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Your friendly guide to trading the bond and bond fund market Bonds and bond funds are among the safest and most reliable investments you can make to ensure an ample and dependable retirement income—if you do it right! Bond Investing For Dummies helps you do just that, with clear explanations of everything you need to know to build a diversified bond portfolio that will be there when you need it no matter what happens in the stock market. This plain-English guide clearly explains the pros and cons of investing in bonds, how they differ from stocks, and the best (and worst!) ways to select and purchase bonds for your needs. You'll get up to speed on the different bond varieties and see how to get the best prices when you sell. Covers the ups and downs of today's market, which reinforces the importance of bonds in a portfolio Explains how a radical fall in interest rates make bond investing trickier than ever Explores the historic downgrade of U.S. Treasuries and its possible effects on government bonds If you're an investor looking for a resource that helps you understand, evaluate, and incorporate bonds into your portfolio, Bond Investing For Dummies has you covered.

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Take on your tax with confidence and get the most out of your next tax return Do you want to be sure you're getting the maximum tax refund? Of course you do! And Tax For Australians for Dummies, Third Edition is the only resource you need to ensure that you get every cent you deserve. Written by respected tax specialist and CPA fellow Jimmy B. Prince, this book guides you, step by step, through the labyrinthine world of the Australian tax system to help you understand exactly what you can claim. Providing complete coverage of changes to tax legislation for the 2011/12 tax year, including the recently passed climate change tax legislation, as well as proposed changes that haven't quite made into law yet, the book has you covered from every angle. Designed to help you take advantage of everything from investments to kids to government concessions, Tax For Australians for Dummies tells you everything you need to know to beat the taxman at his own game. Designed specifically for Australians Includes everything you need to build your tax knowledge Contains essential new information on claiming home office, work car, and self-education expenses and uses case studies to illustrate your opportunities to save Whether you're an employee, investor, small business owner, retiree, or student, Tax For Australians for Dummies, Third Edition is the easy-to-follow guide that answers all your tax questions.

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101 Ways to Get Out Of Debt and On the Road to Wealth is the ultimate handbook for anybody who wants to get out of debt and stay out of debt. This book will provide you with an insider’s knowledge of how to beat the lenders at their own game. Inside you will find 101 practical and proven methods that anybody can use to master their debt. Best-selling author Ashley Ormond shows you how to conquer all types of debt, including mortgages, credit cards, car loans, personal loans, investment loans and small business loans. In this book you will learn how to: save a fortune in interest get out of debt years earlier decide which debts to attack first find the best lending deals for your needs manage repayment problems. Ashley Ormond’s common-sense approach will get you debt free and on the road to wealth in no time – and that means more control over your life, less stress, and greater long-term security for you and your family.

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Taxes are your least favorite thing to think about, but they're probably your largest expense every year. So why not reduce the burden and keep the extra money? With this concise guide, you'll quickly discover 75 ways to pay less in taxes – all completely legal and practical. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, and filled with practical insights that reflect recent tax law changes, J.K. Lasser's 75 Tax Tips for You and Your Family will help you take advantage of essential tax breaks and deductions. Organized by subject matter, so you can easily find situations that apply to you, this book will help you make the most informed decisions possible when looking to save money on taxes, including tips for: You and Your Family Your Home Medical Expenses Retirement Savings Education Costs Your Job Your Car Inheritances You don't need to be a financial professional to find ways to lessen your tax load. All you need is J.K. Lasser's 75 Tax Tips for You and Your Family. Read it today and start saving.

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AWARDS: Silver Living Now Book Award, Mature Living/Aging 2014 (Silver) If you’re one of the 25 million single women over the age of 45 living in the United States today, AARP’s The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement is your new best friend. Walking you through the challenges of retired or pre-retired life, from managing your finances to staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit, dealing with divorce, and even looking for love or work, the book covers the issues that really matter to you. Whether you’re looking for a retirement home or planning a cruise, this book is packed with specific details to help take the guesswork out of retirement. Author and retirement expert Jan Cullinane has gathered real-life stories from women just like you to illustrate your options and give you fresh new ideas about how to make the most of your retirement years.

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AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance. The fact is information is power. And, the truth is there's lots of financial advice available. Unfortunately, it's often either too confusing or biased. The Seven S.E.C.R.E.T.S. of the Money Masters cuts through the clutter, clearly presenting the seven most important questions you must be able to answer before making any investment decision. The book offers you some of the information that true money masters know, understand, and use to their advantage—but that hasn't necessarily been passed along to the rest of us. Engaging and informative, the book: Shines a light on the much broader issues of attaining wealth and getting your retirement plans back on track Offers access to the S.E.C.R.E.T.S. website which includes additional resources and access to exclusive debt reduction software The Seven S.E.C.R.E.T.S. of Money Masters goes where most personal finance books – and financial advisors – fear to tread, revealing the S.E.C.R.E.T.S. of Safety, Expense, Cash Flow, Rate of Return, Economy, Tax Efficiency and (common) Sense.

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The fast and easy way to get a handle on ETFs Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have a strong foothold in the marketplace, because they are less volatile than individual stocks, cheaper than most mutual funds, and subject to minimal taxation. But how do you use thisfinancial product to diversify your investments in today's fast-growing and ever-changing market? Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies shows you in plain English how to weigh your options and pick the exchange-traded fund that's right for you. It tells you everything you need to know about building a lean, mean portfolio and optimizing your profits. Plus, this updated edition covers all of the newest ETF products, providers, and strategies, as well as Commodity ETFs, Style ETFs, Country ETFs, and Inverse ETFs. Create the stock (equity) side of your portfolio Handle risk control, diversification, and modern portfolio theory Manage small, large, sector, and international investments Add bonds, REITs, and other ETFs Invest smartly in precious metals Work non-ETFs into your investment mix Revamp your portfolio to fit life changes Fund your retirement years Plus, you'll get answers to commonly asked questions about ETFs and advice on how to avoid mistakes that many investors—even the experienced ones—make. It provides forecasts of the future for ETFs and personal spending and also provides a complete list of ETFs and Web resources to assist your investment. With Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies, you'll soon discover what makes ETFs the hottest investment on the market.

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AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance. While a majority of workers have money invested in their 401(k) plans-and are relying on these funds for retirement-few truly understand how to manage and maintain these accounts, especially during the recent economic downturn. In 2008 alone, most 401(k) holdings declined by twenty percent. These losses, compounded by plan changes, have only led to more confusion. The Second Edition of Getting Started in Rebuilding Your 401(k) Account offers up-to-date answers to frequently asked questions regarding these accounts and contains simple strategies for improving 401(k) returns-including moving money out of company stock, rolling over plans when leaving an employer, and moving some holdings to FDIC insured banks. Explains the basics of 401(k) plans from what they are to how they work Discusses new rules in the 401 (k) arena, from automatic enrollment to how plans can be taxed Includes information on setting financial goals and choosing the investments that are right for you 401(k) plans have become a significant source of retirement funds for many. Learn how to make the most of them with the Second Edition of Getting Started in Rebuilding Your 401(k) Account.

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Want to make a big bet on an economic recovery in the U.S.? Start thinking small! The growing popularity of penny stocks can be attributed to a combination of increased understanding and tough economic times.??Penny Stocks For Dummies explains the basics of penny stocks and provides expert guidance to help you get involved right away. Penny Stocks For Dummies provides you with the information and advice you need before considering an investment in penny stocks, as well as the tools needed to make sound investments. You'll also get expert guidance on identifying growth trends and market sectors positioned for rapid growth, finding undiscovered penny stocks, and understanding the fundamentals of a potential investment in penny stocks. Arms you with the know-how to properly identify, and purchase, winning penny stocks Shows you how good money can be made from these low-priced shares Gets you involved in Penny Stocks quickly, painlessly, and on a small budget Penny Stocks For Dummies appeals to anyone who doesn't have a lot to invest right now in the current economic climate, but who wants to multiply what they do have.

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Manage and repair your credit Credit card debt is the third largest source of household indebtedness. Credit Repair Kit For Dummies gives you the tools you need to repair your credit. This new edition covers: major changes with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) inquiry into overdraft practices and their effect on consumers; dealing with the effect of tightened credit markets on those with good, marginal, or bad credit; best ways to recover from mortgage related score hits or minimize damage after walking away from a home; updated Vantage Score information; updated coverage on reporting programs like FICO Score watch, etc.; what makes a good FICO score today; a new section on significant others (boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse) and credit/debt sharing; Debt Relief Act in a mortgage meltdown situation; the latest tips and advice on dealing with identity theft and annoying collection calls; and more. Online you'll find sample credit reports, forms, templates, and other helpful tools to help whip your credit into shape. Updated credit score examples with new ranges New information about IRS exceptions to the Mortgage Forgiveness Advice and tips about adding information to a credit report, and beefing-up thin credit Useful, downloadable, forms and tools on Dummies.com If you have mediocre credit and want or need to better manage it in order to get a job, reduce insurance costs, qualify for banking products, and more, Credit Repair Kit For Dummies has it covered.