Ready or Not for retirement? This guide may help.

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

Ready or Not Ready or Not by Elizabeth McFadden has stood the test of time with the publication of its 40th edition. The guide covers a range of topics including financial planning, Social Security, legal matters, health, consumer education, where to live, grandparenting and others you might not associate with retirement such as starting a new career! The guide is available through the Library and is published by . . . more »

Money Smart Week is for everyone: April 20-27, 2013!

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

Have you taken stock of your own personal economy? Whether you’re a student or ready to retire, managing your finances effectively is important to reach your goals in life. Personal financial planning is not just for those with a job and money, it’s even more essential if you’re barely getting by or in debt. During Money Smart Week, learn about all the resources the Library . . . more »

Anatomy of the Bear

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

Anatomy of the Bear Anatomy of the Bear How does one spot the bottom of a bear market? What brings a bear to its end? There are few more important questions to be answered in modern finance. Looking at the four occasions when US equities were particularly cheap - 1921, 1932, 1949 and 1982 - Russell Napier sets out to answer these questions by analyzing every article in the . . . more »

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

The Millionaire next Door The Millionaire next Door This title completely debunks the ideas most people have about what it means to be rich. The guy in the Amosu suit driving a Lamborghini is probably broke. The ordinary looking guy in the reliable automobile is probably the millionaire. Why? People who have spending habits that lead them to buy the flashy things rarely are on a path to financial . . . more »

FAFSA Deadline for Cal Grants: March 2, 2013

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

The deadline to submit a FAFSA application for priority consideration of Cal Grants is March 2, 2013. If you'd like help with your application, there will be a hands on workshop at Campbell Library, Thursday, February 28 from 4 to 5:30 PM in the Community Room. If you're planning to go to a community college, the deadline is September 2, 2013. Deadlines vary for private . . . more »

What Works on Wall Street

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

What Works on Wall Street What Works on Wall Street Now in its second decade of helping investors succeed with stocks, "What Works on Wall Street" continues to provide the most effective investing strategies, presenting incontrovertible data on what works and what doesn't. Updated with current statistics and brand-new features, "What Works on Wall Street" offers data on almost 90 years of market performance, including: Stocks ranked by market capitalization . . . more »

Making College Affordable

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

Are you planning to attend college or graduate school this Fall and are wondering how to pay for it? The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) and Mission College Financial Aid Office will hold several hands-on workshops for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The workshops will be held in an open house format. To fill out the FAFSA online as completely as possible . . . more »

Financial Analysis for Managers

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

The Essentials of Financial Analysis Outside of the accounting and finance departments, not many business people are interested in the finer points of financial reports. But every manager must have a thorough understanding of what their finance and accounting staffs do, why they do it, and what these reports really mean. This indispensable book demystifies the role that accounting and finance play in a corporation and demonstrates how financial decisions . . . more »

Get Schooled on Understanding Investments

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

cover from teaching company product Take this Teaching Company Course on basic personal finance information from Duke University professor of economics, Connel Fullencamp. Understanding Investments is one of the many wonderful economics classes available from the library. What are your most important financial goals? Sending your kids to college? Buying a new home? Retiring early? Having the freedom to not worry about whether you can afford to buy a new . . . more »


Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

Financial Shenanigans Financial Shenanigans Certainly, most companies are ethical, but some do take advantage of reporting gray areas or ignore the rules in order to present financial results with a deceptively positive spin or in an altogether misleading way. Given the potential for accounting manipulation and gimmickry, financial statement readers need to exercise skepticism and rigorous due diligence. Schilit and Perler, two recognized forensic accounting experts, have . . . more »


Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 by sccl_smart_investing

Debunkery Ken Fisher's New YorkTimes bestseller Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit From It—Seeing Through Wall Street's Money-Killing Myths details 50 common investing misperceptions. Fisher was named one of the 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades by Investment Advisor magazine. “Folks have a romantic notion about ‘beating the market’,” says Ken Fisher. “A lofty goal—and possible, though difficult—but most investors not only . . . more »

You Go Girl

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by sccl_smart_investing

It's your Money, Honey Girlfriend, take control of your money. Read McDonald's It's your Money, Honey Because your finances are your business, this title encourages women of all ages to take a greater interest--and play a greater role--in those financial issues that affect their everyday lives and futures. Conversational, irreverent, and intelligent, this guide to wealth creation, wealth management, and financial protection provides the advice that smart women today . . . more »