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Financial Fitness Forever: 5 Steps to More Money, Less Risk, and More Peace of Mind Hardcover – November 16, 2011
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About the Author
Paul Merriman is a nationally recognized authority on mutual funds, index investing, asset allocation, and both buy-and-hold and active management strategies. He founded the investment advisory firm Merriman, Inc., which manages more than $1.5 billion for more than 2,000 U.S. households.
The author of four personal investing books, including Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money!, and numerous online articles for FundAdvice.com, Merriman has led more than 1,000 investor workshops, hosted a weekly radio program, and has been a featured guest on local, regional, and national television shows. Money magazine named his weekly podcast “Sound Investing” as “the best money podcast.” Twice he has been a featured guest speaker at Harvard University’s investor psychology conference.
Merriman is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from Western Washington University’s School of Economics and is a founding member of the board of directors of Global HELP, a Seattle-based non-profit producer of medical publications distributed free of charge to healthcare workers in developing nations.
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- The author truly cares about his readers, and investors in general. I know this because he has written several other books from which all proceeds go to charity. He also has podcasts and a website with clear, specific, free recommendations and advice.
- The author is retired, yet continues to give free advice via his (charitable) books, podcasts, and website. Additionally, he welcomes his readers to email him with concerns or questions.
- The information given in this book is based on factual evidence and statistics. It is based on reality. There are no predictions or speculations.
- The author always recommends investments and strategies which have the most positive outcome for the investor, and isn't concerned with the needs or desires of financial advisers and other people in "the field." This means he steers you clear of investments and people which will rob you of your money, despite making you think you are making a good choice.
- The book is very clear on exactly what you should do, and explains exactly why you should do it that way. There are plenty of examples, stories, statistics, etc to back up the information.
I am just starting out as an investor. When I started this book, I had almost no knowledge of investing, finances, etc. (I was definitely behind the times for my age). Several things about this book that worked for me were: It was written in friendly, down-to-earth, no nonsense manner. It was worded so that I could understand exactly what the author was saying and how it applied to me. As I read the book, I looked up some of the terms online to learn as I went (investopedia is a good site for researching). When I realized that the author was looking out for my best interests, and saw the evidence he was putting forth, it gave me a lot of confidence. When I was finished with the book, I felt much, much better about my financial situation and how to proceed with implementing my own investment strategy. Basically, this book took my preconceived notions and attitudes about investing and flipped them around to a more positive feeling.
To say the least, this book has been a "game-changer" for me and my life. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone that wants to learn the best way to invest, from an expert who really cares.
I'd like to add three more things:
1. If you are lacking in knowledge about investing and are intimidated (like I was), you should first read Paul's book titled "First Time Investor"
2. If you have negative or preconceived notions about investing, you should absolutely read this book immediately
3. No matter your age, if you don't have investments, do it NOW. Don't wait to invest. Don't make excuses. You will forever regret it if you don't plan and maintain your investment strategy/portfolio starting as early as possible.
No matter how sophisticated your market knowledge is, it's equally important, in my opinion, to be aware of your true risk tolerance and your emotional makeup, because that will get the best of most of us if we aren't really honest or clear with ourselves on that.
This is probably the best stock market / wealth management book I've read in 35 years.
I did decide to adapt his model ETF portfolio asset allocations to my retirement funds and have gone back to reread parts of the book (and his updated portfolios which he publishes each year on MarketWatch) on about a dozen occasions when I started to feel maybe I could replace part of his strategy (model portfolio of asset allocations) with my own.