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How to ruin your financial life
Stein, Benjamin, 1944-
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Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, [2004]

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xix, 131 pages ; 20 cm
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HG179 .S824 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HG179 .S824 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Anyone can write a book about how to get rich. The bookstores are full of them. They rarely work, though, which isn't suprising since the people who write them rarely know much about money. But it takes Ben Stein, economist, finance expert for Barron's , commentator on finance for Fox News, and (fairly) successful iinvestor to write a book called How to Ruin Your Fiancial Life . This book is a humorous road map showing you how to make something useful of the money that comes in and out of your life. Follow the rules-in reverse gear-and you're bound to be a lot beter off than you are now. Follow the rules as they're written-and you're highly likely to wind up in bankruptcy court-as million do every decade.

Author Notes

Ben Stein was host of the long-running quiz show Win Ben Stein's Money and is currently a judge on Star Search. He is a former White House speechwriter, Wall Street Journal columnist, trial lawyer, law school professor, scriptwriter and novelist-and the author of several self-help books.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Stein delivers a practical message in his own brand of wry, dry humor. Maybe money can't buy happiness, he writes, "but it sure gives a good impression of a long-term lease." And so, by pointing out the myriad ways too many people wreck their financial status, he illustrates how to attain a life in which-even if you're not a billionaire-money doesn't keep you up at night. Running through a series of 55 "tips" (such as "as soon as you've succeeded in maxing out your credit cards... get new ones!" and "put all your eggs in one basket-that is, your company's 401(k)-'cause only sissies diversify"), Stein backs into explanations for why these oft-practiced habits are so damaging, and stupid. This probably isn't the only financial planning book one should read, but it is entertaining-and it's a surefire shot of reality for anyone heading down the well-worn path to financial ruin. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.