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The Little Book of Main Street Money: 21 Simple Truths That Help Real People Make Real Money (The Little Books, Big Profits Series) Audio CD – CD, March 1, 2021
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"The Little Book of Main Street Money...does a brilliant job of navigating us through the post financial crash landscape...offers investors some tried-and-true, timeless advice, such as keeping investing simple and uncluttered by emotion. . . but what I love best about this book is the exploration of the relationship between money and happiness."-- "CBS Moneywatch.com"
"A gem from one of the most brilliant minds in personal finance."-- "Ben Stein, author, actor, TV personality, and New York Times columnist"
"Investing, as it is said, is simple but it is not easy. Jonathan Clements's fine new Little Book underscores the priceless (and price-less) value of simplicity. And his sage advice on living the good life and on spending well and saving wisely will surely make it, if not easy, at least easier for us to achieve financial peace of mind."-- "John C. Bogle, founder of Vanguard and author of Enough"
"Jonathan Clements is one of our wisest and finest writers in the field of personal finance. This Little Book contains gems of wisdom not only about investing, but also about living a full and satisfying life."-- "Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street"
Nobody, and I mean nobody, can make the world of investing as easy to understand as Jonathan Clements can. In this wonderful book, he teaches Main Street how to beat Wall Street at its own game-and how to have fun along the way. This book does not stop at merely making you richer and smarter; it will even help you lead a better life."-- "Jason Zweig, author of Your Money and Your Brain and editor of Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor "
About the Author
Jonathan Clements is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He has written for Euromoney magazine in London and Forbes magazine in New York before joining the Journal, where he worked for eighteen years. He is the author of 48 and Counting and The Little Book of Main Street Money: 21 Simple Truths that Help Real People Make Real Money. Clements was born in London, England, graduated from Emmanuel College, and now lives in New York City.
- ASIN : B08Z33QZ33
- Publisher : Gildan Audio and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200646197
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.7 inches
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Mainstreet Money, 21 Simple Truths that Help Real People Make Real Money is an excellent book. I recommend it highly to anyone who needs a basic finance guide, or those who want a refresher course. In Clements's usual style, it's easy to read, understandable, and helpful. I'll add this to our website's recommended reading list.
Clements once famously noted that there are only seven real stories in personal finance, and he cites them in his introduction. I won't list them all here, but one is "simplicity is a great financial virtue." I agree with his other six, too, but as a practicing advisor, this one stands out as genuine wisdom. There are few absolutes in economics or finance, but that comes pretty close!
It tracks that his 21 Simple Truths follow this theme. He tackles everything from portfolio construction to the merits of saving. Each chapter illuminates a different topic, and offers explanations, ideas, and suggestions. All in that comfortable and engaging style he's known for.
I especially like his tenth chapter, where he offers ten reasons why it's so tough to beat the market. This is heresy in many hallowed halls of Wall Street, but he does a nice job of explaining why so many smart people abandoned that game. "The harder you try to beat the market, the more likely you are to fail, thanks to the investment costs involved."
Why, then, was my reading painful? Another simple truth is that every thinking adult should already know much of this stuff. Seriously, folks, this isn't nuclear physics and these truths aren't obscure. These are the pots and pans of personal finance and every home should already have a basic collection. It just hurts to acknowledge (again) that - as a people - we're rich in things, but poor in basic money knowledge.
People should already know the merits of diversification. They should already know that every investment (every single one) has risks. They should know that tax deferral is smart and that today's retirement can last many decades. If they don't, then this little book makes those powerful and productive points. And, in many ways, Clements makes them and others better than anyone else could. He has a gift.
I like Jon Clements and I recommend his book highly. I just wish that it wasn't necessary.
Don't think this book is only about investing. This book is also about a relationship - our relationship with money. How we manage this relationship will have an enormous impact on our happiness, which is my favorite part of this book.
Yes, investing really is as simple as Jonathan notes. He also explains why simple is anything but easy.
I had extremely high expectations of this book. Jonathan easily delivered. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in money or happiness or both.
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