Avoiding the pitfalls of personal finance is certainly important, but its prescriptions for taking financial action are what make this guide especially useful. Part I helps readers assess their financial standing. Subsequent sections offer sage advice on saving, the basics of investing, and the ins and outs of insurance. There is an especially useful chapter on real estate, since for many people their homes are their biggest financial commitment and their largest asset. Throughout, helpful icons point out tips, common mistakes, and "scams and scoundrels that prey on the unsuspecting." The "Dummies" label might put off some people, but there is nothing stupid about the ideas. The information is presented in a format that never talks down to the reader, although it is perhaps most appropriate for those who are just starting to think about the future. --Edward Trapunski
"Packed with useful information, all presented in bite-sized segments in a clear, uncluttered format."
— Toronto Star
"Reaches out to everyday readers with straightforward tips and an easy-to-read format."
— Ottawa Citizen
Dummies books are always great and fully informative. Excellent buy :-)Published 6 months ago by Evril Cooper Enomate
Really good book for people who is really lost in the finantial matters. Sometimes the basics are very detailed (and for some people that can be annoying because a lot of it could... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2011 by Daniela D. Farrera
The book helped a lot with investing, but it could have had more info about how to save money - by cutting spending, going to sales, etc.Published on Jan. 24 2010 by Marlon Schmitt
Lots of this is pretty reasonable stuff, but the authors display too much trust in the basic decency of the financial services sector, and were too dismissive of certain asset... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2009 by GoonMoon