The Financial Physician: How to Cure Your Money Problems and Boost Your Financial Health

The Financial Physician: How to Cure Your Money Problems and Boost Your Financial Health

by Louis Scatigna

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The Financial Physician: How to Cure Your Money Problems and Boost Your Financial Health by Louis Scatigna

In good times or bad, The Financial Physician is the perfect prescription for everyone's financial future.And these times certainly aren't good! The economy is in free fall, and people everywhere are struggling to survive. Unemployment is at record peaks, business closures are epidemic and foreclosures have gone through the roof. Lives are being shattered and millions of people are scared to death. They don't know what to do or where to turn. The Financial Physician examines the 25 most common causes of financial problems. By making analogies to physical health, it will explain-in clear, straightforward language-why each problem occurs and gives readers practical, well-tested, no-nonsense advice. Each chapter will include a "treatment section" that tells readers what to do and what not to do in order to avoid and cure their money illnesses and enjoy vigorous financial health. Specific topics that will be covered include: - Costly mistakes in buying homes, new cars and insurance. - Being swamped by mortgages and debt. - Pursuing the wrong saving, investment and borrowing strategies. - Insufficient spousal teamwork. - Falling victim to incompetent or unethical financial advisors. - How our psychological makeup affects our financial success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601637680
Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

Louis Scatigna, CFP, a veteran Certified Financial Planner and President of AFM Investments, Inc., has been advising families on practical financial management for more than 25 years. As the host of the top-rated radio program, The Financial Physician, Scatigna has diagnosed and treated the financial ills of listeners for more than 10 years. His analogies of physical and financial health have motivated clients and audiences alike to get into fiscal shape. Scatigna has the skill of a surgeon, with the bedside manner of a country doctor. He and his family reside in Jackson, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 Financial Illiteracy 19

Chapter 2 Being Financially Irresponsible 27

Chapter 3 Feelings of Material Entitlement 33

Chapter 4 Addiction to Debt and Spending 39

Chapter 5 Failure to Understand Your Financial Psychology 53

Chapter 6 Lack of Spousal Teamwork 59

Chapter 7 Lack of Detailed Recordkeeping and Review 67

Chapter 8 Relying on Unqualified Financial Advisors 79

Chapter 9 Saving Instead of Investing 91

Chapter 10 Failing to Diversify Investments 103

Chapter 11 Not Understanding the Impact of Inflation 111

Chapter 12 Failing to Use the Tax Code to Your Advantage 121

Chapter 13 Buying Too Much House 131

Chapter 14 Wasting Money on a Lifetime of Cars 147

Chapter 15 Improper and Overly Expensive Insurance Coverage 161

Chapter 16 Exceeding FDIC Limits 175

Chapter 17 Failing to Plan for College Early 181

Chapter 18 Estate Planning Shortfalls 189

Chapter 19 Not Downsizing in Retirement 205

Chapter 20 Not Knowing What Wealth Really Is 211

Follow-Up Care 215

Index 217

About the Author 223

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