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The Truth About Money 4th Edition Paperback – December 21, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 4 Rev Exp edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062006487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062006486
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Personal Finance Classic . . . that's fun to read!

You Need the Truth About Money

Completely revised and expanded, The Truth About Money shows you everything you need to know about personal finance—and explains it all in plain English. Investments, insurance, taxes, mortgages, leasing cars, getting out of debt, wealth planning for multimillion-dollar estates—it's all here for you.

Whether you're saving for college or retirement, buying a home or selling one, concerned about long-term care for yourself or your parents, worried about an impending job loss, or facing any financial decision, knowing what's in The Truth About Money will help you make great financial decisions.

New to This Edition

Planning Your Retirement Lifestyle
Learn how to retire in comfort and financial security (and what to do when you get there) (pg. 485).

The Best Investment Choice
Learn how ETFs can help you create wealth while saving you big money (pg. 176).

Target-Date Funds
It's what you don't know that can hurt you (pg. 269).

Behavioral Finance and Neuroeconomics
Learn why you make bad financial decisions—and how to break the cycle (pg. 224).

Picking the Best Funds
Find out the truth about Morningstar ratings (pg. 250).

Are Your Parents Aging?
See how best to provide help—without harming yourself financially (pg. 374).

The Most Important Financial Decision You'll Make
Find out how to make this decision successfully (pg. 631).

Plus more than 100 Pages of New Content!

About the Author

Ric Edelman is Barron's #1 independent financial advisor, the bestselling author of seven books on personal finance, and host of The Ric Edelman Show, heard on radio stations nationwide. Ric's firm, Edelman Financial Services, manages $5 billion in assets and has been helping people achieve financial success for twenty-five years.


More About the Author

Ric Edelman, a New York Times best-selling author, has been providing financial advice to the public for more than 25 years and is a well-known, successful financial advisor. His television series, The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, airs on Public Television stations across the country and his syndicated radio program can be heard from coast to coast. Ric's bestselling books include The Truth About Money; Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth and The New Rules of Money. His firm, Edelman Financial Services LLC, serves individuals and families across America. Visit Ric online at RicEdelman.com.

Customer Reviews

I read the book front to back in just a few days.
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I like the style of writing, which makes the book very easy to understand.
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I think everyone should buy this book as a learning experience.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By D. Wells on December 23, 2010
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This is the fourth edition to a very popular book Ric Edelman wrote years ago that won a lot of awards. He has updated it and added a few hundred pages with this re-release on Dec. 21, 2010. It is almost 700 pages of teaching from a very smart Financial Advisor and the amazon price is about 40% off the retail price of $19.95 you'd pay at a book store. I've listened to several financial people on radio and television over the last 25 years and it is my opinion this man is a very smart advisor and has investing down right. He is an excellent educator (I've paid money to hear him speak at a seminar) and listened to him for several years on the radio. He formulates a good argument for hiring a fee based advisor (his firm manages over 5 billion dollars) rather than taking advise from a person trying to sell you an investment product they make commission on. Ric's no nonsense approach to investing works and I would consider him to be as smart on money management as anyone i've ever heard. For just over 11 dollars you get a wonderful reference and education on financial matters you would not otherwise think of. I highly recommend the companion book "The Lies about money" which is outstanding and explains his investment philosophy into ETF's (exchange traded funds) and the benefits of them. To get this kind of advise this cheap, consider this book to be a bargain reference read that you cannot help but learn a lot from.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Doug Cooper on February 20, 2011
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As for the content of the book, I can't say enough positive things about it. After reading through this, I have a clearer and deeper understand of the fundamental investment strategies and products available than I had ever had before. I finally feel like I can converse intelligently with my financial adviser - and participate meaningfully in developing my own strategy for long term investments and expenses. I highly recommend the book itself.

I've taken one star off the review of the Kindle edition, because the resolution of the included diagrams and images is so poor. The more detailed diagrams, such as the IRA flow chart are practically unreadable on the Kindle edition, even if you Zoom in. (Reading on an iPad).

Just for kicks, I downloaded a sample of the iBooks edition on my iPad, and found the illustrations only marginally better (not worth buying the book again). I tried the Kindle reader app on my Mac Desktop, and had the same issues. The IRA diagram specifically is a multi-page fold-out in the paper edition of the book, and it's broken into three separate images that you can't even zoom into in the Kindle edition.

I'm left loving the contents of the book, enjoying reading it electronically, but wishing I had a paper copy just to be able to see the diagrams and tables clearly.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By $Bill4051 on January 29, 2011
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This book will enable anyone to obtain financial security. Ric Edelman has a gift for taking complicated financial concepts, and presenting them in very easy to understand terms. If you have ever said to yourself "This year I am going to do something about my financial future", then you must own this book. 401k's, Exchange traded funds, why not to own annuities, it's all in this one book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By fabulousmrd on March 4, 2011
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This is such good basic info. I think everyone should buy this book as a learning experience. Make this book no. 1 on your list of Money Sense! Cheap price for a life long way to save, protect and make money. Really well done. Fourth Edition is great and a 5 star review is mandatory. I think he is the best out there and I am not even a client of his....yet.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roger on March 2, 2011
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Great book for the lay person..He really gives you great advise, that I have paid thousands for via a financial planner, and saw a lot of the same stuff in this book..Simple language to understand..
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Marshall on March 9, 2011
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Back when I went to college I took a lot of finance classes, so (at the time) I considered myself fairly knowledgeable. Over the ensuing years my life took a different direction then business or finance and as the economy faltered these past couple of years I found myself not fully understanding what people were talking about etc... One day I heard Ric's radio show and it seemed congenial and funny when giving advice, he hawked his book and I decided to buy it to try and at least be some what familiar with the game so I could understand what my financial planner was saying (well fully anyways).
Ric's style of writing is very easy to read & follow. In fact I am not much of a reader (usually read for 30-45 minutes at most) but I read the whole first section in one sitting (maybe 2 hours?!). He explains things in an easy to understand way so I think someone with know background in this area can follow it as well as someone like myself who has the general idea of what is going on. He throws in some pretty good humor (IMO) too, I will paraphrase but my favorite so far has been were he says something like "How to make a million dollars" or something like that and then goes on to say "I don't know and if I did why would I tell you? I don't know you....". I found that very funny.

Anyway, so far I am maybe 1/2 way through the book and have found it well written and an easy read. I would recommend it if you are trying to figure out how to save for retirement or your kids college tuition.
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