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Random House Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money
Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs
By (author): Jill Schlesinger
9780525622178 Hardcover English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Finance / Money Management Feb 05, 2019
$34.00 CAD
Active 6.39 x 9.55 x 0.97 in 288 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
Why do even the smartest among us make dumb mistakes with our money? Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Jill on Money, explores our biggest money blind spots, giving us the tools we need to understand and take control over our finances.

Do you have a “friend” who is super smart, has a great career, holds a graduate degree, has even saved a chunk of money for retirement, but who keeps making the same dumb mistakes when it comes to money? Is this “friend” you?

After decades working as a Wall Street trader, investment adviser, and money expert for CBS, Jill Schlesinger reveals thirteen costly mistakes you’re probably making right now with your money without even knowing it. Drawing on heartfelt personal stories (yes, money experts screw up, too), Schlesinger argues that it’s not lack of smarts that causes even the brightest, most accomplished people among us to behave like financial dumb-asses, but simple emotional blind spots.

By breaking bad habits and following Jill’s pragmatic and accessible rules for managing your finances, you can save tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention avoid countless sleepless nights.

Practical, no-nonsense, and often counterintuitive, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money tells you what you really need to hear about retirement, college financing, insurance, real estate, and more. It might just be the smartest investment you make all year.

NATIONAL PLATFORM: Emmy-nominated business analyst for CBS News; weekly guest on NPR’s Here and Now and American Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend; writes for Money; writes the nationally syndicated column “Jill on the Money” for Tribune Media Services, hosts the Better Off podcast (with over 1 million downloads) and nationally syndicated radio show Jill on Money, which airs in over ninety-five markets.

SOCIAL PLATFORM: Over 600K followers on LinkedIn and and named one of the Top 10 LinkedIn Influencers of 2015 and one of the Top 10 LinkedIn Voices of 2016; 14k followers on Twitter.

AWARD-WINNING RADIO SHOW: Schlesinger’s CBS News Radio Jill on Money won a 2018 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.

MASS APPEAL: Jill speaks directly to the millions of “mass affluent” readers—people of all ages who are good earners and comfortable but not “rich,” by their own definition.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Speaks extensively across the country.

PRESCRIPTIVE: Unconventional but easy-to-understand advice for managing your money.


Jill Schlesinger is an Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award-winning Business Analyst for CBS News, a weekly guest on NPR’s Here and Now, and a Certified Financial Planner. She writes a weekly syndicated column, Jill on Money, and serves as the host of the Better Off podcast and the nationally syndicated radio show Jill on Money.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: New York

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“Common sense is not always common, especially when it comes to managing your money. Consider Jill Schlesinger’s book your guide to all the things you should know about money but were never taught. After reading it, you’ll be smarter, wiser, and maybe even wealthier.”—Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle and The $100 Startup

“A must-read, whether you’re digging yourself out of a financial hole or stacking up savings for the future, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money is a personal finance gold mine loaded with smart financial nuggets delivered in Schlesinger’s straight-talking, judgment-free style. The book helps you live the life you want, while laughing all the way to the bank—since she’s not only wise but also hilarious!”—Beth Kobliner, author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) and Get a Financial Life
“The vast majority of people, including highly sophisticated investors, will recognize one if not several of the thirteen ‘dumb things’ Jill Schlesinger brilliantly discusses in this engaging and important book. I know I did. Drawing on a highly accomplished career—not just as an astute observer of personal finance but also as a planner and options trader—she arms readers with knowledge and tools to help correct existing financial planning mistakes, as well as avoid potentially costly ones in the future.”—Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic adviser, Allianz, and author of the New York Times bestsellers When Markets Collide and The Only Game in Town

“Jill Schlesinger is one of the smartest voices in personal finance and money management I know. Ignore her words of wisdom at your financial peril.”—Helaine Olen, blogger for The Washington Post and author of Pound Foolish

“We don’t talk nearly enough about money, which is odd given its central place in most of our lives. And it’s shockingly easy for even smart, accomplished people to get tripped up by bad habits or just plain lack of knowledge about money management. Jill Schlesinger has written an eye-opening, practical, and funny book about how we screw up and how we can get it right. I needed this book ten years ago! I’m glad I have it now.”
—Alison Green, author of Ask a Manager

“The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money 
is a powerful, easy-to-read guide full of commonsense advice.”Booklist

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