This text makes sense of complex, fast-changing topics to help students become skillful financial planners. Through practical advice and proven strategies, students develop a personal philosophy for effective financial decision making. The Sixth Edition, developed with the help of an advisory board of 68 personal finance instructors, has been revised to reflect recent changes in the economy.
A renowned author, advisor, and academic, Garman is a Fellow and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Virginia Tech University, where he directed the National Institute for Personal Finance Employee Education. He subsequently founded the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation. Author of 40 book's and 200 academic research articles, Garman directed several award-winning research studies that link the financial fortunes of employers with the financial health of their employees. Research consistently shows that decreasing employee financial distress and improving personal financial well-being creates better workers. Garman's research has been the most cited in the field for over 20 years. He has worked for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C., in economic development in West Africa, and for a national non-profit credit counseling organization. He is an elected Distinguished Fellow of both the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and the American Council on Consumer Interests. Garman has served on advisory boards for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners, American National Standards Institute, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and National Advertising Review Board. His consulting includes work for Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America, Manulife Financial, AT&T, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Department of Defense. His work has been featured in hundreds of publications, including USA Today, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News & World Report, and he has appeared on National Public Radio and NBC Nightly News.
Raymond Forgue retired after 28 years as an associate professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky. He served as chair of the department and acting dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Forgue taught various courses in consumer studies, personal finance, and insurance. His professional service has included the presidency of the American Council of Consumer Interests and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. Since retirement he has continued to write and consult on personal finance education training for the Accredited Financial Counselor certification program, AARP, and other organizations. Forgue serves on the Boards of the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
Part I: FINANCIAL PLANNING. 1. Understanding Personal Finance. 2. Career Planning. 3. Financial Statements, Tools, and Budgets. Part 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. Vehicles and Other Major Purchases. 9. Obtaining Affordable Housing. Part III: INCOME AND ASSET PROTECTION. 10. Managing Property and Liability Risk. 11. Planning for Health Care Expenses. 12. Life Insurance Planning. Part IV: INVESTMENTS. 13. Investment Fundamentals. 14. Investing in Stocks and Bonds. 15. Investing Through Mutual Funds. 16. Real Estate and High-Risk Investments. 17. Retirement and Estate Planning.