Book Review: The Ten Roads to Riches – The Ways the Wealthy Got There (and how you can too!) by Ken Fisher with Lara Hoffmans

Published: 2009, 228 pages, Amazon, audiobook Reviewed: August 2015 Other Reviews: The Aleph Blog, Official Site: Overview: Billionaire Ken Fisher is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of money management firm Fisher Investments.  He writes for Forbes magazine and has now written six books about investing and money management.  In this book he describes ten

Every dollar saved in your twenties could be worth $30 or more in retirement

When I was first learning about money in my early twenties I learned that the historic return on the stock market was approximately 10% (see this article). That doesn’t necessarily mean we can expect those same kind of returns over the next century but it does give us a starting point for making calculations. So

My beginners guide to the stock market

The stock market is one of the best ways to make steady income over time. If you want to make 8-15% returns this is a good place for you. The economy is very volatile (has extreme ups and downs) but it steadily climbs over time. If you need to make some money fast the stock

DVD to digital conversion

Quite a few people have asked me how to put their DVD movies onto their ipods or smartphones so I decided to make up this short tutorial.  Note: as technology improves and more people “go digital” I’m sure there will be more, different, and better solutions for this conundrum, but this is a good starting

Review: Raising the Bar, Integrity and Passion in Life and Business by Gary Erickson

Published: 2004, 352 pages, no audiobook Reviewed: September 2011 by Tyler Christensen Other Reviews: n/a Official Site: n/a Overview: Author Gary Erickson describes his journey in creating the company Clifbar, a nutrition bar with a unique business model and clientele, and why he decided against selling the company (taking it public) in 2000 when there

Review: Good to Great, Why some companies make the leap… and others don’t by Jim Collins

Published: 2001, 274 pages, 10 CDs (10:02) Reviewed: September 2011 by Tyler Christensen Other Reviews: n/a Official Site: Overview: Good to Great is a business classic, written in 2001, that explains with substantial research the characteristics that move good fortune 500 companies (those beating the market) to great ones (those beating the market by

Review: Stop Acting Rich… And Start Living like a real millionaire by Thomas J. Stanley

Overview: I can sum up the entire contents of this book in one line… If you want to live like the millionaire next door, live in a house that is within your means and is the least nice house on the block. This book builds on Stanley’s excellent book “The Millionaire Next Door” by restating

Review: The Elements of Investing by Burton G. Malkiel & Charles D. Ellis

Overview: The Elements of Investing is a quick read that gives sound financial advice. It is, however, difficult to understand who the intended audience is. Malkiel and Ellis discuss the very basic elements of investing in stocks, but the writing is somewhat jargony and not well suited to novices or young adults. Also, while they write knowledgeably

Review: The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris Published: 2007, 320 pages (or 7 CDs) Reviewed: August 2009 Overview: This books claims to be able to guide through the process of whittling your work week down to 4 hours by becoming more efficient in the office, and creating mobility for yourself. This is accomplished by selling

Review: Automatic Wealth for Grads… and anyone else who is just starting out by Michael Masterson

Overview: This is a great little book on how to be a more productive employee, invest in stocks, real estate, and small businesses, and how to get your dream job. At least 50% of this book is copy and pasted from his earlier book “Automatic Wealth” with additions including a great chapter on job hunting (picking