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The eighth book in the Rich Dad series reveals the financial wisdom of the rich, which is neither taught in schools nor discussed in the popular financial press. The authors begin with an example of the Zen master-student relationship that Kiyosaki had with his Rich Dad mentor. Kiyosaki had made the mistake of many inexperienced investors and bought into a mutual fund he knew nothing about; his Rich Dad let him stay with the bad investment for months to learn the lesson of patience. Kiyosaki also learned that the common advice to "invest for the long term, buy, hold and diversify" is not really advice but actually a sales pitch, and it teaches very little about how to become a smart investor. The reason most people continue to choose mutual-fund investing is because it is so easy, and that is also why it is inherently risky. Kiyosaki and his coauthor emphasize investing in asset classes other than equities, such as a business venture, real estate, and paper assets like hedge funds and options. These approaches require more thought, education, and effort than does simply handing one's money over to a financial company and allowing a stranger to control it, but the risks are lower and the potential financial rewards can be much greater. Certain to be in demand at the circulation desk. David Siegfried
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Product Details

  • Series: Rich Dad's
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plata Publishing; Reissue edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612680453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612680453
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad - the international runaway bestseller that has held a top spot on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years - is an investor, entrepreneur and educator whose perspectives on money and investing fly in the face of conventional wisdom. He has, virtually single-handedly, challenged and changed the way tens of millions, around the world, think about money.In communicating his point of view on why 'old' advice - get a good job, save money, get out of debt, invest for the long term, and diversify - is 'bad' (both obsolete and flawed) advice, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage.Rich Dad Poor Dad ranks as the longest-running bestseller on all four of the lists that report to Publisher's Weekly - The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today - and was named "USA Today's #1 Money Book" two years in a row. It is the third longest-running 'how-to' best seller of all time.Translated into 51 languages and available in 109 countries, the Rich Dad series has sold over 27 million copies worldwide and has dominated best sellers lists across Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico and Europe. In 2005, Robert was inducted into Hall of Fame as one of that bookseller's Top 25 Authors. There are currently 26 books in the Rich Dad series.In 2006 Robert teamed up with Donald Trump to co-author Why We Want You To Be Rich - Two Men - One Message. It debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestsellers list.Robert writes a bi-weekly column - 'Why the Rich Are Getting Richer' - for Yahoo! Finance and a monthly column titled 'Rich Returns' for Entrepreneur magazine.Prior to writing Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert created the educational board game CASHFLOW 101 to teach individuals the financial and investment strategies that his rich dad spent years teaching him. It was those same strategies that allowed Robert to retire at age 47.Today there are more that 2,100 CASHFLOW Clubs - game groups independent of the Rich Dad Company - in cities throughout the world.Born and raised in Hawaii, Robert Kiyosaki is a fourth-generation Japanese-American. After graduating from college in New York, Robert joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as an officer and helicopter gunship pilot. Following the war, Robert went to work in sales for Xerox Corporation and, in 1977, started a company that brought the first nylon and Velcro 'surfer wallets' to market. He founded an international education company in 1985 that taught business and investing to tens of thousands of students throughout the world.  In 1994 Robert sold his business and, through his investments, was able to retire at the age of 47. During his short-lived retirement he wrote Rich Dad Poor Dad.

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By D. DeFazio on June 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
People either love Kiyosaki or think he's a charlatan. This isn't his best book but its a solid addition to the series. I'd rank 3rd below "Rich dad, Poor Dad" and "Cashflow Quadrant". More than in any other of his books he gets into HOW to get rich. But this isn't the best part of the book. The best part is the first part which explains why 401Ks can be lousy investments.

I started contributing to a a tax defered annuity seven years ago. I noticed that seven years late there is LESS money in it than I contributed to it. Ditto for my pension fund. Kiyosaki goes over the reasons 401Ks and similar defered accounts may not be good investments:

1) They aren't guaranteed.

2) a 5% or 10% return is actually pretty lousy.

3) 401Ks are TAX DEFERED, which means you actually pay MORE taxes when you retire, assuming you made money.

4) The standard lines about the stock market going up an average of (insert %) per year is a sales pitch. Some companies go out of business and the Dow can flatline for a decade or more.

Kiysaki then explains a phenomenon which even his detractors have to admit is true: people tend to think 401Ks and mutual funds are SAFER investments than business and real estate. Try going to your bank and asking for a 100k loan to buy a piece of income-producing real estate. If you have good credit the answer will likely be "yes". Now try borrowing 100k to buy a mutal fund. The bank's answer will be laughter. That's because mutual funds are DANGEROUS!

Kiysaki's answer is to start your own business, use the proceeds to invest in income producing real estate and invest the cash flow into paper and other assets. This is the same as what Warren Buffet does.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JJ on July 25, 2004
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...his last three books, BUT this was on the "money". "Who Took My Money" is Kiyosaki's best book by far since "Retire Young, Retire Rich". His last three books were good, but not like the top tier Rich Dad Books in my opinion (Rich Dad, Poor Dad; Cashflow Quadrant; Guide to Investing; Retire Young, Retire Rich and now Who Took My Money).

I was starting to get soooo bored with his material, based on his last few books(Prophecy had a good subject, but I was going to sleep; Success Stories had too many real estate stories, but needed other business stories without real estate, and an options success story would have been nice too. I was happy for the individuals in the book, but wanted more; Guide to Becoming Rich was a great overview of the Rich Dad principles, but let's be honest people, it was a bit redundant), I went to the library first to check this book out, that way if it was disappointing, I would not have to slam it in a review. I like this book so much, that after I returned it to the library I decided to purchase my own copy for reference.

The good thing is I was already moving in the right direction in terms of accelerating my money. This book clarifies that I am doing the right thing. It also reinforces what Kiyosaki has said for a long time: DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU! There are some Rich Dad followers (idiots in my opinion) who think everybody who reads the Rich Dad books, should immediately go into real estate, and that is not right. These individuals do not respect their fellow Rich Dad readers dreams, because they think they know everything.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Hizon on November 3, 2004
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Finally, Robert Kiyosaki gets around and communicate somewhat clearly and concretely, ways to attain financial success. The writing here is still awkward and repetitive, but at least, there's Sharon Lechter to summarize his points in a clear and straightforward manner. You'll get around understanding what Kiyosaki says by the end of each chapter.

Questions on his credibility aside, this book is much more helpful than most of his previous books, which tend to be redundant and circuitious. It shows how you can accelerate your finances by using good debt, leveraging it to other assets so you can create income pipelines. Although some people say his methods are very risky (which being a sole income provider, I wholeheartedly agree), the book opened my mind on methods possible to attain wealth. I may temper Kiyosaki's approach but his book has truly made me aware of the possibilities of attaining a secure and prosperous tomorrow without waiting too long.

Now, if only he allows the editor to improve his writing...
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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If you're sick and tired of working harder and harder and not getting anywhere, begin to educate yourself on how you can improve your financial position. If you don't think that things have become that bad, then just consider the fact that the average annual salary of an American worker increased only 10%, from $32,522 to $35,864, during the nearly 30 years between 1970 and 1999, while that of the "Fortune 100" top American CEOs has increased 2800%, from $1.3 million to $37.5 million, during the same time period.
In this ninth installment of the Rich Dad Series, Kiyosaki addresses the issue of which specific investment vehicles people should invest their money in. The need for such information remains greater than ever. Millions of investors lost nearly 9 trillion dollars during the stock market crash that lasted from 2000 to 2003. This marked one of the greatest wealth transfers ever. Remarking on this cataclysmic event, Kiyosaki writes, "The question is, How can so many millions of people be deluded into the idea that losing money every month, for years on end, without a money-back guarantee or insurance against catastrophic loss can be considered smart investing? It has to be one of the biggest mass sales jobs in the history of the world...a sales job that could only occur with a financially naïve population (203)." The answer of course is greater financial literacy. For example, many of those stock investors who lost money in the market may have avoided the misfortune if they had seen the graph illustrated below.
The primary reason why real estate values have appreciated more than the S&P during the ten years between 1992 and 2002 is largely attributable to the power of leverage and the fact that real estate is indexed for inflation while the S&P is not.
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