From Publishers Weekly
Investment adviser Farrell simplifies retirement savings. To make the process of preparing for the golden years less complicated—and less anxiety provoking—Farrell developed a series of simple formulas to help readers understand what they need to be saving based on age and household income, while taking as much of the irrational emotion out of the equation as possible. Swift calculations help readers understand how much they should be saving each year, how much to contribute to 401(k)s and IRAs, when to invest in real estate, how much education debt to carry, how to balance debt, how to calculate investment power and how to find a financial adviser for those situations that require a little extra help. Farrell keeps his readers on track—each decision boils down to what he calls the Unifying Question: Will [x] help move me from being a laborer to being a capitalist? By focusing on making readers' money work for them, and with the use of simple, clear numbers, Farrell does a wonderful job of taking the worry and stress out of number anxiety—no calculator necessary. (Jan.)
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"[Charles Farrell] has developed, in recent years, some of the smartest tools we've seen for gauging the health of your nest egg. Now, he has combined these calculators with additional guidelines in a new book, Your Money Ratios: Eight Simple Tools for Financial Security
. Mr. Farrell uses easy-to-understand ratios to help individuals manage savings, debt, investments and insurance, all with the goal of achieving a secure retirement. In short, one of the best financial books to cross our desks this year."
-Wall Street Journal
"By focusing on making readers' money work for them, and with the use of simple, clear numbers, Farrell does a wonderful job of taking the worry and stress out of number anxiety-no calculator necessary."
"Everybody wants to know, 'Am I on the right track?' Thanks to Charlie Farrell and his delightfully simple Money Ratios, the answers are just a few pages away."
-Jonathan Clements, author, The Little Book of Main Street Money
"What I like about the use of ratios is that it imposes discipline on emotional spending decisions. When you do the math based on specific goals, real household income and exact time frames related to age, it becomes crystal clear that you really can't afford to blow out the back of your home to expand the kitchen, no matter how attractive or tax- deductible the financing may be."
-Laura Rowley, Yahoo Finance
"Your Money Ratios
is a no-nonsense, comprehensive resource for those ready to grab the reins of personal finance once and for all."
"Why not manage your family finances as you would a business? Farrell is a money manager who makes a convincing argument for that approach. He uses ratios more common in the business world, such as the debt-to- equity ratio and the capital to income ratio so that readers can figure out how they are really doing. The book is direct and numbers-focused, and offers answers to questions like "How much should I be saving?" and "How much insurance do I need?"