The $1K Investor: A Guide To Help You Start Investing [Book Review]

Women Who Money
5 min readJul 11, 2019

You know it’s important to save for your future, but it’s definitely a challenge.

As you’re building the foundation of your financial house, getting your emergency fund in place is a great main focus. Having money in the bank protects you from having to take on debt when the unexpected happens.

After you have money set aside to protect yourself, it’s time to think about your future. While it might be easier to just keep adding money to your savings account, remember, easier isn’t always better.

To grow your net worth, prepare for retirement, and fight the effects of inflation, you really need to consider investing. But it’s also easier said than done.

Some of the reasons people put off investing are they:

  • Believe there’s time to invest later
  • Worry about losing money in a market downturn
  • Feel like they’re losing control of their money
  • Are scared — not knowing how to do invest or what to invest in
  • Think they don’t have enough money to start investing

Those are just a few of the issues Debbie Sassen addresses in her new book, The $1K Investor.

What You’ll Learn In the $1K Investor

Here’s the short version — Debbie would tell her younger self:

  • Investing is easier than it seems
  • You can manage risk
  • You can be as involved (or not) as you want to be
  • You can learn how to invest and what to invest in
  • You don’t need a lot of money to start

In the introduction to the book, Debbie shares that she was a high-powered investment banker for 23 years. But you won’t be intimidated by all her knowledge. You can trust that Debbie knows investing but she also shares plenty of mistakes she made with her personal finances.

The $1K Investor has three parts:

  1. What you need to know to start investing
  2. A step-by-step process to make your first investments

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