Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke

From Publishers Weekly
No narrator, no matter how skilled, could sell the advice of personal finance guru Orman as well as Orman herself, so it's fitting that she gives voice to this audiobook. In a tone that is commanding (but in a motherly way), Orman lays out money management basics for YF&Bers (the young, fabulous and broke), covering everything from maintaining good credit and investing in the future to building a career and buying a first house. This is the lecture every parent should give their adolescent, and with Orman's emphatic delivery, it certainly has a lecture-like feel. There's no danger of nodding off during this audiobook, however. Orman's just-the-facts approach and spirited reading make this a quick, informative listen—a perfect motivator for anyone who has thought about organizing their finances and then opted for the beach instead.

New York Post, February 27, 2005
...written in a non-condescending manner, and Orman modifies some of the suggestions she has made for her older readers.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 17, 2005
[Orman] shows an atypical level of sympathy for the plight of the so-called "Generation Broke."

Book Description
A financial guide aimed squarely at "Generation Debt'-and their anxious parents-from the country's most trusted and dynamic source on money matters The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. They're called "Generation Debt" and "Generation Broke" by the media-people in their twenties and thirties who graduate from college with a mountain of student loan debt and are stuck with one of the weakest job markets in recent history. The goals of their parents' generation-buy a house, support a family, send kids to college, retire in style-seem absurdly, depressingly out of reach. They live off their credit cards, may or may not have health insurance, and come up so far short at the end of the month that the idea of saving money is a joke. This generation has it tough, without a doubt, but they're also painfully aware of the urgent need to take matters into their own hands. The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that young people face today, and it offers a set of real, not impossible, solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead. Concisely, pragmatically, and without a whiff of condescension, Suze Orman tells her young, fabulous & broke readers precisely what actions to take and why. Throughout these pages, icons direct readers to a special YF&B domain on Suze's website that offers more specialized information, forms, and interactive tools that further customize the information in the book. Her advice at times bucks conventional wisdom (Did she just say use your credit card?) and may even seem counterintuitive (Pay into a retirement fund even though your credit card debt is killing you?), but it's her honesty, understanding, and uncanny ability to anticipate the needs of her readers that have made her the most trusted financial expert of the day. Over the course of ten chapters that can be consulted methodically, step by step, or on a strictly need-to-know basis, Suze takes readers past broke to a secure place where they'll never have to worry about revisiting broke again. And she begins the journey with a bit of overwhelmingly good news (yes, there really is good news): Young people have the greatest asset of all on their side-time.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying

When Suze Orman was 13 she watched her father dive into the flames of his burning take-out chicken shack in order to rescue his cash register. In that moment Orman learned that money was more important than life itself. And so it became her quest to be rich. But years later, when Orman became a wealthy broker with a huge investment firm, she was profoundly unhappy. What went wrong? She had not yet achieved financial freedom. In her nine-step program, Orman covers the ingredients to financial success--confronting our beliefs and fears, learning the nuts and bolts (and insiders secrets!) of savvy management, and finding the spiritual trust that leads to abundance.

Suze Orman's reading of the audio version of her bestselling book The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom is nothing if not intense. Coming at you with the force of a summer hurricane heading for Cape Fear, Orman recounts one horror story after another to help us avoid financial disaster. But, if her insistent, somewhat graceless voice takes some getting used to, it's well worth the adjustment. After awhile, you'll be glad she's doing the talking, blending years of experience as a certified financial planner with credible authority and, more important, a passionate belief in our individual abilities to handle our own finances. There's no question that Suze Orman cares about how we manage our money.

To show her commitment to our financial well-being, Orman packs this abridgment with an unusual combination of practical advice and psychological exercises. During our three hours with her, we receive arguably the best education available on mutual funds, estate planning, income taxes--even life insurance. But we also learn how to "face our fear" of money by exploring our past for the source of the fear. Later, she tells us that giving money to charity actually helps us release this fear. And, in perhaps her most startling step ("trust yourselves more than others"), Orman suggests we follow our inner voice while making investment decisions, a voice she believes comes from God.

Whatever you may thing of that revelation, it's impossible to be put off by Orman's candid, idiosyncratic approach to money management. This is one self-help tape that lives up to the genre. Listeners who stick with Orman till the end will be truly inspired to take money matters into their own hands--and they'll likely get started immediately. (Running time: 10 hours and 43 minutes, two cassettes) --Ann Senechal

From Library Journal
Orman is the head of her own financial-planning firm, a certified retirement specialist, and a best-selling author (You've Earned It, Don't Lose It, LJ 1/95). In her latest work, she analyzes the psychological and spiritual factors involved in how we perceive money. Her definition of financial freedom is "when you have power over your fears and anxieties instead of the other way around." Through case studies, Orman illustrates the psychological importance of money and its effect on our lives. She offers practical guidelines for investing, preparing a budget, purchasing a home, getting out of debt, and writing a will. A helpful financial worksheet is included. Orman's insightful guide is highly recommended to public libraries.?Lucy T. Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From AudioFile
Get a handle on your personal money hang-ups and then reconnect with your money in a positive way by making active decisions every day about how to use it. First keep track of everything and make realistic spending rules, then follow the rules and watch your sense of freedom grow. The program has practical investment advice and excellent information about important family finance issues like mortgages, taxation, estate planning, and insurance. It's a comprehensible overview of home-based money management, and a pleasant invitation to develop a better relationship with money by getting over whatever has held you back up to now. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Info
A personal finance guide going beyond the nuts and bolts of managing money, to the heart of how sometimes money manages its spender. A glimpse at the psychological side of money matters and a ticket to personal freedom from financial fetters. Shows how managing money is far more than balancing a checkbook or making investments. Softcover. DLC: Finance, Personal.

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Friday, December 03, 2004

Suze's books

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
In these pages, Orman clearly and succinctly explains what a FICO score is and why it's so important, offers the lowdown on stocks and mutual funds, provides career advice, and offers lots of tips on dealing with student loan debt, saving money even when times are tight, debt consolidation strategies, and the safest way for newlyweds to merge their finances. She also offers information on credit cards, including why canceling cards is not a good idea, when it makes sense to use them, and the best strategies for paying them off. It may not be the only money book you'll ever need, but it's an excellent place to start. --Shawn Carkonen


The Road to Wealth: Suze Orman's Complete Guide to Your Money
New York Times Bestseller
FINALLY OUT IN PAPERBACK
REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE
2003 TAX LAW CHANGES
Accessible, pragmatic, and comprehensive, Suze Orman's The Road to Wealth imparts information critical to every stage of your financial life. Whether you are a novice investor or a veteran of the market, whether you are laying the building blocks for a rich future or seeking comfort in your retirement years, Suze Orman's The Road to Wealth has the answers for you. With her unique grasp of the life of money and the role money plays in our lives, Suze Orman has compiled an invaluable resource of practical financial information in a dynamic question-and-answer format.

The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life
New York Times Bestseller
The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life provides an eminently sensible, highly effective process for gaining control over your life and your money. Through pointed questions about your attitudes toward money, with insightful financial exercises and personal guidance, Suze deciphers the false hopes and fears that keep you from making smart, confident decisions and choices about your money.

Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook
National Best Seller
Reading Suze Orman’s Financial Guidebook is like having a one-on-one financial planning session with Suze herself. Full of self-tests, thought-provoking questions, and Suze’s own brand of personal finance advice, it will encourage everyone, no matter what their income, to rethink their approach to money.

Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook - South Africa Edition
Suze Orman’s Financial Guidebook stems from her sold out South African seminars on Financial Freedom that has been adapted to reflect South Africa's economy, laws, and regulations. Suze Orman’s Financial Guidebook is like having a one-on-one financial planning session with Suze herself. Full of self-tests, thought-provoking questions, and Suze’s own brand of personal finance advice, it will encourage everyone, no matter what their income, to rethink their approach to money.

The Courage to Be Rich
#1 New York Times BestsellerBooks for a Better Life Award
Practical, spiritual and above all soundly financial, The Courage to Be Rich addresses the rites of passage we all must face - marriage, divorce, death, spending (and overspending), and taking control of our financial tomorrow's today. The Courage to Be Rich shows you how to find the clarity, conviction and courage to meet the obstacles and opportunities of a lifetime.Available in paperback and hardback.

The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Are you in control of your money - or is your money in control of you? This revolutionary book shows you the steps that will let you break free of financial anxieties and take power over your money. An innovative guide to the practical strategies needed to manage money and achieve financial self-fulfillment.Available in paperback and hardback.

You've Earned It, Don't Lose It!
National Bestseller
A must read for anyone approaching retirement. You've Earned It, Don't Lose It goes beyond the usual retirement primer by providing complete, direct, painless and from the heart information which could ultimately save your retirement years from disaster.

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About Suze Orman

Achieving and maintaining financial security ranks as one of peoples' major sources of anxiety today. Few understand this better than Suze Orman, an internationally acclaimed personal finance expert whom USA TODAY called a "one-woman financial advice powerhouse" and "a force in the world of personal finance." From her earliest childhood years and the stress of her father losing his business, to her post-college job working as a waitress, to climbing the ranks in the investment world, to becoming a bestselling author, Suze has lived and learned many hard financial lessons. She has been able to translate these experiences into frank, savvy financial advice that has transformed the lives of millions around the world.
An emmy award-winning author, talk show host, magazine columnist, writer/producer, and motivational speaker, Suze is on a mission to change the way people feel, think, and act about their money.
"In all realms of life, it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential; it's no different in the financial realm."

Author
Suze is the author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers, The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life (more than 600,000 hardback copies in print); The Road to Wealth (more than 650,000 hardback copies in print); The Courage to Be Rich (more than one million hardback copies in print); and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom (more than 2.9 million in print); and the national bestsellers, Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook (more than 180,000 in print) and You've Earned It, Don't Lose It (more than 700,000 in print) and the Ask Suze Library System ( more than 500,000 9 volume sets in print)

Television Host/Writer/Producer/Fundraiser
Suze has written, co-produced, and hosted four PBS specials based on her bestselling books. The most recent, which was inspired by The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, premiered nationwide in March 2003, and instantly joined the previous three as among the most successful fundraisers in the history of Public Television
The personal finance editor on CNBC, Suze hosts her own national CNBC-TV show, which airs on Saturdays nights. It is consistently the network's highest-rated program for the weekend, proving that Suze's popularity extends from the pages of her books to the television sets of people across America. For the past nine years, Suze also has hosted her own "Financial Freedom" hour on the QVC network.

Awards/Recognition
In 2004 Suze won an Emmy award in the category of host of a service award show and was nominated for another Emmy as producer of that show. She was profiled in Worth magazine's 100th issue (October 2001) as among the top 100 people "who have revolutionized the way America thinks about money." Additionally, in 1999, she was named one of Smart Money magazine's top 30 "Power Brokers," defined as those who have most influenced the mutual fund industry and affected our money.
A 2003 inductee into the Books for a Better Life Award Hall of Fame in recognition of her ongoing contributions to self-improvement, Suze also received the 1999 BBL Motivational Book Award for The Courage to Be Rich. As a tribute to her continuing involvement, in 2002, the organization established The Suze Orman First Book Award to honor a first-time author of a self-improvement book in any category.
Suze received a 2003 Crossing Borders Award from the Feminist Press. The award recognizes a distinguished group of women who not only have excelled in remarkable careers, but also have shown great courage, vision, and conviction by forging new places for women in their respective fields.
In 2003 Suze garnered an American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Allen Award for The Suze Orman Show in the National/Network/Syndication Talk Show category. The Gracies recognize the nation's best radio, television, and cable programming for, by, and about women.
In 2002, Suze was selected as one of five distinguished recipients of the prestigious TJFR Group News Luminaries Award, which honors lifetime achievement in business journalism.

Magazine/Portal Contributor/Editor
Suze is currently the monthly contributing financial editor to O: The Oprah Magazine in both the United States and South Africa as well as the financial contributor to O at Home. Suze is also the featured writer on Yahoo Personal Finance in her extremely popular bi- weekly Money Matters series. Previously, Suze was the contributing financial editor to Self magazine and was the editor in chief of a Conde Nast specialty magazine, Currency, which had a record-breaking, single publication run of 9.3 million copies. For the past six years, Suze has been regularly featured in Costco Magazine dispensing advice to those looking for guidance when it comes to their hard-earned dollars.

Motivational Speaker/Educator
Suze is an experienced and highly sought-after public speaker worldwide. From visiting the poorest townships in South Africa as well as throughout Asia, to speaking to local community groups to talking with America's soldiers, Suze's mission to educate men and women on how to take control over their money spans the globe. During the past 23 years, Suze has met with tens of thousands of people, answering their questions and delivering a unique combination of hard-hitting and inspirational advice.

Featured Articles/Media Interviews
Suze has been featured in such major publications as Fortune, Newsweek, People, The New Yorker, Modern Maturity, The New Republic, USA Today, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune.
A former financial contributor on NBC News' TODAY, Suze has appeared on Dateline, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, and numerous times on The View, Larry King Live, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Background
Suze, a Certified Financial Planner Professional®, directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987-1997, served as Vice President of Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983-87, and from 1980-83, was an Account Executive at Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California, from 1973-80. She currently resides in Southern Florida.

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