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Quicken 2013 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-35640-1
384 pages
October 2012
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Get your finances in order quickly with this completely updated Quicken guide!

In this newest edition of his perennial favorite guide, financial expert 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 newest 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, this guide offers a straightforward-but-fun approach to help you prepare for tax time, balance your budget, build a nest egg, track your investments, and more.

  • Veteran author Stephen Nelson updates his classic bestseller to cover the latest features in the number one personal financial management planning program
  • Shows you how set up Quicken to meet your individual needs, track your day-to-day finances, better manage your investments, boost your personal savings, be more responsible with your spending, keep an eye on your mortgages and loans, tackle debt, and more
  • Presents a fun and friendly approach to a topic that many people find intimidating or overwhelming
  • Quickly and easily helps you take control of your personal finances

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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 47

Part II: The Absolute Basics 59

Chapter 4: Checkbook on a Computer 61

Chapter 5: Printing 101 89

Chapter 6: Online and In Charge 101

Chapter 7: Reports, Charts, and Other Cool Tools  109

Chapter 8: A Matter of Balance 129

Chapter 9: Housekeeping for Quicken 141

Chapter 10: Compound Interest Magic and Other Mysteries 157

Part III: Home Finances 179

Chapter 11: Credit Cards, Petty Cash, and PayPal 181

Chapter 12: Other People’s Money 203

Chapter 13: Tracking Tax-Deferred Investments  227

Chapter 14: Stocks and Bonds 251

Part IV: Very Serious Business 269

Chapter 15: Mind Your Business 271

Chapter 16: Managing Rentals 295

Part V: The Part of Tens 303

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

about Quicken 305

Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Tips on How Not to Become a Millionaire 315

Chapter 19: (Almost) Ten Troubleshooting Tips   325

Part VI: Appendixes 329

Appendix A: Quick-and-Dirty Windows 7 331

Appendix B: Glossary of Business, Financial, and Computer Terms 347

Index 355

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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, including all editions of QuickBooks For Dummies and Quicken For Dummies, have sold more than four million copies.

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Stephen L. Nelsonís 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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