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Personal Financial Planning: Theory and Practice (Dalton pfp series) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1931629027
ISBN-10: 1931629021
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Product Details

  • Series: Dalton pfp series
  • Hardcover: 892 pages
  • Publisher: Dalton Pubns; 2nd edition (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931629021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931629027
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,302,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
***I would urge anyone considering taking a course in financial planning to avoid any class that uses this textbook -- it's THAT bad.***

I'm taking a financial planning class and this is the required textbook. I don't know why the instructors chose to use this book -- it's awful. Perhaps one of the worst textbooks I've ever seen. The instructors must be getting a kick-back from the publisher -- that's the only thing that would explain their selection.

At first glance, the book looks interesting and seems well put-together. Flip through and you'll find they have plenty of charts, graphs, and tables, and everything looks official and authoritative. However, once you actually start reading, you realize that the authors are *hacks* who don't know what they are talking about and have chosen to try to hide their own ignorance by being as evasive, wishy-washy and obscure as possible. Chapter 18 (on Ethics), consists entirely of legalese. There's no chance for a non-lawyer to make any sense of this section.

The other chapters are equally bad. Chapter 2 (a basic review of Econ 101) has references to the wrong figures, and many of the captions along the side of the page appear to have been accidentally cropped, so that they don't form a complete (or coherent) sentence. And it's clear the publishers didn't bother to hire an editor to do a basic mechanical check to make sure the document looked ok before sending it to print. I think they must have run a spell-check, because I'm not finding spelling errors, but I am finding that the spell-check didn't catch correctly-spelled words that are in the wrong place, thus creating sentences that make no sense. (A $10/hour editor would have caught this stuff.)

And the writing is also very poor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Envelope Deb on June 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I agree with a previous comment about the lack of editing and copyediting that was done with this book. There are quite a few mechanical errors. However, this book gives you the bare bones run done of what to expect in fundamentals for the Certified Financial Planner exam. My course used this book and I passed the exam on the first try. If you are interested in this book and becoming a CFP, I would also highly recommend the "Understanding Your Financial Calculator" workbook from BISYS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. L Torneden on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has been the "standard" for many universities with Personal Financial Planning programs for over 5 years. It has several editions including the 2nd and 3rd as well as a new edition published by Kaplan.
It is the basic tool for reviewing all courses in preparation for the national CFP(R) examination as well as the text normally found in the first course (the Survey course). There is none better, IMO.
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