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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Planning Your Financial Future, 3rd Edition: The Easy-To-Read Guide to Planning for Retirement Paperback – Sep 3 2002


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 3rd edition (Sept. 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743225376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743225373
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Nearly all young people and most of the rest of us do not want to think about the time when we will have to live off some portion of what we are earning during our working lives. We face so many financial pressures each and every day that we end up spending all (or more than all) we earn. We can't seem to find any surplus to put away for that far away retirement. We have to deal with today.
But tomorrow comes and we need to face that. And the sooner the better! This guide is a good introduction to the basic concepts of the issues that need to be considered when thinking about your future financial needs. It is especially good as a text for young people to help them form their thinking about the basic issues of earning, spending, and saving and how to plan and control all three.
This is NOT detailed or current enough to serve as a guide or manual for financial planning. This is an introductory text to help you understand some basic concepts and terms. This guide helps you gain a working vocabulary of the terms and issues involved in preparing for a nice retirement. It is VERY colorful with many illustrations that add to the text and many which are there as eye candy.
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I had high hopes for this simple book since I am totally a visual learner. The pictures and colors greatly appealed to me, and they are indeed very nice.
That being said, I felt like the organization of the book was lacking; too many concepts were explained out of order or in such a way that a smooth flow didn't occur. Also, knowledge was assumed on the part of the reader in a manner that I found unacceptable. It was like, "Jeese, I'm reading this kind of book to find out WHAT such and such is, not just to read ABOUT it." Kind of like being told lots of details about a 401(k) without ever being told what it really is.
Overall: Helpful as a supplement to another book, such as _Retirement Bible_, by Lynn O'Shaughnessy. Good for reinforcing your learning.
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Just like the rest of the WSJ's "Guide to Understanding...", it was a very easy to read, very graphical, reference manual. Keep that in mind. It's not for the experts, although I use it for a reference book myself! Great to help out the novice understand some of the financial rhetoric in other guides. Probably a higher star rating if I knew nothing about financial planning.
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