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  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449381782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449381783
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bonnie Biafore has always been a zealous planner, whether setting up software demos, cooking gourmet meals, or scheduling a vacation to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. When she isn't managing projects for clients, Bonnie writes about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology. She's also branching out into other "dry" topics with articles for the Wine Enthusiast. As an engineer, she's fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. She has a knack for mincing dry subjects like accounting and project management into easy to understand morsels and then spices them to perfection with her warped sense of humor.

Bonnie is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books including Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual, QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual, Project 2007: The Missing Manual, the Better Investing Stock Selection Handbook (which won an APEX Award of Distinction), Online Investing Hacks, and On Time! On Track! On Target!. She also writes regularly about financial topics for Better Investing bankrate.com and interest.com. When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, rehabilitates horses, cooks gourmet food, and, most importantly, tries saying no to additional work assignments.

Amy Buttell is a journalist who writes about personal finance, investing, healthcare and accounting. She got started writing about investing and personal finance when she realized she owned several mutual funds recommended by a broker and had no idea whether they were any good or what she needed. That event along with her insatiable curiosity landed her first assignment as mutual fund columnist for Better Investing magazine, a position she still holds today after nearly 10 years on the job.

She writes for Bankrate.com, Creditcards.com, the Journal of Financial Planning, AARP: The Magazine, The Investment Professional, and Cyberhomes.com. She is the author of The Better Investing Mutual Fund Handbook and contributed to the book, Online Investing Hacks. She lives in Erie, PA with her two sons and two cats in a house near Lake Erie

Carol Fabbri is driven to teach as many people about personal finance as she can.
On any given day you'll find Carol writing, speaking, or presenting on the topic. She believes that the biggest roadblocks to making good investment decisions are emotional baggage regarding money and a lack of clarity in the industry--both of which can be improved with financial education.

By combining her background in management consulting and the finance education she gained at MIT Sloan, Fabbri replaces people's preconceived ideas about finance with knowledge, and breaks down the psychological barriers hindering good investment choices. She has helped thousands learn to manage their money.

Fabbri is the managing partner of Fair Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm. She is also launching the Fair Advisors Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving financial literacy in the US.

In 2009 she received the TIAW World of Difference award in recognition for her efforts to advance the economic empowerment of women. She is frequently quoted in national publications like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Smart Money.
Carol's other passions are her husband and her son. She used to have hobbies but then she became a mom.


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I felt like i was just being told something so obvious if not something I already knew.
Lorenzo B. Mangubat
I found the book's structure and content to be very clear, concise, and easy to understand.
Joanne P Pons
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any kind of questions about finances.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
As is typical for the missing manual series, this is a well written, informative book that covers many investing topics. It starts by having you set goals for your life, and then encourages you to get out of debt (It's hard to invest when you're underwater financially). Budgeting is promoted, spending wisely has its own chapter, and a brief section on psychoanalyzing your personal approach to investing fills out the introductory chapters.

The next section of the book gives an A-Z summary of common investment options. The "magic" of compounding is explained. The authors then go on to discuss what they call the "big four" of investing, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, and REITs. Pros and cons of each of these choices are clearly discussed. There is also a section on asset allocation, which suggests different amounts portioned to different investments depending on the financial climate.

The book ends with chapters on putting money aside for college and health care.

There are references to online tools that will allow one to refine strategies. One puzzling mistake that is repeated throughout the book is giving the incorrect age for "full retirement" as defined by social security for most of the baby boom generation. This doesn't detract from the usefulness of the book for people looking for a thoughtful introduction to personal investing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lisamax on August 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
What I love about "Personal Investing: The Missing Manual" is that it makes so much sense. Many financial advisors create an air of inpenetrability about investing one filled with complexity that is designed to intimidate even a highly intellegent person. Personal Investing: The Missing Manual" presents a straight forward simple and easy to understand approach to investing which highlights the risks and the tax advantages (and disadvantages) that are often overlooked by eager portfolio manangers looking to sell investors "the flavor fo the month" investment plan. The book demystifies the vocabulary of personal finance and brings readers closer to the true nature of personal investing: taking care of oneself and your loved ones.

Early in the book, the authors discuss putting together an investment plan created from personal goals. This is a powerful way for readers to interact with the material presented. If you are one of the many concerned about how to live well with the money you have while saving for the future you imagine for yourself, you'll find "Personal Investing: The Missing Manual" lively and insightful reading.

As an entrepreneur and an adjunct professor of business, I hear people talk about "do what you love and the money will follow." I've always answered that with "then what?" "Personal Finance: The Missing Manual" is the bridge for taking what you have and allocating to the present and creating the future. The easy to use online tools provided as an accompaniment to the book are excellent for "what if" scenarios and figuring out exactly what the best investment modalities are for your situation. "Personal Investing: The Missing Manual" is a compelling approach to guiding your financial life using your own values and goals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By toothlover on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written! I was given this book by a friend and it sat on the nightstand for awhile. I wasn't up to reading anoter dull book on finances. When I finally picked it up to read it, I was pleasantly surprised of how well it was written! This book is very easy to understand and speaks to anybody and everybody. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any kind of questions about finances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love the Missing Manual books because they are so readable, so enjoyable, and so open to all areas of individuals. Branching out past the computer books is a +++++ in my opinion because TMM line is all about QUALITY. With 'Personal Investing: The Missing Manual', the authors teach you they whys, wheres, and hows of investing starting from scratch. This isn't the Wall Street Journal or Barrons, it's a simple intro guide that will get you on the path to knowing about saving money and learning more about how to do it.

I think this book is perfect for new college graduates or anyone looking to learn about saving for the future. The writing is great, content is great, and it's simple and broad at the same time.

***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanne P Pons on July 11, 2010
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Personal Investing: The Missing Manual is a great resource for new investors as well as anyone wanting to brush up on basic investing topics. I found the book's structure and content to be very clear, concise, and easy to understand. The number of helpful spreadsheets and links add an additional value and reason to use this book as a continued reference. This book focuses on how to plan for retirement as the main reason why one should learn how to invest his money. This focus highlights a valid point all working individuals should understand.

I recommend this book as a gift to college students (and mature high school students) who should learn the basic topics of budget, compounding interest, and retirement savings as early as possible. I also suggest this as a gift to female friends and family. Too often women rely on a spouse or companion to make their investment decisions. But really anyone who hasn't been exposed to personal investing topics will benefit from reading this book. It empowers readers to make informed financial investing decisions, spurs interest into learning more regarding the topics, and removes the fear that personal money matters have to be complex.
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