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4.6 out of 5 stars
Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan
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on 14 March 2009
It was not a dream. 2008 did happen. And 2009 is not looking too much better. Given that we are in a bad recession, and some say depression, how can you best protect yourself?

Suze's latest book was written by mid-November 2008 with this very topic in mind. You may not find any new insights into you, but a restatement of time honoured ideas, with your current fears in mind. Adopting a question and answer approach, this book deals with:

How we got here
retirement investing
real estate
paying for college
protecting your family and yourself

Is this book relevant for British readers? Largely, yes. A fair amount about 401(k) may be either irrelevant or it should be read as relating to pensions or ISAs. FICO scores should be read as general creditworthiness, and the protection of the banks should be read with the British or European protection rules in mind. If you are at all unsure about these concepts, then this probably is not the best book for you.

However, if you can make these minor adjustments, and want to know how to protect your money, yourself, and your family, then at this price I recommend reading this book. Also, have a read of Ric Edelmann's new book, at a similar price. You would then have two different viewpoints of the current situation, and can then adapt them to your needs.

Good luck.

HOWEVER, since writing this review of the 2009 book, an updated 2010 book has now been published - Suze Orman's Action Plan: New Rules for New Times. It covers the same ground but is more current - buy that book instead.
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on 15 November 2009
With the economy and the stock market plunging, Orman's book is timely. In this book, she answers questions that many of us are asking right now relating to credit, retirement, the stock market, real estate, and much more. Orman advises people to:

* Make it a priority to pay off your credit card balances
* Make sure you have the right mix of stocks and bonds in your retirement accounts, given your age
* Separate wants from needs
* Push for a "mortgage modification" if your current loan is too expensive
* If your child is heading to college within four years and your college savings are in the stock market, you should begin to phase it out of the market, so that you are 100% out by the time he or she is 17.

Her advice is priceless. Schools do not teach it. People are on their own when it comes to money. If you are interested in finding out what caused the crisis, and what actions to take to improve your financial situation in the future, this book is for you.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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on 13 March 2009
Taking into account the current financial sitauation that we all going through its always good to get advice from people who are experts and know whats going on.
What Suze offers in this book adds up some new stuffs but the basic principle and the basic message is always the same. TAKE 100% RESPONSABILITY AND KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING WITH UR MONEY. But its a good wake up call and guide book for those who are lost.
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on 1 January 2010
This is a good practical guide for how to manage your money & investments in the USA. I thought it would apply to the UK as well altho author is american. But it applies mainly to the US as there are specific names for American funds/investments.
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