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Storm Proof Your Money: Weather Any Economy, Rebuild Your Portfolio, Protect Your Future


Praise for Storm Proof Your Money

"Brett Arends's new book is very worthwhile and an enjoyable read. It is extremely well written. It provides an excellent reference and aid in planning for all investors. It is very clear and very informative in both the text and in the appendix. You will receive a high return on your time reading this book."
—Dan Fuss, Vice Chairman, Loomis Sayles & Co., LP

"Brett Arends distills his knowledge from years of interviewing the best and brightest minds in investing into this straightforward personal finance primer, ideal for anyone looking to make sense of today's complex finance landscape."
—Lawrence Glazer, Managing Partner,Mayflower Advisors, LLC

"I have known Brett Arends for years and have always been a big fan of his columns. We go back to the days when he wrote for the Boston Herald. His new book Storm Proof Your Money is well timed and will help readers deal with the tumultuous times we are headed into."
—Barry Armstrong, Armstrong Advisory Group

Brett Arends is an award-winning financial journalist and the personal finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal Online. He has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, the Michael Smerconish radio show, and a variety of other national and local broadcasts. Arends also writes for MarketWatch. Before joining the Wall Street Journal in 2007, he wrote for Arends has a professional background and qualifications in finance, and is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS). He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co., the international strategic consultancy. He was educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

Chapter 1 Getting Started.

About Me.

About This Book.

Chapter 2 Checking the Map.

The Lesson of Harry Patch.

Santa Claus Isn’t Coming to Town.

Where Are You Trying to Go?

Where Are You Now?

How Much Do You Need to Save?

How Can You Move the Numbers in Your Favor?


Chapter 3 The Basics.

Break Out of Debt.

Secure Your Financial Lifelines.

Check Your Big Risks.


Chapter 4 How Not to Invest.

Putting Too Much Faith in Stocks.

Putting Too Much Faith in Phony Diversification.

Taking Too Much Risk.

Misunderstanding Your Mutual Funds.

Chasing Performance.

Trying to Find the Next Apple.

Owning Shares in Your Employer.

Keeping All Your Money in the Bank.

Keeping All Your Money in Bonds.

Stockpiling Gold.

Investing Too Much in Real Estate.


Chapter 5 Storm Proof Your Portfolio.

Inflation-Protected Government Bonds.

Global Index Funds.

Flexible Funds.

Covered Call Funds.

Precious Metals.

Taxable Bonds.


Closed-End Funds.

Timing: Little and Often.

How to Handle a Crash.

Using Options for Financial Insurance.


Chapter 6 Cash Flow Positive from Right Now.

Your Hidden Costs.

Repeat Costs.

Give Yourself a Raise.

How to Make $500,000 the Easy Way.

Adding It All Up.

Further Thoughts.


Chapter 7 Cover Your Assets.

Why Tax Shelters Are More Important Than Ever.

Make the Most of Your 401(k).

Make the Most of Your IRA.

Life Insurance and Variable Annuities.

Self-Employed Shelters.

Shelters and College Savings.

Make the Most of Your Investment Losses.

How Not to Lose Everything.


Chapter 8 Next Steps.

Checking the Map.

The Basics.

How Not to Invest.

Storm Proof Your Portfolio.

Cash Flow Positive from Right Now.

Cover Your Assets.

The Principles of Storm Proofing.

Staying on Track.

Getting Started.

Appendix Investment Spotlight.