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This market-leading text offers a student-friendly, practical introduction to managing personal finances. The structured pedagogy helps students learn how to save and invest, manage student loans, file taxes, decrease credit card debt and plan for the future. Throughout the text, students receive advice from personal finance experts, and read a variety of real-life scenarios about people facing a wide range of financial challenges. Many examples, mathematical in nature, illustrate the critical importance of achieving long-term financial goals through investing. The Ninth Edition captures student interest and focuses the reader's attention on the most important concepts.
I. Financial Planning 1. Understanding Personal Finance 2. Career Planning 3. Financial Statements, Tools, and Budgets II. Money Management 4. Managing Income Taxes 5. Managing Checking and Savings Accounts 6. Building and Maintaining Good Credit 7. Credit Cards and Consumer Loans 8. Vehicle and Other Major Purchases 9. Buying Your Home III. Income and Asset Protection 10. Managing Property and Liability Risk 11. Managing Health Care Expenses 12. Life Insurance Planning IV. Investments 13. Investment Fundamentals 14. Investing in Stocks and Bonds 15. Investing Through Mutual Funds 16. Real Estate and High-Risk Investments V. Retirement and Estate Planning 17. Retirement Planning 18. Estate Planning