Personal Investing: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2010
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2010
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
VINE VOICEon August 19, 2010
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
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
on July 11, 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
I was looking for a book that was more insightful, something deeper. I wanted to learn more about what kinds of questions you ask yourself in comparing different investing options. This was just way too basic for what I was looking for. I felt like i was just being told something so obvious if not something I already knew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
I never thought I didn't know that much. The information will help me know about my finances, not just how to put it in a bank and forget it. Highly recommend for everyone.
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on March 7, 2015
I picked up a number of personal finance and investment books before deciding on this one. Here's why: It covers an array of topics succinctly, giving you tools to do things that might seem scary: Estimate how much you need to save NOW for retirement, and manage your own investing (done quite easily if you buy a broad cross-section of the stock market). The examples are well stated. The take on investing is for people who might want to review what they have one a year -- but not fiddle with things, as their choices are solid, which is my preference. The online tools and estimators are great. I've actually never given a book review before, but I'm thinking of how many friends in their 30s have saved little to nothing for retirement, and how much my younger friends would benefit from getting started now. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
This book is very fundamental, right out of a retirement seminar given by a mutual find company. If you have not participated in such a seminar, this book may be of value. But if you are looking for novel ways to save and invest money in the current economic climate, you won't find them here.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
As with most books on investing the authors assume everyone earns way more than average working person. If your earnings are less than $50,000 the information is impossible to follow. If you earnings are equal to or less than the real world cost of living pass on this read. I understand the concept of compounding and time horizons but zero multiplied by any percentage equals zero. The idea that everyone will live to 95 or 100 is ludicrous.
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