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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470028556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470028551
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a substantial, well–presented book..." (Moneyextra.com, October 2006)

"...a substantial, well–presented book..." (Moneyextra.com, October 2006)

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Fulfilling the need for a UK–centred introductory personal finance text, this dedicated author team provide academic, professional and general readers with what they really need to know about personal finance.

Personal Finance is an innovative new text that builds confidence and competence in making personal financial decisions. Using a socio–economic approach to personal finance, it illuminates the many factors and relationships that help improve financial capability, including:

  • Decision on spending, borrowing, saving and investing are set within a broader context
  • Concepts such as income and expenditure, risk and return, and assets and liabilities are related to issues of home ownership, caring responsibilities and lifestyle changes
  • Case studies are used to demonstrate practical relevance, while diagrams and activities help distill complex issues into digestible form.

"An ideal core text for first– and second–year undergraduates requiring an awareness of individuals′ financial problems and their possible solutions."
Bob Curry

"Personal Finance addresses a particular gap, and the overview is impressive."
Steve McKay

"What distinguishes this book is that it focuses not only on ′what you need to know′ about personal finance, but also on ′what you might be interested in knowing′ about the socio–economic context in which financial decisions are made – it makes the text more useful for an academic course and certainly makes for interesting reading."
Jane King

"Personal Finance presents the subject of financial planning in an intellectually stimulating way which links theory to practice and is comprehensible to both the student and the layperson."
James Mallon

"Personal Finance will prove a valuable tool in the quest to achieve a greater degree of financial capability in the UK."
Mike Griffiths

The companion web site at www.wileyeurope.com/collegel/callaghan provides lectures with PowerPoint slides for each chapter. Students, practitioners and general readers will find valuable financial planning tools, relevant web links and an online glossary.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an in-depth look at personal finance and is aimed at the very beginner. It covers most topics of interest to new comers and looks at subjects such as Income, expenditure, budgeting, Borrowing and debt, Savings and investments, Housing, Financial Balance Sheets, Pensions and retirement planning, Caring and sharing and Insurance. This book is the key text for the OU personal finance course, so you can expect the format and information to be clear, concise and authoritative. My only criticism (and the reason for 4 stars) is that it is very basic in places. I guess it may have to be to give a good grounding in the subject, but if you're in full time work or have even a passing knowledge of basic finance and money matters, then most of this information will already be known to you; although maybe not put across in this way. There are questions and answers at various stages throughout the book to make you consider your own financial situation and to ensure you've grasped the various concepts adequately. Overall this is a good book about an often puzzling subject and should give a good grounding to go on to other texts which will provide more in-depth knowledge and information. As an introduction to personal finance it is a good place to start.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Aug. 2009
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Has a lot of information on finance of the world of the every day man. Although some of the information is rather basic, it delves into the whys and wherefores of it all making it very relevant to any reader!

It is a very easy and enjoyable read, with some practical guidance to try out in the management of your personal finances.
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Personal Finance 19 Feb. 2011
By Spider Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an in-depth look at personal finance and is aimed at the very beginner. It covers most topics of interest to new comers and looks at subjects such as Income, expenditure, budgeting, Borrowing and debt, Savings and investments, Housing, Financial Balance Sheets, Pensions and retirement planning, Caring and sharing and Insurance. This book is the key text for the OU personal finance course, so you can expect the format and information to be clear, concise and authoritative. My only criticism (and the reason for 4 stars) is that it is very basic in places. I guess it may have to be to give a good grounding in the subject, but if you're in full time work or have even a passing knowledge of basic finance and money matters, then most of this information will already be known to you; although maybe not put across in this way. There are questions and answers at various stages throughout the book to make you consider your own financial situation and to ensure you've grasped the various concepts adequately. Overall this is a good book about an often puzzling subject and should give a good grounding to go on to other texts which will provide more in-depth knowledge and information. As an introduction to personal finance it is a good place to start.

NB: this focuses on British financial systems, but the key information and ideals are applicable anywhere.

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