Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth: The 8 Secrets of How 5,000 Ordinary Americans Became Successful Investors--and How You Can Too

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How did a secretary, a firefighter, a retired naval officer, a housewife, a construction worker, a schoolteacher, and a pharmacist become wealthy? Bestselling author Ric Edelman has studied the wealth-making habits of these and 5,000 other ordinary Americans. What he found is revealed for the first time in this book: the eight great secrets to attaining wealth.

This extraordinary book is filled with the advice of everyday people -- people like your own friends and neighbors -- who entered the world of personal finance, often with no real plan at the start, but who found ways to accumulate astonishing amounts of money.

A rich, irreplaceable lifetime of wealthbuilding experience is now at your fingertips. Here you will learn to arrange your finances and make your investment decisions so you can reach your goals and achieve financial security. Including:

  • How to turn your mortgage into a wealth-enhancing tool;
  • Why small investments work better than big ones;
  • How to max out on your employer-sponsored retirement plan;
  • Your investments: when to hold them and when to fold them;
  • Financial news: when to pay attention and when to turn it off;
  • Plus, of course, much, much more.

Let your neighbors lend you a hand and let Ric Edelman guide you through their lessons. So come along for an eye-opening journey with thousands of ordinary folks who found their way to extraordinary wealth.

Five thousand of your neighbors found hard-won financial success using the same eight secrets to attaining wealth. The lessons they learned through many years of life experience, and lots of trial and error, can now be yours!

After studying the habits of thousands of financially successful people, bestselling author Ric Edelman found that they shared eight fundamental methods for attaining wealth. Now you can adopt these same eight strategies yourself.

Let the extraordinary experience of ordinary investors -- along with Ric Edelman's expert analysis -- help you create your own financial success story.

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About the Author:

Ric Edelman is Barron's #1 independent financial advisor, the bestselling author of seven books on personal finance, and host of The Ric Edelman Show, heard on radio stations nationwide. Ric's firm, Edelman Financial Services, manages $5 billion in assets and has been helping people achieve financial success for twenty-five years.

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Several years ago, after helpful nudges from Oprah and Rush Limbaugh, Thomas Stanley and William Danko found themselves sitting atop the best-seller charts with The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy (1996), in which they profiled the surprisingly frugal lifestyles and spending habits of America's "hidden" millionaires. Now Edelman hopes to garner the same attention with this survey of 5,000 of his clients who are "predominately middle-class" but successful investors. Edelman, a financial planner and popular talk-show host, is already the author of The New Rules of Money: 88 Strategies for Financial Success Today (1998) and The Truth about Money: "Because Money Doesn't Come with Instructions" (1996). He uncovers eight basic "secrets" that, in several cases, run counter to prevailing financial wisdom. Don't pay down your mortgage! Don't diversify your retirement plan contributions! After explaining each strategy, Edelman lets his survey respondents speak "in their own words." David Rouse

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