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How to Be the Family CFO: 4 Simple Steps to Put Your Financial House in Order Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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Now that the useless parts are pulled away, is there anything left? Yes, if you've never been exposed to any basic financial planning material, because this is just more of the basic stuff that you'll find anywhere. Whether you have or not, there is still a big problem with Kim's book: who is your audience? There is quite a chasm on how she approached writing the book - do you offer broad strokes or loads of tiny details. Kim seems to have chosen randomly between them; as an example, she offers a several minute details for estate planning but she is not a licensed attorney so who knows how up-to-date or appropriate this information is; and she doesn't offer the overall view aside from a few questions to be sure to ask (based on what?). Like many sections of the book, you would be far better off with a book specifically written by an expert in that area or a general view of personal finance that touches on estate planning that includes where to get more detailed information.Read more ›
Also, I did not feel that I was being "marketed to" in Easy Money, but I did in Family CFO, particularly toward the end of the book, where the dividend-oriented Snider Investment Method (R), is discussed. What put me off was the promotional nature of the writing, and the lack of detail, particularly any information on capital gains and losses from the strategy. Definitely not Global Investment Performance Standards-compliant. Also, the strategy would be undiversified, in my opinion, by being overexposed to income factors.
Now, there is one major positive to the book, a place in which it is superior to Easy Money. It motivates the "why" of getting your financial life in order, while Easy Money is better with the "how." What I admire about the author is that after failure, she grew up, and learned to be a serious adult about planning for the future, and using money wisely.
Most of my readers I expect are good at handling their money, but perhaps you have family or friends with self-inflicted money troubles. If they lack motivation, you could get them a copy of Family CFO (with my caveats). If they have motivation but lack knowledge, you could give them Easy Money.
Both are available from Amazon:
How to Be the Family CFO
Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want out of Life (Liz Pulliam Weston)
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This book is outstanding. I bought seven copies and gave them to my employees and family.Published on November 20, 2008 by Al M
As a Snider Method alumnus, I was eager to read this book to see what else Kim might have to say. I was delighted to see that not only is this is a great "how-to" manual for all... Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Linda Barnes
I've met Kim and I can almost hear her voice as I read this great book. It truly comes from the heart and her advice and lessons are right on target. Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Jennifer H. Sanchez
Kim's new book is a wonderful combination of common sense, organization and teaching from hard learned experiences. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by T. Mayfield