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Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt Free

ISBN: 978-0-470-48424-1
224 pages
January 2010
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Strategies and tools to live debt free

The world of borrowing and debt management has changed dramatically, leaving people confused about how best to secure their financial future. This book is the only guide with detailed advice to help you become debt free or master the debt you have, based on the latest laws and new government programs and policies implemented under the Obama administration.

Is the information and advice on debt management different than in years past? Definitely. In this savvy, engaging guide, bestselling financial expert Jordan Goodman will tell you how to

  • Win the mortgage game: avoid foreclosure, obtain the best refi, and modify your mortgage even if it is "under water"
  • Clean up your credit report and dramatically boost your credit score
  • Negotiate new terms and payments for burdensome medical bills, student loans, and credit cards
  • Protect yourself from the devastation of identity theft
  • Master the new credit card rules, and avoid the rate and fee traps
  • Learn a revolutionary strategy that will help you become mortgage free in 5 to 7 years, change the way you pay all your bills, and save hundreds of thousands of dollars

Master Your Debt recommends many pioneering strategies as it lays out an innovative plan for achieving the elusive goal of financial success. The book is filled with helpful web sites, toll free numbers, associations and government agencies, and vetted companies and services to help you implement this advice. In today's volatile economy, getting out of debt is the key to surviving and thriving, and author Jordan Goodman provides you with the strategies and tools to live debt free.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Master or Victim? You Decide.

Chapter 1: How Did We Get Here? and Where Are We?

Chapter 2: Find out Where You Stand.

Chapter 3: Other People Are Grading You, Too.

Chapter 4: Avoiding A Modern-Day Identity Crisis.

Chapter 5: Win the New Mortgage Game.

Chapter 6: Mortgage Free in Five to Seven Years.

Chapter 7: Credit Cards: Just Because It's Called MasterCard Doesn't Mean It's the Boss of You.

Chapter 8: Car Deals: Making Sure You're In the Driver's Seat.

Chapter 9: An Education in College Costs.

Chapter 10: Don't Let Bad Luck Derail your Finances.

Chapter 11: Surviving Bankruptcy.

Chapter 12: Debt Strategies for Every Age.

Chapter 13: Permanent Mastery, Going Forward.

Appendix: Resources.

About the Author.


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Author Information

JORDAN E. GOODMAN is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance. He is the authorof the bestselling Everyone's Money Book and twelve other books. For eighteen years, hewas the Wall Street correspondent for Moneymagazine and also served as a regularcommentator for NBC News at Sunrise andMutual Broadcasting System's America in the Morning. Today, Goodman appears regularlyon many radio shows, including public radio's Marketplace as well as on TV programs on Fox, CNN, CBS, CNBC, and MSNBC. He also speaks regularly to large groups such as the Harv Eker wealth seminars. Visit Goodman's Web site: www.moneyanswers.com.

BILL WESTROM is a consumer advocate and veteran mortgage professional who has become a critic of the traditional banking system. His own businesses, IFS Development Group and TruthInEquity.com, focus on educating and empowering homeowners so they can make smarter choices about mortgages and employ an innovative mortgage reduction strategy; equity acceleration. Westrom's mission is to "change the financial landscape of this country by helping homeowners get more out of what they own and what they earn."

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Watch Jordan Goodman explain the new credit card rules on ABC's "The View"

A new era of debt - Jordan Goodman explains what "Master Your Debt" is all about!

Don't let bad luck derail your finances!


Goodman (Everyone's Money Book), former Wall Street correspondent for Money magazine, offers a lifeline to Americans drowning in debt—with attention to explaining the new rules that the government has put in place since unveiling its stimulus package, including new borrowing guidelines by banks and new policies to avoid mortgage foreclosures. After a brief sketch of the origins of the credit crisis, the author provides a way to determine just how much debt one is in and shares tips on negotiating various payments. Addressing refinancing and paying off mortgages, avoiding identity fraud, selecting the right car deals and student loans, and surviving bankruptcy, the book covers virtually all the debt bases with hard-hitting advice. Goodman offers a detailed appendix with contact information for further reading as well as various resources to empower readers and help them regain their financial footing. (Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, December 21st, 2009)
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Press Release

January 26, 2010
New Book by Leading Personal Finance Expert Helps Readers Take Advantage of Latest Changes in World of Debt

“The book covers virtually all the debt bases with hard-hitting advice…and various resources to empower readers and help them regain their financial footing.” – Publishers Weekly

Jordan Goodman has helped tens of thousands of people pay off their debt by giving them the knowledge and tools to secure their financial future. A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, Goodman delivers valuable information and provides guidance even in the most worrisome financial situations. From credit card debt to mortgage payments, student loans to medical bills, Goodman offers actionable solutions that help consumers conquer their massive debt obligations. 

In MASTER YOUR DEBT (Wiley, $24.95; February) Goodman teams up with consumer advocate Bill Westrom to walk readers through the many ways they can become debt free, including how to:  

  • Pay off a 30-year fixed rate mortgage within 5-7 years by applying a revolutionary strategy called mortgage equity acceleration.
  • Make the most of the new credit card rules under the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights.
  • Negotiate better terms and payments for burdensome medical bills, student loans, mortgages and credit cards. 

Enthusiastic and engaging, Goodman shares information and enlightens readers with priceless financial gems he has collected during his remarkable 30-year career as a journalist at Money magazine, as a regular guest expert on many radio and TV stations across the country and as the author of 13 highly-regarded personal-finance books, including several best sellers. 

The world of borrowing and debt management has changed dramatically since President Obama took office. MASTER YOUR DEBT provides readers with the best ways to reduce their debts by taking advantage of:

  • New credit card laws.
  • New mortgage modification and short-sale options.    
  • Innovative loan and mortgage products.
  • Revised student loan procedures.
  • Current borrowing guidelines by banks and other lenders. 

The book provides many specific, helpful resources including websites, toll-free numbers, publications and organizations that readers can use to implement the most effective debt-reduction strategies.  

The many recent changes in the world of credit make it imperative that Americans cope with debt in new ways. In today's difficult and incredibly volatile economy, getting out of debt is the key to surviving and even thriving. By learning valuable tips and tricks that the banks don’t want consumers to know, readers can seize the opportunity to master their debt, and regain their financial freedom.

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