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Storm Proof Your Money: Weather Any Economy, Rebuild Your Portfolio, Protect Your Future [Kindle Edition]

Brett Arends
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Book Description

Accessible financial guidance for turbulent economic times

With the stock market in a tailspin, real estate marketcontinuing to drop, and the economy in recession, it's important tounderstand how you can get through these difficult times. Whetheryou're twenty-six or sixty-two, you still need to live and providefor your future. That's why you need Survive the Slump. As thepersonal finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal Online,author Brett Arends has become an authority for individuals whoneed to know how to best position themselves and their money. Now,with his new book, Arends has crafted a financial plan that anyonecan put to work immediately. From protecting what you have torebuilding what you've lost, Survive the Slump provides just theguidance needed.

  • Outlines effective strategies for spending smarter, savingmore, and making sure that your money grows reasonably
  • Contains straightforward advice that highlights immediatesavings opportunities
  • Provides a timely financial action plan from a trusted WallStreet Journal columnist

Written with every investor in mind, Survive the Slump will helpyou make smarter investment decisions and put you in a betterposition to survive and thrive under any economic condition.

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From the Inside Flap

With the stock market still wobbly, the real estate market unable to rebound, and the economy barely growing, it's important to understand what went wrong and what you can do to get through these difficult times. The fact is, whether you're twenty-six or sixty-two, you need a plan to get back on the right financial track and protect what you have. That's why you need Storm Proof Your Money.

As the personal finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal Online, author Brett Arends has become an authority for individuals who need to know how to best position themselves and their money. Now, with his new book, Arends has crafted a financial planthat anyone can put to work immediately.

From protecting what you have to rebuilding what you've lost, Storm Proof Your Money provides the practical guidance you've been looking for. Chapter by informative chapter, it:

  • Outlines a safer way to ease back into the market, and offers simple portfolio tools you can use to ensure your savings earn a competitive return without unnecessary risk

  • Explores what has gone wrong with so many investment strategies, and looks at the investment errors many continue to make

  • Lays out principles for boosting your cash flow and savings rate without too much hardship or pain

  • Reveals how to effectively use tax shelters and make the most out of vehicles such as 401(k)s, IRAs, and variable annuities

  • And much more

Written with every investor in mind, Storm Proof Your Money will help you make smarter investment decisions and put you in a better position to survive and thrive under even the most turbulent economic conditions. If you want to understand what went wrong with your money, why it went wrong, and what you can do about it, then Storm Proof Your Money is a book you need to read.

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Praise for Storm Proof Your Money

"Brett Arends's new book is very worthwhile and an enjoyable read. It is extremely well written. It provides an excellent reference and aid in planning for all investors. It is very clear and very informative in both the text and in the appendix. You will receive a high return on your time reading this book."
—Dan Fuss, Vice Chairman, Loomis Sayles & Co., LP

"Brett Arends distills his knowledge from years of interviewing the best and brightest minds in investing into this straightforward personal finance primer, ideal for anyone looking to make sense of today's complex finance landscape."
—Lawrence Glazer, Managing Partner,Mayflower Advisors, LLC

"I have known Brett Arends for years and have always been a big fan of his columns. We go back to the days when he wrote for the Boston Herald. His new book Storm Proof Your Money is well timed and will help readers deal with the tumultuous times we are headed into."
—Barry Armstrong, Armstrong Advisory Group

Product Details

  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470482680
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030V0PLK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful discussion by a financial columnist January 20, 2010
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Financial columnist Brett Arends surveys the investment landscape from his perch at the Wall Street Journal. His reports often appear in the Wall Street Journal Sunday Edition in my local newspaper. Mr. Arends is a talented writer and I have found his articles to be well-reasoned, clear and concise in style, and, for me, a must-read. When I learned he had written a new book titled "Storm Proof Your Money" I decided to buy a copy based solely on what I had read in my Sunday paper. I was not disappointed.

His new book is a self-help guide for those seeking to rebuild their portfolios in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. But Mr. Arends is not content with just helping you make up lost ground. He wants you to build a stronger portfolio that should help you weather future crises as well. You will know when your portfolio is "storm proof" when you no longer worry about what the markets will do next. Indeed, you won't care.

Not surprisingly, the road back to financial security begins with climbing out of debt. The author regards a credit card balance as tantamount to serfdom since you are indebted to a creditor and unable to take control of your financial life. So your first order of business is to pay off those credit cards and vow to never again run a balance. If you can't pay off your balance each month, then cut up your cards. Period. The author's peremptory tone is tough medicine, but necessary. If you can't avoid debt, you will never be able to save enough to achieve whatever level of financial security you seek.

Which brings us to saving. One of the principle lessons of this book is that saving more is your only road to salvation. You cannot depend on the stock market to bail you out if you save too little.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fairly basic, but basic is good August 9, 2011
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struck me as pretty basic. This book can be useful for basic planning. And, based on what I am seeing in the world markets and economy now (aug 2011), I think I will review this book and put more of its ideas into practice. I'm sick of losing money, esp when I lose MORE than the market. I'm not totally convinced that global diversification (only PART of his suggested approach) will help much in the globally connected economy, but it is probably more advisable than being mostly in US securities, which is my current situation (regretably).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general advice July 7, 2013
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This book won't promise to make you a millionaire overnight but explain how to protect your assets from harm both, in times of personal tragedy or in market turmoil. Although written in 2009 the book is very current in all aspects as it addresses long term financial needs. If you follow the author's advice you may well save yourself a trip to a financial adviser or be at least much better prepared for it.
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