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Decisions students make today can affect not only their life now but have an impact on their future. If students make wise financial decisions, life can become a more joyous experience. On the other hand, if students make bad decisions, life may not turn out so well. Personal Finance was written with one purpose: To provide the information students need to make informed decisions that can literally change their life. The 13th provides the information needed to take advantage of opportunities and to help manage their personal finances. This new edition of Personal Finance is packed with updated information and examples to help students plan for the future and achieve financial security. For example, we have revised important topics like taxes, college loans, health care, and investments to provide the most current information available. Other important topics including credit, housing, legal protection, retirement planning, and estate planning have also been revised in this edition.
Section 1: Planning Your Personal Finances
Ch. 1 Personal Finance Basics and the Time Value of Money
Ch. 1 Appendix: The Time Value of Money
Ch. 2 Financial Aspects of Career Planning
Ch. 2 Appendix: Résumés, Cover Letters, and Interviews
Ch. 3 Money Management Strategy: Financial Statements and Budgeting
Ch. 4 Planning Your Tax Strategy
Section 2: Managing Your Personal Finances
Ch. 5 Financial Services: Savings Plans and Payment Accounts
Ch. 6 Introduction to Consumer Credit
Ch. 7 Choosing a Source of Credit: The Costs of Credit Alternatives
Section 3: Making Your Purchasing Decisions
Ch. 8 Consumer Purchasing Strategies and Legal Protection
Ch. 9 The Housing Decision: Factors and Finances
Section 4: Insuring Your Resources
Ch. 10 Property and Motor Vehicle Insurance
Ch. 11 Health, Disability, and Long-Term Care Insurance
Ch. 12 Life Insurance
Section 5: Investing Your Financial Resources
Ch. 13 Investing Fundamentals
Ch. 14 Investing in Stocks
Ch. 15 Investing in Bonds
Ch. 16 Investing in Mutual Funds
Ch. 17 Investing in Real Estate and Other Investment Alternatives
Section 6: Controlling Your Financial Future
Ch. 18 Starting Early: Retirement Planning
Ch. 19 Estate Planning
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