The Wealthy Barber Paperback – 1995
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On the topic of basic money management, there is some good advice in this book (pay yourself first, the 10% rule). For anyone struggling to pay down debt, or avoid living beyond their means, they may need more specific guidance and encouragement found elsewhere, perhaps in a Dave Ramsey book.
There's at least one critical flaw in this book, however. When it was written in the late 1980s, Canadians didn't have many options for low cost investment vehicles. Through the narrative of this book, Mr. Chilton advises readers to "pick a mutual fund with a good manager." The author himself has debunked this fallacy in the intervening years. Mr. Chilton does an excellent job explaining this in an interview with the Globe and Mail's Rob Carrick:[...]
Mr. Chilton fights the good fight, going toe to toe with Kevin O'Leary on CBC in an entertaining video here: [...]
I would advise potential readers to pick up a copy of this book's sequel titled "The Wealthy Barber Returns" rather than the original. Here's a link to that: The Wealthy Barber Returns : Dramatically Older and Marginally Wiser, David Chilton Offers His Unique Perspectives on the World of Money
Another book to consider would be Andrew Hallam's "Millionaire Teacher." For more advanced reading, the Canadian Financial Wiki "Finiki" and it's associated "Financial Webring Forum" will steer users toward sound investment strategies.
Now 3 houses, 2 kids and a loving wife later, i was in desperate need of a financial Kick in the Butt. I regularly contribute to my company sponsored pension plan, but my insurance is insufficient and my dept load is out of control!!!!
I have made an appt with my advisor to go over my needs and requirements and hopefully discuss some other vehicles to help me achieve my goals!!!
david for 2 outstanding personal finance books for the masses
How can I return it as I didn't know or want an American version? I didn't want a book that was that old.
Most recent customer reviews
Arrived in good condition and was an enjoyable and informational readPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really good book however since it is from the 80's it is starting to loose its relevancy for sure. Some things are common sense however.Published 4 months ago by Melissa Fowers
I read parts 1 and 2 right after each other. Great ideas and teachings in both but I kinda enjoyes the second one more.Published 6 months ago by Mahmoud
Good book overall and I got it for a great price. Mind you it is outdated but corer points hold true. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lucas