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On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to Personal Finance Paperback – November 29, 2013
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About the Author
Manisha Thakor is the founder and CEO of MoneyZen Wealth Management and a Wall Street Journal expert panelist. Her personal finance tips have appeared in national media ranging from the New York Times and More Magazine to CNN and The Today Show.
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The book is very well written, easy to understand and provides just the "right" amount of detail. I bought a copy for each of my twenty something daughters and will buy many more copies to give as gifts.
Imagine that in less than 160 easy to read pages, you learn about credit, insurance, investments, savings, mortgages, whether to lease or buy a car (buy, used), retirement savings, budgeting and much more. And it is done in a very interesting, easy to read, engaging way.
While I have been practicing many of the tactics and strategies outlined in the book for many years, I must admit that I learned a thing or two and am seriously rethinking some of my investment strategies.
-Why it's so important to start saving for retirement early
-Where to put short-term savings for higher interest rates
-Where to invest money that won't be used for at least five years (S&P 500 mutual fund)
-That paying high-interest debt (credit cards and student loans) is one of the best investments I can make
-How my credit score will affect my mortgage interest rate
-An estimate for how much of my income to spend on "fun" purchases and how much to save
The authors also provide short stories and easy-to-understand, solid figures to illustrate basic concepts. Their advice is mainstream and trustworthy. Recommended for anyone who wants to get their finances in order and achieve a healthy financial life. I will be sharing the information I've learned with the people in my life.
I have recommended this book to a few people at work. Hopefully it will help them develop an action plan like it did me.