You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions / Edition 1 by Ron Lipsman | 9780275983413 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions / Edition 1

You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions / Edition 1

by Ron Lipsman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275983412

ISBN-13: 9780275983413

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Every day we are faced with financial decisions. Should I buy that DVD player or 100 lottery tickets? What percentage of my salary should I allocate to my 401K? How much should I be saving for my daughter's college education? Will I be better off leasing or buying my next car? The problem for most of us is that we freeze up when making these choices; regardless of

Overview

Every day we are faced with financial decisions. Should I buy that DVD player or 100 lottery tickets? What percentage of my salary should I allocate to my 401K? How much should I be saving for my daughter's college education? Will I be better off leasing or buying my next car? The problem for most of us is that we freeze up when making these choices; regardless of our level of formal education, we find ourselves intimidated by the numbers and poorly prepared to make some of the most important decisions of our lives. We've become a society of math-o-phobes with profound consequences for our financial well-being.

In You Can Do the Math, Ron Lipsman draws from over 30 years of teaching mathematics to help you take control of your financial destiny by applying basic arithmetic techniques. Step by step, he walks you through the fundamental calculations that underlie virtually every financial decision. Mastering such concepts as compounding interest, lease and loan payments, and the impact of inflation, you will learn how to: Institute a successful college savings program; Minimize your taxes; Wisely purchase insurance; Decide whether to buy or rent a home; Plan for retirement; and much more. Featuring entertaining real-life examples and keyed to a companion Web site (http://www.math.umd.edu/~rll/cgi-bin/finance.html) where you can input your own figures and calculate the results, You Can Do the Math demystifies credit, mortgages, stocks and bonds—and even the odds of beating the house in Vegas, and will become an essential resource for anyone looking to conquer their math anxiety and make more informed financial decisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275983413
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Outline of the Book's Content

Basic Money

Saving for a College Fund

Investing for a College Fund

Taking into Consideration Taxes and Inflation

How Tax-Deferred Accounts Can Help

The Facts of Life

Your Paycheck: What Is Your Salary Really Worth

Buying a House or Car: Mortgages and Loans

Buying or Leasing Your Car

Owning or Renting Your Home

Insurance

Cut Up those #$%& Credit Cards

Accumulating Wealth

Gambling: Can I Win the Lottery

The Stock Market and Other Investments

Retirement

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