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Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter with Your Money [Paperback]

Robert T. Kiyosaki
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March 26 2008 Rich Dad's
For years, Robert Kiyosaki has firmly believed that the best investment one can ever make is in taking the time to truly understand how one's finances work. Too many people are much more interested in the quick-hitting scheme, or trying to find a short-cut to real wealth. As Kiyosaki has preached over and over again, one has to truly under the process of how money works before one can start out on trying to escape the daily financial Rat Race.

Now, in this latest book in the popular Rich Dad Poor Dad series, Kiyosaki lays out his 5 key principles of Financial Intelligence for all to understand. In INCREASE YOUR FINANCIAL IQ, Kiyosaki provides real insights on these key steps to wealth:

o How to increase your money -- how to assess what you're really worth now, what your prospects are, and how to start mapping out your financial future.

o How to protect your money -- for better or for worse, taxes are a way of life. Kiyosaki shows you that "it's not what you make....it's what you keep."

o How to budget your money -- everybody wants to live large, but you have to learn how to live within your budget. Kiyosaki shows you how you can.

o How to leverage your money -- as you build your financial IQ, knowing how to put your money to work for you is a crucial step.

o How to improve your financial information -- Kiyosaki shows you how to accelerate your wealth as you learn more and more.

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Robert and his wife Kim live in Arizona.

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One of many in the Rich Dad series, Kiyosaki's abridged pep talk about financial wellness is a rapid read as narrated by Dave Mallow. Speaking with gusto, Mallow evokes the entrepreneur in everyone with rapid sentences that are targeted towards action. The summaries at the end of each chapter are read more slowly, allowing the reader to process the sometimes detailed information. In the bulk of the discussion Mallow moves between financial explanations and personal anecdotes in a warm and understanding tone. In addition to the summaries, each chapter ends with thinking points, some of which are worded to incite the reader to action. The smooth delivery helps make contemplating major financial decisions less daunting. M.R. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting smarter by the minute. Sept. 19 2013
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Well written book. Not rich yet but have the tools to get there with this fabulously written book. Love it!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bulding blocks June 21 2010
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begin to build your financial foundation. use the lessons as building blocks to start and strengthen your empire
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Book for Fans--OK for Kiyosaki Newbies March 26 2008
By Paul Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been a great fan of Kiyosaki for some years now, and have made good money following his principles, so I owe him a debt of gratitude. Also, I have read the greater part of his increasing panoply of books.

This book was quite disappointing. Like most of Kiyosaki's books, this one was filled with repetition. Now, I do subscribe to the theory that "repetition is the mother of learning," and so a bit of repetition to reinforce an important point is quite acceptable, and indeed beneficial.

But this book is full of mind-numbing repetition, and the content of its nearly 200 pages could easily have been boiled down to 50 pages.

There may be a clue as to the reason why this book was written on page 89 where the author says, "One of the benefits of being an author is that when I want a new liability [read: luxury item], I first write a book, like this one, and the royalties from the book pay for the liability."

That might indeed explain why this particular book was written.

For those who have already read Kiyosaki's books, especially the first three-- RDPD, Cashflow Quadrant, and Rich Dad's Guide to Investing-- this book would be quite superfluous. On the other hand for those totally new to Kiyosaki's work, this book may serve as a valuable primer.

Still, there are a few excellent "take-aways" from this book:

1) The world no longer runs on Money (a medium of exchange backed by real value--traditionally silver and gold, or other hard assets), but on Currencies (totally fictitious media of exchange based on debt and manipulation by central banks). Historically, every currency has eventually gone to its intrinsic value--ZERO. Therefore, it is essential to NEVER SAVE A CURRENCY, but to keep a currency moving, buying real assets which generate cash flow, or buying items with a real intrinsic value. This insight, mentioned in other Kiyosaki books as well, is an extremely valuable bit of information, and is the one big gem to take away.

2) The greatest "asset" in today's world of economic change and volatility is Financial Intelligence itself. Only by developing "Financial IQ," will one be able to weather the storms which are shaping up on the world economic horizon. And the time to get educated is RIGHT NOW!

3) Kiyosaki's grouping of the five types of Financial IQ is also worthwhile, and gives a workable template for developing and IMPLEMENTING a greater financial awareness: 1) Making more money; 2) Protecting your Money; 3) Budgeting your money (there are some unique insights in this one!); 4) Leveraging your money; 5) Improving your financial information.

All in all, this book is useful for Kiyosaki newbies, although even they may be put off by the repetition. I think long-time Kiyosaki fans may be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Little new information - go back and read his other books April 23 2008
By P. Baird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was really disappointed by this book. There's some new (or at least new perspective for me) items, but they could probably be condensed down to a single chapter. But then Kiyosaki couldn't really sell a book of just 1 chapter, so instead, he drifts off topic (a lot), and wrote a lot of filler material.

I don't know what he repeats more often -- his relationship with Donald Trump, or how (in his opinion), going off the gold standard was a bad idea. Neither of which, by the way, increased my Financial IQ.

There is a lot of filler. There are stories about the Merchant Marines. About Vietnam. About his surfing wallet empire. Chapters and chapters and chapters of this -- maybe, if I was in the right mood, it might be interesting. But *so* much of this has nothing to do with Finanace.. I can't help avoid thinking that Kiyosaki wanted another to buy another Bentley, so he wrote this book to pay for it...

Oh, and there's several instances where he makes glaring math errors or logic errors. These further detract from thinking of this as a "finance" book.

Pick another book. I wish I had.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Rushed Piece Of Work April 24 2008
By E - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a little rushed and not Robert's best effort. As I read this book it seemed to me he thought, perfect time to write a book and make some money. A line like this really supports that claim too, "One of the benefits of being an author is that when I want a new liability [read: luxury item], I first write a book, like this one, and the royalties from the book pay for the liability." I have to admit when I read that particular line I was a little ticked. Yes I know when he writes a book he makes a lot of money and can buy his luxuries however it came off as a shot at his fans. At this point, many people buy his things based on his brand. He mentions that in his book. He formed a great brand that is known to be quality, however this book is a letdown. It does have some good information but a lot of it is a repeat from his other books. This book could have truly either not been written or condensed to under 100 pages. If you never read a Rich Dad book, then you may love it. As for me, I have read better from the Rich Dad collection. This book could have been better if it was not rushed or written just to pay for his new luxury.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Robert K Book but... June 1 2008
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my opinion this is NOT the best Robert K book. It is full of slight misrepresentations, fallacious political opinions and etc. I don't care to hear or read about that stuff. My knowledge of Economics sees things differently than Mr. Robert K. Don't scare me about issues,and then ask me to pay $10k for a seminar to hear the same "opinions". It is good that he is trying to educate people how money works; but he does not have to do this to sell books. His principles can stand up against time. He has done a lot of positive things also.
If I were new to Robert K, start with "Rich Dad/Poor Dad","Cash Flow Quadrant" and "Rich Dad's Guide to Investing". These books are the foundation of the philosophy, and they stand the test of time. The first three books focus MORE on true paradigm shifting and changing from being a consumer to business owner/investor versus providing fallacious verbose. Some of the books written after these just validate the original principles from these 1st three books. Save your money and buy the 1st three and read them OVER AND OVER. Then buy the games Cashflow 101 and 202; play the games over and over again. You will get more out of that than buying this book. In my opinion after reading those first three books, you will raise your financial IQ, then you must take action to increase it even higher.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kiyosaki: Get rich by getting smart April 12 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In what may be his best book to date, Robert Kiyosaki challenges his readers to wise up about their own financial situation and what they need to know to become financially intelligent because, he says, if you can increase your financial IQ, you can become richer.

Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter with Your Money is classic Kiyosaki: part story-telling and part textbook with plenty of motivation and no tolerance for excuses. Kiyosaki doesn't tell you what to do; he tells you how to find out what you need to know so you can make good decisions for yourself. He writes: "It is not real estate, stocks, mutual funds, businesses, or money that makes a person rich. It is information, knowledge, wisdom, and know-how, a.k.a. financial intelligence, that makes one wealthy."

Kiyosaki details the five financial IQs: Making more money, protecting your money, budgeting your money, leveraging your money, and improving your financial information. The book closes with practical applications for developing your financial IQ.

Kiyosaki challenges the reader to develop a true understanding of money and the rules of the money game-as well as of the fact that the rules change over time. This isn't a feel-good, "do as I tell you and all will be fine" book. It's a book about empowerment. Kiyosaki clearly intends to provoke the reader into taking action-something he does well. It's a must-read for anyone interested in improving their financial circumstances.

Jacquelyn Lynn
author, The Entrepreneur's Almanac: Fundamentals, Facts and Figures You Need to Run and Grow Your Business
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