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Money Lessons for a Lifetime: Stories, Observations, and Tips on how to Live a Prosperous Life

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Money Lessons for a Lifetime is a book you'll read for pleasure as well as personal improvement. Jim Jorgensen's heartfelt counseling, tell-it-like-it-is style, and real-life "tales from the front" keep you turning pages to discover more and more about how easy it is to grow wealth. You'll find yourself asking. "Why haven't I done that?" The answer to that question, according to Jorgensen, is always: "You can." Jorgensen vividly illustrates how people who have made some terrible mistakes got back on the road to ...
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Overview

Money Lessons for a Lifetime is a book you'll read for pleasure as well as personal improvement. Jim Jorgensen's heartfelt counseling, tell-it-like-it-is style, and real-life "tales from the front" keep you turning pages to discover more and more about how easy it is to grow wealth. You'll find yourself asking. "Why haven't I done that?" The answer to that question, according to Jorgensen, is always: "You can." Jorgensen vividly illustrates how people who have made some terrible mistakes got back on the road to prosperity again. You'll read stories about the power of the stock market that will make you vow never to succumb to the temptation of selling your stocks during a decline. You'll marvel at examples of pre-tax dollars invested in a 401(k) plan that double in value after the first year. Jim Jorgensen wants to share with you a few of the simple lessons about money he's learned along the way, from his father, from the rich farmers of his youth ("who paid with cash and drove big Cadillacs"), from the hundreds of people who have attended his financial seminars and have shared their stories with him. Money Lessons for a Lifetime isn't fancy advice for people with bundles of cash to invest. It's for those of us who want to commit to wealth, to grow rich, and to stay happy at the same time. Underlying all Jim Jorgensen's tales and anecdotes are eight specific steps to financial security, based on moderation and common sense. Follow them, make them part of your lifestyle, and you will be on the road to wealth for a lifetime.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The host of a syndicated radio show bearing his name, Jorgensen (It's Never Too Late to Get Rich) gives simple money lessons: don't pauperize yourself to invest and, once you take the plunge, always take the long view. He believes that any mutual fund closely tied to the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index may be one of the best investments, provided the investor avoids the temptation to sell when the stock market is undergoing an "adjustment." He explains why IRAs, bonds and certain retirement plans may not be suitable vehicles for many, why not paying credit-card debt monthly is foolish and how to cope with income-tax and inheritance laws, which seem to grow more complex by the hour. Punctuating his book with pithy lessons and words to the wise, Jorgensen is that rara avis who can write both informatively and entertainingly on finance. 30,000 first printing; author tour. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793125494
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                                  vii
1. Growing Up 1
2. It Can Happen to You 3
3. Sleight of Hand, Loss of Pension 6
4. Everyone Can Do Something: Using $2.74 a Day to Build Wealth 8
5. Make Your Own Way: Credit Card Catastrophe 14
6. Two-Handed Cookies: Staying Invested at All Times 20
7. There Are No Winners: Frauds and Scans 24
8. The Power of Determination: Compounding 29
9. The Ant and the Elephant: IRA Plans 31
10. Don't Kill the Goose: Investing in Retirement Plans 38
11. If I Had My Life to Live Over: The Importance of Dividends 44
12. Shopping at Wal-Mart: Saving for a Rainy Day 46
13. Lessons from a Farmer on How to Save 48
14. The Magic of Guessing: Timing the Market 50
15. Meet the Gang: How Much People Make in the Stock Market 57
16. The Trolley Car: Never Be a Lender 60
17. The Hare and the Tortoise: Staying in the Market 64
18. Sitting on Your Hands: Long-Term Savings in the Market 67
19. Small Beginnings: Earning Money on Money You've Invested 71
20. The Trip to Retirement: Turn $5,000 into $20 Million 75
21. The Magic of Hype: Mutual Fund Ratings 77
22. The Dance Is Never Over: When to Invest in Stocks 80
23. The Magic Ingredient: Asset Allocation 82
24. Rolling a Stone: The Effects of Inflation 87
25. Clipped Wings: Too Eager to Invest 94
26. One More Time: Stay Put in the Market 97
27. But It's Guaranteed: Bond Basis Risk 102
28. Picking a Winner: Index Funds 107
29. Spend It or Lose It: IRAs and Retirement Plans at Death 113
30. Now You Have It, Now You Don't Vesting Retirement Plans 118
31. Protecting Yourself and Your Family: Disability Insurance 127
32. Death Protection: Life Insurance 131
33. The Last Resort: Social Security 142
34. Someone to Help You: Financial Planners 153
35. Make Every Penny Count: Tips on Saving Money 158
36. Putting the Pieces Together: Eight Basic Steps 168
Index 176
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