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Looking for some interesting investment reading? We've assembled below a selection of books we highly recommend for increasing your personal knowledge of financial matters.
Smoke And Mirrors: Financial Myths That Will Ruin Your Retirement Dreams
David Trahair, CA

Many financial advisors are nothing more than salespeople offering advice that does not benefit their clients. For example, financial companies perpetuate the myth that you will need $1 million to retire because the more money you hand over to them, the more money they make through commissions and other fees. Many bankers, brokers credit card companies financial planners and insurance agents are going to hate this book, but for the typical Canadian, the message is invaluable.
The Pension Puzzle: Understand, Evaluate and Plan Your Financial Future
Bruce Cohen, Brian Fitzgerald

Millions of Canadians are covered by pension plans in one form or another - whether that's CPP, a company plan, or personal RRSPs. But pensions are the benefit least understood by employees. They're confusing and complex, but understanding pensions is crucial to every Canadian's financial security in retirement.
Money 101: Every Canadian's Guide to Personal Finance
Ellen Roseman

You are working hard and trying to save some money, but at the end of the day, there never seems to be enough to go around. Making the right decisions about what to do with your money in the face of the constant barrage of conflicting financial information can be a daunting task. Money 101 by one of Canada's most trusted personal finance columnists, Ellen Roseman, is a crash course on financial basics filled with easy-to understand advice that will help anyone master personal finance without pain.
The Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds
Jonathan Chevreau, Michael Ellis, Kelly Rodgers

Discover the next big financial move for baby boomers with The Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds. Helping the investor weather changes and get high returns, the book helps readers take a critical look at mutual fund marketing techniques. Alternatives are presented in a light-hearted fashion with cartoons, graphics and accessible text. Become the successful investor you aim to be with The Wealthy Boomer.
The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning
David Chilton

In this new and updated edition of one of the biggest-selling financial-planning books ever, David Chilton simplifies the complex puzzles of personal finance and helps you achieve financial independence. With the help of his fictional barber, Roy, and a large dose of humor, Chilton shows you how to take control of your financial future--slowly, steadily, and with sure success. Chilton's plan (detailed in an entertaining story) is no get-rich-quick scheme, but it does make financial independence possible on nothing more than an average salary.
Winning the Estate Planning Game: Estate Planning Strategies for Canadians
Tim Cestnick

This easy-to-read guide by tax consultant Tim Cestnick teaches you to master the complex world of death and taxes. Winning The Estate Planning Game: Estate Planning Strategies For Canadians, provides straightforward advice about how to be the executor of an estate. Find information about wills, power of attorney, tax reduction strategies, use of trusts, probate planning, life insurance strategies and more. Cestnick is also the author of Winning The Education Savings Game.
Winning the Tax Game 2003
Tim Cestnick

In this, the fifth edition of his bestselling annual guide, Tim Cestnick once again shows readers how they can build a successful game plan to reduce their taxes and maximize after-tax investment returns.

Winning the Tax Game 2003 is an informative and entertaining look at taxes in Canada: how to pay them, how not to pay them (legally, of course), and how to make the most of tax savings.

Winning the Education Savings Game:
RESPs and Other Strategies for Canadians

Tim Cestnick

Leading tax and personal finance authority Tim Cestnick realizes that while all parents dream of having their children graduate with a post-secondary degree, this dream is increasingly difficult to achieve when tuition and fees continue to rise. Winning the Education Savings Game can help you to make your dreams come true. Comprehensive, practical and informative, this indispensable guide provides an overview of the issues, outlines methods and shares tips on saving for an education.
The Online Investor's Companion
Rob Carrick

The Online Investor’s Companion is an antidote to the vast amount of financial information available in the online universe. It’s hard to know which sites exist, never mind which ones are useful, and whether the information you’re getting online is reliable or downright harmful. This book cuts through the information overload, the slush, and the hucksters to provide reviews of the 50 most essential and useful financial Web sites for investors.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s for CanadianThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance for Canadians
Lori M. Bamber

Getting control of your finances can be extremely difficult. Now you can get the help you need with The Complete Idiotís Guide to Personal Finance for Canadians. Learn how to write your own financial plan, where to get the best insurance, minimize taxes, maximize returns, invest in stocks and mutual bonds and get a mortgage. This helpful guide also contains a section on how to begin investing online. Get the money-saving suggestions you need with this timely and valuable resource.
Investing Online For Canadians For Dummies
Andrew Dagys, Kathleen Sindell

The fastest, most comprehensive way to get a handle on the financial potential of the Internet, this book eases you into the cyberworld of investing with confidence. Get online with millions of Canadians already using the Web to invest and build their wealth. It's a sign of the times. Online investing is going mainstream as more and more Canadians adopt a can-do, independent attitude towards their investments. Whether we're logging on to beef up our portfolios or plan our retirements, the ease and convenience of online investing has empowered Canadians to chart our own financial futures.
You Can't Take It With You: The Common-Sense Guide to Estate Planning for Canadians
Sandra E. Foster

More planning goes into estate planning than most people realize. Because it has implications beyond legal, tax, and family dynamics, leaving a financial legacy involves more than deathbed whispers. Sandra Foster's framework for estate planning in You Can't Take It With You consists of the six D's: decide, design, develop, discuss, document, and distribute. With practical examples, tips, tables, summaries, what-ifs, and Q&A, it covers wills, powers of attorney, taxes, guardianship for minor children, and funeral planning--all the areas we would rather not think about but must if we are going to leave something for our families.
Wills: Guide for Canada
Tom Carter

Leaving a good will is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your loved ones. It also allows you to decide for yourself who will look after your affairs and who will benefit from your hard-earned earthly wealth. Whether you are a young parent wanting to do what's right for your children, or have recently remarried and need to balance the needs of your children from your first marriage with those of your new spouse, or even if you have no dependents but want to ensure that your assets go to the causes or people of your choosing, Wills Guide for Canada will give you the information you must have. (Note: link points to publisher's website.)
The Canadian Guide to Will & Estate Planning
Douglas Gray, John Budd

We all know we need a will. And in these uncertain times, it seems even more essential to have our affairs in order. So, why do two-thirds of Canadians still die without a will, without a plan for passing on their wealth and possessions?

In The Canadian Guide to Will and Estate Planning Canada's bestselling lawyer and accountant team provide you with the insights and authoritative guidance you need to ensure your family and your assets are protected today and tomorrow.
Planning Your Financial Future:
A Guide for Canadians

Anne K. Chun B.Comm., F.I.C.B., C.P.A. (US), C.A. and Patricia Jeremy

This text book emphasizes that financial planning depends, not upon how much you make, but on how much you keep. The authors demostrate that priorities change with the life cycle, and that setting goals is the first step to sound financial planning. (Note: link points to author's email.)
The Money Advisor
Bruce Cohen

The first book to discuss every aspect of personal financial planning in the Canadian context. The book helps you set goals, budget and helps you hang on to much of your cash as you can and much more. Cohen is a former senior editor of The Financial Post . In 1991 he won the media award from the Canadian Association of Financial Planners. Bruce is now a freelance personal finance writer with Canada's new national newspaper The National Post and other financial newspapers.

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