Safely Prosperous or Really Rich: Choosing Your Personal Financial Heaven

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Praise for SAFELY PROSPEROUS or REALLY RICH?

"Howard’s brilliant concept that the roads to Prosperity and Riches are very different is very liberating. In most financial books, the author would never do what Howard has done–recount with unflinching honesty the big financial mistakes he and his subscribers have made over the years so readers can avoid the same stumbling blocks and pitfalls. Only a very secure man would have the guts to do that."
–Robert Allen
author of Multiple Streams of Income and Nothing Down

"Howard Ruff is back, offering a wealth of powerful new financial advice for America’s middle class. In his new manual, Safely Prosperous or Really Rich?, he challenges you to choose between two roads. The older I get, the more I favor ‘Safely Prosperous,’ but you make the call. I also love Howard’s old-fashioned moral perspectives on money."
–Mark Skousen
editor of Forecasts and Strategies

"Safely Prosperous or Really Rich? is destined to be one of the most influential books of the early twenty-first century, just as his mega bestseller, How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, changed millions of lives in the late ‘70s. Welcome back, Howard."
–John Mauldin
author of Bull’s Eye Investing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471652830
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/16/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Ruff has had a long career as a financial publisher and author. The Ruff Times has had more than six hundred thousand subscribers over the last quarter century. Ruff is the author of seven books, including the bestselling How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, which sold almost three million copies and appeared near the top of the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years. Ruff has hosted his own syndicated radio and TV programs in more than 300 markets and has appeared on nearly every national TV program, including the Today show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Nightline.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Book I: The Safe Road to Prosperity.

Section I: The Dumb Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes with Their Money.

1. Two Tracks, Two Heavens.
The two very different roads to Safe Prosperity or Real Riches

2. Worshipping Mammon
The bad trade-offs of loving money more than God, family or country, and how to avoid them. How to have both money and true happiness.

3. The Alien in Your Chest
Compound interest can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It is a two-edged sword—much more powerful than you thought.

4. The Great American Lie
Pretending to be rich by selling your future to buy the big house, the big SUV, the big home theater, the big boat, while living a life of quiet desperation when the monthly bills come in

5. How to Prosper by Earning 15 Percent in a 1-Percent World
In early 2003, interest rat es on riskless investments fell to 1 percent or less, torpedoing compounding programs below the waterline. Savvy investors still compounded their portfolios at 15 percent or even 20 percent in investments that were almost as riskless.

6. Social Security, the Ponzi Chain Letter
Why you would be much better off by not counting on Social Security, the biggest scam in the known universe.

Section II: Blowing Your Money in the Investment Markets: The Turnpike to Financial Hell.

7. Listening to Wall Street
Wall Street’s conventional wisdom has been 180° wrong almost forever. Here’s why, and how to tell.

8. The Bigger-Fool Theory of Investing
The stock market bubble of the late 1990s inflated because investors (speculators?) assumed that if they paid a foolish price for a stock, they would be able to sell it to a bigger fool.

9. Worshipping the Golden Calf
Too many investors become Gold Bugs and fall in love with their investment. Sometimes it’s a great investment, and sometimes it’s a sure loser; here’s how to tell the difference, when to buy it, and, more important, when not to.

10. The Financial Death Wish
Buying high and selling low is like a universal plague—most everyone does it. Here are the surprising reasons why you do it, and how to stop.

11. Buying On Margin
Buying on margin is a highly leveraged way to buy stocks, but it’s just as leveraged on the way down as it is on the way up. It’s not for amateur investors, but for sophisticated professionals with nerves of steel. My dad thought he was one, and it wiped him out.

12. Thinking the Unthinkable
You have life insurance, homeowner’s insurance, medical insurance, and so on to compensate you in case of common but unforeseen events. But there are other worst-case events no traditional insurance can protect us against, for which we have to create our own insurance. The prosperity or wealth strategies in this book can be endangered or totally aborted by such unexpected events. Here is the insurance you need, and why you need it.

Book II: The Secrets of the Rich—The Most Important Things Rich People Always Do.

13. Surprising Ways Rich People Get Rich with Leverage
All Really Rich people use several kinds of leverage, including some you never heard of. It’s one of the great secrets of wealth.

14. Getting Rich by Banishing Fear
There are a lot of great products and great business ideas that never become great fortunes. Why? Usually fear. Yielding to fear cost me two fortunes. Here’s how to get rich by facing your fears.

15. The Rich Person’s Mind-set
The Really Rich think differently. While the Safely Prosperous get that way by avoiding mistakes and debt, the rich are heavily in debt, and cheerfully make a lot of mistakes. The Safely Prosperous avoid risk like the plague, but the Really Rich take carefully calculated risks by the carload. The difference? The mind-set!

16. Financial Winners in Bad Times
Hard times are loaded with opportunities for the Really Rich. That’s when they find bargains in the stock market, good but cheap companies to buy, and talented people to hire at reasonable wages. It’s also when competitors are pulling the bedclothes over their heads, so they don’t even see you as you steal their market share.

17. The Capitalist Manifesto: Creating Wealth Out of Thin Air
Capitalists aren’t just rich plutocrats on Wall Street. America has millions of them, and you can become one too. The strategies I will teach you in this chapter have created more millionaires that any other get-rich strategy.

18. Getting Rich by Investing in Start-ups
If you don’t want to go through the trouble and worry of becoming a capitalist yourself, there are ways to invest in those who do. Most start-ups fail, but you can separate the sheep from the goats. I will show you how and when to jump in, and when to run like hell.

19. Marketing
The last great reason the Really Rich got that way

20. Was It Worth It?
Now that you have read the whole book, it’s time to make a decision. Do you want to be Safely Prosperous or Really Rich? There are several things you ought to consider seriously.

Appendix A: The Ruff Times Newsletter.

Appendix B: Recommended Vendors.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Howard J Ruff or Chicken Little ?

    Howard J Ruff counts on the fears of people to sell his books. Also Ruff knows that you most likely have not read his 1979 clasic that stated the USA would see long lasting inflation, wide spred black market activity and a collaps of the financial system in the 1980'S !!! This is the author that advised in 1979 to commit a fixed portion of your income each month to a stockpile of consumer goods: amunition, tools, food, also bone up on your survival skills. Fast-forward to 1999 and a new book timed on the Y2K 'crisis'. Again Ruff takes advantage of the fears of the day to sell high priced doomsayer advice. It is up to the reader to decide the validity of these books however the works of Howard J Ruff should be read as a novel rather than financial advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    This book offers a somewhat rambling compendium of solid (if unoriginal) investment advice. Author Howard Ruff's strength is his blunt, straightforward, unpretentious style. He covers a great deal of ground, discussing everything from the advisability of investing in gold to the principles of life and time management. Many readers will no doubt find this both useful and refreshing. Others will look for more depth ¿ and the author obliges by including appendices with sources of additional information on various topics. We suggest this book to those who are new at financial planning and who lust for wealth, but are willing to settle for prosperity. And safety. And sound investing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    Ruff information is more of an advertisement

    The information that is presented in the book is to general and most of the information presented is well know by most people today. To much self promotion & promotion of others in this book. In my opinion the book should had been classified as a magazine. Since in a magazine you known you get promotions and advertisements. Overall, do not buy the book put the money your going to spend into a savings account since you will earn more from it that way.

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