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Table of Contents Preface Part I: Identifying Your Financial Goals Chapter 1¿Dream It and Achieve It: How to Set and Attain Financial Goals Chapter 2¿How to Budget and Save Chapter 3¿Financial Security: A Roadmap Chapter 4¿Insurance Helps Protect Your Assets Chapter 5¿Young Adults: A To-Do List for Ages and Stages of Money Management Chapter 6¿Couples and Money Chapter 7¿Financing College Chapter 8¿Financing Retirement Chapter 9¿Receiving a Financial Windfall Chapter 10¿Estate Planning Part II: Learning about Financial Tools Chapter 11¿What Determines Interest Rates? Chapter 12¿Cash Investments Chapter 13¿Investing in Bonds Chapter 14¿Certificates of Deposit (CDs) Chapter 15¿U.S. Treasury Securities Chapter 16¿Municipal Bonds Chapter 17¿Investing in Stocks Chapter 18¿Microcap Stocks Chapter 19¿Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) Chapter 20¿Exchange Traded Options Chapter 21¿Convertible Securities Chapter 22¿Mutual Funds Chapter 23¿Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) Chapter 24¿Closed-End Funds and Unit Investment Trusts Chapter 25¿Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Chapter 26¿Annuities Chapter 27¿Hedge Funds Chapter 28¿Speculation in Futures Contracts: Opportunity and Risk Part III: Taking Action Chapter 29¿What You Should Know about Financial Planning Chapter 30¿Tips for Checking Out Brokers and Investment Advisors Chapter 31¿Investing Basics Chapter 32¿Finding Money to Invest Chapter 33¿Asset Allocation, Diversification, and Rebalancing Chapter 34¿Keys to Being a Smarter Investor Chapter 35¿How You Can Avoid the Biggest Investor Mistakes Chapter 36¿How to Get and Understand Financial Statements, Corporate Reports, and Other Information For Investors Chapter 37¿How You Can Learn More about Foreign Companies and Markets Chapter 38¿Understanding Market Indices Chapter 39¿Understanding Closing Prices Chapter 40¿Analyzing Analyst Recommendations Chapter 41¿Trade Execution: What Every Investor Should Know Chapter 42¿Holding Your Securities Chapter 43¿Direct Investment Plans (DRIPs) Chapter 44¿Periodic Payment Plans Can Be an Expensive Way to Invest Chapter 45¿Margin: Borrowing Money to Pay for Stocks Chapter 46¿Market Volatility Procedures and Trading Suspensions Chapter 47¿After-Hours Trading: Understanding the Risks Chapter 48¿Day Trading: Your Dollars at Risk Chapter 49¿When Does "Investing" Become a Gambling Problem? Part IV: Avoiding Fraud and Unscrupulous Practices Chapter 50¿How to Avoid Investment Fraud Chapter 51¿Outrageous Advertising: Beware Chapter 52¿Precious Metals and Other Commodities: Beware of Unrealistic Promises Chapter 53¿Mini-Tender Offers: Proceed with Caution Chapter 54¿Mutual Company Conversions: Abuse Potential Chapter 55¿Junk Faxes Chapter 56¿Identity Theft Chapter 57¿Safeguarding Online Brokerage Accounts Chapter 58¿Internet Investment Scams Chapter 59¿Phishing Fraud Chapter 60¿"Wrong Numbers" and Stock Tips on Your Answering Machine Chapter 61¿Pump and Dump Schemes Chapter 62¿Promissory Note Fraud Chapter 63¿Pyramid and Ponzi Schemes Chapter 64¿Worthless Stock Swap Scams Chapter 65¿Foreign Currency Trading Frauds Part V: Additional Help and Information Chapter 66¿Glossary of Investment Terms Chapter 67¿A Directory of Finance Information Resources Chapter 68¿A Directory of Investor Protection Services Agencies Index
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Investments -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Finance, Personal -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Saving and investment -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Financial services industry -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Advertising, Fradulent -- United States.