The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women & Money

The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women & Money

50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Book - 2012
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Getting a handle on finances can be challenging at any age. Whether you're a parent struggling to explain savings to your children, a newly engaged couple considering joint bank accounts, or a baby boomer entering retirement, Kevin O'Leary has advice to help you make and keep more money.

As a lead Dragon of CBC's Dragons' Den and ABC's Shark Tank , Kevin's success with money management and in business is legendary. But he's made mistakes along the way, too, and he's writing this book so others--like his son and daughter--can benefit from his experiences. Each chapter is geared to a specific age or stage in life. You'll find real-life examples of common money mistakes (and strategies for avoiding them), "Cold Hard Truth" quizzes and charts aimed at boosting your Wallet Wisdom, and tips and tricks for making more money and growing it faster to achieve financial freedom.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780385678506
Branch Call Number: 658 OLEAR
Characteristics: 259 p. : ill.


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Aug 18, 2018

My son is obsessed with this guy to the point of getting an orange watchband just like Kevin O'Leary's. He's read every one of his books, and since I have read about a hundred personal finance books (being married to a spendthrift, thinking I could budget myself to a better marriage, thinking wrongly), he shared this one with me.

Turns out it's a dynamic, inspiring but quite simple book full of basic money advice. It would be a good textbook for a high school home economics class if those were taught, which they should be. He has some biases, like we all do, but that's what money indicates: what you value. So I don't value the same things as he does, but I do question what I value when I read these types of advice books.

But that's about the only thing I got from it. That and he thinks you spend over $5,000 on alcohol if you enjoy some wine or beer once in a while, you know, because you're human and because you want to have something to elevate your special events or relax in the evening. And he says stop it because you need that $5,000 for something else. I'm sure he does, but I don't really drink and I sure as heck don't spend $5,000 a year on alcohol, but this is an example of his values.

You may value alcohol, you may value other things he proclaims are a waste of your money, like my graduate school professor who used to say poor people wouldn't be poor if they quit smoking. Blanket statements show your ignorance, or at least show how you think, what your values are, and your empathy. I'd say Kevin O'Leary needs a little more empathy and a little less simple prescription for success.

If it were this easy, everyone would have already done it and we wouldn't need him to write simplistic books such as this.

May 03, 2016

lots of common sense good advice

Apr 25, 2016

Excellent self help book in the personal financial field. Highly recommended to those struggling in this area of their life or the novice when it comes to the field.

LMcShaneCLE Jul 06, 2015

I gave this book to the 15-year-old and it resonates - agree with previous comments. This is a quick and useful read. I will buy a copy to send to my nephews.

Feb 15, 2015

People who follow his advice stay out of financial trouble. Common sense is uncommon nowadays. A quick read.

hsw Apr 02, 2013

Excellent book. Indeed Cold and Hard, but Truth?

You may not agree with his opinion on the subject matter he raised. But make sure you DO reflect on each one and substitute your own. Before you disagree though, make sure you are brutally honest with yourself. Many of his advice is indeed the Cold Hard Truth but we hate to or too hard to admit.

Feb 15, 2013

Good simple book by a finance pro.


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cyIread Nov 23, 2015

This is also assuming there is a little debt, but nothing unmanageable. Again, we’re looking at an ideal financial situation. OUTPUT PERCENTAGE OF INCOME TOTALS IN $ SPENT Housing 25% 1,000 Saving 5% 200 Investing 5% 200 Utilities 5% 200 Cable/Internet/Phone 5% 200 Food 10% 400 Transportation 10% 400 Recreation 5% 200 Debt 5% 200 Clothing 5% 200 Medical/Health/Gym 5% 200 Insurance 5% 200 Subtotal 90% 3,600 Cushion 10% 400 Total 100% 4,000

cyIread Nov 23, 2015

How to Spot a Gold Digger Not every beautiful young man or woman you meet is out for your money. But I advise you to padlock your wallet or call a lawyer if you are dating people with these characteristics: • They seem to live beyond their means. • They have no discernible employment or goals in life beyond being available to you. • They bring up money way too soon. • They expect you to pay for everything. • They wear expensive clothes and jewelry they can’t seem to afford. • They constantly hint at things they’d like you to purchase or pay for. • They’re willing to date someone a lot older and a lot uglier than they are. • They’re cagey about discussing their future or their past, especially other wealthy people they have dated. • They’re less interested in you if you stanch the flow of funds or free stuff. • They won’t sign a prenup.

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