A practical guide to getting personal investing right Somewhere along the way, something has gone very wrong with the way individuals save and invest. Too often, households are drawn in by promotional suggestions masquerading as impartial investment advice. Consumers get saddled with more risk than they realize. Authors Zvi Bodie and Rachelle Taqqu understand the dilemma that today's investors face, and with 'Risk Less and Prosper' they will help you find your financial footing. Written in an accessible style, this practical guide skillfully explains why personal investing is all about you--your goals, your values and your career path. It shows how to understand investment risk and choose the particular blend of risk and safety that is right for you. And it lays out several simple yet powerful ways for small investors to cast a reliable safety net to achieve their financial goals and truly prosper. Coauthors Bodie and Taqqu challenge the myth that all investments require risk, then highlight some important risks that families often disregard when deciding where to put their money. Later, they connect the dots between investment and investor, showing us all how to grasp our own investment risk profiles and how we may use these insights to make more fitting investment choices. Outlines a straightforward way to invest by aligning your investments with your goals and the risk levels you can bear Provides basic investment abc's for readers who are otherwise literate Lays out a simple, actionable plan for achieving your goals Explains the role of risk-free assets and investment insurance in assuring that you reach your most essential goals Contrary to popular belief, investing doesn't have to be complicated. You can build wealth without taking great risks. 'Risk Less and Prosper' will show you how to make investment decisions that will make your financial life less stressful and more profitable. Somewhere along the way, something has gone very wrong with the way individuals invest and save. All too often, ordinary people are drawn in by promotional suggestions masquerading as impartial investment advice and end up saddled with more risk than they realize. There truly is an urgent need for real advice to combat the confusion and false impressions fostered by much of today's conventional investment 'wisdom.' What's needed is a better investment path, one that leads investors to their financial goals without risking calamity. Coauthors Zvi Bodie and Rachelle Taqqu understand the dilemma that investors face, and now, with 'Risk Less and Prosper,' they share their experience in this field with you and reveal how the robustness of goal-based investing, as a new approach to personal finance, can put you in a better position when it comes to funding your retirement, paying for a child's higher education, or achieving other important long-term goals. Engaging and informative, this timely guide follows a small group of men and women who are meeting together, along with a financial advisor, in order to improve their personal investments. Each member of this group is based on a composite of real people, and while all are dealing with different financial circumstances, they are brought together by their shared state of confusion about what to do. 'Risk Less and Prosper' skillfully explains why personal investing is all about you--your goals, your values, your career path, and your preferences. It shows how to understand investment risk and choose the particular blend of risk and safety that is right for you. And it lays out several simple yet powerful ways for individual investors to cast a reliable safety net to achieve their financial goals and truly prosper. As you follow the group's progress, this book will: Help you develop a clear picture of your financial destination, attach a price tag to your vision together with a timetable, and align them with expected funding sources Show how to determine your risk set point and decide how much risk makes sense for you Take you through the ins and outs of two different kinds of easy-to-understand, real-return instruments: U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) and inflation-protected U.S. Government Savings Bonds (I Bonds) Talk about some techniques for matching your investments with the spending outcomes you desire or need Introduce you to a range of riskier investments--focusing on stocks in particular--after you have invested in enough safe assets to cover your basic needs Offer essential pointers on how to find an impartial, trustworthy financial advisor Contrary to popular belief, investing doesn't have to be complicated. You can build a safety-first, goal-based investment portfolio without taking great risks. 'Risk Less and Prosper' will show you how to do this and much more, as you make investment decisions that will make your financial life less stressful and more profitable. Praise For 'Risk Less and Prosper' 'Conventional investment wisdom be damned' could be the title to this outstanding book! The subtitle could be 'the key to sleeping well.' Bodie-Taqqu present a path for individuals that can lead each of us to financial and retirement security.' --DALLAS L. SALISBURY, President and CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute 'Professor Bodie has been a tireless advocate for improving investors' understanding of risk. In 'Risk Less and Prosper,' he and Rachelle Taqqu have converted those principles into a practical, easily understood road map that individual investors can effectively implement. By demonstrating how individuals can develop their 'life balance sheet, ' Zvi and Rachelle provide readers with valuable tools to determine what risk means to them, evaluate their risk tolerance, and plan for their most financially important life goals.' --STEPHEN M. HORAN, PHD, CFA, CIPM, Head, University Relations and Private Wealth, CFA Institute 'Many of the teachings in Bodie and Taqqu's new book may seem unbelievable to novices and perhaps surprising even to professionals. Too many, for instance, believe equity risk dissipates over time, but the authors show that risk actually increases. Bodie and Taqqu define risk as the capacity a person has to fall short of a financial need or goal. Their redefinition or unveiling of the truth about investment risk is much needed and refreshing. Eyes wide open, investors can then go on to make sure they're not risking more than they can afford to lose. If you are looking for a 'get rich quick' formula, you won't find it here. Instead, you'll receive honest and sage advice on how truly to risk less and prosper.' --STACY SCHAUS, Senior Vice President, PIMCO 'Bodie and Taqqu's book 'Risk Less and Prosper' is a masterful client-level financial guide to safety-first investing throughout one's lifetime. It complements RIIA's curriculum for the Retirement Management Analyst (RMA) certification and will soon be required reading.' --FRANCOIS GADENNE, Chairman and Executive Officer, Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) 'Bodie and Taqqu's 'Risk Less and Prosper' is a marvelous, easy-to-read guide to financial health. Buy two copies--one for yourself and one for your financial planner!' --LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF, William Fairfield Warren Professor of Economicsat Boston University; author of 'Jimmy Stewart Is Dead: Ending theWorld's Ongoing Financial Plague with Limited Purpose Banking'