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The Barefoot Investor 2020 Update: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need Paperback – Illustrated, 1 December 2020
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'This book will help you protect the people you love.' Melissa Doyle, host of Sunday Night
'Follow the Barefoot path or at least consider doing so as soon as possible.' Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
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.
Updated for the 2020-2021 financial year, you'll get the skinny on…
- Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months
- Doubling your income using the 'Trapeze Strategy'
- Saving $77641 on your mortgage and wiping out almost 7 years of payments
- Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140000 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 Aussiessingle people, young families, empty nesters, retireeswho have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.
And you're next.
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (1 December 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0730324214
- ISBN-13 : 978-0730324218
- Dimensions : 17.93 x 1.7 x 23.01 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 18 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!