The Index Card

The Index Card

Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

eBook - 2016
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"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.
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Portfolio, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2553 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780698186651

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Olen exposed widespread wrongdoing in the personal finance industry in Pound Foolish. In this book, she teams up with U of C professor Harold Pollack to explain how a few simple financial rules that fit on an index card can outperform complicated financial strategies.


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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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