The Index Card

The Index Card

Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

eBook - 2016
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Penguin Putnam

“The newbie investor will not find a better guide to personal finance.” 
—Burton Malkiel, author of A RANDOM WALK DOWN WALL STREET   


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 bestselling 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 ten simple rules of the index card outperform more complicated financial strategies. Inside 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.



Baker & Taylor
The author of Pound Foolish shares 10 straightforward rules about investing and how to apply them to enable 10 to 20 percent of income savings, citing the vulnerabilities of trend-based habits while explaining how to take charge of one's finances to make more informed decisions.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780698186651
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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laurendouglass Jul 20, 2018

I think this is the only personal finance book anyone ever needs. Great gift idea for high school age kids and/or those heading off to college. I love that rule #9 is "Do what you can to support the social safety net".

kkoenigc Jul 10, 2018

Simple, easy to follow advice. A good read.

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LizzieCent
Mar 29, 2017

I thought this book was so well-done (although a little simplistic on a couple of topics), I bought a copy for each of my grown daughters.

Aw_19 Jul 22, 2016

This is a solid no nonsense primer for getting your financial life in order.

Highly recommend it, particularly if you haven't read a lot of financial books before.

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paul1
Apr 14, 2016

A basic primer for financial planning, useful for all ages. Olen and Pollack manage to make this subject relatively painless for everday people. My major complaint (since I live north of the 49th parallel) is that a lot of the material applies to the United States of America. So the stuff on 401k plans and private health insurance is not too relevant to me. Despite that, Canadians can apply the ideas that you can never start too early to save for retirement and making sure you have the correct type of insurance. (For myself I did find the Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns useful for Canadian financial planning purposes).

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