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While many of us trust the advice of so-called "experts" when it comes to our financial well-being, the fact is that many of these professionals either aren't objective enough or simply have an opinion that they want to push on us. This is ironic in that finance is a very subjective discipline, and many financial issues can be resolved by combining a few simple rules with a solid understanding of your own personal preferences.
Wealth manager Russell Bailyn knows how difficult it can be to overcome these obstacles, but he also believes that through well-rounded discussions of important financial topics, you can enhance your understanding of this field and improve your performance within it. That's why, in 2005, he started Russell Bailyn's Financial Planning Blog (www.russellbailyn.com/weblog) as a forum for discussing commonly asked financial questions. Within months, this blog became a widely syndicated resource for both ordinary investors and industry professionals.
Now, with Navigating the Financial Blogosphere, Bailyn will show you how to take advantage of the many informational outlets available online and provide you with the tools you'll need to get the most out of them. Divided into four comprehensive partsFirst Perspectives on Money, Building Wealth Requires Planning, Living in a Financial World, and Thinking Long-Term about Money Managementthis one-of-a-kind guide may change the way you live your financial life.
Starting at the beginning of a typical personal financial journey, this book answers basic questions such as how to choose a bank and how to read a credit score. It then moves on to address the essential savings and investment issues that many of us will face during our working yearsfrom figuring out IRAs and 401(k)s to picking stocks and mutual funds. Navigating the Financial Blogosphere concludes with an accessible analysis of long-term financial topics, such as retirement and Social Security, and a straightforward explanation of how to manage your portfolio through asset allocation and rebalancing strategies.
Composed of concise, yet comprehensive chapters that build in complexity as the book progresses, Navigating the Financial Blogosphere will help you connect with some of the best financial information possible and show you how to use it to boost your chances at success in today's ever-changing financial world.
Praise for Navigating the Financial Blogosphere
"Navigating the Financial Blogosphere is the most enjoyable personal finance book I've ever read. I read it cover to cover within an afternoon, and I didn't want to put it down. It's fresh, practical, and broad in its topic coverage and should be on the top of every person's reading list. Russell Bailyn is a super-talented rising star."
Matthew D. Hutcheson, Independent Pension Fiduciary, expert Congressional witness on retirement plan economics
"Financial information on the Internet has exploded in volume; the challenge is to find what's useful and reliable. Russell Bailyn's book does an excellent job of presenting important personal finance topics in a clear and digestible form, and pointing readers to a wealth of high-quality sources on the Internet. Navigating the Financial Blogosphere is browsable, fun, and very useful."
David Jackson, founder and CEO, SeekingAlpha.com
"Russell Bailyn not only explains financial decision making, but like a good research librarian, he tells you where to go on the Web for more information. You'll want to be close to your computer as you read this book."
Joseph Hurley, founder and CEO, Savingforcollege.com LLC