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The Wealthy Barber Returns [Paperback]

David Chilton
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Aug. 15 2011
Significantly Older and Marginally Wiser Dave Chilton Offers His Unique Perspectives on the World of Money

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Book at the Right Time Nov. 27 2011
Format:Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wealthy Barber Still Rocks! Jan. 3 2012
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned so much from The Wealthy Barber Returns Jan. 12 2012
By Emily C
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Response to Jeffrey Brooks Review Dec 28 2011
Format:Paperback
I've read The Wealthy Barber Returns and I can honestly say it is fantastic. My main concern however is with Jeffrey Brooks' two-star review. The reviewer makes assumptions on the author's motive for writing a second book which are based on nothing more than speculation at best. It's a very poor review. Furthermore the reviewer provides a terrible financial tip that should not be followed by anyone. Using a line of credit to pay off a credit card!? Are you kidding me? You're still paying interest. You are just transferring debt to another vehicle. Notice how the reviewer stated paying off the LOC as soon as possible. I'm sure he pays it off right on time, considering he has to pay off his credit card with the LOC. For most Canadians a LOC is a dangerous financial too. How about this? Pay off your credit card with money from your bank account. Better yet, pay for your purchases with cash/debit whenever possible. This is exactly why The Wealthy Barber Returns is a vital read for anyone looking to manage their money more effectively. It's to avoid financial advice from individuals who obviously have no concept of personal financial management.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A convenient truth Feb. 5 2012
By ETG
Format:Paperback
A gift for yourself and those important to you (trust me I have bought 11 so far). This is likely the most relevant and practical assembly of Canadian financial concepts available today. In my experience, the material has resonated with a diverse age & financial competence range (see 11 gifts). This is a fun read, presented in an entertaining and logical format that fosters understanding, while avoiding needless complexity. In my opinion, Dave does a fantastic job of identifying the significant drivers of financial health and takes clear positions on the issues; supported by facts, opinions and real examples. This book is written with the audience in mind, distilled down to digestible concepts without taking the "teeth" from the issues. I particularly appreciate the humility of the vantage point, you are made to feel that Dave is a wise older brother or friend, sharing valuable advice and coaching - you trust him. Let's face it, we are not "hunter gatherers" - and for most of us, the ability to effectively manage our financial resources is simply a necessary life skill; money pressure can be decimating and it affects all classes of Canadians. If you put some of these concepts in place, I trust you will witness how seemingly small changes in course - can have an incredible impact over time. There is a peace that comes with the awareness that you have a level of control over your future, competence leads to confidence - and ultimately, well considered decisions. I encourage you to experience this book and share with others; it may be the most impactful gift you ever bestow.
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We bought two copies, one for each daughter. In this day and age when pension plans are a real luxury, this book provides some excellent advice. Read more
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Published 26 days ago by Ernie Jang
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As a beginner to anything about investment, this book helped me a lot.
Published 1 month ago by teng1000
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book.
It is well written, funny, and full of good advice. The best stuff is near the end of the book though, and he does stick an ad in the middle of the book for his other published... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Loved it. David's financial points are clear, and his way of teaching them are unique and fun to read. Will be recommending it to friends and family.
Published 4 months ago by Oscar Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars THe great book to read
I read this book last year and it changed my life. Prior I didnt know anything about investing and this book helped me to get a better picture about investment lies and some other... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kyryl Kozlov
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy read, good buy!
This book got to me in just 4 days! I started reading it thinking that it was going to be a hard read because I know nothing about investing or retirement planning! Read more
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