From Publishers Weekly
A kitschy framework yields surprisingly sensible advice. Owens (Confident Investing
) incorporates commonplace language and everyday experiences to render complex or foreign finance concepts comprehensible, and though she errs on the side of cutesy—a thought exercise is a purser-cize— she generally strikes an admirable balance. She emphasizes becoming knowledgeable about the stock market and investing as a way to build personal wealth and independence, and underscores her point with examples of dozens of women who've made it. Her firm, cheerful tone—she encourages developing a Wealthy Outlook and Wealthy Habits—and a plethora of resource listings and sound suggestions make this a winner for women looking to gain financial freedom, as long as said women don't mind learning about investing in dieting terms. (Jan.)
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Owens’ system zeroes in on seven wealth-habits as she drills down into specifics about good financial behavior. Not as in-depth as a Quinn or an Orman, the author nevertheless pursues a philosophical approach with definite tasks and activities cited, such as get organized, first, by understanding your current ledger of assets and debits; and motivation to earn, in turn, will prompt investors to do the appropriate homework on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other instruments. The last, she suggests, is the formation of a “sisterhood of the purse” investment club, helping ensure that monetary goals are met if not exceeded. Most valuable aspect of the book? Skip the chapters and go right to “pursessentials” at the end, where she summarizes all seven strategies. --Barbara Jacobs