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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Awareness Corp.; 1st edition (Aug. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968394744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968394748
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By R. Baughman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 27 2011
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I'm a personal finance author ("The Friendly Banker"). I've never met Dave and I know him only as most other Canadians do, as the author of an iconic masterpiece.

While I love to write, to sit down and actually read a book is a chore for me. Few books do a good enough job at capturing my interest to get me past the first few pages, let alone the first chapter. I`m a lousy reader. Yet, I read this book, cover to cover, in three nights with the television on and the sound muted, a miracle for me. I even missed a good portion of Monday Night Football. Need I say more? Well, I`m going to anyway.

The "The Wealthy Barber Returns" is written in a relaxed, humorous, conversational style that I found very appealing. It begins with some sage advice on the pitfalls of over-borrowing, describing the forces that draw us into debt traps and the basic human weaknesses that drive us to keep up with others in the quest to accumulate things that, in the end, are of little enduring value. I agree that the false sense of security provided by an abundance of available credit forms a dangerous mindset that can lead to disaster, especially when that credit line is represented by a mortgage on the home. For most people the concept of a Home Equity Line of Credit is too much of a temptation, leading to the illusion of short term gain followed by the reality of long term pain. Dave even takes a couple of refreshing swings at the banks for their tendency to want to lend us up to our rooftops. He recounts one story where a woman he sent to the bank to get a very modest secured line of credit was immediately up sold to the max despite her history of debt accumulation. I'm sorry to report that this is not uncommon.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KeepItSimple on Jan. 3 2012
I read the original Wealth Barber just prior to getting into the financial advisory business back in '92 and couldn't help wondering how much value I could offer to clients if they just bought the book and followed Roy's advice on their own. Turns out even people who read it still need someone to save them from themselves! Chilton's new book, in sync with our over spending, under saving times, provides a reminder to all of us that maybe our grandparents were right - the best things in life...aren't things! Loved the section on index investing - it mirrors my own belief (backed by experience and research) that most investors would be better off tossing out their high priced mutual funds and just buy the whole market. My sister admitted that she finally understands what indexing is after reading this. Once again Chilton hits a home run with his easy-to-read style broken up into many entertaining chapters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily C on Jan. 12 2012
I bought The Wealthy Barber Returns thinking it might be an update to The Wealthy Barber. My finances have been in need of some updating and I liked the novel format of Dave's first book. It is actually a completely different book. I loved this one even more than the first. I read it in 2 nights-I didn't want to set it down. A business book-really, I didn't want to set it down. It has made me think about my spending in ways that have made a complete difference in my life. So many of David's points come back to me when I am out shopping or about to make a purchase. I can't believe how much I have learned from this book. I finally understand index funds and TFSA's. My husband is thrilled! I am telling everyone I know to read this book. Best money I have ever spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Hendley on Dec 30 2011
I got this book for Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it. I like the way Chilton distills what could be complex financial theories and products into advice that's down-to-earth and highly readable.I read The Wealthy Barber when it first came out and liked it very much, too, but I frankly prefer this new book. It's completely different! The chapters are quick, concise and the notions are well illustrated through "real life" people and examples of what to do, or more often, what not to do. I don't often relate to, let alone laugh with, financial authors, but Chilton hits the mark again with The Wealthy Barber Returns. I highly recommend it for all age groups. Young adults just starting out will benefit from his overall philosophy and older adults will glean new insights into how to manage their money and investments. I bet a lot of financial planners and bankers are uncomfortable with this book -- it tells it like it is/they are! -- but for anyone who wants to know how to better manage their money and savings and plan for retirement (or retire more comfortably), this is a GREAT book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Rajna on Dec 31 2011
This is the first time I have ever taken the time to share my opinion about a book/product. It's also the first time I have ever read a book about Finances/investments in less than three days. I really enjoyed the information and, it was both easy and interesting to read - except the chapter on "bid price" - had to read that a few times but now I get it! BUT...what I really wanted to share is the following...I was actually able to use the information in this book to make some headway with my wife regarding "our" (her) spending habits and, the use of our bank credit!! We didn't argue...I just asked her if she would read just two chapters - we were also on vacation at the time - and, both of us knew how we paid for the vacation. Which we enjoyed. Could we afford it? - not really. We now know we were on the wrong path - Thank you Wealthy Barber! BTW, we have also used this book to have a follow-up discussion about our retirement savings and, the reality of our home equity.
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