Any personal finance manual that suggests “hedge funds are like guys and gals on Tinder: their profile pics look totally hot, but spend five minutes with them, and they fail to impress” is clearly not going to be a dull, run-of-the-mill primer. If this light-hearted tone appeals, then you will enjoy Jill Schlesinger’s The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money. Schlesinger is a business analyst on CBS news, hosts a podcast, has a syndicated radio show, Jill on Money, and is a certified financial planner. She is, then, ideally placed to write a finance book for the age of the listicle: Thirteen Ways To Right Your Financial Wrongs, as the subtitle puts it. Much of the detail here focuses on the US. I can only hope, as a non-American, that Schlesinger imparts worthwhile information about such vehicles as Roth IRAs and 401(K) plans and how to maximise their advantages. But those in the rest of the world will also benefit from reading about the universal ways in which otherwise cle...

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