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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2000
I learned a LOT from this book. I didn't know much of anything about investing until I picked it up; know I feel foolish for the years I spent not really knowing what a mutual fund was (it's not really that complicated). Bach is good at clearly explaning the issues without relying heavily on jargon. And the book is full of astonishing charts & graphs detailing how a little bit of savings, invested early enough and wisely, can become a huge pile of money. He also gives tidbits of very helpful advice about related issues, like planning for retirement (start early!), creating a living trust, and insurance needs.
I recommend this book for women (or men) who have little or no knowledge of financial planning. His advice is very basic and simple. It's an easy read, too - I finished it in about 2 hours.
He breaks up his chapters into life stages - reasonably, he advises different strategies for a women in her 20s than for a women in her 50s. I'm young so I read the entire book avidly, but I suspect that an older reader might benefit more from a book directed exclusively to her needs.
One thing really irritated me about Bach's style: he continually gives these (obviously fake) examples of women who burst into his office crying and in the poor house because they acted contrary to his advice. If you have a very low tolerance for simple-minded anecdotes, look elsewhere.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 1999
I'm a boomer and an artist, and I steadfastly avoid reading "how-to" books about where I "should-be" in my savings. Debentures sounds so much like dentures, that I steer clear of the whole Wall Street world. But David Bach's book, Smart Women Finish Rich, not only penetrated my "artistic curtain," but actually changed my woeful banking habits. His book is clear and precise, underscoring how any woman can be rich, regardless of salary. Kind of "it's-about-savings-stupid" love tap to the wallet side of your brain. Not only do I have an idea what mutual funds, bonds, stocks, T-Bills and T-Notes are, I've put together, for the first time in my life, a portfolio. And it doesn't stop there. Bach writes clearly about health and life insurance policies, and I'm currently reexamining my own. How can a person who comparison shops for canned tomatoes not do the same for insurance and pocket the difference? If you need help getting started on a savings program, don't miss this wise financial primer, written by a guy who handles portfolios worth more than half a billion dollars each year.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2000
I saw this book in a local business publication. I went out and bought it the same week. I am the woman David writes about. I thought I had a good grasp on the finances, after all I balanced the check book, helped pay bills, knew where the money was, etc... But invest? No, my prince charming took care of that for "our" retirement, while I spent my money on daycare and the children's needs. I had a strong marriage with a husband who was looking out for us. Well, prince charming left me 4 days after my 30th birthday and 5 weeks after the birth of our second child. I am left with two children under the age of 4. I have learned soooooo much from this book. I have pitched it to all my friends that will listen. Women MUST save their OWN money. It is incredible what I have learned so far. I've signed up for 401K and written out all my values and goals. I've even discussed "savings" with my 4 year old son. I plan to buy this book for birthday gifts to my friends. Do yourself a huge service and READ THIS BOOK! Women empower yourselves. This is easy to read, follow and put into action. I now know what mutual funds, bonds, stock, and IRA's are. It's not hard and knowledge is power. Good luck!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2000
I just finished reading Smart Women Finish Rich and I can't tell you how great it is to read a book written by a man teaching women how to come out on top. I am barely 23 years old and a 2nd year law student. Needless to say, I will be very heavily into debt in the next two years when I graduate (about $75,000) and I have been extremely worried about how I was going to handle my finances. This provided extremely helpful insights and it inspired me to start take hold of my finances. I am about to open an IRA account and start saving for retirement. So many young women like myself don't even think about things like retirement.
I casually happened to fall upon this book in the bookstore, and after reading the introduction, I couldn't wait to buy the book. I finished this book in a couple of days . Hopefully, I will be writing in the near future with a success story. If any woman out there wants to have financial control over their life, you have to read this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2000
I have read hundreds of books in my life, but this one changed it more than any other book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I used to think that "financial planning" was only for the super-wealthy, and this book taught me that I can make myself that way by following the excellent advice contained within. I'm in my early 30's and am thrilled that I will have several decades before retirement to practice the suggested steps. Even better, I am going to teach my 13-year-old son these financial principals so that he can take MAXIMUM advantage of the wealth-creating suggestions.
Guys, don't be daunted by the title. There is plenty for you to learn in this book, too! I recommend it for everyone who would like to learn about building a secure financial future in a pleasant to read, enjoyable format. Thanks, David!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I am a Certified Public Accountant with a background in financial planning. In February, I purchased the book for myself. The information wasn't new, but it spoke to me in volumes. For Valentine's day, I purchased the book for my assistant and secretary.
I have finished the book once, and have now been going through it a second time implementing each of the seven items.
During tax season, many of my clients ask for advice? What should we be looking to invest our money in? What does the Roth mean? How much insurance do we need? How do we plan for retirement? Should we be making gifts to our children's college fund? Many times I am not able to spend as much time, during the tax season as my client will need to absorb the information provided then begin working on the plan. This book allows my clients the time to understand the basics of financial planning. Know the time requirements on both them and myself to become effective. This is a wonderful starting point.
I often recommend books that I have read on financial planning, but this was the first time that I not only have recommended the book I went out and purchased over a dozen additional copies. I have given them out not just to Smart Women, but young couples, and those looking toward retirement. The information is sound. It's easy to understand. If the steps are followed they will make any client Finish Rich.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2000
Yes, I am one of those educated, smart women that has not done much with my money, other than spend it on things I don't need! You must be thinking, "she must not be that smart afterall!" Well, I just never had anyone teach me about money, and I never was really motivated to do anything about it. For those of you who think someone else is going to take care you...don't. You need to know about your money...married or single. Reading "Smart Women Finish Rich" has changed my financial life. It contains the information for literally anyone from any walk of life to get started. This book contains forms to determine where you are at right now with debt, cash outflow, etc., and then walks you through ways to save and invest that money, resulting in a secure future. It also clearly explains all the language, basic concepts, and types of funds, retirement accounts etc. After reading this book, you really will have a much better understanding of how to control your finances, and you will NOT be intimidated again. If you read any book this year, read this one. It really will make a difference in your life!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2000
I've been wanting to learn more about our finances and my husband was somewhat reluctant, until he got his hands on this book. He already knew about investing and saving for retirement, but this book made it more relevant that I should know more. My banker husband and I both loved this book. We now have a binder with all the pertinent info on our investments. I know what money is where and how much. Our 401k plan is maxed out--just as David advises. David takes you through what you need to know step by step. He's very convincing. Kudos
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 1999
Smart Women Finish Rich will become your financial bible. Don't lend it out for you will continue to refer to it as you take the necessary steps to build your financial foundation. I have read this book from cover to cover twice and have already made changes that ensure my financial security. I have recommended this book to all of my female friends and family members and have talked to my children about what I am learning. I have even started helping them invest in their future. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you have $100.00 a month to invest or $1000.00. Every women deserves to finish rich.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 1999
All of my financial planning clients and friends are hearing about this excellent book for women! I totally agree with the author David Bach that one of the biggest challenges we face going into this new millineum is financial illiteracy. He addresses the common problem of many women who, after leading full,"rich" lives, end up with little or no money to retire on. This book will hit a soft spot in the hearts of fellow baby-boomers whose mothers (and fathers) have ended up in this trap. David Bach has given us a gift that may have arrived just in time for us to avoid the trap ourselves.
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