How Can I Pick a Good Personal Finance Book?

First, do a search of financial book titles by key words of interest (e.g., mutual funds, bankruptcy, life insurance) through an online book merchant such as Read the description of the book’s contents and reviews by readers.

Some online merchants will also allow you to view the book covers, table of contents, and even a sample chapter. Of course, you can also walk into a book store and check out financial books in person.

Look at the publication date and make sure that it is recent because tax laws and financial products can “date” a book very quickly. Also check the qualifications and previous works of the author to make sure that he or she is an expert in the field.

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