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Paul Tucci is Chief operating officer and partner at iwerk, inc., an innovative software developer and IT-services corporation, and a partner in the private-equity investment banking firm Cranbrook partners.
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Investment banker Tucci (The Handy Geography Answer Book) provides answers to questions from "What is a bond?" to "Do people spend more money on overdraft fees or vegetables during the course of a year?" Accessible and easy to use, the book divides questions into topics and subtopics among nine different chapters, covering basic banking, investments, loans, insurance, taxes, planning your financial future, and how to survive a financial crisis. Some of the facts discussed are interesting, such as the origin of the term blue-chip stock (from the color of the highest-valued chips in some card games), and the further reading listed in the back matter is useful. BOTTOM LINE While this title is factually accurate, it does not add new insights and lacks the depth and personal touches of other works. Still, it will appeal to beginners in personal finance, and it is a good reference for those who want unencumbered basics.-Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Oregon Inst. of Technology Lib., Portland (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Combining the most current data with a user-friendly format, this timely reference features more than 1,000 answers to questions on personal finance, its history, and managing one's financial life. Providing financial lessons in a fun, approachable way, the book avoids financial jargon and offers facts for everyday life that help readers save money. Questions range from simple to complex--How do I balance my check book? Why do people like to use online banks, and how popular is their use? What is a 401K plan? With financial information suitable for a wide range of ages, this is an ideal source for anyone looking to get a better understanding of personal finances.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Appendix IReal Estate Tipsp. 273
Appendix IIStarting a Business Planp. 279
Appendix IIICollege Cost Trendsp. 283
Appendix IVGovernment Resourcesp. 285
Glossaryp. 295
Indexp. 507
Introductionp. 1
History of Money, Banks, and Saving
History of Credit Cards
Our Financial Mindset
Basic Bankingp. 15
Credit Unions
Managing Your Account
Online Banking
Paying Bills Online
Phishing and Other Online Scams
Personal Finance Software
Savings and Investmentsp. 33
Investing for Retirement
Market Timing, Technical Analysis, and Fundamental Analysis
Buying Stocks
Protecting Yourself from Fraud
Analyzing Stocks
Helpful Financial Websites
Mutual Funds
Individual Retirement Accounts
Investing in Gold
Investing in Real Estate
Selling Your House
Financial Planners and Investment Advisors
Insurancep. 105
Home Insurance
Insurance for Renters
Automobile Insurance
Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Small Business Insurance
Taxesp. 131
Federal Taxes
Accountants and Tax Payers
IRS Audits
State Taxes
Local and City Taxes
Loansp. 153
Paying for Houses
Home Equity Loans
Reverse Mortgages
Car Loans, Leasing, and Buying
Paying for Education
Loans for Small Businesses
Loans for Vacations and Paying Off Loans
Planning Aheadp. 187
Saving for Retirement
Saving for Education
Caring for Aging Parents
Surviving Financial Crisisp. 207
Identity Theft
Protecting Your Privacy on the Internet
Bankruptcy Divorce
Death of a Spouse
Wills and Trusts
Getting Out of Debt
Retaining Financial Records
Budgetting Expertsp. 235
Living within Your Means
Creating a Budget
Cutting Expenses
Teaching Your Children about Finances
Interesting Facts and Trends
Credit Cardsp. 255
Finance Rates, Interest Rates, Introductory Rates
Eliminating Credit Card Debt
Debit Cards, ATM Cards and Pre-paid Credit Cards
Credit Counseling
Debt Consolidation
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