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  • Barron’s Finance & Investment Handbook REF HG173 .D66 2007
    The objective of the Handbook is to join in one volume the different elements that together make up today’s world of finance and investment. Part I: How to Invest Your Money: 30 Key Personal Investment Opportunities; Part II: How to Read an Annual Report; Part III: How to Read the Financial News; Part IV: Dictionary of Finance and Investment; Part V: Finance and Investment Ready Reference (Sources of Information and Assistance; Major Financial Institutions; Mutual Funds; Historical Data; Publicly Traded Companies).
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  • Budget Kit: The Common Cents Money Management Workbook REF HG179 .L338 2008
    This bestselling classic has helped hundreds of thousands of people across America develop effective budgets and gain financial freedom. In this fully updated and revised edition, you will gain the skills to take control of your money – and your future. This essential guide is filled with forms and tools for record-keeping, including: Monthy budget worksheet; Debt repayment worksheet; Online information record; Flexible spending record.
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  • Everyday Finance: Economics, Personal Money Management, and Entrepreneurship
    REF HB171 .E93 2008 (2 volumes)
    The purpose of this book is to introduce the field of economics, as well as its related topics personal money management and entrepreneurship, in a simple, meaningful way. It shows that economics, personal money management, and entrepreneurship are related to our ordinary everyday lives. The word finance, which has several meanings, is used to describe anything related to money and the economy. Everyday Finance was motivated by the growing awareness in the United States that economic literacy is essential for functioning in the modern world.
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  • Financial Success for Young Adults and Recent Graduates: Managing Money, Credit, and Your Future
    REF HG179 .A77 2006
    Focuses on the needs of young adults between 16 and 25 years of age. Young people form a powerful group of consumers – who want what they want when they want it – but many have not been taught the value of planning and accumulation  in order to reach their goals. Two of the most important aspects of good money management are the time-value of money and its associated compounding and the true concept of credit. This book explains these issues at length, providing case studies, and also addresses: Paying for college; Insurance; Retirement benefits; Savings and investment options; Obtaining and managing credit and loans.
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  • Handbook of Consumer Finance Research REF HF5415.32 .H362 2008
    Surveys the social aspects of consumer behavior, offering the latest data and original research on current consumer needs as well as identifying emerging areas of research. This accessible volume (which can be read without advanced training in the field) starts with current concepts of risk tolerance, consumer socialization, and financial well-being, and moves on to salient data on specific settings and populations, including:

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    • Healthcare spending and retirement savings.
    • Online shopping and e-banking.
    • Family finances: marriage, parent/child communications, student spending.
    • Financial concerns of special groups: minorities, seniors, the poor.
    • Management issues of business-owning families.
    • Consumer protection in fair lending.

    Comment Icon0 Given the current climate of rising debt and negative savings, the Handbook is timely and instructive reading for educators, researchers, and policymakers who wish to develop or evaluate financial education programs, design research initiatives, and better understand how to help families with the economic problems of our times. It can also serve as a graduate text in economics, finance, consumer science, business, and family studies.
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  • Household Spending: Who Spends How Much On What REF HC110.C6 H68 2009
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    ased on unpublished data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey, an ongoing, nationwide survey of household spending. The editors of New Strategist start with the average spending figures collected by the BLS and analyze them in a variety of ways, calculating household spending indexes, total household spending, and household market shares. They do this for hundreds of spending categories by age of householder, household income, household type, race and Hispanic origin of householder, region, and educational attainment of householder. Chapter 1 is devoted to summary household spending statistics. These are shown for consumer units by age, income, household type, region, race and Hispanic origin, and education. Chapters 2 through 11 present detailed spending statistics organized by major product and service category (food, housing, transportation, and so on) and include all typical household expenditures. Within each chapter, spending statistics are shown by age of householder, household income, household type, race and Hispanic origin of householder, region, and educational attainment of householder. For each of the demographic variables, tables show average spending, indexed spending, total (or aggregate) spending, and share of spending.
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  • The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal REF HB3743 .L44 2005
    The Wall Street Journal is the authoritative source for business news in America; it is published coast to coast; and it has one of the largest daily circulations of any newspaper in the country. By focusing on a handful of key statistical reports in the Journal, you can acquire a surprisingly quick and firm comprehension of the ups and downs of the American business economy. This book was designed to help you develop a sound overview of our economy, thus making your grasp of economic events as well as your business and investment decisions more informed and more confident.
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  • Mastering Personal Finance REF HG179 .G67 2008x
    Handling your personal finances is of increasing importance in today’s world, but it can be a complex area, clouded in technicalities and jargon. Mastering Personal Finance paints the ‘big picture,’ building a solid foundation on basic techniques and definitions before introducing discussion on more specific topics including borrowing, taxation, insurance, investment, buying a house, and pensions. Supporting and expanding your grasp of the subject, the text offers clear and useful guidance from an informed perspective.
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  • Money, the Financial System, and the Economy REF HG173 .H8 2008
    Clearly and succinctly demonstrates how using economic tools to understand the workings of financial markets and institutions can help you interpret current events, predict future developments, and make better economic decisions. R. Glenn Hubbard uses this idea as an organizing principle, presenting real-world applications in a way that encourages critical thinking about financial markets, institutions, and monetary policy.
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  • Personal Finance REF HG179 .B2827 2006 (2008)
    Easy-to-read, practical, and up-to-date, this text not only helps you master the core competencies and skills you need to succeed in the classroom; it also provides you with practical, real-world advice to help you make smart financial decisions at every stage of your life. The book’s brief, modular format and variety of built-in learning resources enable you to learn at your own pace and focus your studies.
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  • Personal Finance at Your Fingertips REF HG179 .L5288 2007
    Lets you pinpoint the information you want right now, with sections that are highly organized, tightly written, and easy to navigate: Checking accounts; Savings accounts; Credit unions; Commercial banks; Credit cards; Debt reduction; Renting; Budgeting; Insurance premiums; Car payments; Income; Mortgages; Mutual funds; Stocks & bonds; Emergency funds; Second jobs; Expenses; Student loans; Credit reports; Vacations; 401(k); Taxes; Marriage; Retirement.
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  • Personal Finance Desk Reference REF HG179 .L529 2009
    Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a veteran of the workforce, you know how important it is to balance your financial world. Personal Finance Desk Referencewill help you manage your money with information on budgeting, banking, investments, insurance, debt management, taxes, and retirement planning – all in one place. From financial planning basics to unexpected life changes that may affect your personal fortune, this book offers:

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    • A comprehensive overview of investing – from stocks and bonds to your 401(k) and exchange-traded funds.
    • Must-have information to help you make critical insurance decisions, including life, automobile, homeowners, health, disability, and more.
    • Tips on how to effectively deal with mortgage and home equity loans, car loans, credit cards, and other debt.
    • Retirement advice covering employer plans, self-employed savings options, Social Security, Medicare, and more.

    Comment Icon0 Personal Finance Desk Reference also includes a detailed glossary, examples of financial worksheets, up-to-date information on the latest personal finance and tax preparation software, tips for building and sustaining a budget, and much more.
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  • You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit REF HG179 .V58 2007
    Based on extensive nationwide research about what people need to learn and do to become financial savvy, You and Your Money gives you the skills you ned to be financially competent and self-sufficient…so you can make the right decisions about money. You don’t need to know everything about personal finance. you do need to know three things: where you stand today, what you can do now, and how to become more financially secure for the rest of your life.
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  1. Just a small comment on the book “The Budget Kit” shown above,located in the Maag reference. This book is excellent for anyone who wants to get your finances under control by starting a budget. This book is easy to understand and provides many examples, worksheets to help you. I highly recommend it for beginners…