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Library Journal
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It seems mandatory for personal finance books for women to rely on a hook, and Hirshman's is that investing is similar to dieting. Accordingly, she has organized her guide in keeping with that motif, including chapters on assessing personal finance fitness ("naked in front of the mirror"), describing various investments as the four basic food groups, etc. What might get lost in this extended metaphor are her definitions, explanations, and suggestions, which are comprehensive and excellent. In addition to covering the basics, the author (a financial advisor with JPMorgan Chase) provides surprisingly in-depth information about investment strategies. Of the books reviewed here, it's the only one I'll give to a friend with investing questions-although only as a loaner, since I also want to keep it. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
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Comparing getting one's financial house in order to dieting, Hirshman, a financial advisor with JPMorgan Chase, presents chapters on assessing personal finance fitness and gives comprehensive definitions and explanations of, as well as practical suggestions on, various investment strategies. (LJ 9/1/10) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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A comprehensive and coherent breakdown of basic financial and wealth management information from a J.P. Morgan financial adviser. An increasing number of women are controlling more and more of the wealth in America, but studies suggest that women's financial literacy is not increasing. Hirshman, who counsels investors on their personal finances, uses comparisons with dieting-a framework also used in Alice Wood's excellent Wealth Watchers-and the metaphor holds up well: both dieting and investing require discipline, take time, and yield rewards. Hirshman presents reviewing a net worth statement as "stepping on the financial scales," and investment categories as the basic food groups. Though it's not overtly stated, the advice is aimed at an audience with a fairly old-fashioned view of finances-she speaks passionately about the need for women to be equal partners in their marital finances and admonishes women that "a man is not a financial plan." Hirshman provides all of the information necessary for a solid financial background, and cheers on her readers with a positive message: "The only person responsible for you is you." (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved