Like many savvy business people of the 21st century, David Bach offered his first pearls of financial wisdom to women, in his bestselling book Smart Women Finish Rich. Recognizing that these women are often accompanied by significant others and that money arguments are the number one cause of divorce in America, Bach has now broadened his scope. Presumably intended to help change this depressing statistic, Smart Couples Finish Rich is a well-written financial planning tool, packed with useful charts and information, inspiring examples, and practical advice.
For people who've been disappointed by the shallowness of some of the "quick tips" self-help books out there, the subtitle of this book is a little misleading. Bach's nine steps are not instant change techniques or chirpy little quips to recite to yourself whenever you go to balance your checkbook. Instead, the first few steps include a series of exercises that will help you determine what you know (and don't know, or understand) about saving and investing, what role money should play in your life (which includes understanding your values), and how to work together toward a common financial goal. From there, Bach teaches his readers how to account for "disappearing" money, how to build retirement, security, and dream baskets of wealth (providing detailed options for all three), and how to avoid the most common financial mistakes most couples make. Though the focus of the book is predominantly on working with your existing income, Bach includes a final chapter entitled "Increase Your Income by 10 Percent in Nine Weeks."
Bach's writing style is engaging and his advice is user-friendly. A successful financial planner, he obviously believes passionately in all the "fringe" benefits of being financially responsible but employs a no-nonsense approach that makes financial smarts available to everyone. So whether you're 25 and just starting out on the earning, saving, and spending road or you plan to retire next year; whether you've recently got hitched for the first time or you've just entered your fourth marriage; and whether financial planning comes first or last on your list of fun things to do, the advice in Smart Couples Finish Rich is worth heeding. It's not about becoming a money-obsessed bore, it's about getting smart... and rich. --S. Ketchum
Fighting about money is the #1 reason for divorce in America. From first-time newlyweds at the start of new careers to people marrying later in life or on their second or third marriage, couples face an overwhelming task when creating and managing a two-income household. Most couples find themselves frustrated when it comes to combining their complex financial histories, and, as a result, both their relationships and bank accounts can suffer.
David Bach, nationally renowned financial advisor and author of the bestselling Smart Women Finish Rich, knows that it doesn't have to be this way. After years of first-hand experience working with couples young and old, David Bach reveals that through communication and partnership, planning your finances together can be both fun and easy when you have the right tools.
In Smart Couples Finish Rich, David Bach offers couples a step-by-step guide to building and maintaining financial wealth for years to come. Instead of avoiding each other when it comes time to balance the checkbook, you and your partner will learn how to come together and identify your core values and dreams, creating a spending and saving plan that reflects your values as a couple. Packed with easy-to-use tools that will take you from credit-card management to long-term care, each chapter will guide you and your partner as a team toward a more rewarding financial plan based on the same overall financial objectives.
TheSmart Couples Finish Rich nine-step journey provides every couple with strategies for organization, communication, and smarter spending that you can put into action immediately. This journey reveals: * The Couples' Latte Factor — how to build a million-dollar portfolio on $3.50 a day * How to talk to your partner about money without fighting * How to increase your income by 10 percent in nine weeks * The FinishRich File Folder System — giving yourself a financial clean-up * The 10 biggest mistakes couples can make
A book for couples of all ages and all tax brackets, Smart Couples Finish Rich is the ultimate guide for creating a lifetime of wealth—both personal and financial.
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