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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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Top Customer Reviews
Lynn Staheli, MD.
I've been a student of Paul Merriman's ideas and teachings for several years. My first exposure to his ideas came via an internet search that led me to his "Sound Investing" radio broadcast and the FundAdvice.com website. I've listened to dozens of his archived broadcasts and have always been impressed by the consistency and clarity of his explanations. I purchased his book "Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money" and once again was impressed by the way he was able to explain the concepts of financial management in such a clear and easy to understand manner. I really appreciated his ability to use "common sense explanations" that cut through the hype and hysteria that so often accompanies today's financial media. And for those of us that appreciate lots of charts and graphs, Paul was always able to back up his recommendations with extensive academic research and many, many decades of historical market data.
Over the years, I have shared Paul's book with my friends that wanted to learn more about managing their own financial resources. They've all commented upon how this book was the most understandable personal finance book they'd ever read. I must admit, however, that a couple of my friends were a bit overwhelmed by the abundance of charts and graphs.
I think that Paul's latest book, "Financial Fitness Forever", hits the "sweet spot" between readers like myself that will love the charts/graphs and reader's that won't.Read more ›
Merriman explains the 'facts' on investing. (I didn't know there were facts.) He then demystifies investing by defining the terms and giving easy to understand examples. He reminds us "no one knows the future". I guess if they did they would not telling us their secrets.
Financial Fitness is a quick read. Merriman says there is no magic to investing. Financial fitness comes from creating a fact based plan and sticking to it. What surprised me in this book is that it is not just theory, Paul tells us exactly what to buy and why. He leaves no room for excuses. I think his advice applies not only to us but also to our children and grandchildren. I am taking action now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even with an MBA in Finance from a top school, I got a lot out of this book.
No matter how sophisticated your market knowledge is, it's equally important, in my opinion,... Read more
Paul explains why asset allocation is important to your financial health, and how you need to balance risk and reward. The seemingly safe thing may be your riskiest bet.Published 1 month ago by Rufus of Sol
A trustworthy educator - get Pauls web sight - have your friends & children follow his advice- long term !!Published 4 months ago by THOMAS J GILHULEY
I bought this book after listening to Paul Merriman's podcast. I love that he basically give you a investment strategy you can apply right away, which is supported by great... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Zhang
Mr. Merriman is wonderful in his explanations. This book gives everyone the rules and knowledge one needs for retirement funding. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Annie
Paul Merriman is one of my favorites in the investment field. This book is a must read and I will re-read it every few years.Published 8 months ago by MARK C SCHMIDT