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From entrepreneur, TV celebrity and money expert Kevin O'Leary--a clear, no-nonsense personal finance guide that will help you build a secure future for yourself and for the ones you love.      We all think carefully about the big decisions in our lives, like what career we want to pursue or who we want to marry. But few people spend enough time thinking deeply about the f From entrepreneur, TV celebrity and money expert Kevin O'Leary--a clear, no-nonsense personal finance guide that will help you build a secure future for yourself and for the ones you love.      We all think carefully about the big decisions in our lives, like what career we want to pursue or who we want to marry. But few people spend enough time thinking deeply about the financial implications of their biggest life choices--and that's a serious money mistake.      In his latest book picking up from where his last personal finance book left off, entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary presents another fifty common money mistakes. He provides all the tools you need to avoid making them and to keep more of your hard-earned cash in your bank account. A bestselling author, television star and immensely successful businessman, Kevin O'Leary understands the difficulties of raising a family while working to provide financial security. He walks you through every age and stage of life--from dating, to marrying, to raising a family, to retiring--offering critical advice about saving and spending, debt and credit, as well as tips on how to instill the value of money in every member of your family. After all, your family is your most important investment. Treat it like a precious long-term asset, and you and yours will enjoy a healthy, wealthy future.


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From entrepreneur, TV celebrity and money expert Kevin O'Leary--a clear, no-nonsense personal finance guide that will help you build a secure future for yourself and for the ones you love.      We all think carefully about the big decisions in our lives, like what career we want to pursue or who we want to marry. But few people spend enough time thinking deeply about the f From entrepreneur, TV celebrity and money expert Kevin O'Leary--a clear, no-nonsense personal finance guide that will help you build a secure future for yourself and for the ones you love.      We all think carefully about the big decisions in our lives, like what career we want to pursue or who we want to marry. But few people spend enough time thinking deeply about the financial implications of their biggest life choices--and that's a serious money mistake.      In his latest book picking up from where his last personal finance book left off, entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary presents another fifty common money mistakes. He provides all the tools you need to avoid making them and to keep more of your hard-earned cash in your bank account. A bestselling author, television star and immensely successful businessman, Kevin O'Leary understands the difficulties of raising a family while working to provide financial security. He walks you through every age and stage of life--from dating, to marrying, to raising a family, to retiring--offering critical advice about saving and spending, debt and credit, as well as tips on how to instill the value of money in every member of your family. After all, your family is your most important investment. Treat it like a precious long-term asset, and you and yours will enjoy a healthy, wealthy future.

30 review for Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids and Money

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Monsma

    Kevin O'Leary's third book delivers a thought provoking sermon on what its title declares: the "Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids, and Money". O'Leary continually promotes the notion that eliminating debt, saving money, and investing is all about 'freedom'. In this third book, O'Leary adds an important factor in the accumulation of freedom: the family dynasty. O'Leary begins this book with interesting and unique approaches to selecting a mate, then progresses to whether marriage is a possibility. Kevin O'Leary's third book delivers a thought provoking sermon on what its title declares: the "Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids, and Money". O'Leary continually promotes the notion that eliminating debt, saving money, and investing is all about 'freedom'. In this third book, O'Leary adds an important factor in the accumulation of freedom: the family dynasty. O'Leary begins this book with interesting and unique approaches to selecting a mate, then progresses to whether marriage is a possibility. In O'Leary's view, if you plan to have kids, get married; and conversely, if you don't want kids, don't get married. Continuing along, O'Leary helps the reader make decisions about having kids. O'Leary outlines that it currently costs approximately $250,000 per child from birth until 18 years of age; which can double if that child goes to university (as tuition will significantly increase over the next 20 years). O'Leary stands by his view that it is financially unwise to have more than two children. After marriage and the decision on having children, O'Leary discusses how to build the family dynasty, and offers advice on the many tribulations that will affect the family dynasty; for example, divorce, mid-life crises, affairs, etc. O'Leary is a family man, but frequently admits that he was absent for much of his son and daughter's childhood while building his company. O'Leary credits his wife for keeping the family together. As this is O'Leary's third book in four years, we can assume that he is a busy man. From his O'Leary Funds empire, to O'Leary Mortgages and O'Leary Wines, and on to three TV shows (Dragon's Den, Shark Tank, The Lang & O'Leary Show) plus regular stints in CBC news as a business commentator, plus a budding photography hobby, and a published author. I expect O'Leary to keep producing books, although it may be a couple of years before the fourth one is available. All three of Kevin O'Leary's books are essential to everyone. I believe the target of these books is the middle aged man, but these books could be quite valuable for teenagers as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Kevin O'Leary isn't a likable buy, but then he doesn't care to be liked. His financial advise in this book contains some repeats of advise given in three previous books but that advise has stood the test of time and makes it worth reading this book. Written in 2103 CRA rules have changed in Canada and O'Leary Funds didn't do well so learn from his advise and check out your financial adviser and keep an eye on the markets. :) I do like his advise on allowances and money management training for child Kevin O'Leary isn't a likable buy, but then he doesn't care to be liked. His financial advise in this book contains some repeats of advise given in three previous books but that advise has stood the test of time and makes it worth reading this book. Written in 2103 CRA rules have changed in Canada and O'Leary Funds didn't do well so learn from his advise and check out your financial adviser and keep an eye on the markets. :) I do like his advise on allowances and money management training for children starting at age 5. Wish I had this advise available when I was raising my kids. I have since purchased a paperback copy to share.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I loved the chapter on giving your kids an MBA: money and banking awareness. O'Leary's designed a cash curriculum for each year from ages 5-14. The financial lesson is tied to receiving $100 cash each year on their birthday and learning a specific financial skill (how to use a bank machine, creating a budget, earning a paycheque, etc.). My 5 year old is starting to ask lots of money questions (Where does money come from? How much do you have? Can I have some?) so I'll be using the ideas to help I loved the chapter on giving your kids an MBA: money and banking awareness. O'Leary's designed a cash curriculum for each year from ages 5-14. The financial lesson is tied to receiving $100 cash each year on their birthday and learning a specific financial skill (how to use a bank machine, creating a budget, earning a paycheque, etc.). My 5 year old is starting to ask lots of money questions (Where does money come from? How much do you have? Can I have some?) so I'll be using the ideas to help develop his financial literacy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sierra Fenwick

    Great advice Kevin was always my favorite shark. Not afraid to call it like it is, i got a lot of respect for this guy. His advice always makes sense and he doesnt beat around the bush. I agree with all of his points. Great book and great advice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bernardo Moura

    Um livro muito simples e direto sobre a vida e as finanças (conceitos indissociáveis, diria o tubarão O'Leary), com alguns conselhos bem perspicazes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill Zawrotny

    Not as good as his first couple of books...too much repetition.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa

    Chances are you’re either a fan of Mr. Wonderful on Dragon’s Den, or you can’t stand him. Personally, I’ve always found Kevin O’Leary abrasive; he holds no bar in giving his opinion (you may almost think his brand “being hated” shadows another infamous reality show personality’s – Omarosa). He loves the attention and he seems to love getting into a fight. And, if you listen carefully you understand he has a one-track mind, and that is “to make more money”. “The truth is, a successful marriage is Chances are you’re either a fan of Mr. Wonderful on Dragon’s Den, or you can’t stand him. Personally, I’ve always found Kevin O’Leary abrasive; he holds no bar in giving his opinion (you may almost think his brand “being hated” shadows another infamous reality show personality’s – Omarosa). He loves the attention and he seems to love getting into a fight. And, if you listen carefully you understand he has a one-track mind, and that is “to make more money”. “The truth is, a successful marriage is like a pizza pie, and love is only one slice. You can argue that love is an important slice, and I won’t disagree with you. But there are other slices, too, slices nobody wants to talk about in our rom-com-saturated world. If you know anything about me, it probably won’t surprise you to hear me stress the importance of money over romance.” ~ Kevin O’Leary Even though, I don’t necessarily feel Kevin O’Leary shares my sensibilities, I must say how pleasantly surprised I was by his matter of fact, straight shooting advice in his third book Family, Kids & Money. It actually kept me hostage for an afternoon, curtailing my plans to take a nap. Some of Kevin’s advice may seem absurd. He doesn’t shy away from admitting he thinks arranged marriages have a place in this society. He talks about choosing a “mate” vs. choosing a “soulmate”, and believes that soulmates aren’t discovered, rather they are grown. No doubt, overcoming obstacles and accommodating goals as a couple is the brick and mortar of real partnership, and the key to financial stability and success, admits Kevin O’Leary. Just as the number one rule in real estate is “location, location, location”, the number one rule in relationships is “time, time, time”. Marriage should be viewed as a contract where two people come together to build a dynasty, one based on emotional closeness, but one that doesn’t exclude financial prudence. Many people think they can build a family out of dreams and good intentions, but end up living below the poverty line. The book illustrates techniques on how to make sound financial choices whether you are starting a relationship or building a trust for your kids. “When you reduce debt and protect your personal and business relationships, when you set financial targets and are responsible enough to meet them, you’re not only creating success in your lifetime – you’ve just set up your kids for success in the future as well.” With simple money mistakes and fixes, Kevin is able to say things that are sharp and ultimately meaningful. Read More at: http://sukasareads.blogspot.ca/2014/0...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    I work in the financial services industry (in retirement planning) and like reading books about managing money. I'd read O'Leary's other books recently and enjoyed them. There are four parts in this book: * Love - the dating game, choosing a mate and the five languages of money * Marriage - arranged marriages (why they can sometimes work), establishing your financial independence and building the bedrock of your partnership * Kids - Give your kids an MBA (money & banking awareness), having them get I work in the financial services industry (in retirement planning) and like reading books about managing money. I'd read O'Leary's other books recently and enjoyed them. There are four parts in this book: * Love - the dating game, choosing a mate and the five languages of money * Marriage - arranged marriages (why they can sometimes work), establishing your financial independence and building the bedrock of your partnership * Kids - Give your kids an MBA (money & banking awareness), having them get a job, single parents, blended families and adopted kids, and letters from Uncle Kevin to your teenager and 20-something * Family - building your business family tree, midlife crises and money mismanagement, and giving your marriage a fighting chance Though I couldn't relate to the chapter on kids (since I don't have any), I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well. Since I watched the author on Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, I would hear "Mr. Wonderful's" voice in his writing ... it's direct and there's no BS. Despite the wealth he has, he is constantly teaching his children the value of money. For example, when he travels and he takes his kids with him, he has no qualms about buying himself (and his wife) a first class plane ticket and economy tickets for the kids. There was a bit of a disconnect, though, when he talked about ways of saving money and one is to borrow movies from the library rather than going to the theatre. While I can't imagine him doing that today, perhaps he did things like this when his family was young and he was growing his business. There are quizzes throughout such as "Do You Speak the Same Money Language as Your Mate?" and "Are you Financially Independent in Your Marriage?" There are pictures throughout the book of him and his family throughout the years. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/01...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Contains some very solid advice about what to look for in a potential spouse. O'Leary comments on the advantages of arranged marriage. Think my kids would go for that? Probably not, but I hope they will at least consider the money habits of the people they date. While it is a good starting point, successful marriages require so much more than love. Remind me to have my kids read this book when they start dating.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rui Moniz

    Estava à espera de mais, honestamente. Ficam algumas ideias interessantes e um capítulo que merece reflexão especial. Duvido que o Mr. Wonderful aplique ou tenha aplicado na sua vida real alguns dos conselhos que aqui dá. Embora a maior parte deles sejam intuitivos, alguns são absurdos. Mas é a tal coisa: o tipo é multimilionário, eu não. Às tantas, quem tem razão?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Great book. I think it's best read by a young adult who is just getting started with their life. It's kind of too late for people who already have a family or are middle aged but is a good read regardless. Great advice.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Young

    This book was alright. There wasn't much new information for me (thankfully, I've learned some of these lessons earlier in life). Would be great for people to read in their 20's.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barb Wiseberg

    Brilliant From Ontario government grants for students setting up a summer business, to blunt dating tips to long term care insurance, Kevin's insights are invaluable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lesley-Ann

    Actually a 3.5.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tom Qiao

    O'Leary speaks candidly about the important things in life: love, family, kids, and how money is a means to an end. I especially like the practical advice and tips that he provides.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amazingsomeone

    Kevin is my favorite shark. I really enjoyed this book, it's an eye opener. I wish to read his other books, but I am unable to find them for download or purchase at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Was OK. Didn't get alot out of it. Most points were common sense. Did pay attention to a few chapters near the end. Good planning info and advice. Aurora library.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ash

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex Musicaendless

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mert Barbaros

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clover

  23. 5 out of 5

    ND

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy Cheung

  25. 5 out of 5

    V

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vahan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine Bonin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Sellers

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

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