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Smart Couples Finish Rich is about more than the basics of investing. It's also about the basics of life planning, and author David Bach teaches couples how to chart a course together. The principles set out in Bach's bestselling Smart Women Finish Rich can work for couples too--and perhaps help a few fractious marriages along the way. The author urges readers to examine their values and put what matters in their lives first. He then offers simple techniques for setting out specific, detailed goals that will help readers achieve security, a comfortable retirement, and perhaps the realization of a dream such as owning a vacation home or having time to participate in charity work.
Bach acknowledges that life's tribulations can be difficult. But he points out that it's still worth the effort to try to overcome those challenges: "It takes just as much effort to have a 'bad life,' in which you don't get what you want, as it does to have a 'good life,' where you do. So, given the choice, why not go for the good life?" Bach's style is conversational and his text comes alive with anecdotes about couples who have transformed their lives. Many who read it are likely to find the tools and inspiration to do the same. --Carolyn Leitch
Bach, author of the bestselling Smart Women Finish Rich and host of a popular PBS series, offers his advice on how couples can keep their financial lives in sync. Familiar financial strategies on routine concerns, such as investments, retirement and insurance, form the bulk of the book. However, Bach's work does distinguish itself in one critical area: Bach believes that all couples (gay and straight, married and unmarried) need to identify values as well as goals as their first step toward achieving financial security. As he explains, values have to do with "being" (e.g., security, health, spirituality, fun), while goals are related to "doing" and "having" (e.g., playing golf regularly, taking frequent vacations, retiring with a million dollars). Moreover, he avers, not only is money management an issue that couples should plan and work on together, it is one that they should talk about, in a positive way, all the time. For example, Bach firmly believes that all couples need to be aware of their spending (what he calls the "latt factor," or being more conscious of the regular little purchases they make each day) in order to make positive changes in their financial lives. Agent, Jan Miller. (On-sale date: Mar. 6)Forecast: Given Bach's previous success and the support of a five-city author tour and 22-city radio satellite tour, this book will quickly move toward bestseller lists, though its ho-hum approach doesn't mark it as a future evergreen paperback.
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Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps For Creating A Rich Future For You And Your Partner by David Bach includes details on some facts and myths regarding couples and money (pages... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stella Carrier
This is a very good read if you are a couple and want to become smarter in your relationship as well as finances!Published on April 2 2011 by Collette
The approach for this book is great but it can not be applied to us as a couple...we are polar opposites. The concept of doing it together is great, but....in reality....well. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2009 by Vesting Vixen
_____This book is great to have if you are a novice to the world of personal finance. The text is geared toward married couples, but that doesn't mean a single person cannot read... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by M B
This is an excellent book to use when planning your family's finances. Obviously, given the power of compounding, to which the author repeatedly refers, the earlier in your life... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by D. Friedman
This is one of the only financial planning books I've ever purchased and actually read. It was an easy read, and I would say that Bach's plan is easy to follow. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by J. Boley
This is very generic advice if you need it. If you already have an understanding of economics, stocks, real estate, or investing, then you probably won't find this book very... Read morePublished on May 12 2004
This is an excellent book for all couples who love each other and want to progress together towards a happy and prosperous future. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by GreenTea
Generally speaking I find this book to be a tad misleading. Many financial "gurus" have taunted people with the vision of financial freedom and eternal happiness for... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Bill