All Your Worth

All Your Worth

The Ultinate Lifetime Money Plan

Free Press, 2005 more...

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Authors Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School’s faculty and her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi, a Wharton School of Business graduate, veer away from the usual save-your-pennies, clip-your-coupons genre of financial advice. They are less interested in teaching you how to pinch pennies than in showing you insightful ways to reclaim your life from your creditors and establish a sense of financial well-being. In fact, they warn that penny-pinching can be a dangerous distraction. The solution to out-of-control debt, they say, is a balanced approach, which begins by trimming the big-ticket budget busters that are devouring your income. The authors go beyond soft anecdotes and generalities to delineate specific tactics for plugging the holes in your finances, supported by diagnostic tests for readers. Occasionally their writing style is awkward - such as when they relate first-person anecdotes by specifying in parentheses which author is telling the story - but the book is otherwise lucid. The content reflects extensive, resourceful research. Best of all, the authors are realistic and don’t promise any quick fixes. strongly recommends this volume to anyone who needs financial guidance - and considering that U.S. banks alone will earn more than $100 billion this year in credit card interest, fees and other charges, that should include plenty of readers.


Money Matters

You might say money isn’t what it used to be. A diligent work ethic and a good education are no longer enough to guarantee your financial security. It seems that the rules of the game have changed.

The problem with most of the books written about money management is that they’re written for people who already have money. They tell people who can’t afford a mutual fund in the first place that they ought to change the type of mutual fund they’ve bought. Or they imply that all your problems will be solved if you just pinch enough pennies - an exercise that could actually distract you from the larger task at hand.

The real secret to improving your finances is balance. Just as a doctor recommends a balanced diet to preserve your long-term health, you need a balanced, sustainable approach to managing your finances. When your finances are in balance, you’ll have enough to pay your bills, save and even have fun. With your money back in balance, you will no longer have to focus all your time and energy on managing expenses and repaying debt.

Following the "six steps to a lifetime of riches" will transform how you view your finances.

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About the Authors

Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi are the mother and daughter finance team who co-authored The Two-Income Trap. Warren is a professor at Harvard Law School. Her daughter, Tyagi, a financial consultant with a Wharton M.B.A., has written numerous articles. The authors often appear together on television.

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