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Financial Fitness Forever: 5 Steps to More Money, Less Risk, and More Peace of Mind Hardcover – November 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0071786980 ISBN-10: 0071786988 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071786988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071786980
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Merriman is a nationally recognized authority on mutual funds, index investing, asset allocation, and both buy-and-hold and active management strategies. He founded the investment advisory firm Merriman, Inc., which manages more than $1.5 billion for more than 2,000 U.S. households.

The author of four personal investing books, including Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money!, and numerous online articles for FundAdvice.com, Merriman has led more than 1,000 investor workshops, hosted a weekly radio program, and has been a featured guest on local, regional, and national television shows. Money magazine named his weekly podcast “Sound Investing” as “the best money podcast.” Twice he has been a featured guest speaker at Harvard University’s investor psychology conference.

Merriman is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from Western Washington University’s School of Economics and is a founding member of the board of directors of Global HELP, a Seattle-based non-profit producer of medical publications distributed free of charge to healthcare workers in developing nations.


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Paul Merriman is a nationally-recognized authority on personal finance through sound investments that build and maintain a healthy portfolio for retirement, including mutual funds, index investing, and asset allocation. He is author of "Live It Up without Living Your Money!", "Financial Fitness Forever", written for his Public Broadcasting System special, "Financial Fitness After 50", and the new "How To Invest" series. He is the founder and former president of Merriman Inc., an investment advisory firm managing over $1.5 billion for more than 2,000 households throughout the United States. Now retired, Paul continues his commitment to educating and empowering investors, with podcasts and other free information at his website (paulmerriman.com) and donates all profits from the sales of his books. He divides his time between homes in Bainbridge Island, WA and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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I found the book to be easy to read but yet very informative.
Greg L
This means he steers you clear of investments and people which will rob you of your money, despite making you think you are making a good choice.
I am Flying Squirrel
I highly recommend Paul Merriman's new book, Financial Fitness Foverever, especially for the new investor.
Darrell Armuth, founder of SensiblePortfolios.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill B on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read over 70 investment books in the past 6 years. Without a doubt, Paul Merriman writes clearly and understandably and makes total sense. This book can be read and understood by anyone. You do not need specialized education. I am an advisor representing the Dimensional Funds who also uses Vanguard at times. He favors these two families and compares them in detail. This books works for do it your selfers, which he discusses, and those with advanced training. I am also a CPA and he discusses why certain types of individuals make better trusted advisors. I think this book is one of the best I have read and highly recommend it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Staheli on November 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading Paul Merriman new book, Financial Fitness Forever and very impressed. Reading it made be look forward to his upcoming Public Television programs. The book includes a goldmine of information. His evidenced based approach to investing is a welcome departure from usual fuzzy opinion. His recommendations are based on a long personal experience, ongoing research (while preparing for his workshops), and a careful review of academic research. Another feature I appreciated was the insight he provides on why we make decisions the way we do. Knowing our psychological vulnerabilities helps us avoid errors. His evidence based recommendations substantiated by abundant data provides confidence in decision making. I think this is a wonderful guide. I found it personally a fantastic work.
Lynn Staheli, MD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lana Staheli on November 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
READ, UNDERLINE, TAKE ACTION-that's what I did.
Merriman explains the 'facts' on investing. (I didn't know there were facts.) He then demystifies investing by defining the terms and giving easy to understand examples. He reminds us "no one knows the future". I guess if they did they would not telling us their secrets.

Financial Fitness is a quick read. Merriman says there is no magic to investing. Financial fitness comes from creating a fact based plan and sticking to it. What surprised me in this book is that it is not just theory, Paul tells us exactly what to buy and why. He leaves no room for excuses. I think his advice applies not only to us but also to our children and grandchildren. I am taking action now.
Lana
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pietras on December 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Paul Merriman is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, mutual funds, index investing and asset allocation. But more than that, he's also a passionate educator who cares deeply about sharing his knowledge and common sense approach to investing with as many people as possible.

I've been a student of Paul Merriman's ideas and teachings for several years. My first exposure to his ideas came via an internet search that led me to his "Sound Investing" radio broadcast and the FundAdvice.com website. I've listened to dozens of his archived broadcasts and have always been impressed by the consistency and clarity of his explanations. I purchased his book "Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money" and once again was impressed by the way he was able to explain the concepts of financial management in such a clear and easy to understand manner. I really appreciated his ability to use "common sense explanations" that cut through the hype and hysteria that so often accompanies today's financial media. And for those of us that appreciate lots of charts and graphs, Paul was always able to back up his recommendations with extensive academic research and many, many decades of historical market data.

Over the years, I have shared Paul's book with my friends that wanted to learn more about managing their own financial resources. They've all commented upon how this book was the most understandable personal finance book they'd ever read. I must admit, however, that a couple of my friends were a bit overwhelmed by the abundance of charts and graphs.

I think that Paul's latest book, "Financial Fitness Forever", hits the "sweet spot" between readers like myself that will love the charts/graphs and reader's that won't.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Heys on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you could read every book written on the subject of investing, this would be the one to read twice: First and Last

Paul Heys
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Cobb on April 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Paul Merriman is a compassionate and intelligent individual. He really WANTS people to succeed with their investments and he gives nitty gritty, detailed advice how to do it. He's a numbers guy who trusts university studies and the guys who do them. He applies what they've learned to how you should allocate your assets in a sane and balanced manner. Pie charts abound in his pages. This is no get rich quick secret way to make a million. If anything, it's a very OPEN way of preserving the million (or much less) that you already have, and making a reasonable return on it. The only reason I give four stars is because I bought the Kindle version and the charts don't show up well at all. BUT if you go to the Merriman website, you can find all those charts plus much more at the bottom of each page under RESOURCES. ([...] Incidentally, Paul is no longer affiliated with the company he founded, but they still use his stuff on the website. We can all be grateful for that access!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John R. Anderson on September 12, 2013
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This is a good and useful book. It does tend to push the use of financial planners (Merriman's?) & DFA funds. But it does offer other alternatives, too. I'd recommend reading Dr. William Bernstein's "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" for a much better analysis of asset allocation...the risks and the rewards. Bernstein's program is similar to Merriman's but there is much better analysis in Bernstein's book.
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