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The Barefoot Investor 2019 Update: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need Paperback – 1 July 2019
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'This book will help you protect the people you love.'
--Melissa Doyle, host of Sunday Night
'Follow the Barefoot path or at least consider doing so as soon as possible.'
--Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
This is the only money guide you'll ever need.
That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves.
So what makes this one different?
Well, you won't be overwhelmed with a bunch of 'tips'...or a strict budget (that you won't follow).
You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here, and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.
Fully updated for the 2019-2020 financial year, you'll get the skinny on...
- Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months
- Doubling your income using the 'Trapeze Strategy'
- Saving $77641 on your mortgage and wiping out almost 7 years of payments
- Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140000 cheque on their 21st birthday
- Why you don't need $1 million to retire...with the 'Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy'
Sound too good to be true? It's not.
This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies--single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees--who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.
And you're next.
About the Author
SCOTT PAPE is the Barefoot Investor. A fiercely independent investment advisor who, for over a decade, has reached millions of Australians through his newspaper columns, and on TV and radio. In 2014 he and his family lost everything in a bushfire...but what they did nextthat's the real story.
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I cant reccommend this book highly enough for anyone wanting practical and achievable advice.
It nails down to scripts to empower you to talk with your bank manager, super-fund manager, insurance brokers etc; and what to look out for in terms of fees and costs on everyday bank accounts/credit cards etc etc. Beating the banker is a key aim, and who doesn't like the idea of that?
It's also got a nice touch of humour which made me giggle in parts.
My hubby was a fan of Scott Pape's newspaper column, though I've never read it. He tells me that used to have a nice line of humour in it too.
So it's a good read in terms of language and style, and it has some excellent information that I intend to follow. I don't think I'm chopping up my credit card as he advocates, but beyond that, the amount you need to retire comfortably, and how superannuation will get you there, was the biggest benefit to me. Oh - and the back of the book - stuff about legacy? That's a great reminder that you can't take the whole lot with you when you fall off your perch.
There's a lot in this book about less is more - and you don't need huge incomes to get started (who knew that people earning more than $70k/year are not necessarily happier than those earning less??), you do need to start saving/growing money now though, or as young as you can as the greatest lever for wealth creation is time. Oh, and there are no boring budgets in this book, although there are definite buckets for your money!
Thank you Scott Pape for sharing such insight and knowledge. I have a feeling it's going to become a bit of a Bible.
p.s. I bought this on Kindle sale... I think that speaks to my financial management ;)
I thought what is all the hype about. I don't have any money to invest and I thought that the book was targeted at younger people than me. I am 62 going on 63 years of age. How wrong was I.
I had in place some of his suggestions already, but oh my did I learn a lot.
Still plenty of work for me to do, and I have already followed Scotts suggestions to place me in a better financial situation.
His method is so easy to follow.
He should be crowned Australian of the year.
I will now reread the book to ensure I have things in place and make sure I understand everything Scott recommends.
You really need to read this book, and spread the word.
However if you want to retire youngish, and not rely on the govt, because you have enough wealth to support yourself and family in your latter years, then the advise given in this book will ensure you fail.
The author has a narrow and limited understanding of how money works, and lacks both the foresight and insight to advise on any asset classes other than his beloved stock market.
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I’ve read a number of finance books that all lay out different variations of finance ‘dieting’ none of which last more than a few months but I feel like a fog has lifted reading this and whilst I have my short term work cut out for me I know I’m going to get in control once and for all. I can’t wait to feel free!
I never write reviews but I felt compelled to after reading this!
I wanted advise about the best way to save and this has 100% given me some great advise.
I would say that the author is Australia, so some of the advise is aimed mainly to Australia finance. However you can still make it work, as I have.
I have saved a surprising amount in a short space of time, which I'm super happy with!
The sections on pensions are written with regard to the Australian pension/tax rules which are different to UK but it's easy to make allowances for the differences. Given this the advice is sound.
If you value your financial freedom then don't hesitate. If you are prepared to follow the steps I believe they will bear the fruit Scott promises.
I am 26 and I found this book because I was interested in saving patterns.
Ended up not only saving but rolling out the whole plan for my future - including pension fund changes, insurance changes, stock and ETF investing.
I recommend it to everyone!