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Smoke & Mirrors 2009: Financial Myths that will Ruin Your Retirement Dream

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This book will give Canadians the ammunition they need to fight back against the scare tactics and rule of thumb selling methods used by many banks and financial planners to suck money out of your pockets every day!
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by Self-Counsel Press (first published December 1st 2003)
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Oct 11, 2012 Derek rated it did not like it
This book added nothing to my knowledge of investing. It really would be better framed as a "Finances for Dummies" book. An example of the "key tools" it talks about are "don't spend more money than you have", "read your credit card bills and figure out where you are spending your money" and "pay down credit card debt before contributing to RRSPs" ... um ... duh? I wonder what the likelihood is that people who carry credit card debt would be proactive enough to read a book like this.
This is a very good book for someone looking for answers to their personal finance questions. I wanted to read this book because of the subtitle about financial myths. Never having been mainstream in my thinking, I wanted some reinforcement, some confirmation that I am on the right track. I got what I was looking for: no nonsense approach to personal finance that fills in the blanks where I need it. Importantly, it is current and it is for Canadians.
Jan 11, 2012 Alison rated it liked it
This book is interesting, but at my financial level, it was a little over my head and ahead of the game. I'd probably like it better if I'd been further into investing. That said, it comes with a cool CD that you can d/l that lets you get a sense of how much you need to save and how much you're worth (but yeah, I'm not really able to use it yet).
Jonathan Cook
Nov 04, 2012 Jonathan Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stop believing the lies of the financial industry that will not only rob your current life, but your life in retirement ... Simply put, you don't need a million dollars to retire and here is how.
I have bought several copies and passed them on to family and friends as its a book every Canadian should own on their book shelf
Bob Turnbull
Feb 27, 2013 Bob Turnbull rated it really liked it
Basic but quite informative. It dismisses what the banks have to say about how much money you must have to retire and what your spending is going to be. Banks, of course, want you to put as much money into RRSP's as possible as it fattens their already bulging vaults. Easy to read and understand.
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Mar 08, 2013 Melinda Seyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quick , easy, basic. Still learned some stuff.
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Good common sense, but author forgets to allow for increased costs in future.
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