Thinking of something to read? Reading books is definitely more than knowing about amazing stories and fantasies or getting inside the lives of your favourite figures; it can also be the seed to your financial success!

So go ahead and add some reads on personal finance to your reading list for the year 2016. If you are wondering where to start, below are some suggestions of the latest bestsellers in personal finance.

  1. Book Title: I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time (June 2015)

Author/s: Laura Vanderkam

The Gist of It: You probably saw one of those posts about how you will have to sacrifice some aspects of your life (school/career, family, relationship, friends, etc.) in order to succeed in another on your Facebook news feed. However, whoever posted those things probably either do not know anything about time management or have not read this book.

Take it from the stories and testimonials of women who somehow managed to find some solutions to the work-life balance problem. Let these serve as proofs to finally debunk those myths you heard and probably demotivate you in even trying to balance.

In this book, Vanderkam provides us with 1,001 days’ worth of accounts by women who proved to themselves and the world that even as dutiful and responsible mothers, they can also be successful entrepreneurs.

  1. Book Title: Getting (More of) What You Want: How the Secrets of Economics and Psychology Can Help You Negotiate Anything, in Business and in Life (July 2015)

Author/s: Margaret A. Neale and Thomas Z. Lys

The Gist of It: Opportunities are everywhere, but not all of us are able to see them every time, let alone grab them. However, by the end of this book by Neale and Lys, change is definitely going to come in your life.

How exactly will this book help me recognize and take the opportunities in your life? As made obvious by its title, the two authors make use of the recent researches and studies in Psychology and Economics. What this book teaches all of us is that opportunities do not just come to us; we have to know when we can get them and to actually do something to take them for ourselves.

One way to take the best opportunities in life is by negotiating. Given the assumption that everything can be discussed, this book provides lessons that not only people in the world of business will find valuable. It gives us tips on how we can negotiate – from haggling for that lampshade to sealing a big business deal – by understanding the psychology between the actions and responses of people in deal-making.

  1. Book Title: When to Rob a Bank … and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants (May 2015)

Author/s: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Gist of It: If you are a fan of Freakonomics, you will definitely enjoy this compilation of the best blog posts by the same authors, Levitt, and Dubner. Truly, there’s a reason why their book is a best-seller and was even turned into a film.

The said book addresses, with entertaining wit and humour, the weirdest questions on life and finance with economic principles and phenomena. What makes this amazing is how academic the discussions are no matter how otherworldly the topics are; the topic covers from why flight attendants are not tipped, to when to rob a bank, as predicted.

4 Personal Finance Books for Better Financial Management

It being a compilation of past blogs make reading it a great learning experience without being too flashy with economics jargon that may scare away those who are new in the field; in other words, it is a light and easy read that is fun and fruitful at the same time.

  1. Book Title: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives (March 2015)

Author/s: Gretchen Rubin

The Gist of It: This quote by Stephen Pressfield pretty much sums up how important our habits are, especially when it comes to our career and financial progress: “The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.”

This thinking is not new at all. However, it leaves us pondering how exactly are we going to change our habits. This is where Rubin’s book becomes quite insightful. Operating under the premise that more positivity and happiness leads to more progress in aspects of your life (including financial progress), Rubin provides up to 21 strategies that her readers can use to make more positive changes in their lives.

This includes one step that we have always emphasized in our past posts: giving yourself some time and budget to indulge or in short, giving “treats” to yourself.


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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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