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Stacked
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Stacked
Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management
Borrow Borrow
From the money nerds behind the award-winning Stacking Benjamins podcast, a new kind of personal finance book to get your house in order.

Rich. Wealthy. Well-heeled. Moneyed. Affluent. Not bad—but why not get Stacked instead? If you’ve ever dreamed of a basic philosophy of money that’ll help you live bigger, be bolder, and laugh harder, you need this book.
 
In these uncertain times, the basics matter more than ever. But for most of us, concepts such as investing, budgeting, and getting out of debt just don’t float our boats (or 150-foot yachts)—and so we put them off longer than we should. Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken are here to tell you that personal finance can be a lot more fun than you think. (No haberdashery, maritime knowledge, or specialized flatware required.)
 
Learn about everything from side hustles, to hiring a legit financial adviser, to planning for emergencies, to what’s new and exciting—and actually worth your time—in financial apps and software. If you’re looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won’t find them here. Instead, Saul-Sehy and Birken take you step by step along the way to financial success, with their signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor.
From the money nerds behind the award-winning Stacking Benjamins podcast, a new kind of personal finance book to get your house in order.

Rich. Wealthy. Well-heeled. Moneyed. Affluent. Not bad—but why not get Stacked instead? If you’ve ever dreamed of a basic philosophy of money that’ll help you live bigger, be bolder, and laugh harder, you need this book.
 
In these uncertain times, the basics matter more than ever. But for most of us, concepts such as investing, budgeting, and getting out of debt just don’t float our boats (or 150-foot yachts)—and so we put them off longer than we should. Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken are here to tell you that personal finance can be a lot more fun than you think. (No haberdashery, maritime knowledge, or specialized flatware required.)
 
Learn about everything from side hustles, to hiring a legit financial adviser, to planning for emergencies, to what’s new and exciting—and actually worth your time—in financial apps and software. If you’re looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won’t find them here. Instead, Saul-Sehy and Birken take you step by step along the way to financial success, with their signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor.
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    One Magical Idea to Rule Them All

    Tools you'll need:
    Paper
    Pen
    Some degree of imagination (Don't worry. It's not so much "Walt Disney" as "that cloud looks like Uncle Tony.")

    Virtually every financial book starts with the same tired move: asking you to write out your goals. While there's nothing wrong with this strategy for financial planning, seeing it over and over starts to feel like hearing the same old pickup lines:

    "Hey, baby, are those some well-thought-out financial goals in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

    "Is it hot in here, or is it just your thirty-year financial plan?"

    "I like your money goals. They'd look great in a pile on my bedroom floor."

    Here's the problem with goal setting: Many people mess up their plans from the beginning. They ask the wrong questions, and that makes the whole process far more difficult than it needs to be.

    Back when Joe was a financial planner, it felt like everyone wanted to know the answers to the following completely irrelevant questions, long before they got into the important stuff:

    1.  How am I doing compared to everyone I work with/live near/compete with in my fantasy baseball league/watch on television/etc.?

    If you're not doing better than a random sampling of people who don't know they are your nemeses, then how can you win? But who cares? #Spoiler: when you die, we're fairly certain there aren't a bunch of tickets you take over to the Skee-Ball prize counter to cash in after you beat everyone else at the "I accumulated money" game.

    Okay, we can't guarantee that this doesn't happen. (Truthfully, we haven't yet been to heaven, but we have been to Vermont, and people who live there never tire of telling you how close to heaven it is-and more importantly, there's no place to claim your "I made more money than Bob from accounting" prize anywhere in Vermont.)

    What we can tell you is that there are significant benefits to accumulating "enough" and then pausing the accumulation game to spend money on the things that make you happy today. People without goals either spend everything or save far too much, depending on which game they're inclined to play. People with goals are able to balance having fun today-which brings joy to your life right now-with making sure they'll have enough left for fun tomorrow.

    2. How do I find the "best" investments?

    When you chase investments in the quixotic quest for the "best," you end up on a merry-go-round of options. The problem isn't that people lie to you about which investments are "best," although chasing after an elusive beast known as "best" will make you think they are lying.

    The real issue is that it's impossible to define the word "best." What's "best" changes as you pursue your goals. Take the following chart we've reproduced here, which may be giving you flashbacks to high school chemistry class. (No, it's not actually the periodic table. We wanted to put a joke here about it, but then we realized we're not quite in our element. #BaDumTss.) It is a list of different types of investments and how they compare in different years. The asset classes are listed with the best-performing ones at the top and the worst-performing at the bottom.

    Here's the interesting thing: what's "best" has changed a lot over time, and what's "best" in one year isn't necessarily what's "best" in the next. There are many factors at work here, but without needing a PhD in this stuff, let's just say that "the best investment is in the eye of the beholder."

    So how do we know what's "best"?

    Joe grew up in farm country, so he's going to hit you with a homegrown metaphor:...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 11, 2021
    In order for people to take control of their finances, it’s got to be fun, write Stacking Benjamins podcast creator Saul-Sehy and money coach Birken (The 5 Years Before You Retire) in their lighthearted if cursory survey. Using transcripts from the podcast, they cover the basics of money management: setting goals (drawing them rather than writing them down), budgeting (setting up a meeting with a spouse can help), managing debt (with a fill-in-the-blank worksheet to keep track), and investing (breaking down risk, time horizon, and liquidity). With quirky chapter headings (“The Condom Broke and Other Risk-Management Horror Stories”), jokes and cartoons—plus some interjections from Saul-Sehy’s mother—the authors make good on their promise not to take themselves too seriously. But while the advice seems aimed at young people trying to make a start, their tips feel out of date and don’t break new ground (start a side hustle, ask for a raise); in one case, readers are urged to save every $5 bill they “come across” as a way to jump-start their savings. The commentary on developing a more financially attuned mindset is on point, but only readers starting from near scratch on the financial planning front will be able to make the most of the rudimentary advice.

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