Anti-government rants aside, this is a good book about personal financial management
Mar 26, 2010
For most people, the best thing that they can do about improving their financial health is to simply spend some time performing a realistic and honest analysis of what they are doing. As Soltis so rightly points out, repeated many times over an extended period, even a $1-$2 savings can add up to a substantial amount. When considering whether to finance a major purchase or to pay cash, it is necessary to factor in what the money would earn if it were to be invested rather than spent. Unfortunately, Soltis frequently inserts his political viewpoints regarding the federal government and taxation. If you agree with his position, then you may not mind, but if you don't it is likely you will resent the tangential movement away from the financial advice. On page 80, there is the sentence, "The biggest thief in the world is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)." Later in the page there is the sentence, "Government in general is a parasite and lives off the productive taxpayers (hosts)." This is clearly a harsh and borderline extreme political view and adds nothing of value to the presentation of financial advice. On the positive side, Soltis presents detailed examinations of many of the ways a person can manage their money through their life and death. Topics such as whole life insurance as an investment, reasonable and rational ways to manage debt, many of the factors that (positively and negatively) contribute to your credit score, many of the common ways financial institutions gouge their customers, how to save money in insurance costs, the long term benefits of investing the money spent on the daily $1 cup of coffee, and the value of simply writing out a daily, weekly and monthly budget. It is an overstatement to consider these items secrets, for all are well known, but that does not lesson their value. In most cases, the soundest financial advice is quite simple, yet like most advice in this category, it needs to be repeated on a regular basis, as even the most determined person will tend to drift. That is the type of advice in this book; it is unfortunate that the anti-government rants were inserted, as they are a deflection from the focus.
The author shows us how to keep more of what we earn. The cost of a college education rises 5-6% per year. Public colleges provide a cheaper alternative than private colleges. The next biggest cash outflows are for home finance, retirement savings and the payment of income taxes. The most important thing we can do is to prepare a budget to monitor the sources and uses of cash. There are some very … more
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