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Product Details

  • Series: --for Dummies
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: IDG Books Worldwide Inc. (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568841507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568841502
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,451,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This book cuts through the hype and jargon, giving you the real story on credit cards, savings, taxes, real estate, spending reduction, mutual funds, retirement, and insurance -- all in a fun and easy-to-understand style. Also recommends the best financial products to meet your specific needs.

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...by far the best book I have read on financial planning. -- Althea Thomson, PBS Nightly Business Report

More About the Author

Eric Tyson is a best-selling personal finance book author and has penned five national best sellers. He is also the only author to have four of his books simultaneously on Business Week's business book bestseller list.

His Personal Finance for Dummies, a Wall Street Journal best-seller, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Business Book of the Year. Eric's syndicated newspaper column is read by millions of readers weekly. He is a former columnist and award-winning journalist for the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. His website, www.erictyson.com, rocketed into the top one percent of financial websites within its first year of operation.

Eric's work has been featured and quoted in hundreds of local and national publications and media outlets including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Money, Worth, Parenting, USA Today and on the NBC Today Show, ABC, Fox News, CNBC, PBS Nightly Business Report, CNN, and on CBS national radio, NPR's Marketplace Money and Bloomberg Business Radio. He's also been a featured speaker at a White House conference on retirement planning.

Tired of working as a management consultant to Fortune 500 financial service firms which more interested in maximizing short-term profits than in providing sound financial products and services, Eric founded in 1990 the nation's first financial counseling firm which works exclusively on an hourly basis. He started his new company with a simple mission: to provide objective, cost-effective personal financial advice, especially to non-wealthy Americans. Through family and friends, Eric had seen many otherwise intelligent people make horrendous mistakes in managing their money, in part, because the failure of our schools and colleges to teach personal finance.

In addition to his counseling work, Eric also hoped to make an impact in the writing and media fields. Much of the personal finance writing and reporting he saw and heard was biased, jargon-laden and, in some cases, filled with bad advice. For example, rather than telling people the hard truth - that one must live within one's means as a prerequisite to building wealth - many publications offer up hyped and unrealistic "get rich without making sacrifices or taking risk" type approaches.

In addition to his writing and counseling, Eric also taught the nation's most highly attended personal financial management course at the University of California. He has spoken at many corporations and non-profits. His educational background includes having earned his bachelor's degree in economics at Yale and an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Eric is the only best-selling personal finance author who has an extensive background as an hourly-based financial planner and who does not accept speaking fees, endorsement deals or fees of any type from companies in the financial services industry or product or service providers recommended in his articles, books and his publications.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1996
Format: Paperback
Eric Tyson describes financial concepts in terms that are easy to understand and does so in a light and fun manner. He actually makes finances interesting! My only complaint is that sometimes similar topics are discussed several times throughout the book (like recommending you fully contribute to your company's 401K plan before doing other investing). It occassionally feels like he's beating a dead horse. However, this book is supposed to be "for dummies" so it it errs a little on the side of repition, I suppose that's better than not explaining things well enough. This is a minor complaint and can be solved by simply skimming through repitive sections if you feel you've already "got it". All in all an excellent book!
I read the 1994 edition, and now I'm buying the 1996 2nd edition. That in itself is a great review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1996
Format: Paperback
How refreshing it is to read a book about a very tedious subject like personal finance and come away with it with a confident plan of action. I've now bought all the Eric Tyson books and feel like, for the first time, I've got a handle on all this mess
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1996
Format: Paperback
This book provides an excellent foundation for individuals to understand how to plan their financial future. Eric takes the reader through the steps involved in analyzing your current situation and planning your future. Along the way he provides tips on how to reduce expenses. One of the best parts of the book is the foundation knowlege the reader can obtain on how to invest your money for short, medium, and long term goals. All of this is done in a manner that does not require complicated financial knowlege or hours per week studying the markets. This is all presented in a simple, easy to read manner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1997
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This book is terrific. Tyson isn't out to sell a system or a product; instead, he's providing the advice your mother would give you if she were a financial analyst: cut up those credit cards, reduce your debt, invest in your education and retirement, don't spend ALL your money on books, etc.. Sounds simple, but Tyson manages to be convincing and reassuring at the same time. He also gives sound, useful advice about venturing into mutual funds. I actually enjoyed contemplating my financial future
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