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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

INTRODUCTION 1

The Soldier's Handbook 2

The Purpose of Soldier of Finance 4

PA R T O N E

DISCOVERY PHASE: WHAT IS YOUR WHY? 7

1 WHY ARE YOU HERE? 8

Shaky Beginnings 10

What's Your Story? 14

What Is a Soldier of Finance? 15

Debriefing: A Soldier of Finance Success Story 15

Go/No Go 17

Summary 19

2 TIME TO ENLIST AND TAKE AN OATH 20

Soldier of Finance Creed 22

Finding a Battle Buddy 23

Identifying Blue Falcons 26

Down to Basics 29

Summary 31

PA R T T W O

INITIAL TRAINING PHASE (WEEKS 1--5) 33

3 WEEK 1: THE ARMY PHYSICAL--MEASURE YOUR DEBT 34

Your Financial Status: Stop Being in Denial 36

Debriefing: The Meaning of "Not Much Debt" 36

The Situation Report 38

P/X Rangers (or Living Beyond Your Means) 41

Summary 44

4 WEEK 2: ROSTER NUMBER--

YOUR CREDIT SCORE FOR LIFE 45

740 Is the New 720 47

Credit Scores and Your Mortgage 48

Finding Your Credit Score 49

Summary 50

5 WEEK 3: LAND MINES--YOUR CREDIT REPORT 51

My First Credit Report 53

Where to Get Your Free Credit Report 54

Carefully Verify the Information 56

Set Up Your Recon 58

Summary 61

6 WEEK 4: THE LOW CRAWL--CREDIT REPAIR 62

Stop the Bleeding 64

My Unnecessary Debt 65

Pay Down Your Debt 66

Debriefing: No Credit to Good Credit 67

Get the Most Out of Your Credit Cards 68

Watch Out for Credit Card Company Dirty Tricks 71

Summary 74

7 WEEK 5: LAND NAVIGATION CERTIFICATION--

IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS 75

Define Your Mission Objectives 77

Op Orders: How to Achieve Your Mission 79

Summary 85

PA R T T H R E E

CAMPAIGN PHASE (WEEKS 6--12) 87

8 WEEK 6: ACCOMPLISHING GOALS--

FROM CHAOS TO PRECISION 88

Into Action 89

Execute the Mission 91

Twenty-One Days to Change 93

Dealing with Setbacks 95

Review the Mission 96

Summary 98

9 WEEK 7: DESTROYING THE ENEMY--

PAYING OFF DEBT 100

Field Artillery: Matching the Cannon to the Objective 103

Ammunition for Targeting Debt 104

Debriefing: Operation Motherhood 108

Don't Be Content with Debt 110

Getting Cash Flow Positive 113

Summary 115

10 WEEK 8: SENSITIVE ITEMS REPORT--

TACTICAL BUDGETING 116

Tie Budgeting to Your Goals 117

The Sensitive Items Report 118

The Basic Training Budget: Identify Your Unnecessary Spending 120

Online Resources 122

Debriefing: Operation Budget 123

Practice Makes Perfect: Why Soldiers Drill 125

Family Battle Drills 126

Summary 129

11 WEEK 9: FRAGO--

THE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS SURVIVAL GUIDE 130

The FRAGO Fund 132

Watch Out for Imposters 134

Making the Most of Your Savings Account 135

You Are Now Ready for Anything 138

Summary 139

12 WEEK 10: MANUALS AND ORDERS--

GETTING STARTED IN INVESTING 141

Why Haven't You Started? 142

Are You Ready? 144

The Magic 10 Percent: A Guideline for Investing 145

Get the Right Advice 147

Secure Your Base of Operations 148

Summary 150

13 WEEK 11: FROM BOOTS TO HUMVEES--

BEGINNING INVESTMENT VEHICLES 152

Remember the Mission 155

Use Boots, Not Buses, for Short Distances 155

Middle-Distance Humvees: Investment Accounts

(Individual or Joint) 158

Peer-to-Peer Lending 160

Summary 162

14 WEEK 12: FIVE-TON TRUCKS AND MRAPS--

LONG-DISTANCE INVESTMENT VEHICLES 163

Take an Active Role with a Roth IRA 164

Follow the Roth IRA with a 401(k) 167

The 401(k) for Military Personnel 169

The Stock Market: Be Careful of the Risks 169

Diversify Based on the Size of Your Portfolio 171

Investing for Your Future 171

Summary 173

PA R T F O U R

CONSOLIDATION PHASE (WEEKS 13--14) 175

15 WEEK 13: BASIC HOUSING ALLOWANCE--

MORTGAGE BASICS 176

Debriefing: J. Money's House 178

How Much House Can You Really Afford? 180

What Types of Loans Are Best for You? 182

Housing Traps to Avoid 183

Summary 186

16 WEEK 14: YOUR BODY ARMOR--

YOU NEED INSURANCE 187

Auto Insurance 189

Homeowners/Renters Insurance 190

Medical Insurance 191

Life Insurance 192

Umbrella Liability: Covering the Gaps 196

Summary 198

CONCLUSION 199

RESOURCES 201

INDEX 203

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 209

About the Author

Jeff Rose CFP, (Carbondale, IL) is a Certified Financial Planner (TM) and an Iraq combat veteran. A regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report, MarketWatch, and Equifax.com, he is the author of two popular personal finance blogs, SoldierofFinance.com and the nation ally recognized goodfinancialcents.com, which has been featured in Forbes, The Huffing ton Post, Kiplinger, and The Wall Street Journal.

Reviews

..".no-nonsense approach to overcoming financial obstacles." --Jasonrprice.com
"If you're dealing with any debt or feeling discouraged about your own retirement planning...get your hands on the book." --The Military Guide
"Rose is sure to keep you intrigued as he shares his personal money stories and the stories of people he has counseled." --Black Enterprise
"Any young person looking to get their financial lives in order could benefit from reading and taking action based on this book." --Family Money Values
"I place this financial book among one of the best, especially for those looking for actionable ways to take charge of their finances." --Planting Money Seeds
"Great book full of resources for anyone wanting to take control of their finances and future." --World Traveling Military Family
..". [Rose] has a superior knowledge of personal finance and who can talk about money to people like they are actually people." --Dinks Finance
..".a reference book that families could put on their bookshelves and reread on a regular basis to give their finances a checkup." --Enemy of Debt
..".a disciplined, no-nonsense, no excuses approach to personal finance..." --Get Rich Slowly
..".helped me see the normal, every-day personal finance topics that I obsess about all the time in a new light...strongly recommend that you buy Soldier of Finance." --20s Finances
..".best part of the book are the personal anecdotes - mostly from Rose, who talks not just about his experience in the military, but also about his own financial mistakes and successes." --Quizzle
..".survival guide for facing down financial challenges and building prosperity." --Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities
"Even if you're not a soldier, I recommend reading his book, as he does a great job of explaining financial concepts and strategies." --Financially Wise Women
"Where this book shines is taking all the things you learn as a soldier and translating those skills...into the financial world." --Life Lessons of a Military Wife
"Soldier of Finance is one of my favorite books of 2013." --Gerri Detweiler, host Credit Radio
"It will transform you, turning you into a powerful financial warrior trained to face down challenges and systematically build long-term prosperity." --New Equipment Digest
"It isn't just for those who have served in the military, it is for anyone who has made bad money decisions in their past." --Money Plan SOS
"He shares his background and personal anecdotes to distill difficult financial topics into a language every one of us can understand." --The Military Wallet
..".wealth of knowledge from both the military and his financial planning practice and breaks it all down in his new book for everyone to enjoy." --Money Qanda
"Jeff gives personal finance an interesting spin stemming very deeply from his own experiences inside and outside of the military." --Consumerism Commentary
..".a no-nonsense, military-style training manual to overcoming financial obstacles and building lasting wealth." --Well Kept Wallet
..".one of the best new personal finance books I have read in quite some time. I found Jeff's story to be unique and identifiable."--A Young Pro
..". provides a solid foundation of personal finance basics...particularly good in explaining how to establish and keep good credit...and the best ways to eliminate debt." --New York Times
"This book is for You If: You're in debt, living on the edge, or stressed about cash." --Afford Anything
"Certified financial planner Jeff Rose's 14 modules give service members a no-nonsense approach to overcome financial obstacles and build lasting wealth." --Military Officer
..".takes PF newbies through basic training, to the financial trenches and out the other side to order and prosperity" --Surviving and Thriving
..".gives an easy-to-understand 14-week 'boot camp' to help you overcome your fear, break bad habits and get on the right track." --Life Happens
..".tired of making excuses about why you can't pay off your debt? Then look no further!... Soldier of Finance is perfect for you." --Double Saving Divas

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