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The Money Club

Is Your Financial Future Safe? : What Every Woman Should Know

By Marilyn Crockett, Diane Terman Felenstein, Dale Burg

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Format: Paperback / softback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 1998
How much do you "really" know about managing your money? Do you know what steps you should take to protect yourself before you say "I do"? Is it possible your husband has forgotten to remove his ex-wife's name as the beneficiary of his life insurance? (Don't smirk, it happens all the time.) Can you talk to your accountant as comfortably as you hairdresser? If you had a medical catastrophe or lost your job, would you have enough money to tide you over?

Most women do not have good answers to these questions, and neither did Diane Terman Felenstein and her friends. Though smart and accomplished in many arenas, every one of them -- like women everywhere -- had fears about dealing with money. They were reluctant to talk candidly about financial issues with their husbands, intimidated by their advisors, and afraid to tackle their finances alone -- as 90 percent of women eventually must do. The bottom line became increasingly clear: If you want a safe and secure future, you have to learn how to manage your money today. With this in mind, Felenstein set out to form an investment club and asked Marilyn Crockett, a highly successful financial consultant, to be its chief expert. Their book, "The Money Club," is the result of their experience -- and is the only complete financial guide written by women for women that explains the secrets of managing money, whether you have $5,000 in assets or $50,000.

About the Author

Marilyn Crockett is a First Vice-President, Investments, at Paine Webber in New York. She specializes in working with women business owners, and is an expert on retirement planning and estate management.


In many American households, matters pertaining to financial planning are assumed by the husband. Though this role may seem benign on the surface, many widows are left unprepared and financially strapped following the death of their spouse. Crockett, an expert on retirement planning, and Terman Felenstein, president of her own public relations firm, both understand the need for women to take a proactive role in their financial future. In a work that is part motivational and part educational, they explain thoroughly the fundamentals of investing. They provide a solid foundation for those interested in learning the principles of financial planning while sprinkling interesting anecdotes throughout the text. Since it is targeted for the novice, their work will probably not appeal to informed readers but will be of particular interest to women looking for a catalyst to begin learning about money and investing.‘Dennis Krieb, St. Louis Univ. Health Science Ctr. Lib.

Meredith Kahn Harper's Bazaar Straightforward chapters give you all the info you need to keep your cash flow heading in the right direction.

They call themselves the Money Club; the New York Times has dubbed them the "Park Avenue women." Whatever they're called, this upscale, sophisticated group clearly has become as savvy as the Beardstown Ladies. Structuring their investment club, whose fluctuating membership at the time of writing this guide numbered 39, as a limited liability company, the group charges $1100 as an entrance fee, plus $100 monthly for investment and an additional $15 for administrative expenses. And since the Money Club's focus is less on making money for itself than on providing financial education‘the group includes partners in law firms, the wives of Revlon's CEO and New York City's police commissioner‘the book covers seemingly everything one needs to know to become secure financially: how to manage investments (the authors advocate full-service brokers over discount firms), asset allocation and dollar-cost averaging; the types of insurance one needs, from medical to property; how to protect oneself financially in a divorce (the initiator, before tipping her hand to her spouse, should photocopy all pertinent financial documents). Since most readers don't have access to the experts the Money Club invites to address its meetings, readers will find this guide, assembled by a specialist in retirement planning, a president of a p.r. firm and a columnist for Family Circle, respectively, the next best thing to formally joining such a group. (Sept.)

EAN: 9780684846057
ISBN: 0684846055
Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD
Dimensions: 21.64 x 14.12 x 2.06 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Matthew Wills on
OK, I am not a woman, so I am probably not supposed to have read this book. But I thought I would check it out. And I was pleasantly surprised.

The ladies involved in the writing of this book were involved in starting a 'Money Club' investment group. In the course of running this group, they learnt and taught about all the basics of personal finance, including (from the title headings):
* Investment Basics.
* Where To Put Your Money And Why.
* Retirement Planning.
* Buying Insurance.
* Planning Your Husband's (And Your) Estate.
* What To Do When Things Change.

Cover of the topics is fairly thorough. But, as many readers would now, the content of the majority of entry level personal finance books is all pretty standard. So, in the end it is the format and style of writing that makes a good one worth the read. Thankfully, this book is well written - relaxing and interesting to read. The inclusion of lots of personal anecdotes (especially by the members of The Money Club) makes alot of the points easier to understand and absorb. And it really drills home the importance of applying the message of the book.

All in all, a fantastic book for women, especially those 30+ worried about the state of their financial affairs. For those males (or women younger than 30), I might recommend 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s And 30s' by Sarah Young Fisher and Susan Shelly, or 'The Wealthy Barber' by David Chilton.

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