Personal Finance
An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management
by Barbara Friedberg, Editor
April 2015, 403pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3031-0
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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Many young adults say they don’t feel prepared to make wise financial choices.

This jargon-free resource explains the who, what, why, and where of contemporary personal finance in simple, easy-to-grasp language, covering the key people, events, terms, tools, policies, and products that make up modern money management.

The ideal roadmap to 21st-century financial literacy, this layman’s encyclopedia discusses ideas, concepts, events, and people that inform money management and personal finance. It explains the intricacies of things like investing, saving, debt, credit, and mortgages, and it drills down into complexities like the difference between 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans. Entries invite the reader to explore common financial topics, such as seeking credit counseling, using credit cards, buying a home, and choosing insurance. Issues such as identity theft, derivatives, and taxes are explored as well.

The unique work is topically organized with contributions from both academics and financial professionals. Entries are augmented by entertaining sidebar anecdotes and a glossary, and there is a useful feature that connects readers to online sources, enabling them to keep up with this fast-changing field. A one-stop resource ideal for individuals seeking to understand personal finance, this book will also prove valuable to students taking courses in finance and economics. All readers will come away better equipped to profit from money management and more skilled at making smart financial decisions.


  • Supplies accessible, comprehensive financial information that explains complex topics in simple language
  • Shows the relationship between personal finance and everyday life, from renting an apartment to saving for retirement
  • Answers a wide variety of personal finance questions
  • Provides a resource suitable for both personal and scholarly use
Barbara Friedberg, MS, MBA, is a former finance instructor at Santa Clara University and Lebanon Valley College and former CFO and CIO at Cadco Realty, Inc., Cincinnati, OH. She is CEO and editor of, an investment education website. Her published works include How to Get Rich; Wealth Building Guide for the Financially Illiterate; and Therapeutic Exercises for Children: Guided Self-Discovery Using Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques. Friedberg holds a master's degree in business administration in finance from Pennsylvania State University and a master of science degree in counseling from Miami University.


"Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates and community college students; high school students; general readers."—Choice, January 4, 2016

"This reviewer liked the work as a whole and admired its aims. Of particular value to young people would be the consistently clear explanations of complex financial and economic ideas. . . . . This is very much, then, a reference tool for the well-upholstered American high school or college library to support the curriculum."—Reference Reviews, April 28, 2016
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