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Personal Finance For Dummies, 7th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-11785-9
480 pages
June 2012
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The proven guide to taking control of your finances

The bestselling Personal Finance For Dummies has helped countless readers budget their funds successfully, rein in debt, and build a strong foundation for the future. Now, renowned financial counselor Eric Tyson combines his time-tested financial advice along with updates to his strategies that reflect changing economic conditions, giving you a better-than-ever guide to taking an honest look at your current financial health and setting realistic goals for the future.

Inside, you'll find techniques for tracking expenditures, reducing spending, and getting out from under the burden of high-interest debt. Tyson explains the basics of investing in plain English, as well as the risks, returns, and options for popular investment strategies. He also covers ways to save for college and special events, tame your taxes, and financially survive the twists and turns that life delivers.

  • The bestselling, tried-and-true guide to taking control of finances, now updated to cover current economic conditions
  • Provides concrete, actionable advice for anyone facing great financial hardship
  • Helps you avoid or get out of debt and budget funds more successfully
  • Eric Tyson, MBA, is a nationally recognized personal finance counselor and the author of numerous For Dummies titles, including Home Buying For Dummies, Investing For Dummies, and Mutual Funds For Dummies, among others

There's no need to stress over an uncertain economy — just read Personal Finance For Dummies and protect your financial future!

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Introduction 1

Part I: Assessing Your Financial Fitness and Setting Goals 7

Chapter 1: Improving Your Financial Literacy 9

Chapter 2: Measuring Your Financial Health 21

Chapter 3: Managing Where Your Money Goes 41

Chapter 4: Establishing and Achieving Goals 53

Part II: Spending Less, Saving More 75

Chapter 5: Dealing with Debt 77

Chapter 6: Reducing Your Spending 95

Chapter 7: Trimming Your Taxes 123

Part III: Building Wealth through Investing 147

Chapter 8: Considering Important Investment Concepts 149

Chapter 9: Understanding Your Investment Choices 177

Chapter 10: Investing in Funds 197

Chapter 11: Investing in Retirement Accounts 215

Chapter 12: Investing in Taxable Accounts 237

Chapter 13: Investing for Educational Expenses 251

Chapter 14: Investing in Real Estate: Your Home and Beyond 263

Part IV: Insurance: Protecting What You Have 305

Chapter 15: Insurance: Getting What You Need at the Best Price 307


Chapter 16: Insurance on You: Life, Disability, and Health 325

Chapter 17: Covering Your Assets 349

Part V: Where to Go for More Help 363

Chapter 18: Working with Financial Planners 365

Chapter 19: Using a Computer to Manage Your Money 383

Chapter 20: On Air and in Print 395

Part VI: The Part of Tens 401

Chapter 21: Survival Guide for Ten Life Changes 403

Chapter 22: Ten Tactics to Thwart Identity Theft and Fraud 417

Glossary 423

Index 439

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Eric Tyson (www.erictyson.com) is an internationally acclaimed and bestselling personal finance book author, syndicated columnist, and speaker. He is also the author of Investing For Dummies and coauthor of Home Buying Kit For Dummies, both national bestsellers.

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September 25, 2012
Make Smart Investment and Financial Decisions in Any Economic Environment

Adapted excerpt from Personal Finance For Dummies, 7th Edition:

Over two million copies of prior editions of Personal Finance For Dummies® are in print, and readers and reviewers alike have been pleased. The book also previously earned the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award for best book of the year in business. But why another edition?

Because you'll find expanded coverage on:

- Best ways to reduce, minimize the cost of, and eliminate consumer debt.

- Smart ways to use credit and qualify for the best loan terms, as well as how to understand--and improve--your credit scores.

- How to make the most of Internet resources, including smart shopping online, the dangers of "free" money websites, and investing online.

- New and revised tax laws, pending and likely future tax law changes, and how to best take advantage of them.

- What's going on with government assistance programs, Social Security, and Medicare and what it means in terms of how you should prepare for and live in retirement.

- Investment recommendations -- especially in the areas of exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and real estate.

- Where to get the best insurance deals, the impact of federal health insurance legislation, and expanded coverage on perparing for natural disasters.

- How to use and make sense of the news and financial resources (especially online resources).

Despite the development of new media and new financial products and services, folks keep making the same common financial mistakes-- procrastinating and lack of planning, wasteful spending, falling prey to financial salespeople and pitches, failing to do sufficient research before making important financial decisions, and so on. This book can keep you from falling into the same traps and get you going on the best paths.

Read Eric Tyson’s Keys to Personal Financial Success

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