A lot has happened since 1996, when I wrote the first edition of Get a Financial Life.
The Internet has revolutionized the way many people interact with the world. The economy has experienced the greatest period of prosperity it has ever known. In the last three years of the 1990s alone, stock values doubled, and just about any stock with a "dot com" after its name has seemed like a winning lottery ticket.
Despite these changes, the premise of the original edition of Get a Financial Life
still holds: Many people in my generation -- those now in their twenties and thirties -- do not expect to live as...