The Rules of Money: How to Make It and How to Hold on to It, Expanded Edition (Richard Templar's Rules) Kindle Edition

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THE RULES OF MONEY

107 bite-size, easy-to-use rules for making money, keeping it, investing it, and enjoying it from

RICHARD TEMPLAR

Money: Some people just seem to know how to get it--and keep it!
What’s their secret? What do they know that the rest of us don’t?
They know the “golden behaviors” that create wealth and make it grow.
You need to know what they know:

THE RULES OF MONEY

Here they are, including
7 brand-new rules to take you further, faster.

You’ll find great up-to-the-minute advice on saving, spending, investing, and enjoying your money, too. You’ll discover why your money beliefs might be holding you back...how to see wealth as a friend, not the enemy...how to make money without compromising your ethics...avoid envy...make a plan...get your current finances under control...master deal-making and negotiation...discover opportunities nobody else sees...and much more.

THE RULES OF MONEY

Learn ’em. Live ’em. Reap the rewards. One step at a time.
Every day. Starting today.

About the Author

Richard Templar (Devon, UK) is an astute observer of human behavior who understands what makes the difference between those who effortlessly glide toward success and those who struggle against the tide. He has distilled these observations into his Rules titles, read by more than one million people around the world. His global best-sellers include The Rules of Life, The Rules of Wealth, and The Rules of Work. His books also include I Don't Want Any More Cheese: I Just Want Out of the Trap.

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  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
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  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OR9MP8
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By Amber M. Anderson VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
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Honestly, I found this to be just awful. Allow me to explain:

1) Generic: Most of the advice is horribly generic. "Spend less than you make", "Pay off debts", "Work hard" Yeah...thanks. Even the more specific "own, don't rent", "don't borrow money from friends", "don't rely on luck," "dress well/act wealthy" seem more like platitudes and not anything terribly new.

2) Over simplified: Again, most of it feels like platitudes. The advice is general with very little actual assistance in acting or implementing it. There is almost no explanation of how actual financial things work (interest rates, mutual funds, bonds, loan products, whatever, this book won't explain it). The tasks it does set are big "figure out what you want wealth for", "figure out how to define wealth/what is enough", "create an action plan to get out of debt if you are in it" and just leaves you to flounder for the answer.

3) Conflicting: The author says that you should read the financial sections of the paper and educate yourself thoroughly on money matters. Then in rule 27 he brings up the term "risk premium" but promptly says "forget that bit if you don't like jargon." The financial world is full of jargon...should I educate myself or not? Then he says he's not going to recommend specific texts to read...find your own. Yet in Rule 10 a footnote says "Go and read The Financial Times Guide to Investing by Glen Arnold." The list goes on...

4) Presumptive: The author makes some repeated claims that annoy me. He claims you should buy property and not rent and always couches his advice with the assumption that you have a house (and likely a mortgage).
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The product description says there are "107 bite-size, easy-to-use rules for making money". "Bite size" is correct; almost no "chapter" is more than 2 pages. It's written in a very chatty style, as though someone were giving a talk. However, the author makes very judicious use of footnotes to voice his opinions; as an example, in discussing discovering beliefs about money, Templar mentions "can't have money and be "spiritually pure."** ** Whatever that means."

The author also contradicts himself about the ease of these steps when he says "[w]e have to live and breathe and sleep (yes, bearing in mind Rule 13) money. We have to study hard at the University of Wealth if we want to graduate...MAY HAVE TO CHOOSE--MONEY OR FRIVOLITY?" For most Americans, adding wealth is about choosing which frivolities we're willing to forgo in order to add to the nest egg.

The author comments on how someone should handle having money "We've all seen those who come into money too suddenly and flaunt the fact that they have loads, and we all think "God, how tacky." I know we shouldn't sit in judgment on others but I do find my toes curl at...no, I can't say in case you've got one." There are random comments like this that are not very helpful.

And then, oddly, at the very end of the book, "However, if you intend to gain prosperity, you should get on with it, believe in it, follow it, give 100 percent to it, and not listen to others. Including me. Especially me. Good luck." which left this reader with a W.T.F open mouth. Seriously, you just wrote a book about how to accumulate wealth and then negate it with "but don't listen to me"?????????????!!!

Rich Man, Poor Man is a much more concise version of the concepts in this book, and Dave Ramsey's plans are much easier to follow.
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I got this book for free and it was actually a good book to read. It made me think about my money habits and investments and I made a few changes. It is a great book to read if you need a little wake up but it is only good if you make some real changes.
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This self-help book, which may or may not be a retitling of The Rules of Wealth, and which may or may not be written by an author whose pen name was Richard Templar, who may or may not be deceased, is too long, somewhat hokey, but ultimately benign.

Unlike dangerous texts like Rich Dad, Poor Dad or FT Press' own tripeful George Lindsay and the Art of Technical Analysis, which lure desperate readers into a quagmire of questionable financial advice, The Rules of Money offers generally beneficial advice packaged into digestible two-page chapters. Less enjoyable than the parables of the classic The Richest Man in Babylon and far less insightful than the quasi-psychological The Millionaire Mind, The Rules of Money nonetheless offers some useful financial advice that probably should be obvious to most people but sadly is not.

Suffering the same fate as the encyclopedic Crimes of Persuasion and the sycophantic 101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment, The Rules of Money is too long.
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