Talking Money: Everything You Need to Know about Your Finances and Your Futureby Jean Sherman Chatzky
The financial expert from the NBC's "Today" show offers reassuring insights and advice in this definitive guide that helps readers manage their money in the 21st century. See more details below
The financial expert from the NBC's "Today" show offers reassuring insights and advice in this definitive guide that helps readers manage their money in the 21st century.
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Superficial, shallow and not worth the time to read. There is nothing new or particularly interesting here. Covers too many topics but merely glosses over important ones. She just spits back old advice: pay off debt and max out retirement savings. Well, who didn't know that? What we need are real ways to accomplish these and many other financial goals. Too bad Jean couldn't fit that information into this skinny book.
I had hoped to like this book but the lack of usable information made this a big, costly disappointment. In an effort to make it sell she merely skims the surface and omits much too much important information about crucial money matters (credit cards to investments to teaching kids about money). You'll never get wealthy or even answer your money questions with this light weight book. That's not to say that there aren't a few useful tidbits, however, the useful parts aren't even original to the author but have been around for years and been written better by other authors.
Money is a dry topic especially when it's written about by someone with no financial depth or experience, which is sadly the case with Ms. Sherman Chatzky. Her publisher is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising this weak, and poorly written book. But it's still a clunker and NOT the way to make money or hold a reader's interest.
Maybe some of this information is familiar to people who've been investing in derivatives for years, but I thought this was the first book I'd ever seen that made money--both its complexities and the basics--seem sensible and even fun. And more than that, Chatzky makes the ins and outs of saving and investing seem *doable*, not intimidating or scary. So many of these other books do just the opposite, deliberately or not so deliberately making their authors out to be 'experts' but leaving readers in the cold, just as unsure (or even frightened) of investing as they were before. I get the impression from seeing her on TV that Chatzky is a nice person as well as an expert, and that she genuinely has good ideas to share; I get the same impression from her book. I'm really glad I read this; it's full of tools and advice that make me want to get my financial life together right away, not wait until someone *else* can explain what to do.
It's too bad Jean Chatzky couldn't have fit writing an original book into her busy media schedule. This book is full of tired advice that has been around for years. Jean herself has been giving out the same advice on Today and in Money magazine countless times. So if you really want financial freedom, don't waste your money on this tedius and unoriginal book.