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What If Your Prince Falls Off His Horse?: The Married Woman's Primer on Financial Planning

Cohan, Jody

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ISBN 10: 0595690033 / ISBN 13: 9780595690039
Published by iUniverse, 2009
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Title: What If Your Prince Falls Off His Horse?: ...

Publisher: iUniverse

Publication Date: 2009

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Do you sign your tax returns without reading them?
Do you leave all the investment decisions up to your husband?
Do you ever look at your bank and brokerage statements?
Do you know who owns your insurance policies?
Have you even met "your husband's" financial advisors?

If you answered "yes" to the first three questions and "no" to the last two, you leave the business side of your marriage up to your husband. Should your prince ever fall off his horse-by death, disability, or divorce-you and your children will be left in a precarious position.

Unfortunately, the odds are against you. Most husbands die before their wives and more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Yet many women don't get involved in their family's financial planning because their husbands take care of it, they think it's too complicated for them to understand, or they just don't want to bother.

This book explains why you should "bother", what you need to know, and how to get involved. Ms. Cohan guides you through the subjects of cash management, insurance, taxes, investing, and retirement and estate planning using simple and entertaining principles. The effort will return significant dividends-for yourself, your marriage, and your children.

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I grew up during the 1970s, the decade of Wonder Woman, Billie Jean King, and Women's Lib. Even though my sisters and I were raised in California and with the idea that we could do whatever we wanted when we grew up, we still saw Cinderella rescued from an oppressive existence by none other than Prince Charming. We saw Snow White released from the spell of yet another wicked stepmother by, of course, the kiss of a prince. And "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" Marry her off to a wealthy, dashing captain--the next best thing to a prince! At least the next generation's damsels in distress exhibited a little more chutzpah. There was "headstrong" Ariel (as the copy on the video box described her), a mermaid princess, who is transformed for a more desirable life on land by a--you guessed it--human prince.

How could even my generation not get the message that some prince was going to gallop in on his white horse? Likewise, men were--and still are--taught the Three P's: Provide, Protect, and Problem-solve--in other words, become a prince.

Your prince may be doing an excellent job of securing your castle, but do you:

* Sign your tax returns without reading them?
* Leave all the investment decisions up to him?
* Never peruse your bank statements?
* Don't know anything about your insurance coverage, or
* Haven't ever met "his" financial advisors?

If so, then you are ignoring the business end of your marriage. This leaves you--and possibly your children--in a very precarious position should your prince ever fall off his horse, be it by death, disability, or divorce.

"I didn't need to know these things,
because a man would be there to take care of and protect me."

--Eva, married sixteen years

And so goes the fairy tale, except for one important fact: We don't always live happily ever after. Great marriage or shaky marriage, the odds are unfortunately against you:

* Most husbands die before their wives
* More than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, and
* 29 percent of recently separated women live below the poverty level

Yet so many women don't get involved in the business of their marriages because they think it's too complicated for them to understand, they don't want to bother, they're afraid to "go there," or the most convenient excuse of all, their husbands "handle it."

I remember discussing this topic with my prince-in-law while my sister lay in a nearby hospital bed recovering from her second Cesarean. Susan holds an MBA from a top-ten business school, began her working life at a prestigious brokerage house, and has a successful career in marketing. Still, she has no desire to get involved with her financial matters. Why? Because she's got someone else to handle it: her husband, who inherited this duty from my father. Paul says he has tried to get Susan involved, but it boils down to the fact that if he doesn't take care of it, who will?

Whether our respective roles stemmed from the time when men were the hunters and women the gatherers or it's part of our genetic makeup, or both, it doesn't matter. In today's world, a woman literally cannot afford to have her head in the sand. As Dorothy said, "There's no place like home," but your life, just like hers, can change in a stormy instant.

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