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It Pays to Talk: How to Have the Essential Conversations with Your Family About Money and Investing Hardcover – December 24, 2002

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Schwab-Pomerantz, a registered stockbroker, has teamed up with her dad to share their insights on money, investing and the conversations that need to accompany these. Their focus is on the importance of conducting different life-stage conversations (e.g., how to financially approach being single, getting married, raising children, helping parents), and this well-rounded primer provides one-stop shopping for the many phases of financial understanding and planning. It delivers comprehensive investment particulars with the necessary charts, graphs and illustrative anecdotes. Schwab-Pomerantz often uses her own life as an example, and while she has far more experience with money and investing than the average person, she wears the same personal hats-parent, child, spouse-as readers. To her concise and thorough explanations of family financial planning, father Chuck adds his two cents, e.g., "money is always an issue, even when it doesn't seem like it." Most families, whether balancing a checkbook or investing for retirement, would likely agree. This educational volume provides a useful framework that a family can refer to when approaching those often difficult but necessary conversations about finances.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Charles Schwab is the well-known founder, chairman, and co-CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation, one of the nation's largest and most well respected financial services firms. His daughter Carrie is the primary author of this financial-planning guide, which includes a smattering of dad's comments throughout contained in sidebars labeled "Chuck's Two Cents." Much of the rhetoric touts the industry line of the advantages of staying invested in the stock market over long periods of time, with examples of the compound growth potential of investing early and often at a theoretical 10 percent return (which is awfully hard to come by these days). They also emphasize the importance of diversification into bonds and cash equivalents, a fundamental that was all but forgotten during the heady days of the 1990s bull market. The sensible advice and confidence in the long-term health of the U.S. economy are pretty much what you'd expect from this family, but what sets this book apart is the predominant theme of how to discuss and formulate specific financial plans with your family and loved ones. Even if the topic leaves you feeling uncomfortable, confused, or bored, the Schwabs insist that your financial future is too important not to get the conversation going well before it's time to pay for college, a home, or retirement. David Siegfried
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (December 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609610287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609610282
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was always afraid of investing. This book is a great guide. It does a wonderful job of demystifying money issues that always have intimidated and scared me. A friend of mine recommended this book (her book club is reading it). I've read some of it out loud to my husband. We've talked about things we should have discussed years ago. It's an easy read, and a necessary one (at least for me). FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!!
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By A Customer on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The authors make many good points about the need to have
conversations with your family about money and investing.
However, the book includes far too many personal stories of random people and in particular of the Schwab family.
The information is not particularly interesting or pertinent.
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Excellent...a Financial "eye opener"!! My favorite lesson so far: Compounding, found on page 43 - If you took one penny and doubled it every day for the next 30 days...how much $ would you have at the end of the 30 days? approx. $10,800,000!! (don't forget to divide your answer by 100...since you are making the calculation with pennies...I was confused by my answer/calculation, until I talked with my teenage daughter and she said, "Mom, you're working with pennies, not dollars!" Ha! It pays to "TALK to your children about everything...including money!" The lesson in compounding was a double lesson for me; "the power of compounding" and the magic that can happen when you TALK to your children).
I'm not done reading the book...very excited to continue learning. I hope the NEW book Carrie is working on regarding: what to do with your money, once you're 50yrs and older...will get printed sooner than the end of 2013.
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Excellent book for anyone wanting to learn and understand about how you can achieve financial security.
I gave it to my kids in high school.
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All excellent books for young investors. They have made much money for me. Thanks to Prince Jack.
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