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THIS IS NOT a get-rich-quick guide to the financial world. You won’t find a short-term forecast for stock and bond returns. You won’t find us proclaiming that some single investment—real estate, cash-value life insurance, gold—will answer all of your financial prayers. Instead, this is a guide for folks who want to understand the financial world and get answers to common personal-finance questions.

Where to begin? You might start with the links below. First, get a quick handle on America’s economy, markets and personal finances. Then, ponder your own financial situation, beginning with what could be your most valuable asset: your human capital. Have a particular issue you want help with? If the Main Menu doesn’t help, try the Detailed Table of Contents or the search function.

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