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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781118114957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118114957
  • ASIN: 1118114957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How To Speak Money by Ali Velshi and Christine Romans is a tutorial for the last taboo subject... our money. Ali and Christine remove the mystery and help us understand smart strategies for financial independence, growth, and security.  The book fascinates as it teaches. Ali, the dare devil who takes risks and Christine the fiscal conservative who lives consciously. This book should be required education for everyone.  People communicate more openly about sex than money. Each person in a relationship, whether business or personal, needs to understand and resolve,  different points of view about debt, saving, investing and spending. If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, most of us live on the confused planet of Pluto, when it comes to dollars and sense.  How to Speak Money, is the new gift for loved ones, colleagues, non-profits and friends. This Christmas, because of this great new book, the people in my life will finally be speaking the same language in matters of finance. Thank you, Ali and Christine.”—Kathy Ireland, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide.

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You're the one working hard to make a living, but once you've made your money, who controls it?

Do you speak money? You should. It is the world's most important language. It's spoken everywhere. Speaking—or at least understanding—this language allows you to follow the real conversations in politics, business, and at work. Understanding money and speaking the language fluently is critical to preparingfor a comfortable retirement, building a small business, and planning for college and a career for your children. Everyone speaks it differently, with different dialects. Some are riskier than others. Some want to save their money; others want to see it grow. There is no one accent, but understanding the differences will make couples, business partners, and coworkers happier—and wealthier. Authors and CNN financial experts Ali Velshi and Christine Romans speak the global language of money and translate it every day for hundreds of thousands of viewers. And they are here to teach you, too. It's easier to learn than you might think.

Speaking money affects every area of your life. It's more than simply your savings or the investments you may have. It involves the way you think about money, the way you teach your children about it, and the way you were taught about it yourself. It's about the way you spend it, save it, invest it, use it, need it, and want it. This book will:

  • Shed light on why men and women spend and invest differently

  • Discuss emerging international economies

  • Weigh the financial hurdle of student debt culminating in a successful job

  • Explain how to budget wisely and build wealth

  • Show how to plan appropriately for retirement

How to Speak Money is an easy-to-read, practical book that helps readers become fluent in the world's most universal language.


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The language is written in such a way that it is very easy to understand.
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Read this book if you want to live your life better, financially.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Hubert L Lee on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is in the top five of the most informative and releveant books I've ever read. It would have been of the most beneficial of teaching references in my public school education along with the 3R's if financial trainig was offered as part of the curriculum. I feel this book is among the most useful and beneficially lasting gifts that can be given in today's world. I am giving copies to all my nieces and nephews to get them started in learning HOW TO SPEAK MONEY.How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By evanlucky13 on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
this provides the individual with simple and easy to follow solutions to make the most of the money they earn. It's nothing short of brilliant, though you may feel foolish for not employing some of these methods prior to reading this book, none the less it's never too later and it's such an easy read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jen on January 4, 2012
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I'm not sure which topics or ideas the one-star reviewer is referring to as I believe the book covers important financial topics that every person should strive to have general knowledge of no matter what state the economy is in. Ali and Christine cover these topics in a straightforward manner which I found easy to read. Financial matters beyond budgeting are something I have pushed myself to become more knowledgeable about once I found a full time job. By no means am I a financial whiz, but I like to make sure that the income I work so hard for is being utilized in the best way possible.I am very discriminating on how I spend whether it be the five cents I get back bringing re-usable bags to Target, scouring Goodwill racks for like-new items or where to allocate the money I receive from my tax return. I make less than $50k per year living close to the metropolitan area of Chicago. Every. Penny. Counts. (I should note that I bought the Kindle version of HTSM because it was cheaper, and Half Price Books didn't have a copy just yet. I could have saved a nickel and gone audio...but I'll just take an extra bag to Target on my next shopping trip. Haha.) I feel incredibly lucky to have kept my job through the recession the past few years. Enduring pay-cuts, moving in with a roommate...yet saving what little I could while paying off my car and credit card bills is now a huge plus. Reading "How to Speak Money" was a great refresher on some topics while pointing me in the right direction towards further financial actions that I should research more thoroughly regarding my future personal goals (saving for a home, investing, paying off student loans, etc). It was a quick informative financial read that I would suggest for most people.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robet Schroeder on November 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having read Velshi's "Gimme My Money Back" during the financial crisis, this book feels like a natural progression; less about protecting yourself from a financial world collapsing around you, and more about positioning yourself for this economy we're in. I particularly enjoyed the "argue boxes" between Christine and Ali; made me feel ok for not agreeing with others about the best way to handle money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Great Grandma on December 14, 2011
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I became acquainted with Ali Velsher and Christine Romans through watching their financial programs on CNN. I am absolutely terrible with numbers and a complete novice with investing. My late husband handled all the money matters except how to stretch it to care for a family of 5 kids and 2 adults. Due to our depression upbringing, we both were experts in that field and probably never had any disagreements about money. We paid the bills and bought groceries with what was left. But I digress. Now I am responsible for "the estate". One of my sons is a great help in that department, but I still need to understand what is being done, why and how the markets and the economy, local as well as global will affect what I do. This is where "How To Speak Money" is coming to my rescue. It explains things to me without making me feel like an absolute nincompoop. With most financial experts, I am a little shy about exposing my ignorance and most of what they say winds up as a jumble in my brain. Not so with "How To Speak Money".

I could have purchased this book to put on my Kindle, but I find it useful to flip through the pages and mark it up with a pencil on relevant passages. So, in closing, I am thankful for Amazon making it available to me in not only the kindle form but also in soft and hard cover at a reasonable price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In the complex and ever changing world of money this book is a must read - even for financially sophisticated people. Ali and Christine bring to light so many issues that come up both with understanding money and with communicating about it. I know that my husband and I have the same discussions that Ali and Christine talk about with investing, spending and budgeting. I must confess like Christine I am the budgeter who keeps track of every expense (on her own spreadsheet!) and I use that to argue my case with my husband. I am often surprised how many people talk about having money issues and then can't answer a simple question about income or expenses. This book highlights the importance of financial knowledge both personal and global and taking active responsibility for your own money. Written in an entertaining and easy to read style that makes a difficult topic very approachable, it is an invaluable resource and I would highly recommend it.
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