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A Commonsense Guide to Your 401(k) (Bloomberg) Hardcover – February 1, 1999


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A wonderful primer that guides even novice investors toward becoming more confident 401(k) investors. Everyone with access to a 401(k) account should read this book. -- Don Phillips, President, Morningstar Mutual Funds

If you are ready to take control of your financial destiny, you would be well advised to read this book. -- Laura Tarbox, CFP, Tarbox Equity

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"A wonderful primer that guides even novice investors toward becoming more confident 401(k) investors. Everyone with access to a 401(k) account should read this book."
Don Phillips, President, Morningstar Mutual Funds

"If you are ready to take control of your financial destiny, you would be well advised to read this book."
Laura Tarbox, CFP, Tarbox Equity

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Product Details

  • Series: Bloomberg (Book 55)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1st edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157660019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576600191
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Rowland has been a journalist for 30 years, a half dozen of them as weekly columnist for the Sunday New York Times. She wrote a column on practice management for the Bloomberg Wealth Manager, a magazine for financial advisors, for seven years. Her articles and essays have appeared in Fortune, Business Week, USA Today, Ladies' Home Journal, Family Circle, McCall's, Woman's Day, and many other publications. She received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Vermont College in 2002 and studies theology at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. She is writing a book on how to find your best financial advisor with George Kinder of the Kinder Institute for Life Planning and is also working on a memoir. Rowland earned her B.A. and M.A. in Russian history.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
More than 22 million Americans have 401(k) plans worth an astounding $750 billion. Chances are, most employees who sign up for this great perk do little more than read an occasional article on the subject. But big bucks -- and 22 million nest eggs -- are on the line. So if you're lucky enough to be eligible for a 401(k), you owe it to yourself to read this objective guide. In a series of easy- to-digest steps, personal finance writer Mary Rowland lays out -- including sample portfolios, reducing taxes, monitoring plan expenses, taking a loan, or making a withdrawal.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book about 401(k) plan. I found 99% of my questions answered in that book. The book is well-organized, and the author did a good job in presenting the pros and cons of 401(k)plan. The only thing I recommend to the author is elaborating more about the 401K status for non-residnts, and how can they get their money out of this plan in case they decided to leave the country.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Somerlot Bittel on August 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Rowland does a great job answering just about every question imaginable when it comes to dealing with your 401K plan. There is advice for getting started,switching jobs, planning beneficiaries, actually retiring, taking loans out against your 401k...everything. The book is written in a series of 2 page articles she lists as "steps" so if you want to skip around you can. While a little of the material is dated as a result of the recent tax changes, it is mostly in regards to amounts an individual is able to contribute. I felt I was fairly knowledgeable on this topic before I started reading but I found it pretty interesting and worth the time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Jars on June 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent! She explains, in-depth and in easy to understand language, exactly what a 401(k) plan is and how to use it to plan for retirement. Her book clearly explains the role of the 401(k) in retirement.
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