Safe Money in Tough Times: Everything You Need to Know to Survive the Financial Crisis

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Date

January 12, 2009

Format

Hardback, 256 pages

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ISBN

0071629610 / 9780071629614

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30.00



Overview


Main description

The “perfect storm” of global economic disaster is now hitting every area of personal finance. Retirement accounts, retiree nest eggs, home prices, and just about everything else of value are being swept away in the chaos. You can either passively try to wait out the storm or take immediate action to protect yourself, your family, and your future.

In Safe Money in Tough Times, Jonathan Pond explains how to stay afloat while the economy sinks. Employing the practical, commonsense knowledge and wisdom that has made him one of America’s most popular personal finance experts, Pond helps you both weather the storm and position yourself to profit when the economy inevitably rebounds. He tackles every area of your financial life that is or will soon be affected by the Great Recession, from investing defensively and selecting the safest investments to strategies for paying insurance and tuition bills when times are tough. You’ll find easy and practical tactics for

  • Managing debt
  • Reducing expenses
  • Coping with unemployment
  • Minimizing complications if your financial institution fails
  • Protecting your retirement savings
  • Making informed decisions about your home and mortgage
  • Improving your credit standing
  • Preparing for fi nancial emergencies

Although he acknowledges the gravity of our economic situation, Pond takes you past the pessimism of today’s media commentators and presents the crisis as a means for educating yourself, changing bad habits, and eventually enjoying unexpected profits. With Safe Money in Tough Times you have what you need to bypass the so-called experts and develop your own financial strategy with confidence.

Complete with checklists and worksheets, this prescient guide provides everything you need to take control of your investments, beat the recession, and develop an all-weather financial and investment plan that will last a lifetime.


Table of contents

Part IUnderstanding the Economic Crisis1. What’s Going On in the Economy?2. This Time It’s Different, But We’re Not Headed for a Depression3. Checklist of Things to Do Now to Get Your Financial Act TogetherPart IICoping with Tough Economic Times4. Where to Begin – A Dozen Winning Strategies to Cope With Tough Times5. Budgeting for Tough Economic Times6. What to Do When Your Expenses Are Increasing Faster than Your Income7. Getting Your Debts Under Control8. Forewarned is Forearmed – Preparing for the UnexpectedPart IIIInvesting in Tough Economic Times9. Investment Strategies for Frightened Investors10. Ten Rules for Investing Successfully in Turbulent Markets11. Making the Right Stock Investments During Tough Times12. Making the Right Bond Investments During Tough Times13. Making the Right Real Estate Investments During Tough Times14. Keeping Safe Money Safe Part IVTackling Special Situations15. If Your Lose Your Job16. If You Think You Might Lose Your Job17. Evaluating an Early-retirement Incentive Plan18. Finding a Job in Tough Times19. Coping with Debt Problems20. Advice for Homeowners21. Advice for Home Sellers22. Opportunities for Home Buyers23. Getting the Kids Through College During Bad Times24. Tips for Worried Pre Retirees25. Tips for Worried Retirees26. Survival Tactics for Small Business Owners27. The Psychological Side of Money Problems28. Bankruptcy – The Last Report29. If Inflation Heats UpPart VPlanning for a Secure Financial Future30. “Been Down So Long” – Getting Back on Your Feet31. How the New Administration May Affect Your Pocketbook32. Profiting from ProsperityAppendix Web Sites to Help You in Tough Times


Author comments

Jonathan Pond is an Emmy Award–winning contributor and host of 18 prime-time public television specials about investing and personal finance. He makes regular national appearances on all of the network and cable television stations, including CNN and NBC’s Today Show. Pond is the recipient of many awards, including the Malcolm Forbes Public Awareness Award for Excellence in Advancing Financial Understanding.





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