The Complete Guide to Your Personal Finances Online: Step-by-step Instructions to Take Control of Your Financial Future Using the Internet

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Atlantic Publishing Company, 2011 - Business & Economics - 288 pages

With the growth of the Internet, the personal finance industry has boomed, allowing individuals who previously had no control of their money to take the reins and start banking, investing, and controlling funds online without the need for pricey professional help. In a recent report, Fiserv estimates that 72.5 million households use online banking, and the number of people paying their bills online has grown to 36.4 million households. In fact, 200 million people now do their banking on their mobile phones, according to a Juniper Research report. But for many people, the complexities of finance are still too much. Do not let these complexities leave you in the dark ages of using paper to keep track of your finances.

The Complete Guide to Your Personal Finances Online provides you with everything you need to know to start managing and investing your money online. You will discover why people flock to the Internet to manage their personal finances and how you can start doing it today. You will learn the basics of online banking, including what you can do keep track of your checking and savings accounts, pay your bills online, and even apply for loans from the comfort of your own home. You will grasp how to measure your own assets and how much money you can afford to spend. A special section is devoted to deciphering the complex language of the financial sector, so you know what you are dealing with. Find out whether you are wired to be a passive or active investor and what rates of return you can expect. In addition, learn how to prepare your computer for use as a personal finance hub, including the necessary safety and security precautions to keep your information safe, the Web sites you should bookmark, the tools you must install, and countless tips to help you keep track of the market, top picks, and your fellow investors.

You will learn about all of the various types of online accounts, including taxable brokerage accounts, retirement accounts (401(k) and IRAs), and education savings accounts. You will find out how to determine what your tax burden will be in relation to your investments, as well as how to seek out and select the right broker for your needs. You will be walked through the process of finding the best financial opportunities and executing trades as well as your alternate choices in stock options and Forex trading.

We spent hundreds of hours interviewing the industry‚e(tm)s top investors and online finance professionals to give you inside knowledge to help you know that every financial decision you make is correct. You will discover how to keep in touch with your fellow investors; what mutual funds, ETFs, and various other financial options are at your disposal; as well as how to start investigating in the companies you are looking to invest in. Uncover the top prospects and develop investment ideas, as well as the top ten mistakes you absolutely must avoid as an online investor.

With all of this information at your fingertips, you will be able to finally put away that notepad and take your financing to the next level: the world of online personal financing.


Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president‚e(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
13
What the Internet
23
Getting Ready
41
Making the Switch
79
Online Bill Paying
127
Online Money
137
Borrowing Money
157
Online Shopping
183
Managing Longterm
221
Managing Your
231
Managing Taxes
241
Personal Property
249
Online Financial
261
Your Finances Will
269
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
Copyright

Online Investing
197

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About the author (2011)

Tamsen Butler is a freelance writer and editor. She is the personal finance blogger for Banks.com, as well as the featured expert for LoveTo-Know.com‚e(tm)s Ask the Mortgage Expert.She has also written for TheBudget-Fashionista.com as well as other fun financial sites. She has two vibrant children and stays busy with graduate school, writing, and volunteer work.

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