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"Detailed, action-oriented advice . . . A standout personal finance primer."
—Kristin Davis, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Need help planning your financial future? You're in luck! This practical guide has been updated to cover college saving options, credit issues, and new tax and bankruptcy laws. You'll also find ways to request and review your credit report. Take control of your finances — so you can live better, spend more wisely, and survive economic downturns.
Praise for Personal Finance For Dummies
". . . provides tremendous insight and guidance into the world of investing and other money issues."
—PBS Nightly Business Report
"Tyson doesn't tell you what to do or consider doing without explaining the hows and whys — and the booby traps to avoid — in plain English."
"Smart advice. . . . Rewards your candor with advice and comfort."
Discover how to
- Set priorities and stick to them
- Avoid identity theft and scams
- Make smart investments
- Protect what you?ve earned
- Identify the best resources
About the Author
Eric Tyson first became interested in money more than three decades ago. After his father was laid off during the 1973 recession and received some retirement money from Philco-Ford, Eric worked with his dad to make investing decisions with the money. A couple years later, Eric won his high school’s science fair with a project on what influences the stock market. Dr. Martin Zweig, who provided some guidance, awarded Eric a one-year subscription to the Zweig Forecast, a famous investment newsletter. Of course, Eric’s mom and dad share some credit with Martin for Eric’s victory.
After toiling away for a number of years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 financial-service firms, Eric finally figured out how to pursue his dream. He took his inside knowledge of the banking, investment, and insurance industries and committed himself to making personal financial management accessible to all.
Today, Eric is an internationally acclaimed and bestselling personal finance book author, syndicated columnist, and speaker. He has worked with and taught people from all financial situations, so he knows the financial concerns and questions of real folks just like you. Despite being handicapped by an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Economics and Biology from Yale University, Eric remains a master of “keeping it simple.” An accomplished personal finance writer, his “Investor’s Guide” syndicated column, distributed by King Features, is read by millions nationally, and he was an award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. He is the author of five national bestselling financial books in the For Dummies series on personal finance, investing, mutual funds, home buying (coauthor), and taxes (coauthor). The prior edition of this book was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for best book of the year in the Business category.
His latest book, Mind Over Money: Your Path to Wealth and Happiness (CDS/Perseus), examines the problematic financial habits people engage in and provides proven strategies for overcoming them.
Eric’s work has been featured and quoted in hundreds of local and national publications, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Parenting, Money, Family Money, and Bottom Line/Personal; on NBC’s Today Show, ABC, CNBC, PBS Nightly Business Report, CNN, and FOX-TV; and on CBS national radio, NPR’s Sound Money, Bloomberg Business Radio, and Business Radio Network.