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Personal Finance Simply Understood

"This is the book I should have read 40 years ago...a real winner!" - Hooked On Books

"A practical, no-nonsense advice book that will help readers spend their time and money wisely." - Kirkus Indie

"This is a book that should be found in every home in America." - About Families

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Minor financial adjustments can get us out of debt and help us save the money we need to protect ourselves and our loved ones. But to make these changes, we need to understand some basic financial language and concepts.
This guidebook provides the knowledge we need through charts, graphs, and simple language to gain the necessary expertise to set and achieve our financial goals. We learn how to: The book also explains why financial crises like stock market crashes, housing market bubbles, and bank failures happen, so that we can minimize our exposure to risks and stick with our financial plans. It provides insight and guidance to avoid financial pitfalls, and make smarter decisions to eliminate debt, and save for the present and the future. Personal Finance Simply Understood is a straightforward guide to personal finance.

Personal Finance Blog & Articles

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The Total Cost of a Home Mortgage

Balancing a Checkbook, Quickly and Easily

Early Loan Payoff Benefits

Personal Finance: The Basics

Addressing Debt and Saving at the Same Time

The Infamous 4% Withdrawal Rate

Personal Finance Planning: Getting Started

Credit Card Statements and Billing Cycles

Is There Really Any Such Thing as "Good" Debt?

Emergency Fund and Saving in General

Economic Value and Survivorship


Bankrate - financial planning and Bank information

Social Security Administration - benefits and estimates

Annual Credit Report - free credit reports

Investing in Bonds - non-profit experts - financial term definitions and information - calculators - stock and fund information - Mutual Fund Education Alliance, non-profit Mutual Fund information and - United States Department of Treasury
Bond and Security rates and information

Recommended Reading

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
by Thomas Stanley and William Danko (2010)

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (10th Ed.)
by Burton G. Malkiel (2012), originally written in 1973.

Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money: Getting the Most From Your Investments in Retirement
by Paul A. Merriman (2008)

Winning the Loser's Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing
by Charles D. Ellis (5th Edition - 2010)

Kiplinger's Guide to Investing Success: Making Money Today in Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds and Real Estate
by Ted Miller (2003)

Debt Free Living
by Larry Burkett (2001)

Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life
by John C. Bogle (founder of Vanguard) with WJ Clinton.

Retirement Income Redesigned: Master Plans for Distributions
By Harold Evensky & Deena B. Katz Note: The 1st half is insightful, the 2nd is heavy Math.

The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation
By John C. Bogle and Arthur Levitt Jr. (Aug. 2012)

The Intelligent Investor (Revised Edition) with commentary by Jason Zweig
By Benjamin Graham (2003)