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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Braun Media, LLC; 1st edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979700302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979700309
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A handy guide to personal finance and a convincing argument for improved financial literacy. Secrets is a near-encyclopedic compilation of financial advice from Mincher, a self-made multimillionaire. (He made his first million by the age of 25.) And though much of his wisdom derives solely from his own experience, the seven-figure investment portfolio that backs it up is difficult to deny. In many ways, the story of how the author made his money is as interesting as the financial counsel he provides. A born businessman, he formed his first company in high school and won awards as a young entrepreneur. He earned his fortune as the owner of a charter-bus service and, later, as a regional telecom baron. Mincher offers brief chapters on just about every conceivable area of financial inquiry, from credit checks to buying a car to investing in the stock market. His volume works more effectively as a reference than a how-to to be read in a few sittings. But as such it is very valuable indeed; clearly organized and helpfully broken up into bite-size sections, the information is easy to digest. Underpinning it all is the author s fervent belief that most people need to know more about their money. Mincher has an autodidact s ambivalence toward traditional education; a college dropout, he preaches street smarts and inveighs a bit too frequently against odd targets like high-school calculus in his introduction. Nonetheless, his call for more and better financial education rings true, especially as subprime lenders have recently wreaked havoc on world economic markets by preying on the financially non-savvy. Useful, credible and smart. --Kirkus Discoveries

About the Author

Braun Mincher is a young and successful entrepreneur who had the ability to "retire" several years ago at the age of 30 a self-made multi-millionaire, despite dropping out of college to grow his first business. He was able to become financially independent by working hard and following his own financial advice, which is shared in this book (and others have paid him $300 an hour to obtain). He now pursues his passion of better educating all consumers, and not just the financial or business savvy, on the topic of Practical Financial Literacy.

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This book was very informative and made many complicated financial issues easy to understand.
Salem Mclaughlin
This book IS the gift that keeps on giving, and I highly recommend it as the perfect gift for young adults graduating from both High School and College.
R. Allgeier
I intend to make some changes as a result and I believe I will have more financial success in the future.
Mrs. B

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on March 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading The Secrets of Money I firmly believe that every household should have a copy. This is the bible for all financially related topics spoken in laymen terms that everyone will understand.

I thought I was well versed in Financial Literacy and then I began to unearth loads of "gold nuggets" of information that will help me make the best financially related decisions to propel me to success.

Braun Mincher has a wonderful way of explaining everything from leasing or buying a car, all mortgage related items, credit card info and so much more.

I will make sure that all my friends and family get this wonderful book for gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found The Secrets of Money to be an excellent commonsense guide for dealing with everyday money matters.

I agree with the author's assessment that The Secrets of Money is an fairly easy read, and doesn't require a PhD to understand.

The Secrets of Money has 10 jam-packed chapters categorized for easy reference. Each chapter covers a multitude of subjects. For instance,

--Chapter one, Consumer Credit, covers 32 subjects, like Credit Reports and their importance to you, to Identity Theft, how to avoid it and what to do if it happens to you.
--Chapter 2: Real Estate Mortgages covers 38 subjects. This is important information everyone should know before purchasing a home.
--Chapter 3: Property Leases,
--Chapter 4: Buying and Selling Real Estate,
--Chapter 5: Car Buying and Financing,
--Chapter 6: Insurance,
--Chapter 7: Taxes,
--Chapter 8: Investing for the Future,
--Chapter 9: Wills, Probate, & Prenuptials, and
--Chapter 10: Your Keys to Financial Success.

If you are looking for a gift that will keep on giving, I'd recommend The Secrets of Money. It's a one-size-fits-all kind of reference book, for no matter the age of the person, whether they're about to open their first checking account or are ready for retirement, they can find something to help them manage their money a little better, I know I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B on November 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm amazed I really had things to learn! I consider myself pretty saavy when it comes to finances, but this book taught me things I hadn't considered before. It's easy to read and understand the concepts and I've learned there really are some secrets to money. I intend to make some changes as a result and I believe I will have more financial success in the future. Highly recommended reading and would be a great gift for grads!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on September 28, 2008
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Money and finance is something many people don't know a lot about but are afraid to ask questions about. They often don't want to appear as though they are not financially savvy or on top of their money situation. Braun Mincher has provided us with a "manual" on money and finance. Any type of question you might have, you can look it up in this handy desk guide on finance. This book is a must have for every business and home out there.
Questions such as how credit cards really make money, information on selling your house, social security, business loans, being a landlord, lease terms, 401K's, car buying and financing, mortgages, bankruptcy, payday loans, insurance, investing and so much more. If you have a question about finance, credit, running your business or any aspect of your personal money management, this is the book for you.
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People as a whole go through life woefully uneducated about how to manage their money. "The Secrets of Money: A Guide for Everyone on Practical Financial Literacy" seeks to teach readers what they are never taught by their schools or their parents - basic financial literacy. Promoted as a guide that can help anyone manage their money better at any age, "The Secrets of Money: A Guide for Everyone on Practical Financial Literacy" lives up to that promise and more, filled with over four hundred pages of invaluable information. Recommended to almost everyone, but especially so to personal finance community library collections where it is sure to be a popular lend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salem Mclaughlin on January 14, 2009
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This book was very informative and made many complicated financial issues easy to understand. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to have better control of their money. While the entire book was not applicable to my current situation, it was easy to skip around and find relevant information. I still refer to it when I have questions about certain financial situations. Overall it is a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca S. on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Why aren't we taught this info in school? I wish I had read this book before finishing high school. I am a college grad and consider myself fairly "financially literate," but I have learned a great deal of VERY useful information from this book. I recommend this for everyone. It is enjoyable to read and contains great tips. Braun Mincher's personal story is an added bonus -- amazing!
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