About The Book

Clear, Expert Guidance on What All the New Economic Rules and Reforms Really Mean to the Average Concerned American                                      


Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy

After years of economic uncertainty, massive foreclosures, collapsing banks, and the Great Recession, the federal government has enacted sweeping reforms to help millions of struggling average Americans. We now have hundreds of new rules—more than 400 under the Dodd-Frank Act alone—as well as new laws, programs, investigations, and even new authorities such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These changes touch the banking, borrowing, credit, debt, savings, investments, homeownership, earning, spending, and retirement of just about every citizen. Unfortunately, few have the time, patience, and expertise to confidently navigate the new economic landscape, seize the opportunities for recovery and prosperity it offers, rise to its challenges, and steer clear of its pitfalls.

In FINANCIAL FRESH START: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy (AMACOM; February 2013; $26.00 Hardcover), legal, financial, and real estate expert Shari Olefson simplifies it all—Dodd-Frank, the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Actand many more reforms—so that average Americans can take back the power of our own finances. “You and your fellow Americans are living in historic times,” Olefson tells readers. “Maybe you’ve heard that the rules and reforms enacted in response to the Great Depression brought about some of the biggest changes in the history of our country. The new long-term rules and reforms included in Dodd-Frank and other legislation and programs will likewise have tremendous impacts on you, the country, and future generations, ” she assures those reeling from a financial blow, like a depleted retirement account, or wracked by worries over bad credit, overwhelming debt,  or looming foreclosure.                             

Starting with the big picture, FINANCIAL FRESH START succinctly explains what the heck happened in America, and around the world, in financial markets to provoke a meltdown in banking, real estate, and the economy in general. It introduces major new rules and reforms, with accessible lessons in what they mean, why they matter, and what to expect next. From a brief overview of the new financial landscape, chapters move on to specific strategies for leveraging the new economic rules to get out of financial trouble, regain financial stability, and achieve the still-possible American dream of a comfortable income and secure retirement.                   

Based on accurate and actionable information, FINANCIAL FRESH START presents a practical, workable plan for rebounding and thriving in the new economy--in five simple steps:                    

  1. Adapt your banking and borrowing. 
  2. Fix your credit and debt.                                                                             
  3. Protect your savings, investments, and retirement.
  4. Decide if homeownership is (still, now, or someday) right for you.
  5. Spend less and earn more.

Along the way, readers will learn how to repair their credit score; get a low-cost car loan; find safe, socially-conscious, high-yielding investment options; explore alternatives to foreclosure; save on “biggie” expenses, like real estate tax...and much more. They’ll also find answers to sleep-robbing questions, like “Is there any legal way to avoid repaying debts?” and “Will our home ever be worth what we paid for it?” Packed with helpful tools and inspiring real-life stories, FINANCIAL FRESH START offers the vital knowledge and reassurance so many Americans are seeking to reclaim their lives, their dignity, and their faith in America.  


About the Author                                        

SHARI OLEFSON is an Attorney-Mediator with degrees in real estate, finance, and psychology. A trusted journalist, news commentator, and speaker, she is frequently quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and USA Today, and appears weekly on CNN, CNBC, Fox, PBS, MSNBC, and CBS. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Title: FINANCIAL FRESH START: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy
Author: Shari Olefson
Pub. Date:  February 2012 
Price:  $26.00 Hardcover
Pages: 320
ISBN:  978-0-8144-3229-7

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