The Value of Money: Uncover the Hidden Wisdom of Money

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Penguin, Apr 17, 2008 - Self-Help - 320 pages
One of our nation’s leading financial advisors and the “Soul Authority on Money Management” reveals that while emotions can make financial decisions difficult, our emotional relationship with our money can also lead to not just greater wealth and financial security but amazing personal growth as well.

As a financial advisor for the past twenty-five years, Susan McCarthy has firsthand knowledge of the surprising degree to which emotion can govern important financial transactions. But, time and again, she also has seen her clients emerge from challenging financial situations with a newfound sense of purpose in their lives. Says McCarthy: “The world of money is a world of emotion; a stage on which we play out all of our dramas. The lessons it has to teach us go well beyond the financial. They reach deep into our emotional and even our spiritual lives. Money is one of our greatest teachers.”

According to McCarthy, for many of us the world of money reaches deep into our psyches, setting off fears and uncertainties we often don’t even know we harbor. In The Value of Money, she gives readers the tools they need to see past this tumultuous aspect of money to achieve not just greater wealth and financial security but personal insights as well. Presenting various “money types” she has observed in her work, McCarthy helps readers to determine what type (or combination of types) they are and how each typically responds to life’s most challenging financial events—taking financial responsibility for the care of a child or elderly parent, the death of a spouse, retirement— and how to turn around any self-defeating responses to the events.

This wise book outlines a path not just to a richer future financially but spiritually as well.

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The Seven Basic Types of Money Relationships
The Potential of This Journey
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The Money Issues
The Emotional Challenge
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How to Begin
Getting a Handle on the Money
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The Challenge of Shared Resources
Friction Around Money
Opening Up About Money
The Hidden Opportunity
On to the Decision Making
Marriage the Second Time Around
Family Protection
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MoneyAn Integral Part of Divorce
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Money and Empowerment
Tackling the Money Issues
Getting the Financial Lay of the Land
A Word to Women
Taking Care of the Children
Getting Invested
The First Tentative Steps
A New Relationship to Our Money
The Turmoil of Decisions
Accommodating Emotions
Sources of Anxiety
Three Stages of Retirement
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Retirement Imminent? Steps to Take
Getting Down to the NittyGritty
What Every Retirement Portfolio Needs
Tough Choices
The Opportunity of Retirement
The Financial Challenge of Growing Old
Achieving a Balance
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The IncomeEvaluation Phase
The PortfolioConstruction Phase
Moving Toward Healing
Contemplating an Inheritance
The Value of a Windfall
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
The Emotions of Inheritance
The Opportunity Inheritance Offers
Where to Begin
At First Do Nothing
An Onslaught of Information
What Our Kids Experience
Lessons Passed Down
What Our Kids Deal with Changes Over Time
What Do We Need to Teach Our Children?
How to Impart Money Lessons
The Question of Allowance
The Issue of Credit
Teaching Values and Money
Retirement Planning
Leaving an Inheritance
AllOut War
The Emotions of Estate Planning
An Act of Love
Getting Down to the Details
A Peace Treaty at Last

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Susan McCarthy graduated from Reed College and from the University of California at Berkeley and with degrees in biology and journalism. She lives in San Francisco.

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