Chapter 1 Prepare to Win —Now and Forever.
Pay Yourself First.
Maintain a Cash Safety Net.
Manage Credit Wisely.
Get Time on Your Side.
Make Reality Your Perception.
Follow a Simple and Comprehensive Strategy.
Chapter 2 Balance and Base: What Is True Wealth to You?
Step 1: Forget Financial Goals (At Least for Now).
Step 2: Develop Your Vision for Your Life.
Step 3: Determine Your Specifi c Goals.
Chapter 3 Closing the Gap: Analyze your Current Situation.
Before You Close the Gap: Overcome Your.
Fear of the Unknown.
Step 1: Forget about Budgets.
Step 2: Make Sure You Have Positive Cash Flow.
Step 3: Create a Personal Balance Sheet.
Step 4: Keep in Mind the Total Financial Picture.
Chapter 4 Family: Your Family Benchmark.
Your Family Benchmark: An Introduction.
The Family Benchmark in Action.
Time and the Power of Compounding.
Tie the Steps Together.
Chapter 5 Your Team of Advisors: Two Is Better Than One: The Power of Respect.
Types of Advisors.
All Those Initials: Professional Designations.
How Financial Professionals Earn Their Keep.
Choosing an Advisor.
Chapter 6 Timing: What Is Your Investment Strategy?
Stage 1: Build an Emergency Fund.
Stage 2: Own Your Home.
Stage 3: Take Advantage of Tax-Deferred Investments.
Stage 4: Max Out 401(k) Match Contributions.
Stage 5: Contribute to Traditional and Roth IRAs.
Stage 6: Determine How to Invest Your Funds.
Stage 7: Diversify into Other Investments.
Chapter 7 Gain Control: Your Estate Plan.
Estate Plans: The Basics.
Revocable Living Trust.
Health-Care Power of Attorney.
HIPAA Power of Attorney.
Property Power of Attorney.
Family Retirement Preservation Trust.
Estate Planning Letter.
But Don't Simply File Your Plan Away!
Pay Attention to Benefi ciaries.
Chapter 8 Position Before Submission: Analyze Insurance Needs.
Protect Yourself—But Not to the Extreme.
Chapter 9 Attitude: Life in Retirement.
How Much Money Will You Need?
Current Spending Estimate.
Chapter 10 Leverage: Establish Your Tax Plan.
Tax Savings: Homeowners.
Tax Savings: Students and Their Parents.
Tax Savings: Retirement.
Chapter 11 Love, Discipline, and Dedication: Have Your Plan Updated.
About the Author.