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The WALL STREET JOURNAL GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE REVISED (Wall Street Journal (Lightbulb Press)) Paperback – December 17, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Wall Street Journal (Lightbulb Press)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; Rev&Updtd edition (December 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684857243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth M. Morris is the chairman and CEO of Lightbulb Press, a print and Internet publishing company he founded in 1990. One of the nation1s leading experts in simplified communications, Ken created the first easy-to-read documents for the brokerage, banking, and telecommunications industries, as well as the 1040EZ for the IRS. He is now spearheading the development of point-of-need online products for websites and interactive devices.

Ken is the coauthor of The Wall Street Journal guides and other Lightbulb publications, including Essential Guide to Your 401(k) Plan and Dictionary of Financial Terms. He serves on the boards of the Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF), the Information Design Journal, and Visible Language.

A graduate of Cornell University, he holds a PhD from Columbia University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Abhas Jain on November 1, 2001
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This was a great (5 star rating) book in 1998. However, there have been many changes in the tax laws and retirement saving instruments (like roth IRA, education credit etc.)since 1998. WSJ needs to update this great book soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 7, 2003
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Nearly all young people and most of the rest of us do not want to think about the time when we will have to live off some portion of what we are earning during our working lives. We face so many financial pressures each and every day that we end up spending all (or more than all) we earn. We can't seem to find any surplus to put away for that far away retirement. We have to deal with today.
But tomorrow comes and we need to face that. And the sooner the better! This guide is a good introduction to the basic concepts of the issues that need to be considered when thinking about your future financial needs. It is especially good as a text for young people to help them form their thinking about the basic issues of earning, spending, and saving and how to plan and control all three.
This is NOT detailed or current enough to serve as a guide or manual for financial planning. This is an introductory text to help you understand some basic concepts and terms. This guide helps you gain a working vocabulary of the terms and issues involved in preparing for a nice retirement. It is VERY colorful with many illustrations that add to the text and many which are there as eye candy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2000
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I was impressed with the clear concise coverage of the broad range of retirement finances. As a younger person (30) trying to map out my retirement plans, it offered me valuable info without a lot of opinions about what I should do. It will remain a valuable reference for years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on February 23, 2006
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A very well written guide, put in true layman's terms. Easy to understand, with just the right amount of explanation and information. Great book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Stephens on January 31, 2004
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I had high hopes for this simple book since I am totally a visual learner. The pictures and colors greatly appealed to me, and they are indeed very nice.
That being said, I felt like the organization of the book was lacking; too many concepts were explained out of order or in such a way that a smooth flow didn't occur. Also, knowledge was assumed on the part of the reader in a manner that I found unacceptable. It was like, "Jeese, I'm reading this kind of book to find out WHAT such and such is, not just to read ABOUT it." Kind of like being told lots of details about a 401(k) without ever being told what it really is.
Overall: Helpful as a supplement to another book, such as _Retirement Bible_, by Lynn O'Shaughnessy. Good for reinforcing your learning.
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This book promotes financial literacy in the area of basic retirement planning. The book provides readers with important financial information. In our schools, students are taught subjects such as english, math, and history. While these subjects are important, we as a society are poorly educated in matters of finance and economics.

Financial knowledge and fiscal literacy are a major weakness in our society. This books helps to educate consumers and provide a working knowledge of the rules related to basic retirement planning. Unfortunately it does little to discuss some of the inherant perils associated with traditional retirement planning techniques, such as compound taxes...which often accompany the percieved gains in tax deferred accounts.

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Just like the rest of the WSJ's "Guide to Understanding...", it was a very easy to read, very graphical, reference manual. Keep that in mind. It's not for the experts, although I use it for a reference book myself! Great to help out the novice understand some of the financial rhetoric in other guides. Probably a higher star rating if I knew nothing about financial planning.
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