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The Motley Fool What to Do with Your Money Now

The Motley Fool What to Do with Your Money Now

Ten Steps to Staying Up in a Down Market

In these turbulent economic times, everyone is asking the same question: "What should I do with my money now?"
With their trademark irreverence and plainspokenness, David and Tom Gardner, bestselling authors and cofounders of The Motley Fool, answer this critical question and recommend ten important yet quick steps readers can take to survive economic uncertainty, secure their personal finances, and fortify their portfolios. Along the way, they address such important issues as:
• Is this the time to snatch up stock market bargains?
• Are any mutual funds sure bets?
• Is short-term debt dangerous?
• Bonds, T-bills, CDs, savings accounts -- does it make sense to be conservative?
• Why you should believe in America now more than ever.

The Gardners offer a snapshot view of business and the financial markets at the dawn of the world's "new economic reality" -- all while looking ahead to the future with some timely and timeless guidance for investors.
No matter your age or level of investing experience, The Motley Fool's What to Do with Your Money Now is an indispensable survival manual for our unpredictable economic times.
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  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743234658 | 
  • June 2003
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STEP ONE: Go to Menlo Park. Find a tree.

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STEP THREE: The venture capitalist will give you $4 million.

STEP FOUR: In 18 months, go public.

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

-- ROBERT BURNS, "Auld Lang Syne"

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