From saving to purchase a first car, to putting kids through college to planning for retirement, to preserving your estate for your loved ones, our financial goals change from one stage of life to the next. While those goals and the challenges we face in achieving them may differ, all of them have certain things in common. Saving, budgeting, managing debt, minimizing taxes and living within your means. These are a few of the 10 Key Wealth Management Issues which come into play (to varying degrees) when working toward specific financial goals. But there's one goal for which success relies on all ten keys coming together in perfect harmony: financial independence, also known as "Point X." No matter how you define it—whether it's a retirement income of $25,000 a year, or an estate worth $250 million—your future financial independence requires that you deal effectively with all ten key issues. And now this book shows you how to get it done, along with the guidance of a trusted advisor.Supplies you with a complete roadmap for arriving at "Point X," financial independence with key milestones and important twists and turns clearly defined Identifies the 10 key wealth management issues and offers priceless advice and guidance on negotiating each on your road to financial independence Provides you with both success and failure stories so you can learn from others' real life experiences Provides you with tax planning facts and strategies within the wealth management issues that will show you how to minimize your most significant expense and at the same time maximize your savings on the road to your "Point X"
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A little money and a little time is all that's needed to lay a strong financial foundation for today and the future. And starting sooner rather than later is the smartest thing you can do when it comes to protecting your financial future.
If you're in college or enjoying your twenties, Personal Finance in Your 20s For Dummies cuts to the chase, providing you with the targeted financial advice you need to establish a firm financial footing as you work your way through school and the post-graduation years.Advice on paying off student loans, managing debt, and creating a solid pathway to financial success Investing strategies for young investors Other titles by Tyson: Personal Finance For Dummies, Investing For Dummies, and Mutual Funds For Dummies
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Or maybe you emerged from the meltdown relatively unscathed, but you've been recently divorced or widowed. Now, along with all the other accompanying emotional hardships, you must deal with a household budget that is dramatically changed. Maybe you experienced an unexpected health crisis that drained your savings or retirement account. Or perhaps you've simply grown tired of having so much debt.
As tough as these situations are, they aren’t hopeless.. You have options. When the old \ rules for managing your finances no longer apply, you can take control of your situation, wipe the slate clean, and start over.
Here, in the accessible, empathetic, and easy-to-understand style the Wall Street Journal Guidebook series is known for, veteran WSJ personal finance reporter Karen Blumenthal walks you through everything you need to know to leave the past behind you and get your financial life back on track. This includes how to:
-Build a trusted team of professionals to help you navigate your new financial landscape
-Get your credit record - the support beam of your financial scaffolding - back in order
-Recalibrate your budget and weigh your big ticket expenses
-Determine whether you can afford to stay in your home
-Adjust your debts to your new situation
-Assess your health coverage and other necessary insurance
-Invest for your future retirement and other needs
-Craft a sustainable plan for long-term financial health
Whether you're recently divorced or widowed, or have declared bankruptcy or lost your home to foreclosure, or simply want to start with a clean slate, you can make a fresh financial start. Covering housing, insurance, health care, investing, debt, taxes, wills, and more, this book shows readers at all life stages and income levels how to adapt and adjust their finances to their new circumstances and get on the path to a better financial life.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the last chapter you will get a complete understanding of how and why Will’s and Trusts are important. You will see what the first Will in recorded history looked like. You will learn, with the use of certain trusts, how to protect your assets from con artists and unscrupulous people. Most importantly you will learn the best way to pass money on to the people you want and not the people you don’t know and will never meet.