Your Money Matters: 21 Tips for Achieving Financial Security in the 21st Century

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Overview

One of the best-recognized names and faces in the financial advice world reveals how to greet the new century with money in your pocket.

As host of his PBS series, Your Financial Future with Jonathan Pond, weekly personal-finance commentator on The Nightly Business Report, and host of successful semiannual public-television specials, Jonathan Pond is turned to by millions for financial advice.

Now, Pond sets his financial sights on the challenges of the 21st century. Concise, memorable, and pithy, his new book dispenses the sort of revelatory yet commonsensical advice that has made him a fixture on TV and the lecture circuit. Reducing complicated financial matters to fundamental concepts everyone can understand, Pond delivers his financial lessons in brief, easy-to-digest chapters. These short takes are balanced with a cross-referenced web site, www.JonathanPond.com, which provides readers with in-depth information.

21 Tips for Achieving Financial Security in the 21st Century breaks new ground by taking a human look at meeting life's financial challenges. Pond's tips present important lessons essential to achieving financial peace of mind and new ideas for prospering in the new century. Index.
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Take a lesson in personal finance from Pond, host of PBS's Your Financial Future with Jonathan Pond. And look for a PBS special to launch the book. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399145698
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/6/1999
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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Introduction

The New Century holds a lot of promise-for working-age people striving to achieve financial security, for retirees wanting to make their golden years truly golden, and for younger generations who are entering an era of unprecedented economic opportunity.

financial know-how might be, Your Money Matters contains a lot of useful guidance. It doesn't waste your time with boring technical details. Rather, it gives you sound advice that you can understand and, more important, put into action to improve your financial future. It also offers a healthy dose of humor, because money-particularly our relationship with money-really is quite amusing.

enhance your life. Medical advances will improve the quality of life and begin to slow the rise in medical-care costs that have become such a large item in the family budget. Technology will make our lives easier and more productive. The Internet will make information readily available for virtually limitless pursuits, including information that will help you improve your financial future.

21 Questions

No matter what your current financial situation (or predicament) might be, you will find a lot of useful, sensible guidance in this book. To give you an idea of the areas that it covers, I have included below 21 questions that I am frequently asked by audiences across the country.

indicated.

off. Is it too late to invest in this area?

hearing about a new tuition savings program that sounds like a great way to invest for college and save on taxes at the same time. What is it?

Security when baby boomers retire. What's your opinion?

understand it.

money to boot. I'm almost afraid to ask your opinion about trading on the Internet.

can earn more by investing the money instead?

invest in them even though they never beat the indexes?

best?

market was up. Should I sell it?

anymore. Should I just put all my money into big-cap U.S. growth stocks?

money?

this forever. Should I get out of stocks before they drop?

retirement funds and not have to worry about running out of money?

investing in them?

pay any estate taxes? Is there anything I should be doing now to reduce my estate?

will continue to grow at a 12 to 15 percent annual rate?

my estate) without spoiling them?

out home equity loans to increase their investments. Is this a sensible

thing to do?

decade?

deal. By following the suggestions in this book, I hope you will begin the New Century with the confidence of knowing that you're always making progress in your financial life and that you'll be able to achieve your financial dreams.

—From Your Money Matters: 21 Tips for Achieving Financial Security in the 21th Century, Jonathan Pond. (c) November 1999, Jonathan Pond used by permission.

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Introduction

Introduction

The New Century holds a lot of promise-for working-age people striving to achieve financial security, for retirees wanting to make their golden years truly golden, and for younger generations who are entering an era of unprecedented economic opportunity.

Your Money Matters focuses on the most important financial matters that you'll need to attend to in the 21st century. Each of the 21 chapters that follow provides you with suggestions for meeting the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century. Along the way, I hope you'll be entertained as well as informed. Who says money has to be serious? If you look back on some of the things you've done with money in the past, you've got to be amused.

No matter what your age, income, wealth (or lack of wealth), and
financial know-how might be, Your Money Matters contains a lot of useful guidance. It doesn't waste your time with boring technical details. Rather, it gives you sound advice that you can understand and, more important, put into action to improve your financial future. It also offers a healthy dose of humor, because money-particularly our relationship with money-really is quite amusing.

The New Century offers unprecedented opportunities for you to
enhance your life. Medical advances will improve the quality of life and begin to slow the rise in medical-care costs that have become such a large item in the family budget. Technology will make our lives easier and more productive. The Internet will make information readily available for virtually limitless pursuits, including information that will help you improve your financial future.

21 Questions

No matter what your current financial situation (or predicament) might be, you will find a lot of useful, sensible guidance in this book. To give you an idea of the areas that it covers, I have included below 21 questions that I am frequently asked by audiences across the country.

If you need help on any of them right away, simply go to the page
indicated.

1. Technology stocks, particularly Internet stocks, have taken
off. Is it too late to invest in this area?

2. We're saving for our children's education. I've been
hearing about a new tuition savings program that sounds like a great way to invest for college and save on taxes at the same time. What is it?

3. A lot of people are saying that there will be no Social
Security when baby boomers retire. What's your opinion?

4. The Roth IRA sounds like a great thing, but I don't
understand it.

5. I love to trade stocks on the Internet, and I save a lot of
money to boot. I'm almost afraid to ask your opinion about trading on the Internet.

6. Why should I make extra payments against my mortgage when I
can earn more by investing the money instead?

7. Index funds have been doing very well lately. Should I
invest in them even though they never beat the indexes?

8. There are so many different retirement plans. Which are
best?

9. One of my mutual funds lost money last year when the stock
market was up. Should I sell it?

10. Do deferred annuities make sense for a retiree?

11. I've heard that investment allocation doesn't matter
anymore. Should I just put all my money into big-cap U.S. growth stocks?

12. How can I teach my children to be more responsible about
money?

13. My stocks and stock funds are way up. It can't go on like
this forever. Should I get out of stocks before they drop?

14. I'm about to retire. How much can I safely withdraw from my
retirement funds and not have to worry about running out of money?

15. What are "tax-efficient" investments, and should I be
investing in them?

16. How much can I transfer to my children without having to
pay any estate taxes? Is there anything I should be doing now to reduce my estate?

17. In planning my future, is it safe to assume that stocks
will continue to grow at a 12 to 15 percent annual rate?

18. Should I get long-term care insurance?

19. How can I give cash gifts to my children (to whittle down
my estate) without spoiling them?

20. Some of my friends are either borrowing on margin or taking
out home equity loans to increase their investments. Is this a sensible
thing to do?

21. Which industries are likely to do best over the next
decade?

I wrote Your Money Matters because your money does matter a great
deal. By following the suggestions in this book, I hope you will begin the New Century with the confidence of knowing that you're always making progress in your financial life and that you'll be able to achieve your financial dreams.

From Your Money Matters: 21 Tips for Achieving Financial Security in the 21th Century, Jonathan Pond. (c) November 1999, Jonathan Pond used by permission.
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