Heres the books Introduction to whet your appetite. I hope you enjoy the book! Please stay in touch with any questions and comments.
Until recently, I believed I would never write another personal-finance book. Luck played such a huge role inThe Wealthy Barbers success that I didnt want to tempt fate.
After watching Canadians savings rates plunge, debt levels skyrocket and investment returns consistently disappoint over the last decade, I was pulling my hair out. I wondered, How can I help?
Im hopeful thatThe Wealthy Barber Returnswill answer that question.
Although it doesnt use its predecessors novel format (yes, thats a generous use of the word novel), this, too, is an unusual financial-planning book.
There are no checklists, no graphs and almost no charts. Heck, theres hardly any math.
Essentially, its just me chatting casually about the world of money. Its almost as though Im in your living room except better because, well, Im not.
Ill admit thatThe Wealthy Barber Returnsis certainly not comprehensive. Neither my knowledge nor a mere 200 pages would allow for that.
And by no means is it the definitive word on how to manage your finances. (Sadly, that doesnt exist.) In fact, you might disagree with some of my opinions Im sure that many in the industry will.
But Im confident that what follows will make you think differently and more wisely about your saving, spending, borrowing and investment decisions.
In a way, Ive been writing this book for more than 20 years. I really hope you enjoy and benefit from its ideas.
Even if you dont, though, please tell others that you did.
P.S. Yes, I knowThe Wealthy Barber Returnsisnt the most creative title. My daughter asked, Whats next, Dad?The Wealthy Barber Goes to Hawaii? Its like the old Gidget series. I closed her RESP.
Read an excerpt from the new book in the Toronto Star
David Chilton is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1985, he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. Cheating was never proven but widely suspected. In 1989, he releasedThe Wealthy Barber. It went on to sell an astonishing two million copies in Canada. After milking his one and only good idea for years, Dave left the personal-finance field to home-school his children. His daughter escaped after a few months, but his son served out his entire sentence of three years less a day. Both children somehow overcame the experience and are now attending university. Over the years, Dave also published the bestselling cookbooksLooneyspoons,Crazy PlatesandEat, Shrink & Be Merry!along with authors Janet and Greta Podleski. Adding no value but taking a third of the profits, guilt finally overwhelmed Dave and he left the sisters business in 2007. They just recently noticed. His true professional passion, however, remains the field of personal finance, where he tries to mix humour and common sense to help people handle their money more wisely. A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, and a much sought-after speaker, Dave lives just outside Waterloo, Ontario.