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The Best Personal Finance Books to Learn Personal Financing

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Personal finance is a subject that affects us all, so it is understandable that people want to find out more about it. Luckily there are some great books out there that can help us find out more about this subject. What follows is just some of the best personal finance books available to buy; some are directed more at the complete novice while others could be used by the person who wants to go much deeper into the subject. This is not an inclusive list and new great texts about personal finance are being written all the time.

Personal Finance: Turning Money into Wealth (5th Edition) by Arthur J. Keogh (2009)

This book provides a wealth of information about personal finance and seems to cover every topic. This book would work just as well for a student studying this area in an academic setting as it would for the average person who wants to improve their knowledge. The text starts off from the basics so now previous knowledge is required; these basics are then built up upon to provide more in-depth information. This is a book that is nice to read and that people will want to hold onto for reference purposes.

Personal Finance by Jack Kapoor and Robert J. Hughes (2008)

This book is frequently used as a set text in many colleges when studying personal finance. It is very comprehensive and should provide a firm basis for any further research into any of the topics contained within the book. For those serious about becoming knowledgeable in personal finance it is certainly a book that they will want in their collection. It is a book that people are likely to keep going back to for more information.

The Motley Fool Personal Finance Workbook : A Foolproof Guide to Organizing Your Cash and Building Wealth by David Gardner and Tom Gardner (2002)

David and Tom Gardner are much respected financial gurus who put their words into practice. This book aims to help readers develop a financial plan that will put them on the path to wealth and security. The subject is presented in a light-hearted that most readers should find enjoyable. Some people might be put off by the word ‘workbook’ but this really is a fun way to plan your finances in an effective way. The book is jammed with useful information.

Personal Finance (9th Edition) by E. Thomas Garman and Raymond Forgue (2007)

This is another highly respected textbook that is recommended for those people who want to go a bit deeper into the whole subject of personal finance. Most students who are studying this subject as part of an academic course will find that this is at least on their recommended reading list – if not actually part of the required reading list.  Even if you are not a student you will still likely benefit from reading this book – all the explanations are written in an easy to understand way.

Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner (2009)

This book is aimed more specifically at young adults who want to get a handle on their personal finances. There is no need for you to have any background knowledge in the subject, but by the end of the book you should feel that you know a whole lot more than when you started. It is a great resource for basic information; if you want to go deeper you will need to buy one of the personal finance text books. For most people though, this book will contain all the information they will need.

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Anthony Carter currently resides in Fife, Scotland with his wife Lisa, and their three wonderful children. As a senior editor for various publications, if he's not reading and writing, you would find him photographing and traveling to some of the most far-flung locations around the world.


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