The Truth about Money

The Truth about Money

by Ric Edelman
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The Truth about Money by Ric Edelman

The Truth About Money is back--and better. With updated information and all-new sections, Ric Edelman's critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller remains your indispensable guide to personal finance. The Truth About Money covers the entire spectrum of personal finance--from maximizing a financial portfolio to planning a wedding--and explains difficult financial concepts in plain English.

personal finance 101: what financial planning is and why you need to plan

risky behavior: how to identify, reduce, and avoid financial risk

the A to Z of investments: from annuities to zero coupon bonds

go from owing money to owning money: how to get out of debt (and stay that way)

home sweet home: how to buy your first home, your next home, and save on taxes when you sell

the insurance smoke and mirrors: the what-kind, how-much, and where-to-buy lowdown on insurance (and if you need it at all)

little Johnny's first financial portfolio: three reasons not to save money in a child's name

your kids may love you, but that doesn't mean they love each other: making sure your will will do everything you want it to do once you're gone

the marriage of your dreams: how to choose a financial advisor and the 10 taboos to avoid to guarantee it remains a healthy relationship And, all new for this revised edition:

taxes, taxes, taxes: Ric Edelman explains the new tax laws in the all-new section on taxes

the run down on the Roth: in an easy-to-read flow chart, you'll immediately determine if the Roth is right for you

taking Grandma to court: the do's and don'ts of lending money to family members

130 questions essential to savvy financial planning: good thing we give you the answers

55 Reasons to Buy This Book:

10 Points to Ponder About Prospective Planners

9 Questions to Help You Choose a Guardian for Your Kids

8 Features to Look for in a Long-Term Care Policy

7 Ways and Wheres of 401(k) plans

6 Ways to Qualify for a Bigger Mortgage

5 Common Broker Tricks

4 Problems You Encounter When Buying Investments

3 Ways to Buy Stocks

2 Tax-Safe Ways to Move Your IRAs

1 Asset You Must Pass On

And featured in this revised edition, all-new information about the new tax laws and the truth about the Roth IRA (including a flow chart for 1998 and 1999 that tells you if the Roth's right for you). The Truth About Money also includes all you need to know about the best way to save for college with the new Section 529 Plan. Plus, the 130 questions and answers to the Ric Edelman personal finance quiz!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060956363
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Ric Edelman is Barron's #1 independent financial advisor, the bestselling author of seven books on personal finance, and host of The Ric Edelman Show, heard on radio stations nationwide. Ric's firm, Edelman Financial Services, manages $5 billion in assets and has been helping people achieve financial success for twenty-five years.

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Truth about Money (3rd Edition) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. It is comprehensive for the average person who needs to know about crucial areas in personal finance. The author covers everything, and not only on a superficial level, but quite a bit in depth. One aspect that I really appreciate is that he doesn't just say, 'This is good, but this is bad', he really takes the time to explain how certain market forces work, as a working background, then says, 'And that is why this is good' - and in that way enables the reader to be able to analyze certain investments, not just memorize specifics. For instance, his section on explaining bonds was really eye-opening. Finally, he does all of this in a very conversational manner, so you don't get bored like other techincally oriented books might induce. This is a must-own, mini-finance dictionary for the person who is asking, 'How do I start understanding all this finance stuff?'
Voxover More than 1 year ago
Ric's book is very readable and insightful. I almost wish that it the lessons it contains were taught in High School. Ric demystifies money management and inspires people to take control of their financial future
Guest More than 1 year ago
For several years, I've been weeding through financial books to get different 'professional' opinions and thoughts on money and how to manage assets. If you went to the personal finance section of a bookstore, you'll see dozens if not hundreds of titles. This book is the ONLY book you need- period! Read everything else, then buy this book. All of your necessary questions are answered. I like a guy who says WHY to do what he tells you, and what to expect if you don't follow his advice. I like all of Ric's stuff, but this is the true original, and is the only book you'll need.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great financial overview, and pretty easy to read. It's written in a conversational tone, and covers a plethora of topics. Obviously, if you are seeking in-depth information on a specific topic, you'll want to look elsewhere, but for a wide-angle shot of finance, this is a great book. I also have the Lies About Money, which is really helpful when I was setting up my investing portfolio.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
Highly informative and educational. If most people would just read this book, we'd be a far more prosperous nation
RoryNV More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 1996. It is the definitive work on Personal Finance. I have read all the new editions which are written to keep the information current. One would expect a book on this topic to be dry and boring but this author has a breezy style that uses many anecdotes and analogies which makes it fun to read! My favorite is the story of Jack and Jill and compounding interest! This book has been so helpful that I present it to all the young people in my life upon the graduation from school. It covers everything from retirement planning to estate planning, getting out of debt to investing and home mortgages. I am here today to buy one for a nephew who is embarking on his adult life. The book served me so well, I now listen to Mr. Edelman's weekly radio show and hired his firm to provide financial planning guidance for me and my wife.
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