"THE MOST NOTABLE PERSONAL FINANCE WRITING OF 2013 . . . WAS A HANDWRITTEN 4 6 INDEX CARD." --MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNETV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don't follow their guidance, you'll end up in the poorhouse. They're wrong. When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed Helaine Olen, an award-winning financial journalist and the author of the bestselling Pound Foolish, he made an off-hand suggestion: everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card. To prove his point, he grabbed a 4" x 6" card, scribbled down a list of rules, and posted a picture of the card online. The post went viral. Now, Pollack teams up with Olen to explain why the ten simple rules of the index card outperform more complicated financial strategies. Inside is an easy-to-follow action plan that works in good times and bad, giving you the tools, knowledge, and confidence to seize control of your financial life.
Here is a single-sit read than can change the course of your retirement. Written by Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, a retirement and savings specialist, and a trustee to two retiree health-care trusts worth over $54 billion, How to Retire with Enough Money cuts through the confusion, misinformation, and bad policy-making that keeps us spending or saving poorly.
It begins with acknowledging what a person or household actually needs to have saved--the rule of thumb is eight to ten times your annual salary before retirement--and how much to expect from Social Security. And then it delivers the basic principles that will make the money grow, including a dozen good ideas to get current expenses under control. Why to "get rid of your guy"--those for-fee (or hidden-fee) financial planners that suck up valuable assets. Why it's always better to pay off a loan or a mortgage.
There are no gimmicks, no magical thinking--just an easy-to-follow program that works.
- Whether you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
- which debts are wiped out
- how Chapter 13 repayment plans work
- how bankruptcy affects homeowners
- whether you can keep cars and other property
- how bankruptcy affects credit
- other ways to handle debt problems
Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781118967560) is now being published as Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293330). While this version features an older Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the new release and should not be considered a different product.
"Social Security for Dummies is a must read for people of any age who want a comfortable retirement. Jonathan Peterson does a great job of explaining this complicated system and helps you understand how to get the most from the benefits you've earned. The difference between a smart claiming strategy and a dumb one can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, so you'll want to invest in this book." --Liz Weston, personal finance columnist and author of The 10 Commandments of Money
"This is your go-to book on Social Security. Chock-full of useful tips, easy to use, and well organized, it answers all your questions about Social Security." --Steve Vernon, author of Money for Life: Turn Your IRA and 401(k) Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck and CBS MoneyWatch commentator
"Social Security for Dummies is indispensable for anyone who wants to get the best possible deal from Social Security--and that means all of us, young and old, because everyone will need Social Security benefits in this era of disappearing pensions and dwindling savings. Strategies for single people, for married couples, for survivors, for divorced people: You can find expert advice on all these subjects and more in this easy-to-understand guide to a very complex subject." -- Bob Rosenblatt, editor of HelpwithAging.com and Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social InsuranceAbout the book:
Take the mystery out of Social Security and maximize your benefits when you retire
Social Security For Dummies is the definitive resource to navigating the often-complex world of Social Security retirement benefits and the U.S. Social Security Administration. If you're nearing retirement age, or assisting someone who is, this guide will show you how to avoid common pitfalls, determine when you should claim your benefits, and figure out how much you can expect to receive each month.
This newest edition provides updates to relevant dates and resources as well as an in-depth look at policy changes that will affect those about to retire. Packed with information that will help you make decisions that will maximize your financial well-being, this great resource makes it easy to understand everything you need to know quickly and easily.
- Understand new Social Security Administration policies and what they mean for you
- Determine how to incorporate Social Security into your overall retirement plan
- Get answers to common questions
- Find resources to use when you're stumped
With Social Security For Dummies, you can take charge of your retirement and successfully navigate the U.S. Social Security Administration.
How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today's brand new information. But how?
Enter Zillow, the nation's #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In ZILLOW TALK, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate. Read this book to find out why:
-It's better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen
-Putting the word "cute" in your listing could cost you thousands of dollars
-You shouldn't buy the worst house in the best neighborhood
-You should never list your house for $444,000
-You shouldn't list your house for sale before March Madness or after the Masters
Densely packed with entertaining anecdotes and invaluable how-to advice, ZILLOW TALK is poised to be the real estate almanac for the next generation.