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Home Sweet Home: How to buy your first home, your next home and save on taxes when you sell. A-Z of Investments: From annuities to zero-coupon bonds, go from owing money to OWNING money. Get out of debt (and stay that way). Estate Planning & Long-Term Care: Learn how to protect yourself and your family. Home Sweet Home: How to buy your first home, your next home and save on taxes when you sell. A-Z of Investments: From annuities to zero-coupon bonds, go from owing money to OWNING money. Get out of debt (and stay that way). Estate Planning & Long-Term Care: Learn how to protect yourself and your family.


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Home Sweet Home: How to buy your first home, your next home and save on taxes when you sell. A-Z of Investments: From annuities to zero-coupon bonds, go from owing money to OWNING money. Get out of debt (and stay that way). Estate Planning & Long-Term Care: Learn how to protect yourself and your family. Home Sweet Home: How to buy your first home, your next home and save on taxes when you sell. A-Z of Investments: From annuities to zero-coupon bonds, go from owing money to OWNING money. Get out of debt (and stay that way). Estate Planning & Long-Term Care: Learn how to protect yourself and your family.

30 review for The Truth About Money

  1. 5 out of 5

    Howard Olsen

    I read this a few years ago, but the recent market turmoil made me pick it up again. This is one of the most comprehensive personal finance book you can find. Edelman covers everything you might be interested in: bonds, stocks, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, etc. Everything is clear and to the point, but Edelman doesn't insult your intelligence. He is not afraid to get deep into the math underlying the theories like diversification, compound interest, and others. There is also none of the I read this a few years ago, but the recent market turmoil made me pick it up again. This is one of the most comprehensive personal finance book you can find. Edelman covers everything you might be interested in: bonds, stocks, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, etc. Everything is clear and to the point, but Edelman doesn't insult your intelligence. He is not afraid to get deep into the math underlying the theories like diversification, compound interest, and others. There is also none of the rah-rah stuff you find in most personal finance books. Edelman is blunt and to the point, which gives his book plenty of credibility. One of Edelman's themes is that "money has changed," meaning the old way of simply putting money in a savings account and relying on a pension or social security is no longer sufficient for a secure retirement. Of course, since Edelman wrote this book, money has "changed" again. His advice about money market funds is certainly out of date. Still, Edelman's basic advice-always save, stay away from credit cards, don't spend your $$ on little luxeries that add up faster than you realize-is more timely than ever

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    My father bought this book for me after a conversation we had about 401(k)s and retirement. I picked it up after a couple days of sitting on my desk about to be filed away in the "to read later" category. Wow, am I happy I didn't let this gem pass me by. An even-handed, erudite, and good-humored approach to finances was exactly what I needed to get over that initial bit of financial apprehension. Perfect for someone who just wanted a 'broad but shallow' primer in to the world of dealing with mon My father bought this book for me after a conversation we had about 401(k)s and retirement. I picked it up after a couple days of sitting on my desk about to be filed away in the "to read later" category. Wow, am I happy I didn't let this gem pass me by. An even-handed, erudite, and good-humored approach to finances was exactly what I needed to get over that initial bit of financial apprehension. Perfect for someone who just wanted a 'broad but shallow' primer in to the world of dealing with money.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I wish I'd read this right when I got out of college. Unfortunately, not having had this education before, I made many of the mistakes he pointed out that people make with their money. Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is the book that tells you how you can actually pay for everything you're going to need to pay for in life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read a previous edition of this book that my mom gifted me, right after college. I can’t emphasize enough how valuable it was to read that book at a young age—it was a formative experience! I picked up this edition as a refresher, and the advice is still just as good, but updated to take into account the financial issues of the Great Recession.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    Great book. Mandatory reading for anybody with money or who would like to have it in the future. Ric talks about everything important - how different kinds of markets and investment products work, strategies for investment and personal finance, taxes, retirement planning, insurance, estate planning and how to choose a financial advisor. Ric writes the way he talks on his weekly radio show, so this 700-page book is very easy to read and understand and will actually hold your attention, which is qui Great book. Mandatory reading for anybody with money or who would like to have it in the future. Ric talks about everything important - how different kinds of markets and investment products work, strategies for investment and personal finance, taxes, retirement planning, insurance, estate planning and how to choose a financial advisor. Ric writes the way he talks on his weekly radio show, so this 700-page book is very easy to read and understand and will actually hold your attention, which is quite surprising for a book about personal finance. My only disappointment is that part IX (Taxes) refers the reader to a page on Ric's web site, and the referenced page no longer exists (it just redirects to Edelman Financial's home page). I understand why this chapter was (mostly) placed on-line - tax laws are always changing, so nothing in a printed book would be valuable for long. But with the linked page no longer available, there isn't a whole lot of information left in the section.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alan Gallagher

    Everyone, *everyone,* should read this book as a primer for personal finance. It’s a weighty tome, but it’s well-crafted, and accessible for readers of all levels, regardless of how good you are with money or numbers. Get control of your money so it doesn’t control you. The bits on paying off debt, asset allocation, estate planning, and selling your home were my favorite parts, as I learned something new! Always a good thing. The only concern I have is that the book does need to be tweaked period Everyone, *everyone,* should read this book as a primer for personal finance. It’s a weighty tome, but it’s well-crafted, and accessible for readers of all levels, regardless of how good you are with money or numbers. Get control of your money so it doesn’t control you. The bits on paying off debt, asset allocation, estate planning, and selling your home were my favorite parts, as I learned something new! Always a good thing. The only concern I have is that the book does need to be tweaked periodically and it’s been almost 10 years since the last tweak. Not a dealbreaker to be sure. A lot of the stuff in here is timeless. Also wish he discussed index funds more in context with ETFs. I’ll edit this comment with more info when I have some time, because it’s worth the time. Ultimately it’s worth your time to read it! Enjoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Avel Deleon

    If you want to learn about financial planning, this is a must-read book! I have found this book extremely helpful, and I have begun to put everything I have learned in this book into practice immediately.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lubo

    This is a great book for anybody who wants to get a full overview on finances. It was gifted by an older gentlemen when I was in my mid 20s. Much rather have had it read in high school or right after turning 18.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ziggy Gromadzki

    Very interesting book Good book to start learning more about money and finance in my opinion. Looking forward to read more book of this author

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Krohe

    A little dry to read cover to cover but primarily meant to be read as a reference for different life events. Author does a good job of explaining complex financial instruments.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Kasik

    Excellent book but outdated on many issues. It should be updated more frequently. (I read the 4th edition) I appreciated all the funny comic strips.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nate Cooley

    Ric Edelman's "The Truth About Money" is not the type of book you will read cover-to-cover ... It is more of a manual to be perused and flipped through. I won't tell you where I keep my copy, but every time I browse through it I am reminded of the cardinal maxims of personal finance (i.e., save more, spend less).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Freder

    I read this book in the mid-1990's as I got out of college. Good description on how various financial instruments work. Some basic financial advice. I recommend this book because it will help people get literate about personal finance issues, and help people to evaluate financial decisions on their own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    William

    A good overview of personal finance. Probably best as a quick reference since there isn't much detail about each subject but most everything is covered. I read it mainly for IRA and MPT information, neither of which did it cover in as much depth as I had hoped. Will need to read books by Bogle to get that information.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    This book, or one like it, should be required reading for everyone as soon as they start receiving a paycheck. Personal finance is something that I knew far too little about, and while this book didn't have all the answers, it did make me aware of the questions I needed to be asking. Very well written and highly readable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Philip Kromer

    This is my go-to graduation present book. Highly useful and _practical_ advice about everything from investing to retirement, buying a house, leasing vs buying, getting out of debt, portfolio allocation, and so forth. No get rich whenever stuff -- it's "if you do these simple things you'lol be doing OK"

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Spell check I am about a third of the way through this book. The content is good, but I am noticing entirely too many spelling errors. I can understand and get over a handful, but there seem to be a handful in each chapter. Because the errors tend to repeat themselves, good chance that this was a OCR or scanning error. Either way, very annoying.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ande

    Mr. Edeleman's book provides a nice overview of personal financial planning and investing. He provides clear, common-sense advice that can prove quite useful in helping someone develop a long-term financial strategy. While he certainly also uses the book to market his firm, he also acknowledges there are other financial advisers one could (and in some cases should) consider.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Great concise guide to learning about all facets of personal finance and investing. Don't necessarily agree with everything Ric Edelman says--just found the book and decided to read it to better understand 'his' point of view in arguments of personal finance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I read the 4th edition, the most recent. Wow, this really not only informed me of a lot of what I need to be doing but also scared the shit out of me(in a good way) Changes are coming to my finances, and I know I can do what I need.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    Great personal finance book. Planning for your future is critically important. This book helps you get there. It is in depth, yet clearly understandable. And it contains information that everyone should know.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marshal Mdeza

    A very simple and straight-to-the-point manual on personal finance and investing. As Ric, says, "because money comes with no instructions"; that is why you need this book. Amazed that this book has been around since 1997 and I never came across it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    This should be a mandatory class in college if not high school. This book does a great job of balancing too basic with too advanced. It manages to find that sweet spot. He also sprinkles in a little humor. Great book overall. he also has a radio show and podcast worth checking out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rayfes Mondal

    Comprehensive and covers a lot of topics. Some with a lot of depth and others just lightly. Easy to read and great for a first book on personal finance. I don't agree on his thoughts on mortgages but it's hard to deny the math.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    This is the whole reference work if you have the time. It is a great resource for a multitude of financial questions!

  26. 5 out of 5

    A. R.

    Good overview of financial options for investing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Great as a cover to cover read or as a handy reference-- or both!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holman

    Straight forward approach to explaining how financial systems work. I like it so far.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Moffett

    The most informative financial book in my library.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Nichols

    Well written book for the person who knows nothing about wall street. a good primer with a bunch of humor.

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