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Saving, Spending, Investing, Giving

A Veteran Investment Advisor Reflects on Money
Narrated by: Alexander Masters
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
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Why do some people struggle financially while others become wealthy?

Saving, Spending, Investing, Giving isn't so much an investment audiobook as it is a heart-felt financial intervention.

It's as if Daniel Pecaut turned up at dinner and, like some long-lost kindly uncle, taken it upon himself to reveal to you one of life's biggest secrets: How money works, and how you can quickly start using it to your advantage.

Hidden in this audiobook are three generations of clear-sighted investment expertise (which began when Daniel's grandfather started making strides in the stock market in 1925).

Today, Daniel's message is clear: Optimize your thinking around money, and you can optimize your choices. Optimize your choices, and you optimize your life.

Saving, Spending, Investing, Giving is an audiobook for anyone looking to control their financial life. But it's specifically the audiobook for you if you want to:

  • Absorb the key concepts around money in an hour or two, and then use simple action steps to make sure your new strategies are operational the very next day. 
  • Work towards becoming a competent value investor, business analyst, or entrepreneurial investor capable of protecting and growing your money over time.
  • Apply proper money management to work towards getting out of debt, gaining control of your life, building positive wealth, and pursuing a larger vision of your future.

Written for Daniel's children, the roadmap is simple to understand, fast to apply, and more than capable of guiding you towards a positive financial future.

©2015 Daniel Pecaut (P)2019 Daniel Pecaut

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A good overview

This is the fourth book I've read on investing, and it's one I wish I'd found years ago. It's simple and straightforward, written in a conversational way, containing anecdotes about author's own experience with investing. It's broken into three parts, part one discusses the basics of saving and investing, part two goes into investing in more depth, and part three extols the virtues of giving. Each section ends in a detailed summary.

I thought part two was especially enlightening. Even though I have no intention of actively investing, it made interesting and informative reading. It was a good overview on how active managers operate and how they calculate the value of a stock. Out of the four books on personal finance I've read, two have touched on the value of giving away a portion of your earnings. Some people who read this may wonder how it's possible to save 10%, much less give 10% away, but the author makes a compelling case. I'd recommend this book for beginner investors looking for a book that covers all the basics.

The narration style was conversational and kept my interest. I purchased the ebook version and received a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Great intro in asset allocation in life

This is a great introductory book on how to allocate one's financial resources. It is filled with many nuggets of wisdom and is entirely practical and practicable advice. I found it a tad wanting in some areas, such as in-depth investment philosophy, and a tad overindulgent in other areas, such as getting into the specifics of a charity/organization's history. Overall, I definitely recommend this book to someone looking to build a philosophy on managing their financial resources.

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Loved it!

I enjoyed this book. I value Pecaut’s background and perspective as a financial advisor, philanthropist and investor. This book, with its short chapters, was easy to read a little at a time. Reading his perspectives in this book felt like sitting around a campfire sharing stories and lessons learned from a wise friend. Well done, Mr. Pecaut!

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Great Guide to Money and How to Go Beyond Spending

This book promises to help bridge the gap in explaining how wealth building works. I feel that Mr. Pecaut delivered on that promise and more by breaking the book into three mini books. By providing three subsections, Mr. Pecaut designed a book that is accessible to someone with little to no knowledge about the essentials of money, provided insight into Entrepreneurial Investing for the more advanced reader, and great insight into giving, which is applicable from the beginner to the most experienced wealth builder. I found this book to be practical and the examples easy to understand. I have already recommended this book to others and will continue to do so!

"Remember, money is just a tool. Drop all the emotional baggage you've attached to it. Practice diligently and consistently, and you will master it."
Pecaut, Daniel. Saving, Spending, Investing, Giving: A Veteran Investment Advisor Reflects on Money (p. 61)

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Great book! everyone should learn this about money

Great book that covers the foundational principles everyone needs to know about money. Truly a great read! The principles taught about money are simple and straight-forward. I wish I had learned this when I was 10 years-old, but am grateful to have read it now.

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How to grab a hold of global capitalism and use it to make the world a better place.

What starts off as money management advice gradually unfolds into a singular philosophy: how to grab a hold of global capitalism and use it to make the world a better place.

The author speaks at a personal level, recounting his experiences with a lifetime of saving and investment knowledge. Expect numerous tips on the importance of personal savings, how to think like an entrepreneurial investor, the miracle of compounding interest, etc. I particularly enjoyed the simple, down-to-earth financial instructions.

The latter sections of the book describe the culmination of the author's principles of wise resource allocation -- giving back. This is where things become more personally meaningful. The author describes helping specific causes such as nonprofits, indigenous American support, and emotional intelligence training for men. I really appreciated this section, as it tied in the earlier lessons about prudence, patience, and wisdom as a path to making an impact. This is where it all pays off as the author appears to be very fulfilled with the impacts he has made.

In short, this book will teach you how to think like an investor so you can have the personal resources to 'be the change you want to see'. I recommend it for anyone looking to understand the life changing impact of wise money management.

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Felt like he was speaking directly to me

I enjoyed this book because it felt like the author was speaking directly to me. This book's target audience is those with little knowledge of investing, saving or giving. However, more experienced readers will also enjoy this book.

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Great

This is the Title of this audio-book, Saving, Spending, Investing, Giving. I have listen it and very good.

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A Veteran Investment Advisor Reflects on Money i have listen this audio-book and its awesome. i highly recommend this one.

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A quick, easy, enjoyable read

A brisk guide to personal finance, value investing, and philanthropy. Written in no-nonsense language, this book makes these topics accessible to everyone.