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Pay Yourself First: The African American Guide to Financial Success and Security Paperback – October 1, 2001
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From the Back Cover
"Jesse Browns commonsense approach is a surefire way to watch your money grow."Myra J., The Tom Joyner Morning Show
Achieve your financial freedom with step-by-step instructions from award-winning investment manager Jesse B. Brown. Discover the easy-to-follow, down-to-earth secret to living your dreams, whether its buying a new home, buying a new car, sending your children to college, retiring rich, or going on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Pay Yourself First is a must-have reference guide for all African Americans who want to experience their own financial security. If you make less than $30,000 a yearor if you are simply a first-time investorhere is your financial "411" on:
- How to get out of debt and stay out of debt permanently
- How to avoid the most common mistakes people make with their money
- How to put time and money to work for you instead of against you
- Everything you need to know about todays best investment options, including IRAs, insurance, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
Jesse Brown has already shown thousands and thousands of African Americans how to successfully manage their moneyand make even more while theyre doing it. Now you can begin your own journey to wealth. From free money for family emergencies to the fundamentals of saving and investing, Jesse Brown will give you the help you need to secure the things you want and be a winner.
Top Customer Reviews
"The following goal-setting forms will serve as a map in guiding you toward your desired financial goals. They are here to assist you in your planning. Feel free to use the formula over and over again for your actual desires."
One frustrating problem, Mr. Brown gives NO FORMULAS.
I followed up by going to Mr. Brown's company website and sending an e-mail explaining my frustration, I got a reply telling me to visit the website and click on "need a financial plan." This requires me to enter in my credit card information and be charged $25 for Mr. Brown to preform the calculations for me (the same calculations that should be outlined in Chapter 16). In addition, I get a free copy of a book that I just bought. WHAT?!
I bought this book expecting to be given the tools to be independent when setting up my goals. Or at least to understand how calculations are made before I seek out professional help. But Mr Brown only brought me halfway when he suggests ways to set up goals and then in turn doesn't fully explain them.
PAY YOURSELF FIRST is a reader friendly financial planning guide. At the end of each chapter there are short quizzes for the reader to gauge their understanding of the material covered. I found this to be very helpful as the subject of finance can be confusing. The book also doubles as a workbook with a section for readers to put what they have learned into action. After reading this book, I felt empowered to take charge of my financial success and become an investor and not just a saver.
Reviewed by Aiesha Flowers
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
The book contains a number of good points, the best of which are the following: knowing where your money goes and having a goal, using time to your advantage (as opposed to letting others use time against you, like most of us do), developing an emergency fund before you begin saving and investing (which too few of us do, even if we do save and invest), emphasizing the importance of credit, credit ratings and the wise use of credit, paying cash for most of your purchases, presenting the perils of being dependent on a person or institution for some or all of your livelihood, unlearning bad money habits and learning good money habits, and reminding the reader that not taking control of one's destiny has dire consequences.
To be honest, the book also has a number of key demerits. First, the author's financial compounding examples do not factor in mutual fund expenses and taxes. Second, contrary to what the author believes, buying a house is not always the wisest investment, even though (and this is generally speaking) houses usually appreciate in value (he also neglected to discuss the hidden expenses associated with a house).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would consider this a "jump start" book that contains much of the basics that one would need to understand regarding financial security and wealth building. Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by RG
Whether your trying to save a little extra for your pockets, for a house, or your kids college funds, this book is helpful with getting you on the right track.Published on March 3, 2007 by Ardannyl
The process was smooth, I received the book fast and it is great reading. Very informational and helpful. Thank you.Published on October 16, 2005 by H. S.
This book is great! Its not for African-Americans, its for everyone especially African-Americans. As a young African-American professional, I can relate to every chapter in this... Read morePublished on February 18, 2005 by Bookworm
I am currently reading Pay Yourself First, it is wonderful. Everything I have wanted to know about personal finance is in the book, and so simple and easy. Read more
Pay Yourself First is an excellent Book. I am a Mortgage Consultant and I think that it is important that I understand the investment side of Finance. Read morePublished on February 28, 2002 by Damon Carr