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eBook The Family CFO: The Couple's Business Plan for Love and Money ePub

by Mary Claire Allvine

  • ISBN: 1579547915
  • Category: Personal Finance
  • Subcategory: Perfomance and Work
  • Author: Mary Claire Allvine
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (January 17, 2004)
  • Pages: 288
  • ePub book: 1131 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1494 kb
  • Other: azw doc txt lit
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 522

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The Family CFO introduces couples to a personal-finance plan that turns managing your money into a romantic experience.

The Family CFO introduces couples to a personal-finance plan that turns managing your money into a romantic experience. By applying the tools and rules of the business world to minimize conflict and anxiety, you and your partner can focus on setting priorities and reaching goals instead of arguing over budgets.

Allvine and Larson show couples that co-mingling, managing and talking about their money together is indeed necessary. We pulled in opposite directions and never resolved anything. They talked to real couples about their very real financial problems. There is much information for singles also. There are great finance resources and web sites.

The concept of THE FAMILY CFO: THE COUPLE'S BUSINESS PLAN FOR LOVE AND MONEY is that couples can and should run the financial side of. .

The concept of THE FAMILY CFO: THE COUPLE'S BUSINESS PLAN FOR LOVE AND MONEY is that couples can and should run the financial side of their homes like a business. Allvine and Larson write: "Managing your money wisely means having a clear vision of 1) what you want to do-go back to school, have a family, start a rock band-and then 2) what you need to get there-money for tuition, financial security, an electric guitar.

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Author Mary Claire Allvine outlines a plan that leads couples down the path to financial security and harmony in her book, "The Family CFO, The Couple's Business Plan for Love and Money

Author Mary Claire Allvine outlines a plan that leads couples down the path to financial security and harmony in her book, "The Family CFO, The Couple's Business Plan for Love and Money. Although there are plenty of books and experts offering advice on this topic, Allvine feels that her book is different because it provides a rational, step-by-step plan for reaching financial goals and achieving financial harmony. She tells The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm, "The fundamental idea in our book is to treat your family like a business. This is an insight I came to from my private practice, working with wealthy families on their finances.

Most of us don't know how to talk about money," says Mary Claire Allvine, a certified financial planner (CFP) and co-author of "The Family CFO: The Couple's Business Plan for Love and Money. People tend to be emotional and reactive about money, not strategic," she says. When emotions run high, people tend to make fiscal mistakes. Allvine's solution: Approach family finances as if you were running a business. If you put a business metaphor into the picture, you'd be surprised how much more methodical people ar.

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Smart Couples Finish Rich David Bach. 6. Nine Steps to Financial Freedom Suze Orman.

Smart Couples Finish Rich David Bach. This book aims to change the way we think and act about debt. 7. Idiot’s Guide to Managing Your Money Robert Heady. A step-by-step guide on how to improve personal finances and navigate tough financial waters. 8. The Unofficial Guide.

At some point in every relationship, money becomes an issue.

It often happens when couples first consider moving in together or getting married, or when they're facing a major life decision such as buying a home or having children. Whether it happens sooner or later, though, finally taking control of your financial future is a huge step toward solidifying your relationship and realizing your shared dreams.

The Family CFO introduces couples to a personal-finance plan that turns managing your money into a romantic experience. By applying the tools and rules of the business world to minimize conflict and anxiety, you and your partner can focus on setting priorities and reaching goals instead of arguing over budgets. Then, after learning how to run the Family CFO system, you can work out personalized solutions to some of the biggest challenges couples face, including:

* Wresting control of debt* Maintaining your lifestyle if one of you loses your job* Deciding whether to change careers* Arranging for one of you to stay at home with the kids.

In plain language illustrated with real couple's stories and supplemented with helpful worksheets, The Family CFO offers best family practices worthy of even the most accomplished chief financial officer. And as the authors well know and show, approaching your joint finances like a business can lead to a lifetime of shared pleasure.

Comments

Qumenalu Qumenalu
The CFO model is a little forced but it's a really good guide to helping couples find ways to talk about money on the emotional level. I bought this for my son who, even though he has been married 12 years, still struggles with how to handle discussions of the basics. I read the book from the library and thought it was good enough to buy a copy. I also liked the fact that it didn't get off into how you invest in the stock market which is another subject in itself. This book outlines the decisions that have to be made in daily life and sets up a good working model to deal with the emotional baggage each person in a relationship carries.
Frei Frei
I have read many finance books and we have done pretty well in following the methods, but we have had some heated discussions to come to an agreement, or not. This book is great in the approach to the discussion and division of tasks. Looking forward to the next 10 years and potential results without the conflict - or as many.
Coron Coron
My husband is an account and picked out this book for it's approach for the family. We especially felt that the goals section really enabled us to plan and design our budget.
Nea Nea
The target audience for this book is probably the business person who is not currently in the best habits of discussing money at home. The CFO metaphor goes a little far for my taste. While cute, and a great place to start conversation, the authors stretch the metaphor too far. They use a lot of language about business finance that may not be familiar, or comfortable, for the average household. While its advice is sound, and the book's "heart" is in the right place, I found the language and metaphor a little difficult to digest. David Bach's "Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner" has a very similar approach, but I found used layman's terms to better effect to make a discussion of finance less scary for a household.
Kupidon Kupidon
The concept of THE FAMILY CFO: THE COUPLE'S BUSINESS PLAN FOR LOVE AND MONEY is that couples can and should run the financial side of their homes like a business. Two good friends collaborated and wrote THE FAMILY CFO. One is a certified financial planner and a principal in a large financial planning firm, the other is a journalist whose articles have appeared in Forbes magazine, Wall Street Journal and other publications.

One of the first things THE FAMILY CFO authors do is to help couples get past the idea of not talking and sharing personal information about money. Allvine and Larson show couples that co-mingling, managing and talking about their money together is indeed necessary. They talked to real couples about their very real financial problems. As it says in the introduction -

After reading this book, you and your partner will know how to:

**Make effective financial decisions together without tension or arguments.

**Reduce the time it takes to run your finances.

**Use money as a tool to help you define your long-term vision and set goals, bringing you closer as partners and moving your relationship forward.

The charts, worksheets, resources and retirement information in THE FAMILY CFO is invaluable. If you know a couple getting married be sure to give them a copy of this book along with that bottle of good wine.

I grew up in a home where my mother never knew how much money my father made. She received a weekly allowance to run the house. When I was married the whole of it was about finance. We never had enough money and we were bogged down in debt. We pulled in opposite directions and never resolved anything. I wish THE FAMILY CFO: THE COUPLE'S BUSINESS PLAN FOR LOVE AND MONEY had been available then.

There is much information for singles also. There are great finance resources and web sites. Chapter 5, The Investment Manager, page 84 starts "Never invest in something you don't understand." Those who want to understand investments and investment jargon should definately read this book.

Highly Recommended.

Vannie(~.~)

Work & Family @ BellaOnline.com

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Nettale Nettale
This well-written book provides a clear and logical framework for couples to discuss finances and money management without so much of the emotion that often accompanies this subject. Probably every couple will find an example in the book to whom they can relate. And Allvine and Larson give us the tools (the spreadsheets) needed to put their advice into action. Those who want to explore a given topic, such as retirement planning or investing, will want to turn to additional sources, but everything you need to build a foundation of good financial planning and management is here. Perhaps the best feature of the book is the way it's written; the authors present their information in way that's easy for the financial lay person to understand without talking down to their readers. This would be a great gift for any couple just starting out, yet it's equally helpful for couples, such as my husband and me, who have been married several years and haven't really nailed money management. By the way, much of the information in the book would be helpful to anyone managing personal finances, single as well as married. Whether you want to get started on the right foot or undo poor money management habits, this book is a helpful guide.