Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future

Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future

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by Jeff Rose

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Too much debt? Not enough savings? Stop your whining and get to work. It's time to become a battle-ready financial warrior, prepared to tackle any money challenge. Modeled on the Soldier's Handbook, which is issued to all new U.S. Army recruits, Soldier of Finance is a no-nonsense, military-style training manual to overcoming


Too much debt? Not enough savings? Stop your whining and get to work. It's time to become a battle-ready financial warrior, prepared to tackle any money challenge. Modeled on the Soldier's Handbook, which is issued to all new U.S. Army recruits, Soldier of Finance is a no-nonsense, military-style training manual to overcoming financial obstacles and building lasting wealth. Written by Jeff Rose, a Certified Financial Planner™ and army veteran with extensive combat experience, the book is divided into 14 modules, each section covering an essential element of financial success.

You will learn how to: Evaluate your position and commit to change
• Target and methodically eliminate debt
• Clean up your credit report
• Create tactical budgets
• Build emergency savings
• Invest for the short and long term
• Determine an affordable mortgage size, insurance needs, and more.

Complete with tales from the trenches and useful tools including quizzes, debriefings, and more--Soldier of Finance is the survival guide you need to face down your finances and bring order and prosperity to your life.

Editorial Reviews

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"...wealth of knowledge from both the military and his financial planning practice and breaks it all down in his new book for everyone to enjoy." --Money Qanda

"... [Rose] has a superior knowledge of personal finance and who can talk about money to people like they are actually people." --Dinks Finance

"Jeff gives personal finance an interesting spin stemming very deeply from his own experiences inside and outside of the military.” --Consumerism Commentary

"...a reference book that families could put on their bookshelves and reread on a regular basis to give their finances a checkup." --Enemy of Debt

"...a no-nonsense, military-style training manual to overcoming financial obstacles and building lasting wealth." --Well Kept Wallet

"...a disciplined, no-nonsense, no excuses approach to personal finance..." --Get Rich Slowly

" of the best new personal finance books I have read in quite some time. I found Jeff’s story to be unique and identifiable.”--A Young Pro

“…helped me see the normal, every-day personal finance topics that I obsess about all the time in a new light…strongly recommend that you buy Soldier of Finance." --20s Finances

“... provides a solid foundation of personal finance basics…particularly good in explaining how to establish and keep good credit…and the best ways to eliminate debt.” --New York Times

“…best part of the book are the personal anecdotes – mostly from Rose, who talks not just about his experience in the military, but also about his own financial mistakes and successes.” --Quizzle

“This book is for You If: You’re in debt, living on the edge, or stressed about cash.” --Afford Anything

"...survival guide for facing down financial challenges and building prosperity." --Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities

"Certified financial planner Jeff Rose's 14 modules give service members a no-nonsense approach to overcome financial obstacles and build lasting wealth.” --Military Officer

"Even if you’re not a soldier, I recommend reading his book, as he does a great job of explaining financial concepts and strategies.” --Financially Wise Women

“…takes PF newbies through basic training, to the financial trenches and out the other side to order and prosperity” --Surviving and Thriving

“Where this book shines is taking all the things you learn as a soldier and translating those skills…into the financial world.” --Life Lessons of a Military Wife

" an easy-to-understand 14-week 'boot camp' to help you overcome your fear, break bad habits and get on the right track." --Life Happens

"Soldier of Finance is one of my favorite books of 2013." --Gerri Detweiler, host Credit Radio

“…tired of making excuses about why you can’t pay off your debt? Then look no further!... Soldier of Finance is perfect for you.” --Double Saving Divas

"It will transform you, turning you into a powerful financial warrior trained to face down challenges and systematically build long-term prosperity." --New Equipment Digest

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You don't have to be a soldier to benefit from Soldier of Finance. I share my military experience primarily because the principles I learned for surviving combat and winning against an enemy on the battlefield are the same principles I needed to survive financial prob lems, enabling me to engineer a winning strategy for building stable and enduring wealth.

Most people I meet, especially those who come to me for financial counsel, struggle with finances. They exist in a kind of war zone where debt is the enemy and wealth is the goal. But they have a tough time getting a handle on their own money and they worry over their future security. Most are losing a battle they don't even consciously realize they are in. I have found that there are two basic problems common to the majority of those I talk with:

1. Lack of information

2. Lack of initiative

By approaching my own finances with the mindset I learned in the military, I found the resources and the attitude that I needed to get myself out of debt and begin a successful program of investment. Even if you've never been in the military, you will find within the pages of this book the information needed to build financial security and growth.

If you find yourself asking, as I did my first day at Reception, "What the hell am I doing here?" the answer is simple. You are training yourself to win. You are gaining the essential knowledge and discipline to be a Soldier of Finance.

This manual is organized in modular format so that you can easily identify the areas of greatest benefit to you. I recommend that you read the entire book first, in order to find the areas where you need the most help. Then use it as a reference guide for future planning. You'll find that each section deals with an essential part of your financial success.

The two chapters of Part One tell something of my own story, providing encouragement to those who believe they have no hope because they've made mistakes. I made plenty too, and I've done pretty well.

Part Two addresses the Initial Training Phase of becoming a Soldier of Finance, covering the basics of getting your financial life under control. If you are already in a mess, the goal is to stop the bleeding. You can achieve this by exploring the basics of credit: how to find your credit score, check your credit record, and learn what can be done to fix bad credit. Demonstrating how to set realistic goals and prioritize objectives, Part Two explores methods to keep yourself on track and discover ways to convert your debt into a positive cash flow.

Part Three is the Campaign Phase, designed to familiarize you with the tools available for turning your resources into long-term wealth. It covers the basics of budgeting and explains a variety of investment vehicles.

Part Four, the Consolidation Phase, discusses the last stages of accomplishing your mission, including real estate investing and the types of insurance you need to protect yourself from the unexpected.

Each chapter contains a Go/No Go test. These evaluations are designed to help you gauge your progress. Take the time to fill out each one as you come to it. It will help you identify areas that need work and give you the information you need to prepare your strategy.

The battle is not as difficult as you might think, provided you have the right information and training. In spite of recent economic troubles, opportunity is everywhere. The problem is fear of the unknown. Few people know what to expect from the enemy or what weapons are at their disposal; for lack of knowledge, they struggle and suffer. Unsure of what to do, they either do nothing or make decisions that create more problems than they solve.

As I write this, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Americans are battling more than $2.9 trillion in consumer debt, unemployment is at record highs, millions of dollars have been lost from 401(k) accounts, and more than half of all Americans have no money saved for retirement. Absolutely none.

The solution? Prepare for the battle. Basic was not easy and there were times I questioned whether or not I could make it, but when I found myself in combat, I knew what to do and how to do it because I was well prepared. The key to success is action based on knowledge.

This is your Soldier of Finance Handbook. It covers the basics you must understand in order to evaluate the enemy, set up your plan of attack, and not only survive financial difficulties, but conquer them efficiently and effectively. No matter where you are now or how hopeless your finances might seem, you are about to turn things around. Welcome to Basic.

Meet the Author

JEFF ROSE, is a Certified Financial Planner™ and an Iraq combat veteran. A regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report, MarketWatch, and, he is the author of two popular personal finance blogs, and the nationally recognized, which has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MNicklin More than 1 year ago
Jeff served his country as a U.S. soldier during the conflict in Iraq. Now he is once again serving the American people by whipping them into financial shape, teaching them to defeat debt, and motivating them to carry out the mission. Jeff shares this financial training in fourteen easy to digest chapters (weeks). He takes what would be boring financial advice and presents it in an interesting and entertaining format. When you are ready to change your financial future and defeat the enemy of debt, pick up a copy of this book and attack debt with the same tactics used by the US military. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesn't take a soldier to understand the importance of discipline. Just ask a mother :-)  Because managing our daily household budget is a top priority for me, I've found myself consulting more and more finance blogs and books to help us not only plan an effective day-to-day budget, but also help us plan for the long-term. Some finance books can be SO BORING and because I simply don't have time to mull over the heavy language, I often end up tossing these books to the side. But Rose's book is different. It is organized and relatable and I found myself completely invested in his personal stories. I also appreciate all the lists that he provides throughout the book and his "Go or No-Go" approach. When it comes to finances, I am not always as knowledgable as I want to be, but  when a book is written in such a way that it both educates and inspires me...I am sold. Now it's time for me to lace up my mommy-boots and become a finance warrior!!