Talking Money: Everything You Need to Know About Your Finances and Your Future

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Grand Central Publishing, Jan 5, 2001 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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Jean Chatzky regularly features in a number of popular US magazines and on NBC's Today Show. She now unleashes her winning strategies for effective money management in this take-charge book.
 

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In this highly popularized approach to financial planning, Chatzky (editor-at-large, Money magazine; financial editor, Today show) applies her down-to-earth style to show how money works. Built on her ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1
Setting Goals
You Can Do This Will You?
CHAPTER 2
How Debt Dependent Are You?
Debt Relief Plan No 1
Homeowners Insurance
Auto Insurance
Umbrella Liability Coverage
Disability Insurance
LongTerm Care Insurance
CHAPTER 7
Estate Planning Basics YouShouldnt Be Without
Living Trusts

Debt Relief Plan No 2
Debt Relief Plan No 3
Five Questions to Ask About Your Credit History
The Best Ways to Borrow
What Happens to Your DebtWhen Interest Rates Rise and Fall?
CHAPTER 3
Follow the Money
The One Very Best Way to Save and EightSecondPlace Alternatives
Ten Ways to Add to Your Savings
Where Does All This Saving Get You?
The Best Holding Pen for Your Dollars
Picking the Right Bank and Bank Accountfor You
Five Questions to Ask your Bank
Automate
CHAPTER 4
What Is the Short Term?
Up to Six Months
Six Months to Two Years
Three to Five Years
CHAPTER 5
How Much ShouldYou Be Investing?
The Ballpark Estimate
The Four Keys to Making Your Money Grow
The Investment Triumvirate
Two Approaches
The Simple Route
Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Mutual Fund
A Quick Bond Primer
Invest for Retirement Now Pay the Taxes Later
Investing for College as You Invest for Yourself
What About the Rest of Your Money?Taxable Accounts
CHAPTER 6
Life Insurance
Health Insurance
Five Questions to Ask Your AttorneyAbout Estate Planning
Estate Planning to Save Taxes
Managing an Inheritance
Charitable Contributions
CHAPTER 8
The Homeowner Plunge
Why You Need a Real Estate Agent
Keep the Next Owner in Mind
Making an Offer
Closing the Deal
Five Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector
Getting a Great Mortgage Deal
The Best Way to Sell Your House
How About a Second Home?
CHAPTER 9
Avoiding Overspending
Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Anything
Shopping on the Internet
CHAPTER 10
What Is a Financial Planner?
How Is Your Financial Planner Paid?
Checking Up on Your Planner
What Do You Get for Your Money?
Five Questions to Ask a Financial Planner
Handholding in Money 101
Planners Specializing in Divorce
CHAPTER 11
Talking to Your Spouse or Life Partner
Talking to Your Parents
Five Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents About Money
Talking to Your Kids
Money Etiquette
The Lowdown on Tipping
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About the author (2001)

Jean Chatzky lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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