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Your Money Matters: 21 Tips for Achieving Financial Security in the 21st Century Hardcover – December 6, 1999

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Your Money Matters, by prolific financial author and TV commentator Jonathan Pond, proposes a 21-point money-management program for those nearing retirement age as well as those for whom retirement is still a distant consideration. With humor and a clever division of the particulars into tip-packed chapters bearing such titles as "Live Beneath Your Means (Without Depriving Yourself)," "Learn How to Tolerate Your Loved One's Annoying Financial Habits," and "Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, but Pigs and Lambs Get Slaughtered," Pond dispenses a wealth of practical data on handling "the most important financial matters that you'll need to attend to in the 21st century." A bold claim, but one backed up with a slew of sensible suggestions for increasing your savings and apportioning the resultant nest egg to provide comfortably for your future needs. Along the way, Pond offers opinions and outlines applicable strategies on issues including technology stocks as a viable investment, the need for long-term-care insurance, and the best ways to fund a child's education or the care for an aging parent. He also includes pointers to pages on his Web site that offer additional information on health-insurance plans, home-equity loans, investment-allocation procedures, and many other supportive issues. --Howard Rothman

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Take a lesson in personal finance from Pond, host of PBS's Your Financial Future with Jonathan Pond. And look for a PBS special to launch the book.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (December 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399145699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399145698
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,453,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I both read this book and thought it was excellent. We have children just starting their households and are sending copies to them. This is not a book for experienced investors. Excellent advice for young families. Advice includes meeting your bills, insurance, beginning investments, retirement and much more. All the basics. Good review for anyone at any age.
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Call me old fashioned, but I was brought up on the principle that you get ahead by being of service to other people, not by attacking other people. With that in mind, why does this JBQ shill continue to go from one financial book to another attacking every other financial author and hawking Quinn?
Jonathan Pond has written an excellent book and unlike Quinn, is a recognized authority on investing and personal finance.
I highly recommend this excellent book by Pond. I also recommend the excellent books by Ray Linder, if you want real financial advice and not regurgitated, outmoded advice ala JBQ.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not a beginner investor, and still, I found in the book some good reminders, answers to some ideas that I was bouncing around and even some things I did not know. It feels a bit awkward to provide a good review after seeing mostly negative ones, but I stand behind my rating. First of all, this is not a book on how to pick a winning stock or how to make a killing on the market. It is about making general decisions about one's financial life, and then waiting for the money to accummulate in the due process. If you set your expectations correctly, the book is useful and enjoyable. Secondly, at no point I felt that I needed any services from the Pond's firm. On the contrary, he gave me some ideas on how to finetune my own handling of my finances. Finally, I believe Jonathan Pond brings a great value in educating potential investors in his PBS appearances and in the book. Even if his ideas are not earth-shattering, they are to the point and delivered with a good sense of humor.
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By A Customer on November 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Your Money Matters: 21 Tips for Achieving Financial Security in the 21st Century" is a veritable Money Manual and covers every major financial situation that is likely to happen in an adults lifetime. From the beginnings of financial independence to complicated estate planning, from buying a home to saving for retirement, it's all in here.
Pond's book also reveals the secrets you'll need to know to make the most of the opportunities in the new millenium. Unlike other guides, Your Money Matters takes a humanistic approach to money, reminding us that there is no reason our financial lives have to be dull. As Jonathan Pond delights in joking, "Never take responsibility for anything that eats." But if you do, you need this book.
Jonathan Pond is a recognized personal finance authority. What a pleasure it is to read a book by a respected financial authority instead of just a "paper authority." This excellent book by Pond will get you on track financially.
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Just scroll down to the "So You Want to" and "Listmania" guides and you will see the name. If this internet junkie spent half as much time marketing and offering a worthwhile product or service, it wouldn't be necessary to hawk overpriced so called self published books which only offer at best generic if not outdated advice. And of course, it wouldn't be necessary to hype over the hill authors like JBQ either.
Mr. Pond is a recognized authority. I and many others have benefitted from his advice. As I see it, there is no place for internet junkies on this website and I have reported this to amazon as well.
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I realize that this book was written about 8 years ago, but I still think it is an excellent overview of all areas of personal finance. It also helps that the author shares his sense of humor throughout the book to keep things from getting too dry.

This book contains many topics I've read before such as the importance of spending less than you earn and how to get out of debt. Information that was new to me included: tax-advantage investing; importance of putting together a will, living will, living trust, etc; ways to go about estate planning; and annuities (including charitable annunities). This is the first book I've read that covers all of those areas and I learned quite a bit.

It was rather interesting to read this book several years after it was written as the author had some advice (such as not investing your 401k in company stock) that really rings true now (post-Enron!).

After reading the book I have put together a "to-do" list of actions I plan to take from things I learned. So, I think it was very, very useful. The book was not as detailed as some I've read, but it contained enough to provide useful, thought-provoking information. The author lists resources and websites where more information can be obtained, if needed. I will have to look for more recent books by this author to put on my TBR (to-be-read) list!
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