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Publisher's Summary

TV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don't follow their guidance, you'll end up in the poorhouse. They're wrong. When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed Helaine Olen, an award-winning financial journalist and the author of the best-selling Pound Foolish, he made an off­hand suggestion: Everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card. To prove his point, he grabbed a 4" x 6" card, scribbled down a list of rules, and posted a picture of the card online. The post went viral. Now Pollack teams up with Olen to explain why the 10 simple rules of the index card outperform more complicated financial strategies. In this audiobook is an easy-to-follow action plan that works in good times and bad, giving you the tools, knowledge, and confidence to seize control of your financial life.

©2016 Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

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"The most important financial advice is stunningly simple and fits on an index card. The newbie investor will not find a better guide to personal finance." (Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street)

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Sound, practical Advice

The best strategies in personal finance are most often rooted in simplicity and common sense. Investors, experienced or inexperienced, can certainly benefit from the truths spoken in this concise and easy listen.

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Worth Reading - - Practical

This is a practical, relatively concise treatment of how to deal with life. Recommended reading for all.

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Is this worth your time ?

If you want to make sense of your financial state or how to get there especially if all it is new to you - then don't miss out.

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Excellent Listen

I loved it! a lot of great topics for a millennial who knows nothing about finances

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This is a practical approach to investing and saving. It makes it easy for newbies.

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Simple, practical, wise, and indispensable.

Everyone should read this, and you'll be financially better off for having done so. Cheers!

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The book everyone needs

Was very happy to hear clear-cut advice. Just about every step of the way, the author answered a question I had in my head. Many advice books are too ambitious. This one is very clear.

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Mixed bag

I think some sections are great and others are too simplistic. Emergency fund, mortgage, and real estate sections A+, investing maybe a B, Insurance P&C I give an A, life insurance is way, way too simplistic. For those who can't get to the big cash bonanza, some amount of final expense insurance makes sense, I also believe that you over emphasis IRA's, as the net withdrawals could be subject to unknown taxes. I think sometimes a well thought out indexed annuity with the right protection can yield to a better after tax outcome.

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  • Dennis L.
  • Oak Park, IL United States
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Essential advice everyone should follow

This is essential and simple advice I think everyone should read and follow. The information is delivered clearly and concisely. I wish I'd heard this advice 20 years ago.