Jean Chatzky, the popular Today Show financial editor and Oprah contributor, shows readers how to navigate the critical challenges and universal conundrums of personal finance in Money 911. A lifesaver in difficult economic times, Money 911 answers the tough financial questions about how to manage your money in the face of life-altering events. Like popular personal finance guru Suze Orman, Chatzky offers clear, optimistic, timely, and intelligent advice for any recession victim who might be suffering the slings and arrows of unanticipated economic misfortune.
Veteran editor, columnist and personal finance author Chatzky (Talking Money) produces another clear-cut, straightforward, highly-informative self-help, this one meant to quell distress over the recent financial crisis by increasing readers' understanding of banking, saving, investing and managing money. Using a Q&A format, the jargon-free text is simple to comprehend but complex enough to be actually useful; readers deciding whether to lease or buy a car, for instance, are given main points to consider ("what will the car be used for?"), a list of pros and cons for each choice ("no worry about maintenance," "extra charges for any damage"), a "watch out" section on leasing contracts, and a series of follow-up Q&As (helpfully titled "I Also Need to Know"). Also included are resource guides like "A Quick Guide to Common College Savings Tools" and practical worksheets. In addition to the typical topics that readers expect from a book on personal finances (budgets, planning for college, investing, insurance), Chatzky includes chapters on keeping your family safe online, identity theft and scams, marriage, work and generational milestones.