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Money Magic: An Economist's Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life

Every financial decision we make about our education, careers, jobs, lifestyles, marriages, retirement ages, Social Security, taxes, or investments affects our living standard – the income we get to spend and enjoy over our lifetimes. Yet, most of us make these decisions with no clear idea about their living‑standard impact. We typically rely on crude rules of thumb or take questionable advice from friends and family, media gurus, self‑described experts, and advisers who are frequently little more than self‑interested salespeople. We end up losing boatloads of money, feeling unhappy, and putting ourselves at risk. This book puts an end to that vicious cycle.

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Money Magic is a delightful book. With wit and wisdom, Kotlikoff delivers rich economic insights, concrete advice, and hard-nosed, yet soft-hearted guidance on financial planning, all well-grounded in the science of finance.  It will change your financial thinking and improve your financial life. Wherever in the lifecycle—beginning student to beginning retiree, the reader is in for a treat: Bon Appetit!

- Robert C Merton, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1997 and author of Worth the Risk

Fact-filled, wisdom-filled, Money Magic is quite probably the best financial advice book ever written.  You can read it for Laurence Kotlikoff’s sage advice, which tells how to manage your finances for a happier, better life.  You can also read it for fun: there is a laugh on almost every page.  You should read it for both.

- George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 and co-author of Phishing for Phools

Money Magic is financial freakonomics, delivering non-stop financial shockers –– all based on common economics sense. You'll love this amazing book. It's full of wit, wisdom, and startling paths to a better financial life.

- John Mauldin, author of Thoughts from the Frontlines

Money Magic is a must-read. An unconventional and entertaining page-turner, it will transform your financial thinking and show you how to improve your financial future.

- Jane Bryant Quinn, author of How to Make Your Money Last

Money Magic is funny, ironic and an easy, brilliant read – all great things in a book about personal finance. But Kotlikoff does so much more. He shows us that true personal finance is about real-life decisions we can make. He shows us how to make them. Those choices are wildly powerful, often contrary to convention, and deeply empowering. “Money Magic” can literally change your life.

- Scott Burns, personal finance columnist, The Dallas Morning News

Full of invaluable guidance, this is a must-read for anyone concerned about their financial future.

- Publisher Weekly

Kotlikoff’s valuable insights will appeal to a wide audience seeking financial wisdom.

- Booklist Online

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Laurence Kotlikoff is a New York Times Best Selling author. Below are some of his other titles, including some available for free download.

You're Hired! A Trump Playbook For Fixing America's Economy

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Get What's Yours: The Revised Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

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The Economic Consequences of the Vickers Commission

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The Clash of Generations

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Jimmy Stewart is Dead – Ending the World's Ongoing Financial Plague with Limited Purpose Banking

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Spend ‘Til the End – The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard, Today and When You Retire

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The Healthcare Fix – Universal Insurance for All Americans

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The Coming Generational Storm

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Generational Policy (Cairoli Lectures)

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Essays on Saving, Bequests, Altruism, and Life-Cycle Planning

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Generational Accounting Around the World

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Macroeconomics: An Integrated Approach - Second Edition

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Macroeconomics: An Integrated Approach

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Generational Accounting

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What Determines Savings

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The Wage Carrot and the Pension Stick: Retirement Benefits and Labor Force Participation

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Dynamic Fiscal Policy

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Pensions in the American Economy

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