September 20, 2010

Review: Making Bank: The Personal Finance Lessons They Never Taught Us in School

If you never took a personal finance course in school, you are not alone. Approximately 90 percent of high school graduates were never even offered a class on money management. Claudio M. Ghipsmann, a former Wall Street executive, is here to pick up the slack.

Inspired to help change the lack of financial literacy in this country, Ghipsmann provides readers with a guide to the ins and outs of banking, investing and personal finance in his new book “Making Bank.” Arranged in an easy-to-understand format, “Making Bank” teaches readers the financial lessons they never learned in school. With step-by-step guides to managing balance sheets, controlling credit scores and a host of other essential money management tips, “Making Bank” encourages readers to take charge of their financial futures, become financially secure and gain personal wealth.

When I was asked if I would like to review this book, I knew I would just from the title.  I know some things about finance but I also know that I have a lot to learn.  I found Claudio's book to be very helpful.  I learned so much and I feel like I have a better handle on my current money situation.

About the Author:

With more than 15 years of experience on Wall Street and in public accounting, Claudio M. Ghipsmann has worked for some of the top names in the financial industry, including Merrill Lynch, Barclay’s Capital and UBS. Former Wall Street executive and financial literacy advocate, Ghipsmann holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Long Island University, a master’s degree in finance and investments from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and is a chartered financial analyst candidate. Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Ghipsmann grew up in Queens, N.Y., and currently resides in Miami, Fla. 

Bridgeway Books
September 21, 2010 
248 pages 
$15.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  2. I think about now we could all benefit from this book.

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  3. This book looks like it would have some great information.

    thank you.

  4. I am thinking that with a high school student who is just a short time away from a first job, this book would be great for him and myself. Thank you for the review.


  5. Looks like the book has down to earth practical information.It would be a great gift for my daughter's 21st birthday!

    Hope this book gets in the hands of high school teachers and administrators

  6. Thanks for the great review. There is so much to learn about money and this book looks like it would help a lot!

  7. I'll be going to college soon so this will be very helpful with my financial situation!


  8. Oh, how I want this book for my teenagers!

  9. Looks very informative and may be helpful. ....Tiffypoot @ (

  10. With as much financial problems we face it's a shame we don't have more classes in schools geared toward this subject.

  11. I could use this, especially in today's economy! wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

  12. Sounds like an interesting book!

  13. I like the name Claudio!

  14. my husband and I have been working hard on are finances this would be a great help thanks for the chance to win

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  16. I would love to have a chance to read this book :)

  17. This looks like a good read. I like the title.

  18. Great book for all> Maybe could be a textbook for discussion of finance, or a requisite gift for graduations or weddings.

  19. I never got a chance to take an accounting course in school, so I bet this book would be very useful to me. With a positive feedback from you I would surely read it.