In the dark, bewildering, trap-infested jungle of misinformation and opaque riddles that is the world of investment, JL Collins is the fatherly wizard on the side of the path, offering a simple map, warm words of encouragement and the tools to forge your way through with confidence. Youll never find a wiser advisor with a bigger heart. — Malachi Rempen: Filmmaker, cartoonist, author and self-described ruffianThis book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various thingsmostly about money and investingshe was not yet quite ready to hear. Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world weve created, understanding it is critical. But Dad, she once said, I know money is important. I just dont want to spend my life thinking about it. This was eye-opening. I love this stuff. But most people have better things to do with their precious time. Bridges to build, diseases to cure, treaties to negotiate, mountains to climb, technologies to create, children to teach, businesses to run. Unfortunately, benign neglect of things financial leaves you open to the charlatans of the financial world. the people who make investing endlessly complex, because if it can be made complex it becomes more profitable for them, more expensive for us, and we are forced into their waiting arms. Heres an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective. the simple approach I created for her and present now to you, is not only easy to understand and implement, it is more powerful than any other. Together well explore:ul liDebt: Why you must avoid it and what to do if you have it. lithe importance of having F-you Money. liHow to think about money, and the unique way understanding this is key to building your wealth. liWhere traditional investing advice goes wrong and what actually works. liWhat the stock market really is and how it really works. liWhy the stock market always goes up and why most people still lose money investing in it. liHow to invest in a raging bull, or bear, market. liSpecific investments to implement these strategies. lithe Wealth Building and Wealth Preservation phases of your investing life and why they are not always tied to your age. liHow your asset allocation is tied to those phases and how to choose it. liHow to simplify the sometimes confusing world of 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA and Roth accounts. liTRFs (Target Retirement Funds), HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) and RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions). liWhat investment firm to use and why the one I recommend is so far superior to the competition. liWhy you should be very cautious when engaging an investment advisor and whether you need to at all. liWhy and how you can be conned, and how to avoid becoming prey. liWhy I dont recommend dollar cost averaging. liWhat financial independence looks like and how to have your money support you. liWhat the 4% rule is and how to use it to safely spend your wealth. lithe truth behind Social Security. liA Case Study on how this all can be implemented in real life. ulDont let any of this intimidate you. Those that have gone before you say: . in his patented no-frills and often humorous style, JL makes it both approachable and simple. And powerful. effective message told in a visual, funny style. a refreshingly unique and approachable take on investing. JL Collins has the gift of making boring financial concepts funny and interesting. Instead of esoteric equations about measuring a stocks alpha and comparing it to its beta, he lights up the campfire and starts telling stories. Enjoy the read, and the journey!