Financial Planning for the Utterly Confused

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Make sense of your financial life-and plan for a prosperous future

When it comes to financial planning, it's easy to become befuddled. But with the Sixth Edition of Financial Planning for the Utterly Confused, you'll find guidance on planning for every contingency, from saving for a child's education to making decisions about retirement, insurance, and real estate.

To make the right decisions about your financial future, it's important to ...

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Overview

Make sense of your financial life-and plan for a prosperous future

When it comes to financial planning, it's easy to become befuddled. But with the Sixth Edition of Financial Planning for the Utterly Confused, you'll find guidance on planning for every contingency, from saving for a child's education to making decisions about retirement, insurance, and real estate.

To make the right decisions about your financial future, it's important to understand the wide array of investment options available. From Roths and 401(k)s to social security benefits and Medicare to mortgage and life insurance, you'll have a helpful, easy-to-understand guide that takes the confusion out of financial planning.

You'll also find:

  • Investment and financial planning strategies especially suited to women and singles
  • The right healthcare funds for seniors
  • The ins and outs of the latest mutual funds
  • Effective methods to save for college tuition

Now updated to reflect the latest changes in the tax laws, this plain-speaking guide demonstrates--especially to those who know little or nothing about financial planning--how to seize control of finances and take advantage of the many investments and money management alternatives. This top-selling planning book also includes information on social security, mortgages, stock market volatility, and much more. Lerner is the author of numerous textbooks that have sold more than 500,000 copies. Illustrated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071477833
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2007
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 894,760
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Lerner is a retired professor and former chairman of the Business Division at Sullivan County Community College, a part of SUNY, where he taught for more than 35 years. His books have sold close to two million copies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction to Financial Planning 3
2 Annuities for Today's Living 16
3 Certificates of Deposit - Old Faithful 25
4 Condominiums and Co-ops - A Living Investment 33
5 Corporate Bond Market - For the Future 41
6 Ginnie Mae - The Misunderstood Instrument 51
7 Ginnie Mae Alternatives 59
8 Gold, Silver, and Diamonds - Investment or Enjoyment? 67
9 Life Insurance - The Risk Protector 77
10 Money Market Accounts - The Parking Lot 89
11 Mortgages - The Finances of Home Ownership 95
12 Mortgages - In Reverse 105
13 Municipal Bonds - The Tax-Free Choice 113
14 Municipal Trusts and Funds - Tax-Free Alternatives 123
15 Mutual Funds - Spreading the Risk 130
16 Real Estate as Security and Investment 144
17 Stock Market - Bulls, Bears, and Pigs 151
18 Stock Market Information - Where to Get It 160
19 Treasuries Are a Treasure 169
20 U.S. Savings Bonds - Safety First 182
21 Zero Investment 191
22 Planning Your Retirement - An Overview 201
23 The IRA 207
24 The 401(k), The SEP, and the Keogh Plan 218
25 Social Security 226
26 Will It? 234
27 Trust Me 243
Epilogue 253
Glossary 254
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