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MAKING YOUR MONEY GROW: A CANADIAN GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL FINANCE.

Zimmer, Henry B.

3rd edition, Toronto, Collins, 1989. 260pp. paper. $10.95, ISBN 0-00-215969-4. CIP

Grades 9 and up/Ages 14 and up
Reviewed by David Chadwick

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May


How-to guides on a myriad of topics are increasingly popular in both book form and videocassette. Canadian works on handling one's budget are now almost mandatory items in every public library as well as most secondary institutions.

Fortunately, there are several relatively inexpensive, easy-to-read and fallow Canadian standards on the subject. Some of the more popular include Your Money and How to Keep It by Brian Costello (Stoddart. 1988), Money by Dylan Cohen (Prentice-Hall Canada. 1987), the Touche Ross Canadian Guide to Personal Financial Management (Prentice-Hall Canada. 1988), and the Family Financial Planning Book (Key Porter Books, 1989).

Many of these books are updated regularly: with changing lax laws, interest rates and economic conditions, this is an important factor when considering whether or not a collection has enough books on the topic.

The Zimmer book, now in itís third edition, attempts to cover these problems through a long list of tables that can be used regardless of the change in interest rates or the value of the dollar. As an author of ten previous books on money management along with four textbooks, Zimrner is well aware of the difficulty of predicting economic trends.

This book can be considered his basic book for those interested in learning about financial terms and options. It is for readers pondering the difference between putting money into real estate, bonds, gold, stocks or insurance. As in all such books, there is a measure of paternalism mixed with idealism.


David Chadwick, Winnipeg, Man.
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