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Essential Personal Finance: A Practical Guide for Students / Edition 1

Essential Personal Finance: A Practical Guide for Students / Edition 1

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Young people face unprecedented financial challenges: rising student debt, stiff competition for jobs, barriers to home ownership, dwindling state benefits and prospects of a longer working life. Today, students need financial knowledge and skills more than ever before, not just to build their own financial security, but to create the new generation of advisers that can help all citizens navigate the complex world of personal finance.

Essential Personal Finance is a guide to all the key areas of personal finance: budgeting, managing debt, savings and investments, insurance, securing a home and laying the foundations for retirement. It also provides an introduction to some of the essential foundations of a modern undergraduate finance qualification, including:

  • The nature of financial institutions, markets and economic policy that shape the opportunities and decisions that individuals face.
  • The range of financial assets available to households, the risk-return trade-off, basics of portfolio construction and impact of tax.
  • The importance of the efficient market hypothesis and modern portfolio theory in shaping investment strategies and the limitations of these approaches.
  • Behavioural finance as a key to understanding factors influencing individual and market perceptions and actions.
  • Using financial data to inform investment selection and to create financial management tools that can aid decision-making.

  • A comprehensive companion website accompanies the text to enhance students' learning and includes answers to the end-of-chapter questions.

Written by authors who contribute experience as financial advisers, practitioners and academics, Essential Personal Finance examines the motivations, methods and theories that underpin financial decision-making, as well as offering useful tips and guidance on money management and financial planning. The result is a compelling combination of an undergraduate textbook aimed at students on personal finance and financial services courses, and a practical guide for young people in building their own financial strength and capability.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138692954
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Edition description: Student
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lien Luu is a Chartered and Certified Financial Planner and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Insurance. She is also a Registered Life Planner and has previously worked as a financial planner helping clients build wealth. Lien is currently an Associate Head of School for Enterprise and Commercial in the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting, Coventry Business School and has taught at universities for more than 15 years.

Jonquil Lowe is an economist and has previously worked as an investment analyst and head of the Money Research Group at Which?. Jonquil is now Senior Lecturer in Economics and Personal Finance at The Open University and also a freelance researcher/author.

Jason Butler is an author of the first and second editions of The Financial Times Guide to Wealth Management: How to plan, invest and protect your financial assets. He is also a columnist for The Financial Times where, as ‘The Wealthman’, he writes about personal finance-related issues. Jason also provides expert comments on personal finance to BBC Radio and a range of other publications, media and websites.

Tony Byrne is a financial planner and an ex-accountant. He has been a regular contributor to both national and local press for many years. He has written a regular column for Money Marketing for more than 10 years. He is a previous Chairman of The Institute of Financial Planning Northern Home Counties branch.

Table of Contents

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Part I Have a vision and a plan

1 The necessity of private wealth

Lien Luu

2 Defining and achieving your desired lifestyle and legacy

Jason Butler

3 Money and happiness

Jason Butler

4 Plan your future

Jason Butler

Part II Build a secure foundation

5 The pillars of wealth: budgeting and saving

Tony Byrne and Lien Luu

6 Insuring risks

Lien Luu

Part III Multiply your wealth

7 Residual income

Lien Luu

8 A place to live

Jonquil Lowe

9 Make wise investments

Tony Byrne and Jonquil Lowe

10 Saving for later life

Jonquil Lowe

11 Help from your family

Jonquil Lowe

Part IV The next steps

12 Take action

Lien Luu




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