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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helaine Olen, Harold Pollack Narrator: Helaine Olen, Harold Pollack Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781469095509
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When it comes to our money, many of us make the same mistakes over and over again. We are confident when we should panic. We believe that stock we heard about on CNBC or saw promoted on Twitter is the next Apple or Google. Or we find managing our money difficult and boring, and we don't pay any attention at all. We neglect things. We toss our retirement statements in a drawer, planning to look at them on a future day that never arrives. We pay our bills the day before they are due. There is only one thing more confusing: all the you-can-have-it-all financial how-to books out there.

Now, Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack draw on years of experience researching and reporting on the financial lives of Americans to present an accessible, one-stop guide to taking back your financial future. The answers are simple enough to fit on an index card-an idea so user-friendly and helpful that Money magazine named it one of their Best New Money Ideas. Their simple rules include:

  • Save 10 percent to 20 percent of your income. Really.
  • Never buy or sell an individual security. No, not even Google.
  • Avoid actively managed funds. "Active" means "you're paying fees, sucker."

Beyond outlining the rules, the authors also explain why so few people follow them-because the financial services industry profits when people behave foolishly, and a web of incentives and misinformation lead consumers astray, especially in hard times when people feel the pressure to do almost anything to keep up. Armed with The Index Card, listeners will gain the tools, knowledge, and confidence to make the right decisions regarding their money. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The Index Card offers engaging stories, persuasive explanations, and fascinating data. It’s realistic, honest, wise, and compassionate, as well as socially and politically astute.”

    Joe Conason, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In a world of relentless financial noise, Helaine and Harold are here to help. This is the best and most important financial book of the year.”

    Zac Bissonnette, New York Times bestselling author

  • “All parents should buy The Index Card for their children. If they refuse to read it, consider disinheriting them.”

    Robert H. Frank, professor of economics at Cornell University

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About the Author

Helaine Olen is a free­lance journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Forbes, Business­Week, and elsewhere. She wrote and edited the popu­lar Money Makeover series in the Los Angeles Times. She lives in New York City with her family.

About the Narrator

Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago who has been appointed to two Institute of Medicine committees. His research has focused on public health and health policy. A special correspondent for the New Republic during 2009 and 2010, he writes frequently about public policy for a variety of national publications. Pollack is a frequent contributor to HealthInsurance.org, where he has conducted interviews with other prominent health policy bloggers, including Jonathan Cohn.