The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money: Everything You Need to Know in Good and Bad Times

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Completely revised and updated for the realities of today's world, The Road to Wealth is Suze Orman's most authoritative and accessible resource for every stage of your financial life.

Millions of readers have embraced Suze Orman's New York Times_bestselling The Road to Wealth since it was originally published in 2001. But the world has changed vastly since then, and it's more important than ever for readers to have access to accurate and practical answers to every question they...

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Overview

Completely revised and updated for the realities of today's world, The Road to Wealth is Suze Orman's most authoritative and accessible resource for every stage of your financial life.

Millions of readers have embraced Suze Orman's New York Times_bestselling The Road to Wealth since it was originally published in 2001. But the world has changed vastly since then, and it's more important than ever for readers to have access to accurate and practical answers to every question they have about their financial futures-questions Suze answers in The Road to Wealth. Compassionate, straightforward, and easy to understand, this updated edition gives readers invaluable advice about:

- Credit cards and the new bankruptcy laws
- FICO scores
- Changes in student financial aid
- Changes in the real estate market and mortgages
- Stocks and bonds
- The latest retirement investment strategies, including the new Roth 401(k)
- Mutual funds and annuities
- Wills and trusts
- Social Security
- Life insurance
- Disability and long-term care insurance
- Identity theft (and what to do if you're a victim of it)

With her exhaustive knowledge of all aspects of personal finance and her understanding of the role that money plays in people's lives, Suze Orman has written one of the most comprehensive resources of useful financial information in print today. Whether you're starting a new job or planning for your retirement, buying your first home or investing in the stock market, the revised edition of The Road to Wealth has the information you need to ensure that you make the most of what you have.

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Suze Orman, one of the most trusted and insightful financial experts working today, wrote The Road to Wealth with a single overarching goal in mind: to empower readers to act in their own best interest by giving them honest and useful knowledge about money matters. Orman's earlier bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and href="http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?sLinkPrefix&isbn=1573221252">The Courage to be Rich, taught people to overcome the emotional, psychological, and spiritual obstacles that prevent them from taking proper control of their finances and their lives. Unlike these books, The Road to Wealth is more of an encyclopedia that covers all of life's major financial stages, from debt reduction to marriage, home buying, and retirement. Written in a friendly question-and-answer format and filled with practical information, this book will prove invaluable to anyone who wishes to make the best possible use of their money.
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The queen of money advice tells you how to get out of debt, plan your retirement, buy stocks, and much, much more. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573223584
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Suze Orman
Suze Orman is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers: The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom; The Courage to Be Rich; The Road to Wealth; The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life; The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke; and Women & Money. She has written, co-produced, and hosted six PBS specials, winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for hosting them, and is the single most successful fundraiser in the history of public television. Her award-winning Suze Orman Show airs Saturday nights on CNBC, and she appears regularly on her own Financial Freedom Hour on QVC. She is the personal finance editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, writes a biweekly column on Yahoo! Finance, and a bimonthly column for Lowe's Moneyworks. According to Business Week, she is the number-one female motivational speaker today.
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Table of Contents

The Road To Wealth, Contents

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, ix
INTRODUCTION, xi

1. MANAGING DEBT, 1
2. FINANCIAL INTIMACY, 65
3. HOME OWNERSHIP, 129
4. INSURANCE, 187
5. PAYING FOR COLLEGE, 251
6. RETIREMENT PLANNING, 271
7. STOCKS, 335
8. MUTUAL FUNDS, 383
9. BONDS AND BOND FUNDS, 419
10.ANNUITIES, 455
11.WILLS AND TRUSTS, 481

E-NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION, 543
INDEX, 545

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Introduction

When it comes to money, I deeply believe that the obstacles that keep us from having more and being more are rooted in the emotional, psychological, and spiritual conditions that have shaped our thoughts: In other words, what we have begins with what we think. This is the cornerstone of my approach to personal finance, and it was with this understanding that I wrote The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and The Courage to Be Rich. I deeply believe that with self-knowledge and emotional clarity, a life of abundance is within reach for all of us.

But once we have looked within and changed our way of thinking about money, another obstacle emerges-one that can keep us from taking the steps we know we should take. That obstacle is confusion. Many of us are confused about where to turn for information we can really rely on. We are confused about whom to ask for financial advice, and maybe even about what questions to ask. When we do get answers to our questions, we are confused because we can't be sure those answers are correct. In the face of all this, it may seem safer not to do anything with our money than to do something we do not entirely understand. But when we postpone necessary financial decisions, we are relinquishing opportunities to protect what we've earned and to enrich our future choices. Good financial information gives us the power to act in our own best interests. That's why I have written The Road to Wealth.

I've spent much of the past few years traveling around the country, holding seminars on financial topics, and listening as many, many people talked to me about their financial hopes and fears. "Tell me what I need to know," people often say to me. "Here is what you need to know," I answer. This phrase, here is what you need to know, captures the very spirit of The Road to Wealth. Here you will find answers to the questions you have been asking, as well as the questions you should be asking, delivered in the most complete, straightforward way I know. The questions and answers are intended to remove obstacles on your road to wealth. In a world of competing financial interests and sources of information, it's important for you to feel as if you have a guide whom you can truly trust. I am honored that you have chosen me to be your guide.

With this in mind, I have tried to provide sound, clear, comprehensive advice on a wide range of issues, which will take you through the course of your financial life. There is a logical sequence of information here, from creating a strong financial foundation to amassing assets and protecting them from common mistakes and periods of economic downturn. The chapters will see you through various life situations, beginning with freeing yourself from debt, for I believe that you cannot build a strong financial future on a base that is undermined by debt. The next chapters guide you through living together, marriage or life partnership, and the complicated process of buying a home for yourself and your family. It will help you to prepare for the future by choosing the right kind of insurance, saving for your children's education, investing knowledgeably both inside and outside retirement accounts, making savvy decisions about retirement income, and providing for the loved ones you will one day leave behind. I have chosen topics that, in my opinion, most affect your life, in both boon times and bad times. In doing so, I have written the practical counterpart to The 9 Steps and Courage-so that, with your head and your heart in agreement, you can take the necessary steps today so you arrive at your tomorrows happily and with all the wealth that is meant to be yours.

The Road to Wealth is a book designed to help you take action-wherever you are in your life, whatever your needs, and whatever the economic climate. To that end, your purchase of this book comes with a free subscription to the Suze Orman E-Newsletter-a bimonthly publication available online through my website, www.suzeorman.com (see page 543 for information on how to begin your subscription). The newsletter provides news, comprehensive resources, and timely counsel on all the topics covered in this book, but focuses on investing for the future. Among many other helpful tips, the newsletter will offer my current recommended asset allocation mix, a bimonthly stock market forecast, and ongoing analysis of proven investment strategies from trusted experts. As interest rates change, I'll make suggestions about refinancing your mortgage. If the laws change-as tax and bankruptcy laws are poised to do, as of the writing of this book-you will find my advice about the new legislation and its implications for your finances. The Road to Wealth will provide you with the paving stones for your financial future, while the newsletter will offer amplification of that information. In that way, this is truly an interactive financial book.

Money is not stagnant; it is ever-changing. It means different things to each of us at different points in our lives. I encourage you to skip around in this book-go directly to the topics that concern you most right now; later, you can move on to matters that are relevant to that moment. Keep this book close and consult it often. Browse through the Table of Contents and the Index. Use it as a second opinion, to make sure you are getting advice that is right for you. And always, always trust that, with the faith and confidence that knowledge brings, step by step you will get to where you want to go on your own road to wealth.

Suze Orman
New York, 2001

--From The Road to Wealth by Suze Orman. Copyright (c) 2001, Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    BEST FIRST STEP TO FINANCIAL UNDERSTANDING

    THE BOOK IS GREAT! IT GIVES YOU EASY TO UNDERSTAND INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE TOPICS YOU REALLY NEED TO GRASP IN ORDER TO PLAN YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE. FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE YOUNG AND HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO INVEST FOR OUR FUTURE THIS BOOK IS AWESOME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    I Wish It Was Written 25 Years Ago

    What a great and insightful book. Suze does it again in a way like only she knows how. Her knowledge filled instructions speak directly to me and help guide me to a strong financial foundation. My only complaint about the book is that it wasn't written 25 years ago, so my parents could have saved for my education. That way I wouldn't be up to my eyes in school loans and credit card debt from buying college books. I hope anyone reading this review will learn from Suze so your children won't be buried up to their eyes like me. My parents didn't have any 'Suze Ormans' in their day to advise them. You will have no excuses. I also loved the book Back On Track To Financial Freedom, By: Andrew J. Green. He handles things a little different but the outcome is the same, Debt free and financially secure.

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