Wall Street Journal Personal Finance

ISBN-10: 0307336018

ISBN-13: 9780307336019

Edition: Workbook 

Authors: Jeff D. Opdyke

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A hands-on, interactive guide to managing your monday and building your financial future Many of the worksheets in this book are available online and can be saved, printed, and recalculated at any time. Go to: WSJ.com/BookTools Understanding your money, and getting it to work for you, is more important today than it ever was, because you alone are responsible for every aspect of your financial life, from managing your day-to-day living expenses to planning a college savings fund and, ultimately, retirement. The sooner you start taking control of your financial life the better, and there's no greater authority on financial matters than "The Wall Street Journal," This workbook takes the mystery out of personal finance and addresses every topic you'll need to master, from building a solid financial base to growing your financial assets. Worksheets, charts, and step-by-step instructions throughout help you do the math and work through the basics, making it quick and easy to organize your cash and eventually build wealth. Learn how to: - Create a spending plan and budget - Balance a checkbook - Make decisions about what types of-- and how much-- insurance you need - Manage credit and debt - Finance big expenses like real estate and education - Understand and properly assess your own appetite for risk - Formulate the right asset allocation - Start building an investment portfolio - Make real estate decisions like purchasing vs. renting - Refinance a mortgage - Manage your 401(k) - Deal with taxes - Plan for college expenses Alsoavailable-- the companion to this workbook: "The Wall Street Journal Complete Personal Finance Guidebook," by Jeff D. Opdyke Get your financial life in order with help from "The Wall Street Journal," Look for: "- The Wall Street Journal Complete Money and Investing Guidebook - The Wall Street Journal Complete Identity Theft Guidebook - The Wall Street Journal Complete Real Estate Investing Guidebook"
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List price: $13.95
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Building Your Financial Base
The Personal Budget
The Spending Plan
Pay Yourself First
Emergency Savings
The Annual Budget
Banking: Checking, Savings, and Certificates of Deposit
Checking Accounts
Certificates of Deposit-and When Breaking One Makes Sense
Building a CD Ladder
Planning: Preparing for the Worst
Do I Need Insurance?
How Much Insurance Do I Need?
Borrowing: Accumulating and Managing Debt
Warning Signs You Carry Too Much Debt
Is Your Debt Too High?
Paying Down Debt
Buying a Home
Renting Versus Buying: Weighing the Trade-Offs
How Much Can You Afford?
Shopping for a Loan
Tax Savings
Calculating the Equity in Your Home
To Refinance or Not
The Old College Try: Saving for a Child's Education
How Much to Save?
Buying a Car
The Ins and Outs of Auto Leases
Turning a Money Factor into an Interest Rate
Comparing Leases
Be Prepared-It's Not Just a Motto for the Boy Scouts
The Wallet Register
Financial Accounts
Safe-Deposit Boxes
Building Your Assets
Determining Your Net Worth
Rating Your Tolerance for Risk
Short Term? Long Term? Something in Between?
Compounding: The Most Powerful Force in the Universe
First Things First
Brokerage-Firm Basics
Wall Street in Words and Formulas
Calculating Your Rate of Return
Index Investing: No Effort Required
Exchange-Traded Funds: Minimal Effort Required
Dollar-Cost Averaging
Retirement Planning: Feathering the Nest Egg
How Much Will I Need in Retirement?
Asset Allocation: Rocket Science for Beginners
Asset Allocation Models
Where Do I Invest?
What Might a Diversified Portfolio Look Like?
Company Stock: Buy, Sell, or Hold?
The ABCs of IRAs
Annuities: Great for Some; Lousy for Many
Which Annuity Is Right for Me?
A Taxing Matter
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