- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Women's Investment Network, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 30, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HLNYXCU
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The ABCs of Money Audible – Unabridged
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Anyways, its a great book and I can tell that she is a great person too! I hope to one day attend one of her retreats in person!
I read Natalie's previous book, and expected much the same from this one. I wasn't disappointed. There is a lot to this book that I can't apply to my own situation. Those parts were educational. However, using the advice that Natalie has provided I was able to gain a 10% return on my money in 2012.
I'm also still unemployed. A full time student to be exact, and theoretically speaking, less than a decade away from "retirement."
I am using the advice found in Chapter 7: Pay yourself first. That's how I made 10 % last year. I also shaved off what little I'll pay in taxes. I am using information from Chapter 1, on paying off debt. I have a plan. Based on her advice in Chapter 11 I am re-adjusting my investments. And for this review, lastly, I am looking at how I can establish an HSA, rather than an FSA. On the flip side of the coin, I have started a new exercise program (no weights or equipment) to reduce my cholesterol, lose a little weight, and reduce my BP. That way when I do "retire," I can enjoy what my money provides, including that in the HSA that has grown and been used sparingly.
Let me repeat what Natalie says: Pay yourself first. That's where you develop a new mind set. I am now looking at assets, how can I use my money to make more money? How can I reduce costs and invest the difference? When I retire, will the credit card companies, utilities, and banks take care of me? No! A lot of this change in my thinking has come from reading Natalie's books. It's free advice for Main Street people like me. And that's worth more than I paid for the book.
The author has her own "digging out of debt" story, and I think she did not start out in her career as a financial advisor or analyst at all. Her pointed advice cuts through all of the "noise" out there to quite simply explain how to approach whatever situation you are in, so you can maximize your financial security. What I liked the best, I guess, is that I agree with her advice. She has enough common sense and smart advice in there that I want to read more. Then, she gets more detailed around various markets for investment, and stock techniques. I want to learn and explore more, and it is the first book in a long time that I have gone back and reread.
Her tone could be quite annoying. Looking at her website, her google hits, her media work, etc, I found myself not annoyed. I just figured she is out there marketing herself, her brand, and her work. I hope she has continued success, but I did find the tendency to write things like 'I was perfectly spot on' (paraphrase) vs something like "it turned out that my predictions were accurate" a little strange. But it's got to be a hard niche so I can't judge.
She does offer a 'free 21 day coaching' (paraphrase) for people that write reviews on Amazon, and then share the review. I'd put that as a disclosure except that I don't know how to share a review and doubt I would :-)
Her advice seems very solid. If nothing else, this book reinforces the fundamentals of financial security in this day and age.