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Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life!: Your Lifetime Guide to Financial Planning [Kindle Edition]

Ben Stein
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Book Description

Life is not lived all at once—it’s lived in moments, days, months, years, and decades. This means that the financial plans and actions we all have to take to meet our responsibilities sensibly must be organized by years and decades. Ben Stein wrote the original guide to this subject almost a quarter century ago. Now, Ben, along with Phil DeMuth, the eminent financial planner and writer, have gotten together to update the book, incorporating the massive changes that have occurred in the economy in the past 25 years. This book tells you what and when to save, how much to save, what to save it in, when to spend, and when to say no to your present and yes to your future. Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life! is a time-traveling guidebook on how to organize the money side of your life for all of the decades of your life.

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About the Author

       Ben Stein can be seen talking about finance on Fox TV news every week. He has written about finance for Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal for decades and contributes regularly to the AARP’s Modern Maturity (now AARP: The Magazine). He was one of the chief busters of the junk bond frauds of the 1980s, has been a long-time critic of corporate executives’ self-dealing, and has written several self-help books about personal finance.

        Phil DeMuth is an investment psychologist with a longstanding interest in the stock market. He has written for The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, as well as Human Behavior and Psychology Today. His opinions have been quoted on and Fortune Magazine. He is president of Conservative Wealth Management in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2285 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401911250
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Judging by the quality and helpfulness of the books they write together, Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth are a great team. If you are interested in money, and everyone is, you will certainly benefit from their books. They have shown how, given enough time and discipline one can "time" the market (not by day trading), how to become a successful income investor, how you can get from wherever you are to a comfortable retirement, and now they provide us with a book for young people beginning their work lives. The financial life they describe begins with understanding what the workplace is about and how salaries should be viewed.

They begin by helping the reader view their income and expenditures (consumption) as a lifetime cycle. When we are young, we consume more than we make, but we are consuming our parents' resources. At the mature end of our lives, we also want to consume more than we make because we want to retire. To make that happen, something has to happen during our working years other than buying everything we think we want or suppose we need. The authors point out that we cannot wish life would return to the way our parents knew it or as we dream it should becomes. ". . . we have to plan for life as it is today, not as it was yesterday."

Once we can see the future as an economic life cycle, the authors give us some insights on how to maximize lifetime wealth. It is about getting an education in a marketable field that will keep you in demand rather than indulging yourself in an expensive college education (both in dollars and in years) that will not lead to gainful employment. Graduate school might even make some sense, if you use your education wisely.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to your personal finances. March 11, 2007
This book is a little different than other books on personal finances. Instead of a rules and budget sheets it teaches principles on what to do and not to do to be successful financially. It guides you through each stage of your life from college age until deep into retirement. I would recommend reading this book and adding it to your personal finance library at any age. Below are the top ten principles in this book:

1. First increase your human capital by getting a solid education and developing excellent work habits, making connections, and cultivating a pleasant personality.

2. Then start saving for retirement as early as possible. Fund your 401K aggressively.

3. Next start saving for a house down payment.

4. Get and stay married to a sensible person.

5. Don't try to show off by what you own, expensive cars, vacations, etc.

6. Work full-time, year-round, and acquire seniority; don't hopscotch from one unrelated job to another unless you're jumping a step up.

7. Don't make any financial moves that will contribute to a divorce.

8. Make your children pay for their own college education. It is their asset they should pay for it.(Unless you are wealthy).

9. Don't expect that you have a right to a certain lifestyle. You can only afford to live as well as your finances allow.

10. Don't swing for the fences with your investments. Use low expense index funds. Stay invested through thick and thin.

This book would be a great gift to a high school or college graduate. Or to some one who just needs to get back on the correct financial track.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid info March 4, 2007
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I buy a lot of financial books and use the info to fit MY life and lifestyle. Ben Stein is a favorite of mine because of his no nonsense style and the fact that he doesn't mollycoddle his readers. Yes, he says, life can be hard, expect to suffer some financial blows, don't be devastated by financial (or other) setbacks and...get on with it. Learn from your mistakes and keep upping your learning curve. This book certainly will help you gain some solid info.

This is the type of book that SHOULD be read by younger readers as well as those who are old enough to realize that they've made some financial mistakes or aren't saving as much as they thought and need to make changes. Unfortunately, the younger readers aren't getting the basics in school (Financial Literacy ought to be a required course - don't get me started on that) and are subject to the usual mistakes of youth (consumerism and buying expendable items) but this book can certainly help all readers, if they have the sense to buy it - and at whatever stage of life they're at - 20s, 30s, midlife, etc.

One final tip - If you use a credit card to buy this book or any books , pay off the debt as soon as possible, before you forget about it. Don't end up paying high interest rates in order to try to gain financial "freedom". I've noticed a lot of people seem to get in financial trouble and then spend a lot of money trying to "learn" how to get out of it. Avoiding credit cards with high interest rates as well as avoiding spending yourself into a huge hole of debt certainly helps. Just a thought.

But DO buy this book. It'll pay for itself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for progress through the years! June 14, 2007
This book lays out a simple approach to starting and keeping up with financial planning for retirement. The best part about this book is that anyone, and I mean anyone can follow these steps easily. The book shows you where you should be, and how to get there for every 5 years of your life, starting at 25. This isn't a make money fast type book, the opposite if anything. There is simple investment advice than anyone can follow, it even lists index mutual funds from Fidelity and Vanguard to help you out. It also shows simple allocations for your retirement for every decade of your life, including post-retirement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you want to succeed in life, read everything these guys write!
Published 5 months ago by C. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound fundamentals
I like how it progresses through various life stages. A good resource for a financial beginner and refresher for the more experienced.
Published on February 10, 2013 by Troy Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice, which I had it 30 years ago
I was reading the book while waiting for my daughter's New Student Orientation and I found myself constantly asking her to read chapters, and quotes. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by Dulcie Anne
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Was more about personality and less about Financial education. I do understand they are linked, but I think the book should be re titled.
Published on December 17, 2012 by Mr. Slice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great financial advice
I trully wish I had read this when I was in my 20's, and not now that I'm almost 40. No one at home ever told me to save money, and I never had much common sense for money matters,... Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by Denise Escamilla Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome; read this book before it's too late
The authors might argue that it's never really "too late," but the earlier in life you really comprehend what they are saying in this book, the better off you'll be for the rest of... Read more
Published on May 12, 2008 by Trevis Rothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer for life planning
This book serves as a good overview of how all individuals should save for the major events of life - having children, buying a home and eventually retirement. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Jerry Harding
4.0 out of 5 stars Good financial book
Ben Stein & Phil DeMuth's Yes, You Can Get a Financial Life! is a practical, albeit, sarcastic book that is great for everyone from teenage on. Read more
Published on November 26, 2007 by Kevin Riggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Retirement
I think this book should be separated into three books. 20-30 year olds, 40-50 year olds and pre-retirement people.
Published on July 15, 2007 by Richard Novak
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Stein at his best
Neat book! Financial data is a little bit dated, no doubt up to date in later books. He covers financial planning from teenagers to retirees with the very best advise.
Published on March 19, 2007 by John Boulton
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