The Standard & Poor's Guide to Personal Finance

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9780071447416: The Standard & Poor's Guide to Personal Finance

Personal finance guidelines from Standard & Poor's, the world's most trusted source for financial data and direction

The Standard & Poor's Guide to Personal Finance shows you how to manage the entire spectrum of day-to-day money matters, providing the hands-on strategies and techniques you need without being buried in irrelevant data. This hands-on guide tackles important, everyday issues from tax and debt management to long-term care, estate planning, personal investing, and more.

If you are looking to get your financial house in order without a lot of hassle, you will find virtually everything you need right here, from the authoritative professionals at Standard & Poor's.

Refreshingly free from intimidating jargon and insider shoptalk, this no-nonsense reference features:

  • Bullet points, checklists, and more for increased usability
  • Easy-to-follow directions for implementing real-world investing and saving tools
  • Insights and ideas that you can use right away or file away for later use

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Commonsense strategies for improving your personal cash flow and building long-term wealth

The best person to straighten out your financial house is you, and the best time to start is right now. The Standard & Poor's Guide to Personal Finance provides you with step-by-step guidelines for making the right decisions on everything from insurance and investments to credit cards, college and retirement savings plans, and other important day-to-day money issues.

Combining real-world examples and insights with Standard & Poor's knowledge and expertise, this bottomline book tells you everything you need to know to:

  • Manage your good debt and eliminate your bad debt forever
  • Create and easily follow an innovative, two-step budgeting process
  • Control stock market risk through asset allocation and dollar cost averaging
  • Ensure that 401(k)s, IRAs, and other retirement plans will meet your needs
  • Build a substantial, tax-advantaged college savings plan
  • Leave your estate to your heirs instead of the IRS
  • Minimize your short- and long-term mortgage costs
  • Get the insurance you need without spending a fortune

Your ability to manage money wisely can have a dramatic effect on your personal and financial success. The Standard & Poor's Guide to Personal Finance contains scores of skill-building tips and guidelines, and provides you with the tools you need to make every financial decision a smart, profitable financial decision.

About the Author:

Tom Downey is a financial writer with Standard & Poor's Financial Communications.

Standard & Poor's is the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research, data and valuations. An essential part of the world's financial infrastructure, Standard & Poor's has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions

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