The Ultimate Safe Money Guide: How Everyone 50 and Over Can Protect, Save, and Grow Their Money / Edition 1

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Overview

In today’s new era of uncertainty, millions of matureAmericans over fifty face a number of urgent financial questions:Where can I find truly safe investments? How can I protect myselfagainst investment losses? How can I prevent or offset a decline inincome? Which annuities and insurance policies are rip-offs andwhich ones are good deals? What should I do to plan for mylong-term health care? If you are over fifty, and your answers tothese vital questions are off course, you may not have enough timeto recoup. When you’re planning for your future and yourretirement, it’s essential to have all the facts and the bestpossible guidance right here and now.

The Ultimate Safe Money Guide fills this urgent need in a waythat is especially comforting in a time of new risks and dangers inthe wake of the World Trade Center tragedy. As the nation’sonly provider of independent financial safety ratings, Martin Weisshas helped millions of Americans find safety in an often unsafeworld; and, in this book, he sets forth the rules and guides you,step-by-step, on the path to safety, yield, and profits.

This comprehensive guide begins by helping you to avoid stockmarket scams, recognize the pitfalls of "free investment advice,"and recover money lost by careless, unethical, or dishonestbrokers. You’ll also learn how to arm yourself with powerful,independent information that is not biased by any conflicts ofinterest–so you can make your own investment decisions basedentirely upon your needs. With the special Risk Self-Test devisedby the author, you can rest assured that your investments willmatch your personal risk level.

The Ultimate Safe Money Guide offers a proven and effective planfor preserving your nest egg, building your wealth, and securingyour retirement. It gives you a sound step-by-step plan for maximumsafety and yield, while laying out a very straightforward strategyfor maximizing profits even in uncertain times. This unique guidegives you some of the soundest investment tools you’ve everseen or are ever likely to see, but it doesn’t stop there.You’ll also learn how to:

  • Offset the financial burden of medical and health carecosts
  • Research and locate the right life insurance
  • Evaluate, on your own, the pros and cons of almost every kindof annuity
  • Choose the only health insurance solution that makes sense forseniors
  • Navigate the maze of long-term care insurance

The Ultimate Safe Money Guide also provides a special chapterfor widows, widowers, divorcées, or anyone who is makingfinancial decisions for the first time. Like every other chapter inthis book, it couldn’t be easier to read or simpler tofollow–a great source of guidance and comfort for the mostcritical juncture in your life. The valuable insights and expertadvice on health care, insurance, investments and retirementsavings, housing decisions, and long-term care will help you makechoices during a time when you should stop worrying about money andenjoy your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471152026
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN D. WEISS, PhD, is Chairman of Weiss Ratings, Inc. in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, providing independent ratings on stocks, mutual funds, brokerage firms, banks, and insurance companies. It is the only major ratings agency that is 100% free of conflicts of interest, receiving no remuneration from the companies it covers. Weiss has testified before Congress several times and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. He is also the author of Crash Profits: Make Money When Stocks Sink and Soar!, also published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v
1 The Great Stock Market Scam xii
2 Five Lessons from the Great Stock Market Scam 22
3 Broken by Your Broker? Here's How to Get Money Back 36
4 Safety and Yield Are Your Best Escape 46
5 Profits Are Your Best Revenge 78
6 Investing in Individual Stocks? 96
7 Protect Your Wealth! 110
8 The Great Insurance Cover-Up 134
9 What You Need to Know about Life Insurance 154
10 Annuities--The Pros and Cons 176
11 The Case against Tax-Exempt Bonds 194
12 Health Insurance Decision for Seniors: HMO or Medigap? 212
13 What about Your Long-Term Care? Do You Need Insurance? What Kind? When? How Much? 226
14 "Help! This Is the First Time I've Had to Make My Own Investment Decisions! What Do I Do?" 252
Appendix A Risk Self-Test 272
Appendix B How to Avoid a Broker That Will Break You, and Find One That Can Truly Help You 283
Appendix C Investment Watchdog Agencies 290
Appendix D Other Resources for Investors 302
Appendix E Medicare, Medigap, and Long-Term Care: Piecing the Puzzle Together 304
Appendix F Long-Term-Care Planner 308
Appendix G Helpful Organizations, Publications, and Programs 315
Endnotes 319
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    Excellent Conservative Advice

    Aimed at investors over 50 years of age, this book is filled with conservative advice for everyone. This is not your typical investment book, as it issues warnings and caveats for investors. In light of recent events, the author's warnings should be taken seriously. The savings and loan debacle, the collapse of several insurance companies, and recent corporate bankruptcies (Enron, World Com etc) demonstrate the world has not been safe for investors. The author's position is that the investment world has many dangerous offerings for the investor who does not do careful research.

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