Personal Financial Planning,
15th Edition

Randy Billingsley, Lawrence Gitman, Michael Joehnk

ISBN-13: 9780357438480 | ISBN-10: 0357438485

Copyright 2021

| Published 2020

| 688 pages

List Price USD $249.95


Knowing how to handle money effectively is more important today than ever. Billingsley/Gitman/Joehnk’s market-leading PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING, 15E provides the tools, techniques and understanding you need to define and achieve your financial goals. Numerous examples and practical illustrations complement a common-sense approach. Interesting features and insightful financial planning tips work with current updates to keep content both timely and relevant. New content guides you in using today’s financial tools and technology as you learn how to improve your spending habits, ask a financial adviser the right questions, budget effectively and choose the right bank for your individual needs. You also learn how to evaluate if it's best to buy or lease a vehicle, select the best credit card, recognize priorities in buying a home and even plan for retirement. In addition, MindTap online learning system is available to assist in completing homework and mastering key skills.

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Randall S. Billingsley serves as a finance professor at VirginiaTech. He earned his bachelor’s in economics from Texas Tech University and received his M.S. in economics and a Ph.D. in finance from Texas A&M University. Dr. Billingsley holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Certified Rate of Return Analyst (CRRA) professional designations. An award-winning instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels, his research, consulting and teaching focus on investment analysis and issues relevant to practicing financial advisors. Formerly a vice president at the Association for Investment Management and Research (now the CFA Institute), Dr. Billingsley published an equity valuation case study of Merck & Company that was assigned reading in the CFA curriculum for several years. In 2006 the Wharton School published his book, UNDERSTANDING ARBITRAGE: AN INTUITIVE APPROACH TO FINANCIAL ANALYSIS. In addition, his research has been published in refereed journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, the Journal of Financial Research and the Journal of Futures Markets. Dr. Billingsley advises the Student-Managed Endowment for Educational Development (SEED) at Virginia Tech, which manages an equity portfolio of about $5 million on behalf of the Virginia Tech Foundation. To date, Dr. Billingsley’s consulting has focused on providing expert testimony on financial issues as well as helping investment professionals prepare for the CFA exams. Dr. Billingsley enjoys exploring and discussing the relationships among diverse areas of investment analysis as his consulting takes him throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Lawrence J. Gitman is an emeritus professor of finance at San Diego State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, his M.B.A. from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Gitman is a prolific textbook author with numerous best-selling books, and he has written more than 50 articles for various finance journals. An active member of numerous professional organizations, Dr. Gitman is past president of the Academy of Financial Services, the San Diego Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute, the Midwest Finance Association and the FMA National Honor Society. In addition, Dr. Gitman is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®). He formerly served as a director on the CFP® Board of Governors in addition to functioning as vice-president–financial education for the Financial Management Association and as director of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum. Dr. Gitman has two grown children and lives with his wife in La Jolla, California, where he is an avid bicyclist.

Michael D. Joehnk is an emeritus professor of finance at Arizona State University. In addition to his academic appointments at ASU, Dr. Joehnk spent a year as a visiting professor of finance at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona and his M.B.A. from Arizona State University. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), he served as a member of the Candidate Curriculum Committee and of the Council of Examiners of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. He also served as a director of the Phoenix Society of Financial Analysts and as secretary-treasurer of the Western Finance Association. He was also elected to two terms as vice president of the Financial Management Association. In addition, Dr. Joehnk was the editor of Institutional Asset Allocation, which was sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts and published by Dow Jones-Irwin. He also has contributed to the Handbook for Fixed Income Securities and to Investing and Risk Management, Volume 1 of the Library of Investment Banking. In addition, Dr. Joehnk served a six-year term as executive co-editor of the Journal of Financial Research. He and his wife live in Flagstaff, Arizona, where they enjoy hiking and other activities in the surrounding areas.

  • THE USE OF SPREADSHEETS IS THOROUGHLY INTEGRATED. Students learn to maximize technology in making personal financial decisions as this edition highlights how to use spreadsheets to compliment the use of financial calculators in personal finances.
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF FUTURE AND PRESENT VALUE OFFERS FLEXIBILITY IN TEACHING. Time Value of Money calculations now include the formula approach in addition to use of table factors and financial calculators. Based on instructor feedback, MindTap online homework solution now allows for this method in addition to use of table factors. This gives you flexibility in your teaching approach, based on your preferences.
  • TODAY'S MOST CURRENT UPDATES DEPICT THE LATEST TAX LAWS AND FINANCIAL DATA. The latest content throughout this leading edition reflects all of the newest tax laws with special sections on tax preparation as well as recent personal examples and contemporary financial advice. The latest financial data, figures and tables keep your course up to date as you guide students through financial principles.
  • STUDENTS RELATE TO PRACTICAL CHAPTER CONTENT IMMEDIATELY. A "How Will This Affect Me?" feature at the beginning of each chapter explains in plain language why readers will find the chapter’s topics relevant to their lives. Each chapter also opens with a series of "Financial Fact or Fantasy" statements that engage and prompt students to critically evaluate financial information and assumptions.
  • THOROUGH UPDATES OFFER A MORE PERSONAL TOUCH TO THIS EDITION'S SUBJECT MATTER. This edition's friendly tone helps relate big financial ideas to students’ everyday lives, based on the latest research and input from practicing professionals and leading instructors. The book continues to emphasize the validity and importance of key principles of personal financial planning, including saving, diversifying investments, watching expenditures and borrowing carefully.
  • UPDATED END-OF-CHAPTER FEATURES ENSURE COMPREHENSION AND APPLICATION. Useful summaries at the end of each chapter review learning goals and connect to concepts within financial planning exercises and critical-thinking cases. Students test and apply their understanding with out-of-class projects, exercises and worksheets designed to help manage personal finances. They also make personal financial planning decisions related to chapter topics and evaluate the outcomes.
  • HIGHLIGHTED PRACTICAL EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATE EVERYDAY APPLICATIONS. A series of engaging, practical examples in each chapter demonstrate relevant financial principles in action. Examples include the impact of starting an IRA early, calculating the maximum affordable mortgage, credit card choice trade-offs, homeowner’s insurance policy coverage limits, evaluating mutual funds and exchange-traded funds and the use of life insurance in estate planning.
  • THE "FINANCIAL IMPACT OF PERSONAL CHOICES" EXAMINES AN IMPORTANT DECISION RELATED TO EACH CHAPTER'S CONTENT. This edition's "Financial Impact of Personal Choices" learning feature presents a personal financial planning decision related to an important topic in each chapter. Students review and evaluate the outcome.
  • FRESH, INVITING DESIGN SUPPORTS THE READER'S UNDERSTANDING. Based on feedback from current instructors, financial planners and students, this edition incorporates numerous updates and a fresh design to ensure that the book presents financial information in a clear, concise and understandable manner. Updated, practical sidebar discussions provide useful tips and guidelines, and numerous learning features reinforce this edition's inviting design.
  • UPDATED "FINANCIAL ROAD SIGNS" AND PLANNING TIPS OFFER VALUABLE HINTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FINANCIAL DECISIONS. These brief, helpful "Financial Road Signs" and "Financial Planning Tips" suggest what students should consider when implementing parts of a financial plan or making personal financial decisions in today’s times. This invaluable financial advice walks students through developing budgets, handling student debt, conducting online banking, purchasing vehicles, using debit cards, buying health or life insurance, investing and avoiding online job search mistakes.

Table of Contents

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1. Understanding the Financial Planning Process.
2. Developing Your Financial Statements and Plans.
3. Preparing Your Taxes.
4. Managing Your Cash and Savings.
5. Making Automobile and Housing Decisions.
6. Using Credit.
7. Using Consumer Loans.
8. Insuring Your Life.
9. Insuring Your Health.
10. Protecting Your Property.
11. Investment Planning.
12. Investing in Stocks and Bonds.
13. Investing in Mutual Funds and Real Estate.
14. Planning for Retirement.
15. Preserving Your Estate.

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