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The Mindful Investor: How a Calm Mind Can Bring You Inner Peace and Financial Security

ISBN: 978-0-470-73766-8
224 pages
December 2009
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Mindfulness: How to Have a Better Relationship With Your Money

Money. The word itself has a power of its own. It can induce feelings and start a train of thought instantly. Unfortunately, often these feelings and thoughts are negative and stressful. We believe that achieving a healthy relationship with money is necessary because it's attached, in some way, to almost every aspect of our lives. In reality, most people have enough money, even after the recent market collapse. What they don't have is the level of calm, clarity, and focus required to live peacefully with money. Mindfulness can help achieve that.

The Mindful Investor is an indispensable guide for individual investors, business people, and professionals who are looking for a better way to manage their money.
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 Praise for The Mindful Investor

"As The Mindful Investor suggests, what's often needed most is not more money, but more perspective about money. Starting where Maria and Graham have suggested-at the end-is a great way to look back from a place when money truly won't matter anymore, and I can't think of a better first step to take when planning for today."
Scott Kriens, Chairman, Juniper Networks

"Having seen many thousands of business books over the course of my professional life, I was delighted to discover that The Mindful Investor offers a refreshing new approach to personal finance. Having benefited personally from Maria's teaching of Mindfulness meditation techniques, I can say that this is a book whose time has come and a must-read for anyone looking for an alternative to the madness of the markets."
Jane Cooney, President, Books for Business

"What a breath of fresh air. The world would be a better place if everyone used the tools and processes outlined in this easy-to-read, inspiring, and practical book."
—Rob Quartly, Juno Award Winning Filmmaker and Entrepreneur

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Acknowledgments.

Preface.

The Authors.

Chapter 1: How We Got Here and How We’ll Get Out.

Chapter 2: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation.

Chapter 3: Mindfulness Techniques.

Chapter 4: The Five Hindrances that Impede Success.

Chapter 5: The Starting Point.

Chapter 6: The Financial Plan.

Chapter 7: Portfolio Construction.

Chapter 8: Client/Advisor Relations.

Chapter 9: When Things Go Wrong.

Chapter 10: Estate Planning.

Chapter 11: Final Thoughts.

Appendix A: Making Decisions with Mindfulness.

Appendix B: The Budget.

Appendix C: Finding a Mindfulness Teacher.

Endnotes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Maria Gonzalez, BCom, MBA, is a 30-year business veteran who believes that Mindfulness transforms lives. As founder and president of Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Inc., she ensures that Mindfulness is indistinguishable from her business, whether negotiating complex strategic alliances, coaching business leaders to use Mindfulness in their lives and businesses or coaching organizations to function more effectively through Mindfulness. She has been meditating regularly since 1991 and teaching Mindfulness since 2002.
Maria has taught Strategy and Organization Development at Mc Gill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. Over the last two decades she has served on numerous boards and has been a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Harvard Medical School - MacArthur Foundation's study on depression and workplace performance. She is a founding member and Vice Chair of the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addictions and Mental Health.

Graham Byron, CFP, has been an Investment Advisor and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for more than 20 years. He has co-authored two other books on financial planning, including the best-selling CARP Financial Planning Guide. Graham believes that applying Mindfulness to money is critical at this turning point in our financial lives. Approaching the financial planning process with calm awareness allows investors to make good decisions and enjoy their wealth.

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