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Julie Stav has a welcome message: Financial planning -- with its confusing array of acronyms, numbers, and technical terms -- is, in fact, a skill we can all acquire with a modicum of effort. Stav, the author of the bestselling Get Your Share, speaks from personal experience -- as a divorced schoolteacher, she was forced to stop ignoring her financial situation and start planning for her young son's future. Putting aside her fear of numbers, she took control of her own money, eventually becoming a successful stockbroker and financial planner.
Fund Your Future was written for people who want to have access to the benefits of investing but don't want to take big risks or feel compelled to readjust their investments every day. Stav begins by guiding readers through the basics (coming to terms with your financial picture, setting goals, determining your needs) and then focuses on two potential vehicles -- mutual funds and company-sponsored 401(k) plans. Her advice is straightforward, accessible, and sure to be appreciated by entry-level investors who need to master the basics. One added bonus of the book is that Stav also talks readers through the process of using the Internet to get reliable information.
Above all, readers will appreciate the positive and encouraging message that inspires Fund Your Future: You can enjoy life while also making smart decisions that will help guarantee your financial future. (Sunil Sharma)