Kiplinger's Practical Guide to Your Money Keep More of It, Make It Grow, Enjoy It, Protect It, Pass It On

ISBN-10: 1427797285
ISBN-13: 9781427797285
Edition: 4th 2008
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Description: When it comes to money, the editors ofKiplinger's Personal Financebelieve you should be able to keep more of it, make it grow, enjoy it, protect it, and pass it on. In the most comprehensive handbook on the market,Kiplinger's Practical Guide to Your  More...

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List price: $35.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 8/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 573
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

When it comes to money, the editors ofKiplinger's Personal Financebelieve you should be able to keep more of it, make it grow, enjoy it, protect it, and pass it on. In the most comprehensive handbook on the market,Kiplinger's Practical Guide to Your Moneynbsp;shows you how. nbsp; Essentially 10 books in one, this guide is a resource for every one of life's financial milestones. This thorough personal finance bible shows you how to: nbsp; +nbsp; Take charge of your money, from savings to credit +nbsp; Buy a home and manage its value +nbsp; Select the right insurance for a home, car, or your health +nbsp; Control the costs of your car +nbsp; Provide for children, from raising money-smart kids to child support to financing college +nbsp; Invest for today and tomorrow +nbsp; Plan for retirement--and your estate

Introduction
Take Charge of Your Money
First, Take Charge of Your Money
Where Are You Now?
Your Cash Flow
Your Net Worth
Why You Must Set Goals
Nitty-Gritty Budgeting
Plugging the Holes in Your Budget
A Budget for Today and Tomorrow
How to Boost Your Savings
Certificates of Deposit
Interest-Earning Checking Accounts
Money-Market Deposit Accounts
Money-Market Funds
Asset-Management Accounts
The Smart Use (and Common Abuse) of Credit
How to Get Out of Debt
Finding the Best Credit Deals
Credit a la Card: Finding the Best Credit Card Deal, Travel and Entertainment Cards, Debit Cards
Other Lines of Instant Credit: Overdraft Protection, Credit Card Cash Advances, Retail Installment Credit
Borrowing with Collateral: Equity in Your Home, Life Insurance Policies, Stocks and Bonds
Other Kinds of Loans: Unsecured Personal Loans, Debt-Consolidation Loans
How Lenders Size You Up
If You Are Denied Credit: What to Do
Other Laws that Protect Your Rights: The Truth in Lending Act, The Equal Credit Opportunity Act, The Fair Credit Billing Act
Banking Today
Sizing Up Banks and S&Ls
Banking Online
Sizing Up Credit Unions
Sizing Up Brokerage Firms
Your Home
Buying a Home
Three Reasons to Own
How Much Can You Afford?
What Kind of Home Should You Buy?
Starting from Scratch
Buying a Condo or Co-op
How to Get Your Money's Worth from a Real Estate Agent
Get a Home Inspection
How to Be a Mortgage Maven
What It Takes to Get a Mortgage
Loan Lingo: Interest and Points
Loan Lingo: The Different Kinds of Mortgages
Serious Mortgage Shopping
How Much Will the Payments Be?
Creative Financing for Difficult Markets
Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?
Selling Your Home
Hiring a Real Estate Agent
How to List Your Home
Selling without an Agent
Tax Angles for Home Sellers
Rent to Your Heart's Content
A Lease You Can Live With
Get Renters Insurance
When the Landlord Won't Fix It
Owning a Vacation Home
Buying the Place
Renting It Out
Should You Buy a Timeshare?
Selling a Timeshare (Alas!)
Homeowners Insurance
Coverage for the House and Contents
Liability Coverage
How Policies Differ
Finding the Best Deal
A Guide to Homeowners Policies
Take Inventory
Making a Claim
Other Types of Home-Related Insurance: Title Insurance, Flood Insurance, Umbrella Liability Insurance
Your Car
Controlling the Cost of Your Car
Choosing the Right Car
Getting a Good Deal: Set a Target Price, Consider a Twin, Shop Late in the Month, Check Inventories, Look for Incentives, Hire Some Help, Join a Club
Don't Win the Battle and Lose the War
The Lure of a Lease
Insuring Your Car
Liability Coverage: In Case You're at Fault
Crash Protection
Medical Payments: Coverage You May Not Need
Protection against Uninsured and Underinsured Drivers
Comprehensive Coverage
No-Fault Insurance
How Your Rate Is Set
Getting a Good Deal
How to Make Sure You Get Paid
Your Money and Your Life
The Money Side of Marrying
What to Know Before You Marry
Prenuptial Agreements
Considering Joint Ownership
When Seniors Tie the Knot
The Dollar Side of Divorce
Community-Property States
Non-Community-Property States
Angles on Alimony
Child Support
Staying Out of Court
Do It Yourself?
Your Kids and Your Money
Raising Money-Smart Kids
Teaching the Value of Money: What Preschoolers Can Learn, Elementary-School Age: Start Good Habits, Teenagers: Make Allowances
Kids Owe Taxes, Too
Ways to Give Money to Children: Using Custodial Accounts, Putting Your Trust in Trusts
Paying the Price of College
Where to Stash Your College Cash
State-Sponsored College Savings Plans
Zero-Coupon Bonds
U.S. Savings Bonds
Coverdell ESAs: The Roth Alternative
When College Bills Are Due: Hope Scholarship Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit
Getting Financial Aid
Sources of Aid: Pell Grants, Federal Loan Programs, Private Loan Sources
Scholarships of Broad Interest
Funeral Finances
Put It in Writing
Pay Now, Die Later?
A Better Way to Pay Ahead
When the Funeral Is Now
The Cost of Burial
Finances after the Funeral
The Money Squeeze of Aging Parents
Do They Need Your Help?
Durable Power of Attorney
Where Will They Live?
Should They Move In?
Options for Elderly Housing: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Continuing Care, and Nursing Homes
When Your Parents Need You
Helping at a Distance
Protecting Your Life and Health
Buying the Right Life Insurance
What Have You Got?
When Should You Buy Life Insurance?
How Much Do You Need?
The Life Insurance Menu
The Case for Term
The Case for Whole Life
Variations on Whole Life
The Itch to Switch
The Best Policy at the Best Price
Second-to-Die Insurance
How Safe Is the Insurance Company?
Making Sure the Right People Collect
Picking the Payoff Method
Mass-Market Life Insurance
Buying Health Insurance
Fee-for-Service: Health Coverage the Old-Fashioned Way
Preferred Provider Organizations
Health Maintenance Organizations
When COBRA Kicks In to Protect You
How to Check Up on Your Health Plan
Flexible Spending Accounts
Health Savings Accounts
What If You Can't Work? Why You Need Disability Insurance
Medicare
Tips for Buyers of Medigap Insurance
How Medigap Insurance Plugs the Holes
Long-Term-Care Insurance
Health Insurance for Pets
Insurance for Healthy Teeth
Think Twice About This Insurance
Life Insurance on Kids
Credit Life Insurance
Hospital Indemnity Insurance
Dread-Disease Insurance
Student Accident Policies
Credit Card Insurance
Investments for Today and Tomorrow
How to Have Investing Smarts All the Time
You're Going to Need a Plan: Set Exciting Goals, Adopt a Clear-Cut Strategy, Pay Attention, Control Your Risks, Make Investing a Habit, Don't Get Stuck in a Rut, Don't Fool Yourself
How Not to Get Ripped Off
Hiring Help: How to Pick a Financial Planner
How to Make Money in Stocks
What Makes a Good Stock?
Where to Find Out About Stocks
Getting a Little Technical
What's Your Plan?
How to Find the Right Broker: Full-Service Brokers, Discount Brokers, Online Brokers
Opening Your Account
If You Need to Tangle with Your Broker
Investing with a Club
Stupid Stock Tricks
What You Should Know About Bonds
A Primer for Bond Buyers
Why Quality Counts
Buying and Selling Bonds at a Discount
Before You Buy Any Bond
How "Zeros" Can Add Up
Uncle Sam's Bonds: Treasury Bills, Treasury Notes, Treasury Bonds
U.S. Agency Securities: Close Enough to the Real Thing: Ginnie, Fannie, and Freddie: Mortgage-Backed Securities
Collateralized Mortgage Obligations: Take a Pass
U.S. Savings Bonds
The Enduring Allure of Municipal Bonds: Different Ways to Buy Munis, Advantages of Funds and Unit Trusts, Zero-Coupon Municipals, Insurance on Your Munis, Swapping Munis to Save Taxes
Making It Big with Mutual Funds
How Funds Work
Sales Loads and Other Charges
How to Pick a Winning Fund
Different Strokes for Different Folks
How to Tell How You're Doing
Should You Be Open to Closed-End Funds?
Exchange-Traded Funds
Money-Market Funds: Keeping It Short
Unit Investment Trusts
Investing in Real Estate
The Lure of Leverage
Tax Breaks in Real Estate
Exchanging Rental Properties
Selecting Profitable Rental Properties
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Real Estate Limited Partnerships
The Risks in Raw Land
Walk On By: Investments You Can Live Without
Gold's Lost Luster
Silver: Not as Good as Gold
Collectibles: Buy What You Like
Stock Options: Opt Out
No Future in Commodities
Taxes You'll Pay (or Not) on Your Investments
Tax Angles on Savings Accounts
Working Around the Kiddie Tax
Learning to Love Your Basis
Capital Gains and Losses
Saving Taxes on Stocks
Saving Taxes on Bonds
Saving Taxes on Mutual Funds
Taxes on Life Insurance Proceeds and Annuities
Deduct Your Investment Expenses? Maybe
Your Retirement and Estate Planning
Money Enough to Retire On
How Much Will You Need?
Where Will You Get It?
How Much Time Do You Have?
Checking Up on Your Pension: Defined-Contribution Plans, Defined-Benefit Plans
The Growing Role of the 401(k)
Employee Stock Ownership Plans
Profit-Sharing Plans
Individual Retirement Accounts
Roth IRAs
Variable Annuities
Retirement Plans If You're Self-Employed: Keogh Plans, Simplified Employee Pensions, SIMPLE IRAs
Social Security: Don't Sell It Short
What to Do with a Lump Sum at Retirement
Using Home Equity for Retirement Income
Where There's a Will, There's an Estate Plan
Six Steps to a Good Will
Estate-Planning Basics
The Role of Probate
How Large Is Your Estate?
Your State Wants a Share, Too
Putting Your Trust in Trusts
The Overselling of Living Trusts
Good Reasons to Change Your Will
Appendix
State Securities Regulation Offices
Federal Reserve Banks
Guide to Recordkeeping
Glossary
Index

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