Book Review: Frugal Isn’t Cheap: Spend Less, Save More, and Live BETTER

I just finished reading Frugal Isn't Cheap: Spend Less, Save More, and Live BETTER by Clare Levison. Levison is an accomplished CPA out of Virginia with several accolades such as TV appearances and interviews, magazine articles, and talks. In this first book, Levison attempts to present the major aspects of financial education in a sensical and “fun” way, but this strategy falls short for various reasons. First, Levison struggles to find her target audience, weaving in and out of technical...
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Top 10 Books Every Investment Banker Should Have

Anyone that has ever had visions of being an investment banker has no doubt picked up a good banking book or two along the way. As they say, the key to success in any business is having a thorough knowledge of the industry and how to successfully perform your role in it. Even though the Internet has become center stage in the last number of years when it comes to picking up tips on how to learn this and do that, there is still nothing quite as satisfying or educational as picking up a good bo...
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My Favorite Book on Investing

I have always enjoyed reading personal finance and investing books. My favorite investing book is The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio by William J. Berstein. After reading it, I have felt that most other investing books didn't quite measure up as the topics were better covered in Bernstein's book. Most of my investing strategy is designed around what I learned in this book. The four pillars according to Dr. Bernstein are theory, history, psychology an...
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Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover: What You Need to Know

If there was ever a financial guru whose advice could be taken in any financial environment and still be considered sound, it is Dave Ramsey. For years through radio, TV, and as a bestselling author, Dave Ramsey has espoused the traditional values of living within your means, personal responsibility for saving, and building wealth slowly but surely. One of his catchphrases, "If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else" should have been taken to heart by the geniuses...
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The Essential Credit Repair Handbook Review

Summary The subtitle of The Essential Credit Repair Handbook is “A Quick and Handy Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Get and Stay Out of Debt.” This is a concise description of what author Deborah McNaughton attempts to provide in this book. Tools are included for rebuilding the credit report, avoiding debt, and budgeting money. A focus on the future is taken, with advice about how to plan for the future, even one that is characterized by foreclosure or bankruptcy. The step-by-step approach taken...
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Generational Wealth – Business & Investing Guide to Building an Empire Review

Title: Generational Wealth - Business & Investing Guide to Building an Empire 2011-2012 Edition Author: LaFoy Orlando Thomas III Category: Business and Investment Guides Summary Generational Wealth - Business & Investing Guide to Building an Empire is intended as a comprehensive business resource guide. Author LaFoy Orlando Thomas III, Esquire, includes information regarding economics, stock investing, real estate, bonds, accounting for investors, entrepreneurship, mortgages, me...
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Book Review: How to Be the Family CFO

Title: How to Be the Family CFO Author: Kim Snider Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Category: Personal Finance Summary In How to Be the Family CFO, Kim Snider provides four easy ways for anyone to get their financial house in order. This book is intended as a guide to financial success that is both easy to read and to follow. The author bases the content on processed developed and lessons learned as she dug herself out of financial disaster in her early thirties and found her wa...
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Book Review – Why Are We So Clueless About The Stock Market?

Title: Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Author: Mariusz Skonieczny Publisher: Investment Publishing Category: Personal Finance Summary This book provides readers with an overview of the fundamentals regarding investing in the stock market. Included is information about the difference between stocks and business, what factors determine whether a business is good, when to purchase and sell stocks, and how to value stocks. Also included are four case studies and an ...
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An American Hedge Fund: Review and Giveaway

Several months ago, I was approached by Timothy Sykes to do a review of his upcoming book, "An American Hedge Fund". I accepted and promptly received an autographed uncorrected proof of the book. An American Hedge Fund, is an interesting autobiographical tale of Tim's trading life, which is relatively short considering he's only 26. He begins the book by chronicling how he began trading while in High School, using the library's Internet connection to research his picks. As a day trader rec...
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