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Learn to:

  • Evaluate and manage your financial fitness
  • Save more and spend less
  • Assess your credit report and improve your score
  • Make smart investments in any economic environment

Understand personal finance and put your money to work!

Is your money working to increase your wealth? Renowned personal finance expert Eric Tyson combines his time-tested financial advice with updated strategies to help you protect your financial future. You'll get action-oriented guidance for getting out of debt, investing wisely, surviving unexpected financial twists and turns, and more.

  • Assess your finances — measure your financial health, manage where your money goes, and establish and achieve financial goals
  • Tighten those purse strings — discover proven strategies for dealing with debt, reducing your spending, and trimming your taxes
  • Invest for the future — understand your options and start investing in retirement accounts, funds, taxable accounts, and more
  • Safeguard your assets — get the best insurance coverage at the best price—including life, disability, and health
  • Don't go it alone — get help using technology to manage your money, culling information from financial media outlets, and working with financial planners

Open the book and find:

  • Tax laws that affect personal finance and investing decisions
  • Advice on saving for educational expenses and navigating the financial aid system
  • Tips for designing your own investment plan, complete with example portfolios
  • Pointers for investing in your home and other real estate
  • An explanation of government-mandated health insurance
  • An inventory of additional personal finance resources

About the Author

Eric Tyson ( is an internationally acclaimed and best-selling personal finance book author, syndicated columnist, and speaker. He is also the author of Investing For Dummies and coauthor of Home Buying Kit For Dummies, both national bestsellers.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1119114292
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ John Wiley & Sons; 8th edition (9 February 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781119114291
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1119114291
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 624 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.54 x 2.54 x 23.37 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Eric Tyson is a best-selling personal finance book author and has penned five national best sellers. He is also the only author to have four of his books simultaneously on Business Week's business book bestseller list.

His Personal Finance for Dummies, a Wall Street Journal best-seller, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Business Book of the Year. Eric's syndicated newspaper column is read by millions of readers weekly. He is a former columnist and award-winning journalist for the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. His website,, rocketed into the top one percent of financial websites within its first year of operation.

Eric's work has been featured and quoted in hundreds of local and national publications and media outlets including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Money, Worth, Parenting, USA Today and on the NBC Today Show, ABC, Fox News, CNBC, PBS Nightly Business Report, CNN, and on CBS national radio, NPR's Marketplace Money and Bloomberg Business Radio. He's also been a featured speaker at a White House conference on retirement planning.

Tired of working as a management consultant to Fortune 500 financial service firms which more interested in maximizing short-term profits than in providing sound financial products and services, Eric founded in 1990 the nation's first financial counseling firm which works exclusively on an hourly basis. He started his new company with a simple mission: to provide objective, cost-effective personal financial advice, especially to non-wealthy Americans. Through family and friends, Eric had seen many otherwise intelligent people make horrendous mistakes in managing their money, in part, because the failure of our schools and colleges to teach personal finance.

In addition to his counseling work, Eric also hoped to make an impact in the writing and media fields. Much of the personal finance writing and reporting he saw and heard was biased, jargon-laden and, in some cases, filled with bad advice. For example, rather than telling people the hard truth - that one must live within one's means as a prerequisite to building wealth - many publications offer up hyped and unrealistic "get rich without making sacrifices or taking risk" type approaches.

In addition to his writing and counseling, Eric also taught the nation's most highly attended personal financial management course at the University of California. He has spoken at many corporations and non-profits. His educational background includes having earned his bachelor's degree in economics at Yale and an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Eric is the only best-selling personal finance author who has an extensive background as an hourly-based financial planner and who does not accept speaking fees, endorsement deals or fees of any type from companies in the financial services industry or product or service providers recommended in his articles, books and his publications.

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