Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Top 3 Personal Finance Books - Setting the Foundation

Happy New Year!

So I bet you've made a bunch of New Year's resolutions and this year you're going to get all your financial ducks in a row, right? There's a myriad of personal finance advice out there, so it can be difficult to sift through he garbage. Fortunately by reading just a few personal finance books you can be way ahead of the pack.

You might be asking yourself, what is personal finance anyways? Personal finance is the very practical subject about how to handle money in your life. There's no escaping it, we all deal with money everyday. We work hard for our money, so wouldn't it be nice to learn how to get your money working harder for you. Personal finance is about enriching your life by doing such that, it's about learning how to handle your money in such a way to become financially free.

 Financial freedom can mean many different things to many different people. There's no one size fits all plan, which is why it's important to tailor your finances to reach your own personal goals. Money should never be an end in itself, but a means to an end, which is why it's so important to set financial goals in the first place.

By understanding the purpose of money in our life we can live a much more meaningful one and truly build wealth. Personal finance isn't about amassing a fortune only to be a miser. It's about having security in knowing that you have enough to weather life's inevitable ups and downs, providing for loved ones, and the freedom of enjoying what life has offer.

The topics covered in these books include:
     - The role of debt (particularly how bad credit card debt is)
     - Setting financial goals
     - Paying yourself first
     - Mortgages
     - Insurance
     - Saving for retirement (RRSP for Canadians, 401K for Americans)
     - Investing

By reading these three books you'll be setting a strong personal financial knowledge base. There will be some repeating themes in these books, but they're each taught in a slightly different way. One author may explain a certain theme that will really get through to you, while another may bore you. So my recommendation is to read them all, eventually something is going to sink in. By doing so you'll gain a clearer picture of what to do with your money so that you can eventually become financially free:

1) The Wealth Barber by David Chilton

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2) The Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam

3) The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

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Here's a short video clip about Andrew Hallam's story and some of his solid financial advice:


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