Why Smart People Do Stupid Things with Money: Overcoming Financial Dysfunction

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Overview

Every year since 1994, Worth magazine has named Bert Whitehead among the “Best 60 Financial Advisors in America.” His unique “behavioral finance” approach goes beyond mere number crunching to help people understand and overcome the complex psychological baggage they bring to their financial decisions. Tested and confirmed by hundreds of Bert’s clients—including celebrities such as Andrew Weil, M.D., who wrote the foreword for the book—this system shows readers how to identify areas of financial dysfunction and offers specific strategies designed to help different personality types achieve financial freedom by working with their own natural inclinations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402747342
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Andrew Weil ix

Introduction to the Paperback Edition 1

1 Financial Freedom 8

How We Help 9

Financial Complications 11

The Good News 14

2 What Is Financial Dysfunction? 15

Springboards of Financial Dysfunction 17

Time to Change 21

3 Your Financial Personality 22

Know Thyself 23

Extreme Personality Types 27

More Common Personality Types 34

The Limitations of Any Model 40

4 The Symptoms of Financial Dysfunction 43

Times Are Changing 43

Seven Symptoms of Financial Dysfunction 45

Self-Examination 56

5 Tailoring Your Finances to Your Situation 57

Asset Allocation 59

The Journey 60

Risk and Reward 61

Your Financial Plan 66

Your Income 68

Appropriate Risk Exposure 70

Information and Knowledge 73

6 Your Own Road Map to Financial Freedom 81

Goal Setting and Values 84

Visualization Exercise 86

7 The Financial Life Cycle: Benchmark Yourself 90

Capitalism: Understanding How the Game Is Played 92

The Formative Years 93

The Accumulation Years 103

The Conservation Years 142

The Largess Years 151

8 Functional Asset Allocation: A Simple, Sensible Strategy 161

The Three Asset Categories of Functional Asset Allocation 163

The Analogy of the Farmer 165

The Cambridge Pyramid 167

Structuring a Portfolio Using Functional Asset Allocation 172

9 Now It's Up to You 200

Appendix A Where to Find a True Fee-Only Personal Financial Advisor/Fiduciary 205

How to Evaluate a Personal Financial Advisor 211

Where to Start Looking 215

Appendix B How to Become a True Fee-Only Personal Financial Advisor 220

Who Is Suited to Be a Fee-Only Advisor? 221

What Will You Need? 223

Suggested Reading for Aspiring Planners224

About the Author 225

Index 227

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    I have always considered myself a smart person and felt embarrassed that I had such trouble dealing with money.

    I am an analytical person who will analyze the facts and then make my decisions about money based upon my emotions. I had always wondered why this was the case until I read this book. Now that I understand myself better, I feel more in control of my financial life. I particularly like the visual of the investment pyramid and the analogy of the farmer. Understanding the different purposes of stock, bonds and real estate in my portfolio has helped to motivate me to save more.

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    Good advice

    Well thought out and easy to understand for the average person.

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