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Anybody who'd taken university level accounting or finance would find this book a waste of time, Sep 16 2006
So I'm assuming that you purchased this book because you are interested in financial freedom.
Well, let me tell you this. Even an undergrad who has NOT reached financial freedom can see that the methods presented in this book is no more than overrated sales tactic to make the average Joe believe that making money is a piece of cake. For your interest, I have an educational and working background in finance, accounting and economics.
1. Buy only assets and avoid liabilities. Of course that makes perfect sense... right? No. By the author's definition of an asset (which is WRONG by any accounting or finance standard out there), it should only produce cash flows. Hence, a house would be a liability. Let's say -- like what is suggested by the author -- that we go be an entrepreneur and own a store. A store is definitely an asset because it produces postive cash flow. But what about the expenses? If expenses are involved, then it MUST be a liability according to the author. The pictorials in the book are also useless -- give it to any "financially literate" businessman and he'll just laugh at it. By the way, isn't the accounting equation: Assets = Liabilities + Equities? What happened to Equities?
2. I can't even believe how he went on to say that he makes money -- and hint that by not doing what he does is stupid -- by trading in small stocks and real estate by insider information. How exactly can you get insider information "legally"? The author constantly mentions how he "knows" that a stock would have a new product coming into the market. I highly question the ethical implications of this book.
3. If the author is so successful in identifying these real estate and small stock opportunities, then why would he share such valuable information to the readers out there by publishing a book? Clearly, he finds it more profitable to sell such ideas than to profit from the ideas. Interestingly, notice as well the author makes no mention of the failed investments that he has had.