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Quicken 2012 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-09121-0
384 pages
December 2011
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The fun and easy guide to the leading personal finance software—completely updated for the latest version of Quicken!

You want to organize your personal finances and save, but the project seems overwhelming? Expert financial guide and bestselling author Stephen Nelson shows how taking control of your finances can be quick and effortless with Quicken, the number one personal finance software on the market. Providing you with a thorough introduction to all the latest features and enhancements to the latest version, Nelson shows you how to use the program to track your income and expenses, maximize savings, pay your bills, manage your investments, and balance your checkbook.

Whether you're a first-time Quicken customer or looking to take advantage of the updates the latest release has to offer, Quicken "X" For Dummies offers a straightforward-but-fun approach to this popular personal finance software. You'll set up Quicken "X" properly, so you get started off on the right foot, then move on to create an electronic checkbook, monitor your credit cards and cash in one place, and simplify all your financial housekeeping. You'll learn how to use Quicken to build a nest egg, track your investments, prepare for tax time, and more.

  • Veteran author Stephen Nelson provides a thorough update to his classic bestseller on the number one personal financial management planning program
  • Shows you how to track your day-to-day finances, better manage your investments, boost your personal savings, be more responsible with your spending, tackle debt, and more
  • Presents a fun and friendly approach to a topic that many people find intimidating or overwhelming and quickly and easily helps you take control of your personal finances

Whether you're just starting to pinch pennies or have been saving for several years, Quicken "X" For Dummies will help you keep control of your finances—the fun and easy way!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Zen, Quicken, and the Big Picture 7

Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop 9

Chapter 2: Introduction to the Big Picture 23

Chapter 3: Maximum Fun, Maximum Profits 45

Part II: The Absolute Basics 57

Chapter 4: Checkbook on a Computer 59

Chapter 5: Printing 101 87

Chapter 6: Online and In Charge 99

Chapter 7: Reports, Charts, and Other Cool Tools 107

Chapter 8: A Matter of Balance 127

Chapter 9: Housekeeping for Quicken 139

Chapter 10: Compound Interest Magic and Other Mysteries 155

Part III: Home Finances 175

Chapter 11: Credit Cards, Petty Cash, and PayPal 177

Chapter 12: Other People's Money 199

Chapter 13: Tracking Tax-Deferred Investments 221

Chapter 14: Stocks and Bonds 245

Part IV: Very Serious Business 263

Chapter 15: Mind Your Business 265

Chapter 16: Managing Rentals 289

Part V: The Part of Tens 295

Chapter 17: (Slightly More Than) Ten Questions I’m Frequently Asked about Quicken 297

Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Tips on How Not to Become a Millionaire 307

Chapter 19: (Almost) Ten Troubleshooting Tips 317

Part VI: Appendixes 321

Appendix A: Quick-and-Dirty Windows 7 323

Appendix B: Glossary of Business, Financial, and Computer Terms 339

Index 347

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Author Information

Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA provides accounting, business advisory, tax planning, and tax preparation services to small businesses. He belongs to the American Institute of CPAs and holds an MBA in finance and a master's in taxation. His 100-plus books have sold more than four million copies.

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Stephen L. Nelson’s website:

Seattle CPA and long-term Dummies author Stephen L. Nelson has written more than 150 books including the Dummies best-sellers Quicken For Dummies and QuickBooks For Dummies. Nelson also publishes the www.llcsexplained.com and www.scorporationsexplained.com websites.

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