Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Financial Expert Author Shares Investment Philosophies in New Book - "The Virtue of Wealth: Creating Life Success the Zenvesting Way"

Despite reports to the contrary, the recession continues to tighten its grip on individuals in every economic class, including high-powered bankers and investment brokers, auto workers and service providers. Now comes a refreshing look at the basic principles and investment philosophies underlying a successful life the Zenvesting way. The Virtue of Wealth (Spirituality & Health Books, June, 2009; Softcover/$16.95; ISBN: 978-0-9818708-0-9), by investment and financial advisor Paul Sutherland, provides a down-to-earth voice at the center of the economic turmoil.

A wise, gentle and beautifully illustrated book, The Virtue of Wealth reminds us that true wealth resides in our relationships with others, and that financial success is just one way of ensuring our ability to enjoy these relationships.

Chapters on ethical investing and "Fast-Forward" retirement make this a useful financial primer for all ages and economic groups. Additional chapters on couples and parenting make The Virtue of Wealth a wonderful gift for college graduates, newlyweds and future retirees. Through worksheets like "Gentle Budgeting," "Time for Money," and "Insurance for Life," The Virtue of Wealth helps readers connect with the fact that we trade time for money and shows us how to step off the work/buy treadmill. For example, Money and Time are analyzed in the chart below.

"This book was written to encourage readers to recognize the wealth-related choices made each day so that they might understand and anticipate the results. It is actions--and attitudes--that ultimately shape our future," says Sutherland. "Society, media, friends and family all directly or indirectly contribute to a culture of getting and spending. Wants begin to feel like needs when the neighbors have one, your kids want one, and your mother asks why you don't have one. Are we missing out on life by using precious time to shop for, buy, store and take care of our stuff? Getting and spending has taken the place of earning, relaxing, enjoying life ... , and saving."

Paul Sutherland is an expert in the world of finance, and a recognized voice of authority through interviews with Bloomberg News, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplingers, Money Magazine and many more. He is a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine. President and Chief Investment Officer of FIM Group, he is the author of the AMA Guide to Financial Planning and Zenvesting: The Art of Abundance. He has been involved in the investment and financial advisory business since 1975 and lives in Traverse City, Michigan with his wife and three children. To learn more about Paul, visit www.zenvesting.com or www.spirituality-health.com/books/content/virtue-wealth-creating-life-success-zenvesting-way-0

For more information about THE VIRTUE OF WEALTH, to request review copies or schedule an interview with the author, or to book the author to speak to your group (rates available upon request) please contact: Sara Harding at FIM Group | sharding@fimg.net | 231-929-4500


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