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Hedge Funds for Dummies
Hedge Funds for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 0470049278

If you want to diversify your portfolio and lower your risk exposure with hedge funds, here's what you should know: Hedge Funds For Dummies explains all the different types of funds, explores the pros and cons of funds as an investment, shows you how to find a good broker, and much more.

Authored by Ann Logue, a financial writer and hedge fund specialist, this handy, friendly guide covers all the bases for investors of all levels. Whether you're just building your first portfolio or you've been investing for years, you'll find everything you need to know inside:

  • What a hedge fund is and what it does
  • How hedge funds are structured
  • Determining whether a hedge fund is right for your portfolio
  • Calculating investment risk and return
  • Short- and long-term tax issues
  • Developing a hedge fund investment strategy
  • Monitoring and profiting on macroeconomic trends
  • Evaluating fund performance
  • Evaluating hedge fund management

If you're investing for the future, you definitely want to minimize your risk and maximize your returns. A balanced portfolio with hedge funds is one of the best ways to achieve that sort of balance. This book walks you step by step through the process of evaluating and choosing funds, incorporating them into your portfolio in the right amounts, and making sure they give you the returns you expect and deserve. You'll learn all the ins and outs of funds, including:

  • What kind of fees you should expect to pay
  • Picking a hedge fund advisor or broker
  • Fulfilling paperwork and purchasing requirements
  • Performing technical analysis and reading the data
  • How to withdraw funds and handle the taxes
  • Tracking fund performance yourself or through reporting services
  • Hedge fund strategies for smaller portfolios
  • Performing due diligence on funds that interest you

This friendly, to-the-point resource includes information you can't do without, including sample portfolios that show you how to invest wisely. Hedge funds are an important part of every balanced portfolio, and this friendly guide tells how to use them to your best advantage. With important resources, vital information, and commonsense advice, Hedge Funds For Dummies is the perfect resource for every investor interested in hedge funds.

Creating Customer Connections
Creating Customer Connections
Paperback      ISBN: 1563431491

This book offers business people a practical guide to improving their customer service functions-whether that entails a bank of representatives or a couple of partners answering their own phones. Jack Burke points out that, as important as customer service is, it's a discipline that's often overlooked by smaller companies. Drawing on more than 20 years of doing business in the customer-contact field, he provides excellent case studies and interviews.

Cash Is Still King
Cash Is Still King
Hardcover      ISBN: 1888998776

-Based on training courses delivered around the world for the last ten years
-Case studies
-Worked examples of strategies for improving cash flow
-"This book is essential for anyone involved in the strategy of cash flow management"--David Hayes, Managing Director, Prebon Training Services

Cash is Still King is the result of nearly ten years of the author's experience delivering training courses on the principles of cash flow control all over the world. Five years ago his first book on the subject, Cash is King, became recognized as the best single book that dealt with the common problems faced by companies in trying to ensure they achieve sound financial management. This revised edition reveals that many of the key lessons regarding a business's relationship with the bank and restructurings or corporate structures still need to be learned. The book is packed with case studies that illustrate how major commercial concerns, such as Dell Computers, have successfully managed to achieve reliable cash flow control.
"In times of stress, this bible makes good reading for senior executives, especially the ones who have come to regard themselves as infallible."--Business Money Magazine

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling a Home
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling a Home
Paperback      ISBN: 1592571204

Goodbye, old house-hello, good buy
From looking to sell to finding a dream home, this all-in-one guide features new, updated, and vital information and tips on getting the best deal...no matter which side of the deal you're on.
? Unlike other books, this covers both buying and selling-which usually go hand-in-hand
? Revised edition includes more information on buying a second home, researching locations, saving on costs, and more
? Existing-home sales are setting new records every year
? Very low mortgage rates are making this a great time to buy

The Everything Budgeting Book: Practical Advice for Spending Less, Saving More, and Having More Money for the Things You Really Want
The Everything Budgeting Book
Practical Advice for Spending Less, Saving More, and Having More Money for the Things You Really Want
Paperback      ISBN: 1580627862

These days, everyone is looking for smart, practical ways to make every dollar count. The Everything "RM" Budgeting Book is the quickest, most painless way anyone can get his or her finances in the black.

Unlike other financial books, The Everything "RM" Budgeting Book is not just designed for a onetime budget review and overhaul; it can be used again and again, year after year. The book features helpful advice on everyday budgeting, as well as how to successfully navigate such life changes as having a baby, financing college education, losing a job, and planning for retirement.

Includes practical strategies for:

-- Assessing where the money is really spent

-- Economizing on the biggest everyday living expenses, such as housing, automobiles, food, and medical care

-- Consolidating debt

-- Preparing for worst-case scenarios

The Everything "RM" Budgeting Book also discusses when outside resources such as loans, government assistance, and second jobs are appropriate. Supplemented with 75 worksheets that the reader can copy and use over and over again, this user-friendly book will keep readers financially healthy for years to come.

The Everything Guide to Personal Finance for Single Mothers Book: A Step-By-Step Plan for Achieving Financial Independence
The Everything Guide to Personal Finance for Single Mothers Book
A Step-By-Step Plan for Achieving Financial Independence
Paperback      ISBN: 1598692488

Are you a single mother who worries about your family's financial future? The Everything Guide to Personal Finance for Single Mothers has the savvy financial advice you really need. Packed with helpful tips and sound financial practices, this practical yet inspirational guide leads you on a step-by-step journey to financial independence and security. This guide features tools to help you: Assess current financial health; Set goals near and far; Narrow the wage gap; and conquer debt. From how to get out of debt, establish good credit, and qualify for a mortgage to opening a college fund, planning for retirement, and even starting your own business, The Everything Guide to Personal Finance for Single Mothers is the financial advisor you need to secure your future-and that of your children. Susan Reynolds is a journalist, author, businesswoman, and single mother who handles her own financial affairs, including managing her retirement fund. Robert A. Bexton, CFA, has been an investment analyst since 1999. Currently, he manages $70 million of clients' assets for Moirai Capital Management. He holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.

The Millionaire Mind
The Millionaire Mind
Hardcover      ISBN: 0740703579

In his first best-seller, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley shattered one of contemporary America's most firmly held myths: That wealthy individuals belong to an elite group of the highly educated and exceedingly lucky who often inherit their money and spend it on lavish purchases and pampered lifestyles. In fact, a significant number of America's wealthy are far more likely to work hard, save diligently, and live well below their means. As the title of Stanley's 1996 best-selling book stated, they are The Millionaire Next Door. Now, Dr. Stanley takes us even further with a new, ground-breaking study of America's wealthy. In THE MILLIONAIRE MIND he targets a different segment of the population and those who have accumulated substantial wealth and live in ways that openly demonstrate their affluence. Exploring the ideas, beliefs and behaviors that enabled these millionaires to build and maintain their fortunes, Dr. Stanley provides a fascinating look at who America's financial elite are and how they got there. What were their school days like? How did they respond to negative criticism? What are the characteristics of the millionaire's spouse? Is religion an important part of their lives? The author uncovers the surprising answers to these and similar questions, showing readers through concrete examples just what it is that makes the wealthy prosper when others would turn away dejected or beaten. The Millionaire Mind promises to be as transformational as Dr. Stanley's previous best- seller. This book answers universal questions with solid statistical evidence in an approachable, and anecdotal style. The number of copies sold of this soon-to-be-classic will surely be inaethe millions.

The Wall Street Journal. Complete Personal Finance Guidebook
The Wall Street Journal. Complete Personal Finance Guidebook
Paperback      ISBN: 030733600x

From America's most authoritative source: the quintessential primer on understanding and managing your money

Money courses through just about every corner of our lives and has an impact on the way we live today and how we'll be able to live in the future. Understanding your money, and getting it to work for you, has never been more important than it is today, as more and more of us are called upon to manage every aspect of our financial lives, from managing day-to-day living expenses to planning a college savings fund and, ultimately, retirement. From The Wall Street Journal, the most trusted name in financial and money matters, this indispensable book takes the mystery out of personal finance. Start with the basics, learn how they work, and you'll become a better steward of your own money, today and in the future. Consider The Wall Street Journal Complete Personal Finance Guidebook your cheat sheet to the finances of your life. This book will help you:

- Understand the nuts and bolts of managing your money: banking, investing, borrowing, insurance, credit cards, taxes, and more

- Establish realistic budgets and savings plans

- Develop an investment strategy that makes sense for you

- Make the right financial decisions about real estate

- Plan for retirement intelligently

Also available--the companion to this guidebook: The Wall Street Journal Personal Finance Workbook, by Jeff D. Opdyke

Get your financial life in order with help from The Wall Street Journal. Look for:

- The Wall Street Journal Complete Money and Investing Guidebook

- The Wall Street Journal Complete Identity Theft Guidebook

- The Wall Street Journal Complete Real Estate Investing Guidebook
Multiple Streams of Internet Income: How Ordinary People Make Extraordinary Money Online
Multiple Streams of Internet Income
How Ordinary People Make Extraordinary Money Online
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0471783277

Following the success of the bestselling Multiple Streams of Income, Multiple Streams of Internet Income took the idea of making money on the Internet to the next level, by revealing how to deliver a marketing message faster, cheaper, and to a larger number of potential customers. This new updated edition includes the same wisdom that made Allen one of the most influential financial advisors in the world, but also features updated information on everything readers need to know.

The book features the original seven powerful methods that average people can use to make money on the Internet, and covers such topics as taking offline products online, niche marketing, successful Web-based business models, information marketing, affiliate programs, and more.

There's plenty of new material in this Second Edition, including coverage of new federal and state laws covering spam and how to work around much of the new anti-spam technology active on the Internet. All the Web sites and online resources featured in the book have also been updated.

106 Mortgage Secrets All Homebuyers Must Learn - But Lenders Don't Tell
106 Mortgage Secrets All Homebuyers Must Learn - But Lenders Don't Tell
Paperback      ISBN: 0471263958

One of America's top real estate authorities explains the inside secrets of the mortgage business

Each year, more than ten million American homebuyers, homeowners, and realty investors enter the mortgage arena to finance or refinance their homes and rental properties. And each year, millions of borrowers pay more than they have to. But you won't be one of them with Gary Eldred's 106 Mortgage Secrets All Homebuyers Must Learn-But Lenders Don't Tell.

Eldred explains all of your mortgage options and gives you the inside information you need to make the most intelligent money-saving choices. He simplifies the complicated math of mortgage financing and tells you how to make sure your loan rep is being honest with you. He covers every aspect of the mortgage process and highlights the key criteria you should always consider when making your decision. With these 106 secrets, you'll have the confidence and the knowledge to:

  • Increase your borrowing power
  • Get the lowest interest rate
  • Understand ARMs
  • Cut the cost of mortgage insurance
  • Save big with seller financing, foreclosures, and REOs
  • Perfect your credit profile
  • Avoid getting taken by the fine print
  • Get maximum return on your home investment

There's no reason to get a good mortgage, when you can get the perfect one for you. Simple, concise, and comprehensive, this book covers everything mortgage hunters should know-especially the 106 secrets lenders don't want to reveal.