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How Not to Be Broke—10 Powerful Books to Learn about Money Management

How Not to Be Broke—10 Powerful Books to Learn about Money Management

Want to stop being broke?

One of the most common habits that all successful people have in common is that they read books.  They’re continually learning, studying and implementing new strategies to better manage their money.  They understand that it isn’t necessarily about how much you make, it’s about what you get to keep.  That’s where proper money management comes in.

Here are 10 powerful books that will help you learn more about money management.  If managing your money is a weak point for you, then you may want to consider picking up one of these books.

1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

rich dad, poor dad book

    This is a popular finance book that shares the powerful lessons learned from Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad and Poor Dad.  Growing up, Robert’s “Poor Dad” preached for him to “get a good education, get a good job and save your money”.  While this may appear to be good advice, Robert realized that this advice would never get him rich.  Instead, Robert’s “Rich Dad” would give him much different advice, such as “start a business, make passive income and invest effectively”.  This easy to understand book will give you a new way of thinking about managing your money.

    2. The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason

     

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      A classic by George Clason, this book shares nuggets of wisdom that has been around for nearly 100 years.  Some of the basic money management rules come from this short book, such as “Pay yourself first” and “Use the power of compound interest.”

      3. The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko

      the millionaire next door

        What do all millionaires have in common?  In this book, the authors interview and survey a variety of millionaires to discover the common traits amongst them.  Living below your means, budgeting your money and managing it effectively are core concepts that you will learn in this book.

        4. Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

        secrets of the millionaire mind

          This book will help reveal your “money blueprint”.  T. Harv Eker shares how your beliefs and associations with money determine your financial destiny.  While your psychology is extremely important when it comes to managing money, it also goes into a practical formula for how to allocate your money earned every month.

          5. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

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          total money makeover

            If you are currently struggling with debt, then this is a fantastic book to start with.  Dave Ramsey not only accumulated over $4 million dollars by his mid twenties, but managed to lose it all through bankruptcy.  He’s now developed his own successful approach to getting out of debt and managing your money, which he shares in this book.

            6. Your Money Of Your Life by Dominguez and Robin

            your money or your life

              This classic money management book preaches the power of simplicity.  Simplifying your lifestyle to lower your expenses is a crucial element of being able to live below your means.  The authors also go into developing passive income streams so that you can have your money working for you, becoming financially free.

              7. The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman

              the money book for the young, fabulous and broke

                One of the most trusted money experts in America, Suze Orman, shares her money principles for getting out of credit card debt, school loans, improving your credit score, buying a home, insurance, and much more.  This book covers all of the important money management strategies that all young people should know.

                8. The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton

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                the wealthy barber

                  This entertaining book provides some useful money management advice in the guise of a novel.  It shares the story of a group of friends that visit a barber shop once a month and receive powerful advice on managing their money from their “Wealthy Barber”.  The book covers the popular advice of “pay yourself first” and “compound interest”.

                  9. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

                  the automatic millionaire

                    David Bach shares his proven, automatic plan for becoming a millionaire in your lifetime.  David’s simple strategies, such as his “latte factor”, will help anyone be able to cut back on expenses, manage their money effectively, and invest for financial freedom.

                    10. Get Rich Carefully by Jim Cramer

                    get rich carefully

                      The host of CNBC’s Mad Money reveals his strategies to high yield, low risk investing in this powerful guide.  Jim understands that in today’s economy, most people can’t take big risks with their money.  That’s why this book is jam-packed full of practical, invaluable wisdom for turning your savings into lasting wealth.

                      By reading a few of these money management books, you will soon realize that managing your money is fairly straightforward and simple.  Many of these books provide the same concepts and strategies.  Why?  Simply because they work.

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                      Managing your money isn’t rocket science.  It may seem intimidating at first, but once you get in the habit of managing your money effectively, it will change your financial future.  You will have a sense of “control” over your money and it will greatly boost your self-esteem.

                      What money management books have you read?

                      Are there any that you’d recommend that are worth reading?  Leave a comment below.

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                      Published on May 7, 2019

                      How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                      How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                      When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

                      Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

                      Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

                      You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

                      Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

                      1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

                      Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

                      But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

                      • Will you spend more time with your family?
                      • What does retirement mean to you?
                      • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

                      Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

                      Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

                      2. Figure out When to Invest

                      “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

                      It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

                      The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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                      A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

                      Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

                      3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

                      Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

                      Why?

                      Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

                      Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

                      Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

                      Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

                      4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

                      Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

                      If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

                      You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

                      1. Vanguard
                      2. TD Ameritrade
                      3. Charles Schwab

                      5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

                      Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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                      Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

                      That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

                      Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

                      A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

                      6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

                      The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

                      Robo Advisors

                      Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

                      Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

                      Bonds

                      Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

                      Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

                      Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

                      1. Treasury bonds
                      2. Government bonds
                      3. Corporate bonds
                      4. Foreign bonds
                      5. Mortgage-backed bonds
                      6. Municipal bonds

                      Mutual Funds

                      Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

                      One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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                      Real Estate

                      Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

                      Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

                      This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

                      But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

                      Savings Accounts

                      Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

                      7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

                      Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

                      So how can you master delayed gratification?

                      By building your discipline.

                      Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

                      Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

                      8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

                      I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

                      It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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                      More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

                      But, how can you invest yourself?

                      Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

                      Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

                      But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

                      Retire Happy with Excess Money

                      The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

                      It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

                      I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

                      Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

                      One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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