ECONOMICS

Napkin Finance: Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less

Dey St: HarperCollins. Dec. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9780062915030. $25.99. BUS
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While working toward her MBA at Harvard Business School, Hay began sketching quick explanations of financial concepts. These illustrations were small and simple enough to fit on a cocktail napkin and eventually became the basis of the Napkin Finance website, where readers can learn “everything about money in 30 seconds or less.” Hay’s project now arrives in this bite-sized guide tackling financial topics such as investing, budgeting, loans, credit, and taxes in an easily digestible format. Beyond the basics, the book highlights voodoo economics and cryptocurrency, assisting readers in better understanding current issues and headlines. Interspersed throughout are self-check quizzes, eye-catching drawings, and witty quotes.
VERDICT Perfect for financial novices and students--the unique compact format and simple sketches make even the most complex financial concepts both easy to read and understand.

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