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If you know how to deal with a bad hair day, then you have what it takes to be a smart investor. That's the message behind this funny yet truly useful investment guide filled with basic facts, helpful hints, and "chick wisdom." Author Susannah Goodman's smart and sassy investment guide reviews the basics, from stocks and bonds...
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If you know how to deal with a bad hair day, then you have what it takes to be a smart investor. That's the message behind this funny yet truly useful investment guide filled with basic facts, helpful hints, and "chick wisdom." Author Susannah Goodman's smart and sassy investment guide reviews the basics, from stocks and bonds to mutual funds and money markets, in chapters entitled "One Size Doesn't Fit All," "Bonding with Bonds," and "Fabulous Money Makeovers." Interviews with such financial giants as Warren Buffett, Amy Domini, and Sharon Rich offer invaluable, expert advice. Best of all, Goodman's common sense approach assures women that they already know more than they think about smart investing. It's as easy--and important--as shopping for the perfect little black dress.
|Section I||The Three Most Important Things You Must Do|
|1.||Start Early--And Become a Millionaire (Why investing early pays off, and hard work sometimes doesn't)||3|
|2.||Get Paid for Your Work (Max out your retirement plan)||13|
|3.||Start Building Your Empire Now--And Still Save for Your Ski Trip (Open up a Roth IRA)||34|
|Section II||One Size Doesn't Fit All--You Have to Mix and Match|
|4.||Identify Your Money Goals (and find the financial product to match)||45|
|5.||Immediate Needs Money: The Bland and Boring Checking Account (A great idea for the short term; A lousy place for the long term)||47|
|6.||Rainy Day Reserves: Where to Stash Your Cash for Emergencies (Check out a checking account, savings account, or, better yet, a money market mutual fund)||51|
|7.||Money for Your Short-Term Goals (For your trip to Italy or going back to school, check out a money market mutual fund, a certificate of deposit, or an investment-grade bond)||58|
|8.||Bonding with Bonds (Bonds may be boring, like your tan corduroy, but sometimes they are just the thing)||65|
|9.||Meet the Best Little Investment in America: Stocks and Stock Mutual Funds: An Overview (Invest in stock mutual funds and stocks. You'll get the financial freedom to quit working when you want, send your kids to college, or buy that dream house)||85|
|Section III||Start Investing and Don't Get Spooked by the Market|
|10.||Make Investing a Snap with a Mutual Fund (Learn the basics of a stock mutual fund, when to buy one, and the benefits and down sides of mutual fund investing)||103|
|11.||How to Choose a Mutual Fund (Three options for your purchasing pleasure)||109|
|12.||What to Do When the Market Crashes (A bubble bath might be a good idea)||132|
|13.||Why You Should Ignore Market Mood Swings and Stock Price Panics (And you thought your best friend was emotional!)||139|
|Section IV||Buying Stocks the Smart Shopper Way|
|14.||Warren Buffett, the Billionaire: The Smartest of "Smart" Shoppers (Down-home wisdom from a stand-up billionaire)||155|
|15.||How to Shop for Stocks the "Smart Shopper" Way (It's just like shopping for that little black dress)||162|
|16.||How to Research Individual Stocks (Learn how to walk through the financials of a company like The Gap)||181|
|Section V||How to Make a Profit While Making a Difference|
|17.||How to Invest Without Checking Your Values at the Door (You can invest in corporate America without compromising your views on environment, labor, and human rights issues. And no, you don't have to give up return)||197|
|Section VI||Creating and Implementing Your Grand Master Plan|
|18.||Creating Your Grand Financial Plan and Finding a Financial Advisor (How to design your own financial plan and what to ask before starting a relationship--with a financial advisor)||213|
|19.||Introducing One Cool Financial Planner (If you want to know what a financial planner should be like, meet Sharon Rich, the Boston area's finest)||227|
|20.||Choosing a Broker to Implement the Grand Financial Plan (You can do it yourself on the Internet, do it at a discount broker and save, or pay full price for the red-carpet treatment of a full-service broker)||233|
|Section VII||Money Makeovers to Learn From|
|21.||How Katherine Changed from a Spender to a Saver and How You Can Too||243|
|22.||How Lucy Turned Financial Panic Into Financial Power (And maxed out her retirement plan!)||251|
|23.||How Liza Stopped Underearning and You Can Too (Liza's trouble wasn't that she was spending too much--she was earning too little! Find out how she psyched herself up to get a huge promotion and raise.)||258|
|Section VIII||Protect What You've Got|
|24.||Taxes: The Way to Pay the Least (Find out how Jane could have had to pay $14,152 in taxes--but instead got a refund AND how you can too!)||265|
|I.||Chart of Sam and Jane||287|
|II.||How to Figure Out Whether It's Worth It for You to Buy a Municipal Bond||292|
|III.||A Description of Some of the Major Stock Exchanges of the World||294|
|IV.||In-Depth Description of Certain Social Screens for Socially Responsible Mutual Funds||296|
|V.||Investing in Individual Stocks Without Checking Your Values at the Door||302|
|VI.||A Partial List of Full-Service, Discount, and Online Brokers||305|
|VII.||Deductions for a Schedule A||311|
|VIII.||How to Offset Capital Gains with Capital Losses||316|
Posted July 28, 2003
Posted June 12, 2003
I thought this book was well written and outlined many important parts to personal finances. I recently was urged to put money in a 403B and IRA, and have been persuaded to max out my retirement, but this book helped me to understand WHY these are so important, and how exactly the different processes work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who sees finances as overwhelming. It is a motivating read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2002
This book is geared towards females in their 20's who find investing and all of the financial jargon intimidating. It teaches you the basics, and is incredibly easy to understand. I am 24, and I haven't found a book that has even come close to this one. A must-read for any female just starting out in the working-world!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2001
The other reviews don't like this book because it is simplistic, but to me it was perfect! The book is geared towards young women (i was 23 when i read it) and the basic 'child like' way it is written helped me to understand some complicated topics. I did not understand stocks and bonds, and this book was written for women like me. I understand now, and am active in the market. The women who reviewed it before were obviously well versed in the financial world, but if you aren't, this book is the way to go!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2000
I didn't really know anything about investing, and although this book doesn't tell you exactly which stocks to invest in, it tells you about different types of investment. If you're like me, before I read the book, and you don't know the difference between a stock and a bond, or wonder why you should be putting money into your 401(k), you should definitely read this book. I didn't want to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2000
Posted June 13, 2000
The title is cute. The idea sounds charming but the writing is childish and the book is so basic that if you even know what a stock or bond is you're beyond this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2000
I expected a well-written book but it's not. It reads like the ramblings of a young child. Why else would it have so many exclamation points?!!! The problem is that a very middle-aged author is trying to write like a 20-year old. It rings untrue and insincere.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.