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I wish I had written this book! "Worth It/ Not Worth It"-this books is definitely WORTH IT. Jack Otter, is great writer, fabulous editor-and has written a wonderful, fun book that quickly answers your most pressing financial questions. The format is also unique, which I really enjoyed. I think this is a great "gift book" for the graduate season that is quickly approaching. Enjoy!
David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
Founder of FinishRich.com


Where have you been all my life, Jack Otter!

Gayle King, CBS This Morning

The premise of reducing every investment decision to either/or is entertaining, and if it challenges you to think why you are deviating from his suggestions, so much the better.―The New York Times

About the Author

Jack Otter is the editor of Barrons.com. Formerly the executive editor of CBS Moneywatch.com, he has more than a decade of experience as a business journalist, having been on staff at Newsday and SmartMoney. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @JackOtter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455508446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455508440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jack Otter is the Executive Editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com, and he has more than a decade of experience as a business journalist, having been on staff at Newsday, Dow Jones, and SmartMoney. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, O magazine and The New Yorker. The author has appeared on NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business and other programs to talk about personal finance and health topics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.

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Worth it....Not Worth It delivers a huge return on two of our most valuable assets: time and money.
The format requires very little of the former. Otter aims for brevity over War and Peace length explanations. You've got questions about personal finance? Otter's got the answers, fast and sweet, but with just enough explanation to give you confidence he knows what the heck he's talking about. It's also a fun read, which should qualify it for some special award given how dry personal finance can be. And as for the money angle...Well, I haven't done the math, but conservatively I bet following just half the advice in this book could save you more than six figures over your lifetime. Worth it Not Worth It is worth it for anyone looking to get on top of their financial life. But it strikes me as especially spot on for any recent college grad you might know: Start out in the real world with Otter showing you the way on the money front and you're gonna be just fine.
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This book is the essential 'CLEAR UP MY QUESTIONS', and confusion about so many money issues. I am 46 and finding it is entirely relevant on many levels, but I'm also ordering extra copies for a slew of high school and college graduates because they need to get their head around these issues while they're young. The book is simple, straightforward, and really gives good advice about so many things in your life that relate to money. By taking out the overwhelming detail out it's one you will want to read in one sitting.
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I bought this book for my Kindle to see if it might be helpful for my grandchildren as they begin their careers. It was a fabulous find: just what they need. May I add that Grandma found it helpful as well!
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This book, Worth It...Not Worth It delivers invaluable advice for 20 somethings through 80 somethings. Wow, it's a must read and easy to read.
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The book offers a variety of interesting tips and is worthy of reading it. However, it appears that the book was printed in a rush or under a very tight budget such that several pages have been cut-off at the beginning of the sentences and as a result it is sometimes hard to understand what the book is saying (since we're missing the first few words of each sentence in several pages).
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I bought this book for my college aged daughter, to open up a conversation about money and life planning.

It's a great little gem with loads of information in a small amount of real estate.

From college planning, to cars and homes vs. organic and nonorganic vegetables. From insurance to stocks vs. mutual funds and annuities and ETF's. What to do?

This book gives the simple answers. Along with some wisely placed descriptive photos!
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I bought this book as a birthday gift for my 30 yr old son, who is very conciencious about his finances. The advice is put into easy to understand terms, and does not go into lengthy, boring details. I also found some good advice for my husband & me, who are starting to think of retirement issues. I think this book is an excellent gift idea for college graduates who will need to make good financial decisions for their future.
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Just when you want to be careful with money, along come confusing life choices: buying a car, renting a house, investing in the market, obtaining life insurance, and so on. Happily, MoneyWatch's Jack Otter provides superior advice. He lays out a series of either-or spending choices and explains the pluses and minuses of your options. getAbstract - which does not give financial advice, other than suggesting due diligence in light of your own situation - recommends Otter's savvy mini-essays on financial choices and his nicely illustrated pro-and-con presentation. If you seek clear-headed spending advice in a pretty package, you will appreciate his authoritative, easy-to-understand comparisons. On the other hand, if you find jazzy pages overflowing with big pictures laced with short doses of advice way too distracting, you may think this illustrated manual is a bit over-the-top visually. However, for the inexperienced young person or the financially daunted, the popular packaging may just open the door to sound fiscal counsel.
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