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The Index Card

Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
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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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  • Alan J
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  • 04-27-18

Getting your personal finance right? Start here.

I had the kindle version of this book, but just couldn't sit down to plow through it. Buying the audiobook made it much easier to plow through it and absorb the info. I'll use the Kindle version as a reference.

This is book is fantastic. It goes beyond the eponymous index card to give you actionable information on how to actually execute the ten steps. This is really important. But it also avoids getting bogged down in too many details.

Start here, finish implementing the plan, and then decide if you want to enhance it with something more sophisticated.

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Great book! Gets to the point

Great advice and easy to follow along with. (Except the the insurance part but I dont think there is a way to make insurance simple.) Also mentions PDFs, which I believe is on the author's website (?) for reference which is cool to come back to. Great to listen to on the train ride home. Highly recommend for the very useful advice.

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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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Don't agree w/ all the advice but it is good advce

I bought my house at 25 and if I didn't do that --I would not have been stable as I am today. But with that said-I agree with a lot of his advice.

But I don't agree with cash is king. Maybe its generational but I pay more attention to money spent on credit cards then keeping up with paper money. But I am more likely to use charge cards than cash. Charge cards still require you to pay right away so I am not carrying balances. And my cards have rewards. There are so many vacations I have been on because I have paid my water bill and household expenses that I had to pay anyway. But now I had something nice to regenerate me

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Fantastic

The best overall for to understand about money can be a very good gift to pass others

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Simplify and give comfort on how to finance

extremely helpful to navigate how to think about personal finance when we live in a world with information overload!

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Essential to living financially responsible

One of the best audible ever! Highly recommend to anyone looking to face their finance fears and live a prominent life

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Really like this book!

This book was straight forward and Packaged with very usable information that you can implement immediately. I will definitely be coming back to this book to review my highlighted notes.