Get a Financial Life Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties

ISBN-10: 0684812134

ISBN-13: 9780684812137

Edition: 1996

Authors: Beth Kobliner
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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 5/6/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.44" long x 0.82" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Beth Koblineris a contributor to theNew York Times, and a former staff writer forMoneymagazine and financial columnist forGlamour. She's made multiple appearances onOprah,Today, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR as a personal finance expert. Visit her at www.kobliner.com.

Contents
Introduction
Crib NotesA "Cheat Sheet" for Time-Pressed Readers
Taking Stock of Your Financial LifeFiguring Out
Where You Are and Where You Want to GoPutting a Price Tag on Your GoalsLearning
How to Reach Your GoalsFiguring Out
Where Your Money GoesFinancial
Rules of ThumbGetting
Your Financial Life in Order
Debt and the Material WorldFinding the Best Loans and Getting Yourself
Out of HockTwo Pointers for Anyone with DebtCredit Cards
Student Loans
Car Loans
Home Equity
LoansCredit
Reports
If You're in Serious Debt
Basic BankingLearn
How to Get the Most from Your Bank for the Least Amount of Money
A Bank by Any Other Name
Finding a Low-Cost
Checking Account
Managing Your Checking Account
Using the ATM
WiselyJoint Versus Separate Accounts
Different Ways to Save in a Bank
A Warning About Bank-Sold Investments
All You Really Need to Know About Investing
For New Investors, the Feeling Is Mutual (Funds)Mutual Fund
FundamentalsMoney Market Funds
A Word About InflationStock
FundsBond
FundsThe Right Mix of InvestmentsMutual Fund
ExpensesDeciding
Where to Buy Your Mutual Funds
Socially Responsible Investing
Buying Individual Stocks
Living the Good Life in 2030
Think It's Crazy to Worry Now About Retirement Then?
It's Crazy Not ToWhat Are Retirement Savings Plans, Anyway?
Contributing to Your 401(k)
Contributing to an IRA
How Your Retirement Savings
GrowSome Drawbacks (and Why They Don't Matter)
A Word About Inflation and TaxationAnswers to Some Common Questions
If You're Self-Employed
Oh, Give Me a HomeAdvice on Getting an Apartment or House of Your Own
What Every Renter Needs to Know
Should You Rent or Buy?
What Lenders Look ForCosts of Owning a HomeSpecial Mortgage
Programs for New Homebuyers
If You Don't Qualify for Special Programs
Shopping for a Mortgage
Making the Process Go Smoothly
Insurance: What You Need and What You Don'tFinding the Right Policies and Forgoing Coverage
You Can Do WithoutShopping for InsuranceChecking
Out CredentialsMaking the Most of Your Employer
PlanHealth InsuranceAuto
InsuranceDisability
InsuranceHome
InsuranceLife
InsuranceInsurance
You Probably Don't Need
How to Make Your Life Less Taxing
Put More Money in Your Pocket and Less in Uncle Sam's
Why Is Your Paycheck So Small?
The Taxes You PayFiguring Out Your Tax
RateFiling Your Tax
ReturnMaximizing Your Tax
BreaksTen
Tax Moves
That Could Save You Money
If You're Self-EmployedGetting Your Tax Life in Order
Do You Need a Tax Preparer?
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index
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