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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance, Fourth Edition: Mortgages, Banking, Taxes, Investing, Financial Planning, Credit, Paying for Tuition Paperback – August 31, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 4 edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743266323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743266321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
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Most of us have some gaps in our understanding of personal finances. This approachable guide lays it out briefly and understandably. Since my attention span is short for this topic, this is the kind of guide I needed.

For instance, the two-page section on DEALING WITH A LENDER, shows a loan application form with 6 boxed explanations for parts of the form.

You won't learn everything you need to know in two-page bites, but it gets you briefed on everything from mutual funds, making a will, getting insurance, understanding credit card statements, 401(k) plans, your W-2 form, etc.

Once you grasp the basics, you can find a book specifically on wills or whatever you are dealing with at the moment.

Gaining control over your finances can start with this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chicago60624 on October 25, 2009
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It is hard to understand the intracacies of how our basic banking system works. This book presents in a very easy to understand language, with picture diagrams how everything works. This book should be read by everyone who does not understand how banking, loans, credit cards, checks, work...along with how the transaction flows through the system. Must read for those who want to understand investing and the US stock market. Great for foreign nationals who will live/work in the US. Great for those living in poverty areas of US states and cities. Learning how our system functions is important for everyone living in the US.
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A Kid's Review on April 26, 2007
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This book was great I had to read if for an Economics class and it helped me to understand more about financing and how to raise money for school. It is great to have an understanding with this so i can be ahead, and collect as much money as I can for retirement. This book goes into many categories in financing such as banking, investing, financial planning, credit, and mortgages. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about how to have a good financial life.
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I just moved into the United States and wanted to know how do personal savings, the bank, financial planning, housing, taxes, retirement etc...

This book gives a very consolidated overview will all the nitty-gritty about how personal finance should & is handled in United States. Recommended to anyone new to the US or just off schools entering the REAL WORLD. Also gets you acquainted with the local financial terms.
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By S. Gambhir on October 2, 2013
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Although the book clearly explains various topic related to personal financing but the entire information is too basic. I was expecting much more than that.
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