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From Jim Stovall, author of the bestselling The Ultimate Gift and The Ultimate Life, and financial planning expert, Tim Maurer, comes the latest volume in the acclaimed Ultimate series.

Like its predecessors, The Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life is sure to have a significant impact on the way we think about money. Examining the connection between actions, thoughts, and feelings when it comes to all things financial, the book makes a revolutionary argument: that the key to getting the most out of personal wealth comes from the contentment found in balancing the influence of money in our lives with personal values and goals.

Financial tools—like budgets, bank accounts, 401(k)s, IRAs, education savings plans, and real estate—can play a major role in helping us generate the money we want, but real value comes from investments in our knowledge and understanding, which lead to purpose-filled careers, sleep-at-night security, artistic endeavors, creative philanthropy, fulfilled retirements, and meaningful legacies.

In The Ultimate Financial Plan, Jim Stovall uncovers the Timeless Truths of personal finance while Tim Maurer directs you through Timely Applications, making this book an invaluable investment in your future.

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PRAISE FOR The Ultimate Financial Plan

"Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era."
Steve Forbes, President and CEO, Forbes magazine

"Jim Stovall is one of the greatest and most inspiring authors of all time. I love reading and re-reading his brilliance. If you are ready to make your life work magnificently and have money flow into your experience—read this masterpiece and share it with those you love and care about."
Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Money is a tool, and here's a helpful toolbox to put it to good use. Tune out the frenzied stock traders on TV and read this book."
Chris Guillebeau, blogger and author of The Art of Non-Conformity

"Jim Stovall and Tim Maurer's financial know-how and ability to explain it in a way that inspires you to make changes is unmatched. Whether you're looking for ways to boost your own wealth or just want a better handle on the world of personal finance, this book is for you."
Kimberly Palmer, author of Generation Earn and personal finance columnist at US News & World Report

"Money is not the root of all evil nor the answer to all your problems. But it is a crucial tool to making your life what you want it to be. This is the message of The Ultimate Financial Plan, but it's not just a book about the 'philosophy of money.' It's full of practical, powerful advice for using money to its best advantage without letting it take over your life."
Robert Brokamp, CFP, Senior Advisor, The Motley Fool

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118073533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118073537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although it has insightful information, the key to use of this book - Kindle edition or physical book is to perform and use the forms and documents referenced in the book. It was originally written in 2001 and it constantly references the link: http://www.ultimatefinancialplan.com/

This link DOES NOT work. It comes up to a BLUE Host website with related links - none of them are for the book and its forms and documents referenced in the book.

VERY DISAPPOINTING - feel like I have been cheated in using the book's full ability to help others in their financial planning.

UPDATE:
Website available for forms is now http://timmaurer.com/about-the-book/

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The book was effective in pulling together all aspects of financial planning and life planning. It did not get overly technical and had lots excellent examples to drive home the concepts. The book referenced a website to help pull together a life plan, but the website has been taken down (was not able to access the site with the web address referenced in the book)
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In a world where so much is said about things that matter so little, it is refreshing to find an entire book that focuses on what really matters when it come to money. Financial planning is about trade-offs and Stovall and Maurer have laid out the trade-offs we all make in way that will actually help you think about them so you can make them on purpose instead of without thinking.

If you only read one book about financial planning (which is about all most of us can handle) this year...this would be the one!
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This book is actually for consumers yet the message is equally applicable to financial advisors. I have been in the financial services industry for 41 years and agree with the advice 100 percent. The authors are very clear about the need for authentic advice from professionals who are fee-only advisors. I heartily recommend this book for anyone who wants to better understand the financial services and investment environment today. It is clear that the authors are authentic "Value Creators" and always work for the benefit of their clients. Jim Stovall and Tim Maurer really are experts!
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This was a great read in regard to evaluating and adjusting the way we think about both our spending habits and overall economic expenditure in a macro level. It is definitely a worthwhile read in the current economic condition.
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I have not finished this book, I am only on page 81 but it has already helped me to understand how important it is to budget your money each month, and to allocate certain amounts for different expenses. This doesn’t mean that you can never deviate but the budget is a goal that you try to reach each month. A budget is not the same as looking back and seeing how much you spent last month. A budget is sitting down and deciding how much you need each month and for what. Also, the book gives a web site called mint.com which consolidates everything for you.

As I said, I am not even half way through the book, but I think it has valuable information for anyone who doesn’t want to get into a cycle of debt. Think of some of the people you know, oneself included, who owe money on credit cards, etc.. and they generally will always blame their problems on everything else but their own inability to budget. Before I take the moral high ground, I want to add that any one of us can end up in debt if we are not careful. It is the easiest thing in the world to be indebted financially. Also, we don’t know what life will bring, so we have to try to anticipate potential problems down the road, like an unexpected illness or job loss.

Lastly, I think it is very important to remember this fact: Most of us today can easily spend what we earn and then some. It doesn’t matter if we make 20,000 or 100,000 or 1,000,000 dollars a year. The problem is that for whatever reason, we easily adapt to a higher salary and we just end up spending more on dining, clothing, travel, etc…. So usually the problem is not that we don’t make enough (however, in some cases it is); the problem is that we spend too much. We are spenders, not savers.
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I have read a fair amount of investment and financial planning books in the past but I must say this is one that I will continually refer back to and won't get lost on the shelves like so many others. What an easy read! The information and examples really hit home and I would suggest to anyone looking for insight in planning their financial future.
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By Jordan H on January 20, 2015
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This book is amazing if you want to change your life and not live paycheck to paycheck. It was a required text for my personal finance class in college but I am so glad that I was required to take this class. I learned so much from this book and it was co-authored by my professor.
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