If you want or need to "get a financial life," but haven`t a clue where to begin, then the all-new, updated edition of this New York Times bestseller may well be for you. Revised to reflect key tax law changes, and with a fresh look at the emerging role of technology and the Internet, this comprehensive guidebook to understanding basic financial concepts and personal financial management is particularly attractive for its healthy balance of technical accuracy and practical wisdom.
Get a Financial Life is written in easily digestible, simple prose and presented in a somewhat small, though soothingly crisp, font with clear headings and attractively shaded box summaries. It is organized into nine logical sections with cogent titles that cover the gamut of introductory financial topics:
1) Crib Sheet;
2) Taking Stock of Your Financial Life;
3) Debt and the Material World;
4) Basic Banking;
5) All You Really Need to Know About Investing;
6) Living the Good Life in 2030;
7) Oh, Give Me a Home;
8) Insurance: What You Need and What You Don`t; and 9) How to Make Your Life Less Taxing.
The book`s straightforward subtitle, "Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties," immediately reveals its decided slant toward a youthful audience. And, with a first chapter that comes under the heading, "A Cheat Sheet for Time-Pressed Readers," Kobliner clearly understands her audience. Moreover, each subsequent chapter ends with a summary section under the heading, "Financial Cramming," that contains several bulleted items highlighting key points to remember.
A graduate of Brown University, Beth Kobliner is a sought-after writer and speaker on personal financial matters. A staff writer for Money magazine for eight years until 1995, Kobliner currently contributes regularly to The New York Times and appears frequently as a guest commentator on television and radio, including MSNBC, CNN, Today, This Morning, and Oprah. A committed advocate for educating younger Americans about sound financial management, Kobliner`s also serves on the board of the Women`s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER).