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23 Apr

Review: Hartford Courant

Posted by Mitchell Weiss in Review

 "...His textbook, with 300 embedded links, is both breezy and deep. Chapter headings include "The Economics of Committed Relationships," and "Avoiding Versus Evading Your Tax Obligation." There are charts and cartoons. It's financial literacy for people who are less concerned with stocks or bonds than rent and car payments..."

Susan Campbell, Hartford Courant, April 21, 2012

05 Apr

Review: Great, practical advice

Posted by Mitchell Weiss in Amazon, Review

For the college student, recent grad, or working individual who simply wants some sound financial advice, this book is worthwhile. It shares practical, easy-to-read information on financial basics. The author also provides plenty of real life examples to relate to and apply (while sharing a few laughs along the way to lighten the sometimes technical-loaded jargon that goes with finance talk: i.e. referencing an earlier period of time as "BE" - before excel, etc.). The intro mentions the desire to present the material as a "conversation," and the book carries that same tone. A must read for anyone who wants to build a financial foundation on proper budgeting, borrowing, saving, and facing the unexpected (i.e. "Life Happens").

review from Amazon's listing of Life Happens Book

14 Mar

Review: Motherhood Moment

Posted by Mitchell Weiss in Review

Mitchell D. Weiss, a former lender, financial CEO, and now currently an adjunct professor of finance at the University of Hartford, has a unique perspective on the financial lives of young adults. His new ebook "LIFE HAPPENS: A Practical Guide to Personal Finance from College Through Career" is written from the viewpoint of a banker, financial services entrepreneur, consultant, professor, and parent of two college graduates. This gives him the experience to write accurate, relevant information, and also the perspective to write the book in straight talk geared directly towards young adults. 

Although the book is targeted towards those who are just starting out after college, it actually has a great deal of advice for anyone who needs a financial refresher. The book does an excellent job of both defining and explaining issues that come up financially, and giving advice for the best ways to manage money. Plus, since it's in ebook form, it's easy to store and easy to load onto laptops, smartphones, etc.

01 Mar

Review: FrugalFabulousFinds

Posted by Mitchell Weiss in Review

If you or someone you know has a student who is college bound, or trying to figure out what career is right for them, then this book is definitely something you want to check out. The book is divided into 7 sections, starting with budgeting (cash management, taxes, establishing credit) and ending with financial distress.

I am actually very surprised that our colleges and high schools do not require to read this book, or to take a course which would teach the concepts of personal finance. So many people today, myself included, find that they are surrounded by debt. Maybe it would be possible that debt could potentially be a thing of the past for our children…that they would learn from our mistakes, and the teachings of the author of this book.

Life Happens is very organized, accompanied by colorful graphics, bold letters/sections and tips that are truly priceless. I am not ashamed to say that I learned quite a bit from this book…for example how loans, establishing credit and filing for bankruptcy works. I hope to use the tips, and steps in this book to help my family and even some future graduates in our extended family.

I would highly recommend everyone to take a closer look at what you truly now about personal finances...and read this book to help you figure it out along the way.

from FrugalFabulousFinds 

28 Feb

Review: 5 Stars

Posted by Mitchell Weiss in Amazon, Review

It's hard to believe no one has ever written a book like this before. (Maybe if some of the CEO's of banks had read Weiss' book when they were growing up there wouldn't be TARP!) Anyway, if you're thinking about buying this book, just ask your high school or college kid some questions to see if they understand basic finance concepts. They don't. We don't teach this in school. Sad. So download this for the kids and save our future banking system! All kidding aside, Mitchell Weiss has written an important book - tons of useful life lessons packaged up in a very easy to read format.

review from Amazon's listing of Life Happens Book