Rob Carrick of The Globe and Mail is one of Canada’s most trusted and widely read financial experts for over 15 years. He’s written quite a few books in the past, and his latest book consisting of some great financial advice is specifically targeted at young adults graduating from university or college and moving into the workforce, into the housing market and into family life. The book is a very simple and straightforward read and totally intended for those with new financial beginnings or those looking for a fresh start.
I had a chance to read the book earlier over the past few months, and yes it’s taken me a while to read it sadly, but I was impressed with the realistic advice offered in the book on the financial challenges and opportunities facing young people today. Rob’s book is a great guide for a young person to financial empowerment or for parents preparing to send their kids off into the real world.
About the Author
Rob Carrick has been around personal finance for over 15 years, and has become one of Canada’s most widely trusted and respected financial experts as a business, economic and personal finance reporter. He has previously worked on both Bay Street and Parliament Hill before becoming the personal finance columnist for The Globe and Mail, a position he’s held for the past ten years.
About the Book
This book is comprised of nine chapters, each taking a look at a financial topic through the eyes of a young person as well as their parents. One of my favorites parts of the book are the chapter case study interviews with young adults as they strive towards accomplishing a milestone. The book focuses on the basics of budgeting, finances of a student, and the life after school – marriage, kids, and buying your first home. If you’ve read any of Rob’s articles, you might have realized that he’s quite opinionated and to the point – which is refreshing in a day and age where many outlooks, opinions and dreams are simply unrealistic. For example, Rob’s big belief is that you’re much better off owning a home than being a renter – an opinion I equally share.
As mentioned earlier, the book consists of nine easy to follow chapters and a total of 222 pages. Here are the chapters in the book:
- Affording College or University
- How to Handle Debt, Both in School and Afterward
- You and Your Bank
- Saving, Budgeting and What to do if you have to Move Back Home
- Looking to the Future: RRSPs and TFSAs
- Cars and You
- Buying a Home
- Weddings and Kids
- Insurance and Wills
Rob Carrick has spent over 15 years talking to people of all ages about money. He offers advice from his own past by saying he’s learned well from his mistakes so that you don’t have to. He even admits to moving back in with his parents for a period of time. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would consider it a must read for young personal finance enthusiasts, especially those just starting out of school or looking to buy their first home. One of my favorite parts of the book is that Rob admits that today’s generation of 20-somethings have it harder than their parents did decades ago, yet the parent’s can help guide their kids to financial independence rather than handing everything out.
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