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The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need Kindle Edition
** Reviewed and updated for the 2020-2021 financial year**
This is the only money guide you'll ever need
That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves.
So what makes this one different?
Well, you won't be overwhelmed with a bunch of 'tips' … or a strict budget (that you won't follow).
You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here, and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.
This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you'll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week.
You'll also get the skinny on:
Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months
Doubling your income using the 'Trapeze Strategy'
Saving $78,173 on your mortgage and wiping out 7 years of payments
Finding a financial advisor who won't rip you off
Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140,000 cheque on their 21st birthday
Why you don't need $1 million to retire … with the 'Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy'
Sound too good to be true? It's not.
This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.
And you're next.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B01N79M1DS
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (12 June 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 7433 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,344 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However if you want to retire youngish, and not rely on the govt, because you have enough wealth to support yourself and family in your latter years, then the advise given in this book will ensure you fail.
The author has a narrow and limited understanding of how money works, and lacks both the foresight and insight to advise on any asset classes other than his beloved stock market.
I cant reccommend this book highly enough for anyone wanting practical and achievable advice.
It nails down to scripts to empower you to talk with your bank manager, super-fund manager, insurance brokers etc; and what to look out for in terms of fees and costs on everyday bank accounts/credit cards etc etc. Beating the banker is a key aim, and who doesn't like the idea of that?
It's also got a nice touch of humour which made me giggle in parts.
My hubby was a fan of Scott Pape's newspaper column, though I've never read it. He tells me that used to have a nice line of humour in it too.
So it's a good read in terms of language and style, and it has some excellent information that I intend to follow. I don't think I'm chopping up my credit card as he advocates, but beyond that, the amount you need to retire comfortably, and how superannuation will get you there, was the biggest benefit to me. Oh - and the back of the book - stuff about legacy? That's a great reminder that you can't take the whole lot with you when you fall off your perch.
There's a lot in this book about less is more - and you don't need huge incomes to get started (who knew that people earning more than $70k/year are not necessarily happier than those earning less??), you do need to start saving/growing money now though, or as young as you can as the greatest lever for wealth creation is time. Oh, and there are no boring budgets in this book, although there are definite buckets for your money!
Thank you Scott Pape for sharing such insight and knowledge. I have a feeling it's going to become a bit of a Bible.
p.s. I bought this on Kindle sale... I think that speaks to my financial management ;)
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Its supposed to make you 'gaurd your money but instead it just leaves you feeling theirs something not quite right with the guy for thinking it was OK.
Using barefoot implied an element of connection with animals and earth which resonated with me.
Instead there was a lack of empathy using such an upsetting analogy.
I’ve read a number of finance books that all lay out different variations of finance ‘dieting’ none of which last more than a few months but I feel like a fog has lifted reading this and whilst I have my short term work cut out for me I know I’m going to get in control once and for all. I can’t wait to feel free!
I never write reviews but I felt compelled to after reading this!