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Aliber, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, advises financial neophytes of all ages on approaching money management over the course of their lifetimes--from paying for college to preparing for retirement. Employing more of a how-to-think than a how-to-do approach, Aliber covers the multitude of common financial decisions: whether to rent or buy, how much insurance one needs, raising a credit score, taking advantage of top-notch state universities, and maximizing tax-advantaged accounts--each section concluding with a takeaway list of steps to immediately implement or to use to guide future decision-making. It's when Aliber enters the more complex realm of retirement income and how to make sure your assets last as long as you do that things grow murky. The book is ideal for younger readers who have simpler financial decisions to make; those focusing on retirement will find Aliber's approach daunting despite his valiant attempts at accessibility. (Dec.) (c)
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"Mr. Aliber's book provides the epitome of financial planning information to help readers analyze and identify the most appropriate financial choices. Its easy to follow and practical format is a must for those readers who want to make strong financial decisions."—Jeff Rattiner, President and CEO, JR Financial Group, Inc.


"In the world of financial planning, there is academic literature, and there are practical guides. Aliber, being an academic who has studied many related topics, but who has also dealt with real-world money management, has framed problems and provided concrete solutions in a uniquely compelling—and grounded—way. In this excellent book lie the answers to your most important financial questions."—Annamaria Lusardi, Dartmouth College, and author of Overcoming the Saving Slump
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Product Details

  • Series: Stanford Economics and Finance
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Economics and Finance (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804748535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804748537
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By xxdjxx78 on April 8, 2011
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This book was the worst financial book I've ever read. Stick with the classics like random walk down wall st. or intelligent investor. The author ends every chapter with "actionables" but many times the chapter content didn't contain a discussion on these actionables. This makes it hard to make an informed decision. One actionable was to buy growth stocks that are buying stock back over companies paying dividends. I would argue this is rather controversial as there are many stocks that companies are buying back billons of dollars worth and the stock is going no where. Companies simply do it to support the share price because each year all the executives are forced to sell a portion of their stock grants for tax withholding. Stocks paying out solid dividends have yield support where the stock wont remain a "bargain" for too long if the company is paying out a good dividend for the price. The author mentions at least 3 times about donating your highest stock gains to charity as if he discovered something earth shattering here and must repeat it till he's blue in the face. Give me a break. The drawn down table has a mistake, which drove me nuts trying to understand the math until I realized it was a mistake. The author asks many rhetorical questions, doesn't really take a stance on many of the topics and many of the sections felt very incomplete. Example, what about retiring early? This wasn't even a full page. The author mentions there being a 10% penalty if you draw from your 401k before 59. Well not entirely true. If you leave the workforce at 55 you are ok. You can also setup a specific periodic withdrawal, which as long as you choose to draw the same amount till 59 you can without the 10% penalty.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DNA on January 15, 2011
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At first blush, one might expect a book by one of the world's foremost international economists to be theoretical, dry, and rather challenging to read. But prepare to be surprised. In "Your Money and Your Life," Bob Aliber has reached deep into his personal and academic experience to fashion a guide that is both practical and highly readable. The only thing "dry" about it is his famous dry wit, honed by decades of teaching experience as a popular and highly respected professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his frequent appearances at that school's annual Business Forecast Lunches where his presence on the program regularly drew thousands of executives from across the country.

The book itself covers a wide variety of topics in personal finance and investments, where his insights and practical recommendations reflect a deep yet pragmatic appreciation of the some of the best academic research in finance and investments. All in all, a first rate example of writing that combines "thorough and rigorous" with "practical and enjoyable." Don't pass this one up.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Bekin on December 28, 2010
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These two reviews by David Warsh capture the essence of two great books:

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Your Money and Your Life: A Lifetime Approach to Money Management
By Robert Z. Aliber.

I am a great fan of the walk-around-the-pond-with-a-companionable-friend format. This new version of a 1982 book began when the benefits office at the University of Chicago asked Aliber to speak to retiring faculty about financial planning.

He discovered that many of them (at least those not involved in serial marriages) were millionaires, the result of generous pensions, rising real estate prices and the bull market in stocks. "After my presentation, I would get calls -- let's have lunch," he writes. This book collects a couple of dozen such conversations and organizes them under three headings: decisions involving expenditure, investment and financial planning. Wondering whether to buy a new car or one that has been slightly used? Whether to go for public or private education? To rent or buy? To load up on insurance? To annuitize or not? Curious about how to construct a bond ladder? Anxious about senior health care? Aliber is full of wisdom on all these counts and more.

Retired now after 39 years as a professor at Chicago's Booth School of Business, he is author of The International Money Game, as well as the inheritor who has turned Charles P. Kindleberger's classic Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises into an ongoing text.

Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises
By Charles P. Kindleberger

This book first appeared in 1978.
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