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  • No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works (Second Edition)
  • By: Ramit Sethi
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  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (382 ratings)

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I Will Teach You to Be Rich

By: Ramit Sethi
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“A unique voice on money, one singularly attuned to...his generation.” (San Francisco Chronicle

Buy as many lattes as you want. Spend extravagantly on the things you love. Live your rich life instead of tracking every last expense with Ramit Sethi’s simple, powerful, and effective six-week program for gaining control over your finances. 

This isn’t typical advice from a money expert. In this completely updated second edition, Ramit teaches you how to choose long-term investments and the right bank accounts. With his characteristic no-BS perspective, he shows how to squeeze every hidden benefit out of your credit cards. Crush debt and student loans. Learn the exact words to negotiate a raise. Set up an automatic payment system and get on with your life. Plus, new material on overcoming psychological barriers, love and money, new investments options, and real audience stories of how applying Ramit’s principles led to a rich life. 

“Don’t let the breezy, irreverent style of this book fool you. It contains serious advice on personal-finance decisions, from budgeting and savings to spending and investing.” (Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street)

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Only useful for Americans

Returned the book. Unless you're in America, information is barely helpful & you'll need to skip multiple chapters of drivel.

Australians should buy Barefoot Investor instead. Basic same principles, but relevant & not long winded.

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Useful information globally, but American specific

I like Ramit Sethi's approach and message. However for Australian listeners/readers be aware this book spends a lot of time discussing USA specific mechanisms, accounts and investments. There is a lot in the book that is useful everywhere however. I'd recommend The Barefoot Investor for Australia specific stuff and it's a very similar approach to finances.

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Not relevant to Australian market

struggled to finish the book as it encourages taking out credit cards to pay for everyday living, and simply says "just pay off your balance in full every month" - yeah that's how people get into debt in the first place.

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Good book but very US centric

Teaches similar philosophy than the barefoot investor. This was very US heavy with Roth IRA and 401k

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Real advice

It is a great book for people like me who would like to have more organised approach to life in terms of money. Most of us are not financially educated with Ramit's pragmatic approach. It would be great if such kind of vital knowledge becomes mandatory part of the school curriculum.

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Stay away

Just stay away and don’t buy, not worth it. Much better out there if you need advice.

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Not relevant to Australia

Good principal ideas on finance. easy to listen to with practical steps. not super relevant to Australia so there are some good takeaways.

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Ok for newbies

If you are an investor and are of mature age in control of expenses and credit cards have a great career and income. Then most of this book is not relevant to you. However if you are just starting out in life then this is a good book to get started.

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overall good book on personal finance

overall this is a good book about personal finance. it could be much shorter but I understand Ramit needed to add many other things to convince readers about his tactics (eg testimonials from his students).

other readers complain about the book is only for US and not for Australia. but Come on guys, Australia is one of the richest countries, whatever the US has, there's an equivalent one in Australia.

And here's for Australian readers. I've done my research and compared what's equivalent in Australia to US;

Superannuation in Australia is the equivalent version to Roth IRA in the US.

Vanguard Australia is the equivalent version to Vanguard US. Or you can choose any other investment brokerage firms or Superannuation companies with low fees.

Vanguard Australia has also now offered Superannuation.

Target Date Fund or Lifecycle fund are the same as explained by Ramit in his book.

Vanguard Australia Super will default invest your super fund to their Lifecycle fund, which is the equivalent of Target Date Fund that Ramit recommended.

After reading this book, I paid off my credit card debt immediately (I have the money to), reduced my monthly expenses by reviewing costs and cancelling unnecessary ones.

I opened Vanguard Australia person investor account (10 minutes), then opened Vanguard Super account, signed up for their Lifecycle fund, then feed money into this fund weekly.

Though putting all money to your super / retirement account doesn't sound so appealing to me (and many others I think). What Ramit taught in this book has intrigued me to read and learn more about low-cost index funds. Investing into low-cost index funds for long term is the right strategy.

I've since opened Stake (HelloStake) trading account, plus my Vanguard personal investor accounts and now I'm putting money to these accounts on weekly basis to buy ETFs, low-cost index funds (eg iShares S&P 500 ETF, ticker IVV, available in Australia).
These are all available in Australia that you can try.

Then it's done. It'd take less than a day to open Vanguard and Stake account. Learning about ETF, index funds will take you just a few days.

I hope this will help others. I'll post this to YouTube too.

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Disappointing book for Australians

This book is very heavy on credit card use and paying off this debt, not applicable to me. I would have liked more on creating your rich life mindset, budgeting etc. I prefer the Barefoot Investor for the Australian market.

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