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Living in the Village: Build Your Financial Future and Strengthen Your Community Paperback – January 18, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0312646363 ISBN-10: 0312646364 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312646364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312646363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mack, executive and financial commentator, provides a road map for improving the reader’s quality of life and offers many examples of individuals who get financial control of themselves and benefit their community with their fiscally responsible decisions. He points to widespread poor planning as Labor Department research indicates 93 percent of Americans at age 65 require help from family, friends, or Social Security for necessities. Topics covered include budgeting, adequate insurance, estate planning, credit scores, high-risk debt, retirement planning, establishing an emergency fund, individual retirement accounts, low-risk debt, diversified investment strategy, selecting a financial advisory team, and investing in the community. Appendix A quotes Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish. It is Mack’s perceptive Four Steps to Success, which include discovering passion, determining vision, finding the resources to accomplish the vision, and following an action plan. This collection of important financial concepts will be helpful to many library patrons as they seek to plan properly in this challenging economic environment. --Mary Whaley

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“Ryan Mack’s work is a wonderfully positive voice in the midst of today’s gloom. It is a reassertion of the possibility of the American dream, which so many have stopped believing. Not only is this exceptionally talented person imparting critical life lessons to those in need but also setting an example for all of us to start believing again in what has made this country great.”
- Stephen Leeb, PhD, Chairman of Leeb Capital Management, and Author of The Oil Factor

“Ryan shows passion, vision and faith with sound, practical advice to help you get on the road to prosperity.  A wise investment of your time, this book makes it easy to see how you, too, can become destined for success in life.”
- Doug Flynn, CFP®, ChFC, Financial Media Commentator and Founder of Flynn Zito Capital Management, LLC

"Ryan Mack gets it…true economic empowerment for all of America is more than just knowledge of stocks and bonds. It is about how we think, our faith in a brighter tomorrow, and how we treat each other. This book is just what this country needs to move forward.”   
- Willie Horton, Major League Baseball Legend and Detroit Tiger Great 
 
"Living in the Village, Ryan Mack offers the common sense road map that Americans need today in order to get their finances in order. This is not about ourselves, but being in position to create and pass on wealth to our children, or help others philanthropically. If we don't heed Ryan's advice now, then we will have no future. " 
- Roland Martin, Host of Washington Watch with Roland Martin, CNN Political Analyst, The Tom Joyner Morning Show Senior Analyst 

"Ryan Mack has often told me that your financial future is not something that just happens to you. You have to make it happen. This book does that."
- Christine Romans, CNN’s Your Money and author of SMART IS THE NEW RICH

"Reading this book will not only help you—it will indeed uplift our entire village. Buy at least two; give the second copy to someone you know needs what Mack is offering: a path to hope, and freedom."
- Alfred A. Edmond Jr., Sr. Vice President, Black Enterprise

 

 

 


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President of Optimum Capital Management, Ryan Mack: Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. Ryan Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest NASDAQ trading firm in the nation, Knight Securities. Having a passion for teaching he established his own financial awareness group in 2003 where he began to publish regular newsletters about various financial related issues that were of interest to people from all income levels. In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of financial literacy. Unions, churches, government-subsidized housing communities, municipal programs, nonprofits, inner-city organizations, international communities and especially colleges and universities have benefited from the financial workshops/programs that he has developed and instructed through Optimum Capital Management.

As a renowned public speaker he has provided keynote presentations to organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, NAACP, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Housing Preservation and Development, National Urban League, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Black MBA Association and many others, Microsoft Corporation, HSBC, KPMG, Johnson and Johnson, Six Flags, and Deutsche Bank. With a strong sense of philanthropy he flew to South Africa to teach economic empowerment principles to those in need and has partnered with the local District Attorney's office to teach financial literacy to previously incarcerated community residents with the aim of lowering recidivism rates. He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as GMTV, CNBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, and BET discussing economic/social issues that impact American citizens. Ryan has also authored his book "Living in the Village"; has been profiled in Tavis Smiley's Covenant and Action (a New York Times Bestseller); co-authored a book with Kevin Powell entitled "The Black Male Handbook"; featured in Black Enterprise, African American Family, The Source & NV Magazine; contributes regularly to Huffingtonpost.com, The Network Journal, Fortune, and Black Enterprise; received the Top 40 Ander 40 Achievement Award from The Network Journal; was inducted by Medgar Evers College (where he currently serves as a board member) into its national honor society PI ETA KAPPA as a honorary member; and received Tom Joyner's "Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award" because of his efforts to empower the community with the crucial life skills of financial literacy. Whether he is counseling a group of doctors at a convention or in Rikers Island providing a free course Ryan Mack's comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment to all income levels has generated a level of much needed interest in a volatile economy.

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I am not the type to read financial literacy books but the testimonies in this book were riveting!
madison
I love how he uses real life people testimonies of making money and having more financial stability in their daily lives.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By YoungMan87 on January 27, 2011
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After reading this book I am ready to build wealth for myself and future generations. I recommend this book to anyone who is tired of living paycheck to paycheck.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancey F on January 22, 2011
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Living in the Village was easy an read and gave me a clear understanding of what I need to do with my finances. The thing is that much of what the author discusses, we already know. It's just common sense. However, reading it and putting these practices to work for you is another story. My husband and I are just starting out and we've decided to use this book as a guide to help us attain our financial goals. I've always been practical when it comes to saving, but there are so many other nuances that I now realize that I've overlooked. This book is right on time especially with the state of the economy. I'm sure I'm not the only person that would like to have more than a few years stashed away for a rainy season. We've been going through a tumultuous storm for the past 3 years and this book can truly help put a lot of people back on track...if you heed to the solutions provided in the book. I felt like I was talking with a financial advisor without the huge fees attached. The testimonies gave me tons of food for thought and inspiration for my life. They made financial literacy real to me. Definitely a great read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerren Y on March 25, 2011
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Well, personally being a finance professional myself I usually find myself in the self improvement section at my local borders, B&N, etc....I've read Dave Ramsey, Suzy Orman and a few others...The only thing I have to say about this book is I really enjoyed the ''estimated budget'' section...That was helpful to me and I noticed it is an a lot more helpful than Dave Ramsey ""total money makeover section''....I just wished Mr Mack expanded on that a lot more. I guess you can't always get everything you want.I will say,I found chapter 6 very helpful to me particularly four and five when he went on to talk about the credit cards. I must admit I do have not only my american express , brooks brothers card and Jc Penney. I need to get rid of the ...JCP like YESTERDAY. After reading chapter 7 I noticed one thing that I am a total victim of ....when Mr Mack mentioned '''whichever card you choose do not use for everyday purchases....My weakness is American express...the reward points are like DRUGS. All in all, the book I would give it a B+ only because I really wish he would have expanded a lot more on actually breaking down your spending diary(pg 281)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Akinfe on February 10, 2011
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This is hands down the most creative financial literacy book I've read in my career. Allowing the financial principals to be taught through the stories of everyday people is brilliant.
This book is both informative and inspiring. Hats off to Mr. Mack!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julissa on February 9, 2011
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Probably one of the best books I've read so far this year. I can tell you that I am in the financial black hole with college loans and debts, this writer has made me see the true value of financial literacy and how anybody can learn. First I thought that the book was not going to relate to myself as I am nineteen years old, but it's so easy to grasp and by just reading the first few chapters, I'm going "OOOHHH" as If I should know this already. Ryan is a great person, serves as a true member of his community and a great mentor. I give it 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By madison on January 21, 2011
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This book was both inspirational and educational. I am not the type to read financial literacy books but the testimonies in this book were riveting! They really made the principles real to me and the real life stories that they told inspired me to do better with my own finances, and make more of a change in my community. Then the way that Ryan explained a vast array of principles in such a down to earth style gave me tremendous confidence! This book is more than a financial literacy book; it is a reference tool/motivational book that should be on the shelves of every household!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorethia Conner on January 20, 2011
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What's great about this book is the fact that it is so comprehensive. There are many factors that affect how we handle our money and Ryan Mack touches on them all. The steps he outlines to financial freedom are achievable and practical. I also applaud the work Ryan and Optimum Institute has done to ensure our underserved communities thrive with their financial literacy campaigns across the country. I'm definitely giving copies of this book away and recommending to my clients, family and friends!

Dorethia R. Conner, MBA
President
Conner Financial Coaching
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damian Smith on February 9, 2011
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Ryan Mack writes a stellar book about financial literacy, one that our country (and the rest of the world for that matter!) desperately need. After seeing this book on CNN, I bought the book yesterday and I cannot put it down! Ryan does a great job at not writing about this from a "boring financial" angle that many people think of when they see "finance", but instead, he lets the village tell the story. These are stories about PEOPLE living in the community who have CREATED financial wealth for themselves and how YOU can learn from them! It is a very interesting read and not at all bland or dry. Instead, it is dynamic, entertaining, and above all, educational. They are inspirational stories of survival and triumph, with the age old question that everyone has on how to "make it" in a society. I URGE everyone to purchase their own copy of this book if they want to create the wealth they want and not live from paycheck to paycheck! THANK YOU Ryan Mack for this book!
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