Short, fun, basic financial primers.

Read My Books

These books are powerful introductions to personal finance & investing aimed at women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

On My Own Two Feet

In 2007, Sharon Kedar and I announced the launch of our first personal finance book, On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance — a primer aimed at women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

The book’s goal was three-fold: (1) Make learning about money fun, (2) Demystify personal finance jargon, and (3) Give women the tools to create the financial lives that make their hearts sing.

In the ensuing years, tens of thousands of women have read the book. Numerous readers have reported that it transformed their relationship with money. “I never knew personal finance could be easy to digest!” is a common refrain.

Today On My Own Two Feet is in its second edition, having been updated for a post-Lehman Brothers era. Reflecting current financial conditions, it explains:

  • What healthy spending REALLY looks like
  • How to build and protect your financial reputation (aka credit score)
  • How to manage competing demands on your cash (especially while struggling with credit cards and student loans)
  • How to create the right mix of investments for your present stage of life
  • Cash and coupling: how to talk money with your honey

This book makes an excellent “gift that keeps on giving” for the woman in your life who seeks financial independence. Or it could help you begin the next leg in your own financial journey on the right foot! And at less than $14 a copy, it’s a bargain, to boot.


“On My Own Two Feet is a must-read for all women who want to own their own destiny. In clear, penetrating prose, Thakor and Kedar guide their readers along the journey to financial security and personal freedom. Whether you are going to run a corporation, a household,or your own extraordinary life, this book is indispensable.”

—Nancy F. Koehn, James E. Robison Professor of
Business Administration, Harvard Business School


Get Financially Naked

Study after study shows that money is one of the top causes of fights in marriages, divorce, and general life stress. It’s no wonder. When you meet that someone special, what do your friends ask you? They ask if you are emotionally, physically, and spiritually compatible. However, when was the last time you heard someone ask if you were financially compatible? Probably never. Yet financial compatibility is one of the greatest predictors of whether or not your relationship will survive over the long-term. The goal of GET FINANCIALLY NAKED is to highlight this proverbial pink elephant in the room. You may think that marital bliss means money doesn’t matter. Think again.

This inspiring, action-oriented guide helps young women in committed relationships understand and manage their money matters. Complete with charts, graphs, case studies, and tip-based advice, this succinct, straightforward book speaks to worried women in the same way that made On My Own Two Feet a time-tested success. Accessible and easy to follow, the three-part process presented in this book teaches you how to:

  • Accurately interpret your current financial condition
  • Become truly involved in the costs of the couple
  • Move forward using the “five power steps to financial success”

GET FINANCIALLY NAKED teaches readers to become more confident living the (financial) lives of their dreams AND how to be in (financially) happy, respectful, sustainable relationships. Investing in this component of her relationship is the truly one of the most valuable gifts that a woman can give herself.

Click here to download a pdf of the Compatibility Quiz


“What could be more important than conquering the holy grail of financial compatibility?  Reading GET FINANCIALLY NAKED provides a surprisingly clear roadway to building a financial foundation between you and your partner that takes the anger out of money… to work together with your life partner to build financial security and worth.”

– Christine Merser, President, Blue Shoe Strategy