explains it in an easy to understand way. The reason I say not to waste your money is this. Each secret has a chapter with an average length of 11.5 pages. So basically the good information is in about 90 some pages. The rest of the book is filled with the authors' clients telling you how they do the things that the book says. In my opinion this should be a 100 page book at the most. It took me 2 hours to get all the valuable information out of this book(it is good information). I think the author expanded most of his energy trying to sell you his other books by the numerous footnotes telling you to by his other books. He was trying to be humorous most of the time with the footnotes but it became annoying.

My recommendation is..The library

5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to The Millionaire Next Door
I've noticed that several people are comparing this book to The Millionaire Next Door and making it as a either/or deal.I ve read The Millionare Next Door as well as this book and I believe they compliment each other, even though they also contradict each other. Who says that anyone has a corner on truth or that there is only one way to become financially successful? The Millionaire Next Door beats the frugality concept to death and shows how ordinary people can become successful via frugal living.Ordinary People/Extraordinary Wealth also shows how ordinary people achieve extraordinary wealth only with a slightly different method.Edelman, and his successful clients, recommend not paying off your mortgage early (I did but took out a home equity line of credit later) I didn't initially agee with Edelaman on this, but I do now.A paid off mortgage may make you feel good but it ds you no good. It's like money in a shoebox generating nothing.Some people also compared Edelmans book with the poular Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, another great book. Kiyosaki emphasizes that a house is not an asset and that money is better used to invest in real assets as opposed to paying off a non asset---mortgage. In this regard, Edelman and Kiyosaki are very similiar.To me it makes more sense to invest in assets like rental properties and equities than to pay off your mortgage to be debt free (you are also cash flow free). Although I wouldn't have said that 10 years ago--live and learn!All three books: The Millionaire Next Door, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Ordinary People Exxtraordinary income make great, highly instructional and profitable reading.These books deliver only if you follow through on the advice given.If you are new to Edelman, I highly recommend that you read The Truth About Money first, then move on to Ordinary People Extraordinary Wealth.

2-0 out of 5 stars No Epiphanies or Elixirs Here
The reason I give this book two stars is that it emphasizes the potential rewards of risk without emphasizing a responsible, balanced approach. Other publications, such as the bestseller, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and excerpts from The Millionaire Next Door communicated more clearly that what separates the financially independent individuals from those who are trapped in the paycheck-to-paycheck rat race world is that the former are made up of compulsive savers and investors while the latter are made up of compulsive spenders who entrap themselves by spending increases that correlate with pay raises.

Author Robert Kiyosaki at least hit the nail on the head when he said that the road to financial success is to increase your ability to build interest income, a goal well highlighted in Dominguez and Robin's Your Money or Your Life, by building assets and reducing liabilities. In fact, his terms made investing in the stock market appear a whole lot more attractive an option than what this book, with its bits and pieces of anecdotal evidence, could ever begin to express.

Sorry, still 2 stars. The way that the chapters were laid out did not strike me as being overtures of a road to victory for every person. Why? Because, unlike other reliable sources, such as Kiyosaki's works, it does not go deeply enough into the process of thinking about what defines financial intelligence and what the financially intelligent thing to do would be for a given situation.

With the quick jump to placing a seemingly blind faith in investing the stock market and with the few stories of how several became "successful" with his strategies (and they may be financially sound), this book resonated the pitches of a snake oil salesman.

Ric Edelman is, perhaps, an intelligent man, but don't confuse this "Yadda, Yadda, Yadda" with "Yabba Dabba Doo"!

4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for any young investor
This book provides a good survey of where to start thinking about your investment possibilities, and offers some good advice on what to do and what not to do. The most valuable part of the book is the personal experiences shared by the financially successful individuals at the end of each chapter. I agree with another reviewer that this booked was basically a sales brochure, however, it offers some good advice. Recommended if you have no clue what you're doing but know you have to do something ASAP.

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 secrets on how 5,000 people achieved financial success/
The fact is that the 8 secrets revealed in this book have already worked for over 5,000 people. That is a pretty impressive record.

Some of the tips you will learn include:

How to turn your mortgage into a wealth-enhancing tool

Why small investments work better than big ones

How to max oout your employer sponsored retirement plan

Your investments: when to hold them and when to fold them

Financial news: when to pay attention and when to turn it off

And a whole lot more.

This book was written prior to the Clinton Stock Market Crash that occurred in 2000 but as a reader of Ric Edelman, I am happy to say that after following Edelmans's advice, I was a victor not a victim. I listen to Ric, not self serving brokers or out of touch magazine authors who think they are qualified to write on personal finance. ... Read more


17. Rich Dad's Guide to Investing : What the Rich Invest in, that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (Rich Dad's (Audio))
by Sharon L. Lechter
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"The rich get richer.The poor get poorer.

We've all heard that complaint many times before.But finally, that long-standing monetary tradition has been shattered, as Kiyosaki explains how even the smallest investor can start benefiting from the investing patterns of the richest folks.

Robert Kiyosaki knows all this first hand.There was a time in the 1980's when he and his wife, Kim, were so cash poor that they were forced to sleep in their car.Today, however, the Kiyosakis are multi-millionaires, and are considered highly sophisticated investors.

Based upon the four tenets of RICH DAD, POOR DAD (are you an employee, self-employed, business owner, or an investor?) the INVESTING GUIDE explains the nuts-and-bolts approach to understanding the real earning power of money, and how you can start cashing today.Along the way, Kiyosaki explains how he's invested his monies as his own wealth has grown over the years." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for those who want to be Financially Independent
This book continues from where Kiyosaki left off in Cashflow Quadrant, his 2nd book in the trilogy (now complete with Rich Dad's Guide to Investing).

In his 1st book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki addressed the differences in mindsets between the Rich and the Poor. Then, in his 2nd book Cashflow Quadrant, he spoke on the 4 quadrants from which one can generate income. To be wealthy, Kiyosaki recommended that we learn to generate our incomes from the "B" (Business-owner) and "I" (Investor) quadrant as opposed to the "E" (Employee) and "S" (Self-employed) quadrant.

In his 3rd book Rich Dad's Guide to Investing, Kiyosaki tells how he got started in his investment journey, starting with nothing, and in fact at one stage, with a negative net worth. Most of us, having read his first 2 books, would have wondered if we could have embarked on our journey to become financially independent without much resource at hand. In this book, Kiyosaki shows how anyone can get started and how it does not take money to make money. He teaches how time is more important than money; how investing in one's self and getting an education and experience precedes excessive cash; how having a plan is more important than being in a hurry to make money.

This is not a book for those who want hot tips and quick fixes. This is a book on mindsets. Kiyosaki plants ideas and provides a road-map. The reader must take the first step and learn to navigate his/her own journey.

What I like about this book, is Kiyosaki's concept of being an Ultimate Investor, a "selling-investor". The Ultimate Investor creates deals and businesses that the public hunger for and are willing to pay a premium to acquire a share of. With the internet, it has never been easier to create businesses and deals which one can take public.

As in all his other books, Kiyosaki's book is worth reading again and again. I would also recommend that one reads Robert Allen's Multiple Streams of Income in conjunction with Kiyosaki's Rich Dad's Guide to Investing.

5-0 out of 5 stars RDGTI is the Ultimate Investors Guide
This book is about the 90/10 investor difference. As Kiwosaki explains [quoting Rich Dad] "If you want to be rich, just find out what everyone else is doing and do the exact opposite"RDGTI explains the differences between the 10% of investors who make 90% of the money and the 90% who make only 10% of the money.It's not what they invest in, but how they think.The RDGTI goes against standard, accepted dogma. To me, the greatest revelation was when I realized that by changing my thoughts, as espoused by Rich Dad AND told to Kiwosaki, I could [and did] change my investment results.The average investors philosphy is to not take risks and buy and hold [actually buy and pray--average down]I like the fact that this book is written in an easy to read format. The story telling and metaphors help drive the ideas home. The mental attitude quizzes clears the cobwebs from your head and gets you thinking like an entrepeneur, champion investor. While some of the information is repeated from the RDPD and CFQ--so what? Ever taken a class? Don't teachers review previous material before moving on to newer studies? This book builds on the prior books Kiwosaki and Lechter will tell you some things that you don't want to hear and blow holes wide open on typical misconceptions.So where do you want to be, in the 90% who go nowhere or the 10% who succeed. I have chosen to be inthe 10%. Care to join me? Start by reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerfully impacted my investment results
Prior to reading (...and applyiny) the advice in Rich Dad's Guide to Investing I was like a gerbel in a cage going nowhere with my investing. I was loosing money, not making money and my broker wasn't making me feel any better by reminding me that all of his clients were loosing money, everybody is loosing money, the market is down and so on.

I recalled a saying by Will Rogers:

"I am not so worried about the return on my investment as I am on the return of my investment."

Listening to brokers was causing me to loose money.

Rich Dad's Guide to Investing gives you all the keys you need to get to where you want to go. It's not theory, it's how the rich invest. It is how the rich become rich.

I also recommend Rich Dad's Prophecy which since it has been written has been 100% accurate. That is a pretty good batting average. I'd count on the rest to be accurate as well.

If you are serious about making money investing, read and apply Rich Dad's Guide to Investing and Rich Dad's Prophecy my two favorite Rich Dad books after of course Rich Dad Poor Dad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great advice that really works
If you were one of those 80 million Americans who lost over a trillion dollars following your stock brokers or convential advice, then you will love this book.

While no one has a time machine, we can't correct the past, we can certaintly plan for the future and this great book by Robert Kiyosaki will show you how to do just that---plan for your future and actually make some money investing...and in more than just the stock market too.

CAUTION: Brokers won't like this book and in fact will hope you never read this book, but then, you know why they are called brokers don't you? It's because they are usually broker than you are! The massive downsizing of brokers by so many brokerage firms shows just how valuable these guys really are.

By the way, I also recommend Rich Dad's Prophecy.

5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER BASED ON AUTHOR'S WISDOM
I am a fan of Robert Kiyosaki. On the book shelf next to me is his CD and workbook course titled "Choose To Be Rich" (produced by Time Life) bought at a live lecture in 2002 in Fresno, California where he took the time to autograph the course for me after he spoke even though he was trying to get away to get to the airport. So I have made it a point to read all the books he has written as he has walked his talk. In addition to this book, I would recommend that readers have on their bookself to read and constantly refer to "Making Dollars With Pennies: How The Small Investor Can Beat the Wizards On Wall Street," by R. Max Bowser. This book is also by an author who after many years created a system that enables investors to become wealthly over time. It is available used and new on Amazon.com. ... Read more


18. The Little Money Bible
by Stuart Wilde
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
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Teaches you the art of being in the right place at the right time, with the right idea and the right attitude. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This refers to the audio cassette version. I really enjoyed this little book. I have read dozens of books on self help, manifesting, New Thought, sprirituality, quantum physics, etc (you know what I mean) but this one pulls everything together. It is simply-stated, enlightening, inspirational, and fun! Wilde reads it with enthusiasm and a charming accent. This is my first Wilde book but I plan to read or listen to all the others.

5-0 out of 5 stars I recommend this on audio
Treat yourself to listening to this during your commutes and I guarantee, your attitude toward money will increase in the positive and you WILL see an increase in cash flow!

5-0 out of 5 stars The scriptures of prosperity
In this valuable little book, Wilde reveals the psychological aspects of the money game, as well as the deeper metaphysical secrets of prosperity. Understanding the flow of money in our lives is one of the great spiritual lessons, as is a thorough understanding of the dynamics of love and interpersonal relationships. Many of the great teachers of mankind have taught that abundance is spiritual - that it is one's feelings and the power of one's thought that create wealth, and Wilde casts new light on these ideas in his witty and engaging style as he discusses the ten laws of abundance. He refers to the works of other great writers like John Randolph Price, Catherine Ponder, Ernest Holmes and Deepak Chopra and has some very interesting views of how manifestation takes place by the power of thought out of the quantum possibility into our three-dimensional reality. Ultimately, it's all about energy and how to cultivate a prosperity consciousness. Wilde is a brilliant writer and this work of his is no exception. As he says: "There's no reason why you can't be very rich and still be an extremely spiritual and wonderfully generous person." I highly recommend this excellent guide to bring those streams of plenty into your life. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want more Wilde wisdom on the Hurry-Up
You could seriously get away without having to read his larger book on money, The Trick To Having Money Is Having Some, and come away from reading this small one, supercharged with many, many improved ways of looking at money and the consciousness of wealth. (but I have to read all of his books, i love this guy's books). I feel a need to re-read this particular Wilde masterpiece to remind myself that:
1. .. the freedom I give myself by knowing that my Divine-ness is so beyond money or attachments IS the very freedom to just play with my creativity and make lots of money!
2. .. how ego interferes with money
3. .. of the point that the first reviewer mentioned: Give people what they want, and put your own LIGHT into it,
4. I can't be insecure
(Page 95: "if you are solid and contained and secure, it helps them feel more solid, so they transfer their cash more readily")

This has to be part of your "prosperity-consciousness" collection! (Even though this would be very helpful even without his "Trick To Having Money.." book, I wanted to add before leaving that I'd really recommend reading that one too. There's too much to miss there.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best money book ever!
The most helpful book I've ever read! Wilde's main point (which illuminated me like the proverbial lightbulb going off) is that the only way to earn money is to provide a service or product that OTHER PEOPLE need or want. It's not about what I need or want -- it's about what other people need or want! This is a revolutionary idea in a time when all we hear is "me, me, me" -- what will make ME happy? And the paradox is that by focusing on others' wants and needs, we make more money than we do when we're selfish and greedy. Wilde gives useful examples of people who imbue everything they do (whether providing a service or product) with love and respect for others. One shopkeeper overflows with love for his products and customers, and people flock to his store. Another shopkeeper is greedy and self-centered, and people avoid his store. One secretary loves the people she works for; another seethes with hatred. Which one will get a raise? Basically, the more you love, the more you earn. ... Read more


19. You're Fifty--Now What : Investing For the Second Half of Your Life
by CHARLES SCHWAB
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Think of sports: a football game, a round of golf, a tennis match. Or think of a play, or an opera. Now think of the halfway mark in that event -- the halftime, the intermission -- when everyone takes a breather and wonders the same thing: What's going to happen in the second half?

We have a similar point in our lives, often around our fiftieth birthday, when we begin to wonder about our second half. If you're at or approaching that age, you probably think about how much money you're going to need so you can have the kind of life you want. Charles Schwab, bestselling author of Charles Schwab's Guide to Financial Independence, offers you advice and support for getting there.

For more than twenty-five years, Charles Schwab has been passionate about demystifying investing. In a user-friendly style, You're Fifty --Now What? offers a mix of clear and workable advice about how to accumulate and grow your money. Through simple worksheets, understandable language, and a healthy dose of encouragement, you learn how to take control of your financial life. You'll find answers to your questions, including help with estate planning and charitable giving.

His message emphasizes that the goal is not just financial security, but also the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're prepared. He takes you step-by-step through a process that will enable you to see where you are financially today and where you want to get so that the second half of your life can be as fulfilling as you hope.

One hundred percent of the author's profits from this book will be donated to a charity that benefits seniors through The Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation.

Dear Reader,
We have a point in our lives when we find ourselves wondering about the second half. The age differs from person to person. For some it comes in their late forties, for others it's in their early fifties. When we reach that age, we feel different. We may sense a change coming and we want to pause and to think about what we've accomplished and what we still hope to do.
So what does this have to do with investing?

A lot. A sound investing strategy is what gives you the means and the courage to do what you want. The issues may seem daunting. But it can be done. It has to be done, because while getting older isn't a bad thing, being unprepared for it is. And by not understanding the financial part of your future, you sabotage yourself and you limit your choices.

Start today, maybe even right now. Take control of the second half of your life. Dream about it, wonder about it, think boldly about what you want. And take the first step, which is usually the hardest. Once you get started, the satisfaction you feel will keep you going. But don't delay in your preparations. The best is yet to come.

Charles R. Schwab
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good overview of planning issues - with limitations
It's good to see a book like this focused on the issues confronting retirees, and those approaching retirement. The book provides a very broad and general overview of the issues involved.

I applaud the author's advice to consider a 4% annual withdrawal rate from investments. In my experience, many financial advisors, influenced by the prolonged bull market, have suggested higher rates.

I caution against following every opinion in this book, however. Three broad suggestions by the author stood out as troublesome, in my view:

First, that "you're better off including individual stocks and stock utual funds in your retirement account (where taxes are deferred) and bonds in your regular account (which is currently taxable." (Page 184.) Adopting a contrary strategy, and minimizing taxes on the equity portion of your portfolio (held in a regular account), can in my view yield far superior results, from both a financial planning and estate planning perspective.

Second, the statement "If you have a Roth IRA, I sugest you withdraw from it first [to generate retirement income] since your withdrawals are not taxed." This statement completely ignores the tremendous long-term benefit of tax-free growth, and I completely disagree.

Third, the suggested asset allocation models are too simplistic -each individual's own asset allocation should be affected by many factors, only some of which are discussed in the book.

While a brief discussion is made of Modern Portfolio Theory and probability analysis (Monte Carlo), more insight into these areas could have been provided, given their utility.

The foregoing comments illustrate the limitations of any book seeking to address the very complicated tax, actuarial, financial planning, asset protection planning, and estate planning issues confronting the retiree today. Despite this, I recommend the book (with reservations) to both retirees, and those approaching retirement, who need to increase their knowledge of basic planning concepts. There is tremendous value in each person educating themselves on financial planning concepts. Just don't take this (or any) one book as gospel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome Resource!
Schwab's book provides solid and practical information for those of us who no longer can be called young no matter what the definition is. Unfortunately, helpful financial books that target Baby Boomers and older folks are in shamefully short supply! For readers who want another indepth look at the financial issues that face older investors, I'd suggest another excellent book-the Retirement Bible. Like Schwab's book, the Retirement Bible provides advise on recommended portfolio withdrawal levels and devotes an entire chapter to discussing in what order money should be withdrawn during retirement. Unlike Schwab, Lynn O'Shaughnessy, the author of the Retirement Bible, suggests that Roth IRA money should ideally be touched last. I definitely agree with her opinion and many financial experts do too. What I also like about the book is that she demystifies a lot of estate planning issues, which books written by attorneys hopelessly fail at. You can't go wrong getting either of these books.

4-0 out of 5 stars For Baby Boomers: Should be titled You're 60, Now What?
This is a book that everyone should have in their personal development library. Is it a great read or does it have cutting-edge insights? Probably, no. But wisdom is wisdom and doing what's right with your money is more a matter of principle than fancy strategy. If your strategy is too far removed from this book, then you're probably taking on far more risk than you should. I think that a lot more should have been written about wills and trusts for estate planning. That's an area that would have only taken another 10 pages, but would have completed the works and is something that everyone over 50 with bucks needs to know well.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read and a real eye opener.
I am in my mid fifties. I have a MA in economics on top of an engineering degree. I was never very interested in investing as an economics student when it was merely a academic subject. I focused on other parts of my study of Economics. Now that I am older and trying to determine if I am indeed able to retire now I am finding the subject of investments much more fascinating and "Your' Fifty...." Extremely informative and helpful in showing me how retire in some comfort and with some confidence that I can sustain that comfort in the face of taxation and inflation throughout the "second half".

I have read several other retirement investment books since this one and found that this one was the best of the lot. I highly recommend it to anyone who planning retirement savings plans or anyone wondering about retirement right now.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good resource for us aging boomers.
I've read many personal finance books and none of them was perfect. Every person's situation is different and what works for one person may not work for another. However, out of all of the books that I've read in this genre, this was one of the better ones.

The book is intended for someone that is in the later stages of their working life who expects to retire in the not too distant future. Although the title of the book implies that it was written for someone in their 50s, the book is really intended for anyone that is in the latter half of their working career. I am in my forties and felt that this book had a lot to offer. Schwab offers advice on how to invest in preparation for your retirement, and what to do with your investments after you retire. Although the book does not assume that everyone has built up a nice nest egg by the time that they're fifty, it acknowledges that those that haven't are going to have a some of catching-up to do.

Schwab does have an aggressive bias when it comes to investing. He recommends a portfolio that is heavily weighted in stocks even after you retire. This is contrary to the traditional weighting recommended by most other sources. His rationale for this approach is that retirement is much longer now than in the past. People are living longer. The returns that you get with a traditional conservative portfolio may not last your lifetime. He also feels that the income that you'll need after you retire is often understated by many financial planners. Although we live longer, the older we get the more unexpected expenses we may incur (medical, long-term care, etc). Although he acknowledges the risks with this approach, he points out that there are risks with the conservative approach also - that your savings will run out when you need it most.

In addition to investing, Schwab covers other topics such as types of insurance that will make your retirement years less risky for you and your family (life, health, disability, long-term care, etc).

Schwab includes a chapter on charitable giving and stresses how important it is for all of us to give back to their community. Like other texts, he summarizes some of the tax advantages of giving, but he truly seems to believe that those fortunate enough to have accumulated some wealth need to consider returning some of it to a cause that they believe in. I thought that this chapter was nice touch and a departure from the "show me the money" attitude that is the cornerstone of most personal finance books.

This book is not perfect and may not be for everyone, but if you are in the latter half of your working career, I think that you will enjoy and benefit from this book. ... Read more


20. Smart Women Finish Rich : 7 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams
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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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Here’s how to take complete control over your financial future! David Bach’s revolutionary program offers a truly life-changing way of approaching your finances to gain real independence and security. In this valuable course you’ll learn that it’s not how much you earn that matters but what you do with the money you work so hard for. You’ll also learn that you already have everything you need to live a life that is in line with your values—a life in which your dreams come true!

David Bach believes that women deserve to live well and finish rich. This fascinating, critically acclaimed audiobook will show you just how to do it.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Personal Finance Book Out There. PERIOD.
I've read about 90 books on personal finance, frugality, etc., in the past year. This is THE BEST. PERIOD. Bach doesn't tell you how to get rich. He talks to you, coaches you, cajoles you to figure out what's really important to you. And then he tells you how to fund those important goals. I've never seen such a beautiful blend of coaching and advice. After reading the couples version of this book, I got my husband to read it, and then we held a "Finance Night" in which we did all the exercises, talked them through, went over our budgets, insurance coverage, etc., and then came up with a 10-step action plan. This book motivated us to do all that! I've since read the version for women and am getting copies for every one in both our families for Christmas. I personally can't remember the specific financial advice Bach gives. Personally, I think financial strategies need to change as events and circumstances change. I don't need a book for specific strategies. I needed a book to help me figure out very specifically what we wanted out of life, and get me motivated to move in that direction! And that's what this book did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written financial planning primer for women and men.
I am a Certified Public Accountant with a background in financial planning. In February, I purchased the book for myself. The information wasn't new, but it spoke to me in volumes. For Valentine's day, I purchased the book for my assistant and secretary.

I have finished the book once, and have now been going through it a second time implementing each of the seven items.

During tax season, many of my clients ask for advice? What should we be looking to invest our money in? What does the Roth mean? How much insurance do we need? How do we plan for retirement? Should we be making gifts to our children's college fund? Many times I am not able to spend as much time, during the tax season as my client will need to absorb the information provided then begin working on the plan. This book allows my clients the time to understand the basics of financial planning. Know the time requirements on both them and myself to become effective. This is a wonderful starting point.

I often recommend books that I have read on financial planning, but this was the first time that I not only have recommended the book I went out and purchased over a dozen additional copies. I have given them out not just to Smart Women, but young couples, and those looking toward retirement. The information is sound. It's easy to understand. If the steps are followed they will make any client Finish Rich.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, highly recommend
I picked up this book because I like to read as much as I can about investing. I thought I knew it all--but learned a ton from this book. This book is for every single woman out there. Being financially literate is as important as having good health. It is vital to get finances in order and this book explains how, is easy to followm and Bach makes the topic of money and saving a lot of fun. A must have in your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Those Who Don't Have A Clue About Finances
I had tried asking others regarding finances but it was the usual in one ear out the other. Learning, hearing and asking questions about finances can be a confusing and frustrating task. I decided to give this book a shot and I was pleasantly pleased.

Everything was spelled out in the simplest terms and explained thoroughly. I can now discuss financial matters with the best of them. This book also pushed me to take those first steps to financial freedom without my old fears.
I also enjoyed the fact that the book discusses how our values are also important and made me think about more than just dollars and cents, but also about what I want out of my life.

I highly recommend this book and also the "Smart Couples Finish Rich". You'll be surprised how much you didn't know!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful
This is a great book. I had gone to the bookstore to pick up a different book which they did not have. I came across this one and decided to buy it since the other one was not available. This book is very insightful and definitely helps you with your money. It gives steps and worksheets and advise. There are success stories and practical solutions. ... Read more


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