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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John F. Wasik  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1957 in Grayslake, Illinois

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Wasik was born in Grayslake, Illinois. He earned his B. A. and M. A. from the University of Illinois - Chicago and resides north of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Wasik, one of the leading personal financial journalists in the world. He has spoken all over the U.S. and has won 18 awards for his writing and investigative journalism. Covering topics that include investing, retirement. college planning, taxes and real estate, he focuses on how to bring balance to everyday life. His philosophy is that a sound "personal ecology'' can make anyone's life sustainable through a diversified harmony between, work, leisure, family and community. His speeches illustrate how money can become a servant in this process and create a prosperous and happy life. Wasik has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes,, and AARP Magazine. He was a columnist for Bloomberg News and Reuters, where his columns were published by newspapers on four continents.He holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a certified retirement counselor (InFRE). He's also a member of SABEW, SPJ and The Chicago Headline Club. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Post, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Parade, Barron's, Popular Science, Health, New York Newsday, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Pittsburgh Press, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Seattle Times, The Orange County Register and dozens of other papers.

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Titles At Your Library

The Electronic Business Information Sourcebook
ISBN: 0471624640

John Wiley & Sons Inc. 1987

The Electronic Business Information Sourcebook is a guide to the world of online databases - a vast, largely untapped, and ever-replenishing supply of information that is available to you, even if you don't own a computer. This unique reference shows you how to find and use profitable information stored in computers throughout the world. For people who are not 'computer friendly', it serves as a primer on databases, what's in them, and how to obtain database information without a computer. For those who have computer access, it explains everything necessary for setting up an efficient in- house data-gathering operation, including hardware, software and personnel requirements, as well as the best methods for retrieving and distributing the information within your company. It also lists information brokers, sources of government contracting information, information products that are available, and related services.

The Green Supermarket Shopping Guide
ISBN: 0446364665

Warner Books. 1993

Shows shoppers which products come in packages made from recycled materials, which companies help the environment and which hurt it, and how to decode confusing environmental claims on labels

Green Marketing and Management: A Global Perspective (GMP)
ISBN: 1557866341

Wiley. 1996

Green Marketing and Management is a timely guide to the complex issues involved in making and selling a product in an environmentally responsible way. It is an essential resource for anyone doing business in today's environmentally conscious global marketplace.

The Investment Club Book
ISBN: 0446671479

Grand Central Publishing. 1995

One of the hottest trends currently evolving, investment clubs are groups of ordinary people who pool their money to invest in the stock market. This easy-to-understand guide reveals the secrets of some of the country's leading clubs, explains how to start and run an investment club, offers savvy tips on building a portfolio, and more.

The Late Start Investor: The Better-Late-Than-Never Guide to Realizing Your Retirement Income
ISBN: 0805055029

Holt Paperbacks. 1999

This is the first book of lifestyle and financial strategies fashioned expressly for those want to retire in fifteen years or less but have little or no money saved to do so.

Late-start investors are the 51 million baby boomers who don't have nearly enough money put aside for retirement. They envision life after work differently--to some it is those years to be spent playing with grandchildren on the beach, to others it's the freedom to travel or enjoy a hobby that may bring in a few dollars. There is one certainty however: Those Golden Years sure can't be lived on a mere $3,000, which is the average amount fifty-year-olds in this country have saved. But there is no need to panic. With its unique combination of facts, wisdom, questionnaires, and real-life anecdotes, The Late-Start Investor is the key to a future of secure fulfillment for those playing catch-up.

John Wasik's optimistic and effective advice does more than simply guide readers through the lifestyle assessment and planning it also helps them create the "perfect" investment program for their vision of the future. His pointers reflect this group's need for limited risk, but keeps their dollars outpacing the ever-present enemy--inflation. The Late-Start Investor outlines what Social Security and pension funds contribute to the picture and how best to supplement them with stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. This book will give readers the confidence and knowledge to stop living in fear of the future and start saving for their dreams.

Retire Early--And Live the Life You Want Now: A 10-Step Plan For Reinventing Your Retirement
ISBN: 0805063498

Holt Paperbacks. 2001

For the many Americans who want to retire early, this revolutionary investment and lifestyle guide shows the way.

Retire Early turns the traditional plan of delayed gratification -- work hard so you can retire in old age -- on its head. According to John F. Wasik, millions of Americans are in a position to retire early and start living their dreams much sooner than they thought possible. In this invaluable guide, Wasik provides solid financial advice on how to save, invest, and cut costs how to target personal retirement goals and, finally, how to realize them. He includes sections on how to raise children without going broke, how to insulate a long retirement with insurance and investment portfolio protection, and how to keep the money coming in by beating the market most of the time. Retire Early is an inspired bl of financial and lifestyle wisdom that redefines how we see retirement and helps us start living the lives we want today.

The Kitchen Table Investor: Low Risk, Low-Maintenance Wealth-Building Strategies For Working Families
ISBN: 0805066233

Holt Paperbacks. 2001

Finally, a time-tested, low-stress investment strategy for the rest of us.

Despite all the media hoopla about manic day traders, tech-stock speculators, and teenage millionaires, most Americans have neither the time nor the inclination to play games with their hard-earned savings. This sensible guide is for the millions of average investors -- from new wage earners to single moms to middle-age workers anticipating retirement -- looking for easy-to-execute, money-making investment strategies. Targeting households with annual incomes below six figures, personal-finance writer John F. Wasik explains how to:

--find extra cash each month to save and invest
--learn from the commonsense tactics of local investment clubs
--take advantage of dividend-reinvestment and direct-purchase plans
--maximize 401Ks, IRAs, and other retirement plans
--select the right mutual funds, government securities, or time-tested stocks
--commit to a strategy and let the money do all the work

Based on proven techniques that minimize risk, stress, and the demands on one's time, The Kitchen-Table Investor contains all the tools investors need to build a safe, secure nest egg.

The Bear-Proof Investor: Prospering Safely in Any Market
ISBN: 0805070192

Holt Paperbacks. 2002

Proven strategies for keeping your money safe and your investments growing no matter which direction the market is heading

After so many years of booming bull markets, the recent downturn has thrown a scare into millions of Americans. Novice investors are watching the news from Wall Street and wondering if they have any business being in the stock market anymore. And if not, what then?

Veteran personal-finance author John F. Wasik has carved out a niche for himself dispensing time-tested, commonsense advice for the average middle-income investor and for working families-in other words, the overwhelming majority of Americans. Here, Wasik focuses on protecting, and even growing, your assets even if the market hunkers down for a long cold spell. His timely wisdom focuses on trend-proofing your portfolio, capitalizing on inescapable demographic shifts, identifying the long-term winners, value investing, dividend reinvestment, and dollar-cost averaging.

For the millions of Americans who want to stop worrying about their money, The Bear-Proof Investor is a lifesaver.

The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis
ISBN: 023060952X

St. Martin's Griffin. 2008

A timely rags-to-riches story, The Merchant of Power recounts how Sam Insull--right hand to Thomas Edison--went on to become one of the richest men in the world, pivotal in the birth of General Electric and instrumental in the creation of the modern metropolis with his invention of the power grid, which still fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, had unprecedented access to Sam Insull's archives, which include private correspondence with Thomas Edison. The extraordinary fall of a man extraordinary for his time is revealed in this cautionary tale about the excesses of corporate power.

iMoney: Profitable ETF Strategies for Every Investor
ISBN: 0137127391

FT Press. 2008

The Up-to-the-Minute Guide to ETF Investing: Pick the Right ETFs for Your Unique Goals!

“The authors cover the ETF waterfront. Whether you are a young investor just starting out or a seasoned stock veteran looking for new investment opportunities, this book is a valuable resource.”

Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist, Standard & Poor’s Equity Research

"Finally! Lydon and Wasik objectively analyze exchange traded funds for the average person. We particularly liked iMoney's comparisons with more familiar mutual funds, the clear discussions about risks, and the varying viewpoints from some of the industry's smartest minds."

Alan Lavine and Gail Liberman, syndicated columnists for and authors of Quick Steps to Financial Stability.

Smart investors have made ETFs today’s hottest investment. iMoney is the only ETF investment guide with up-to-the-minute advice that reflects today’s ETF marketplace: advice that is fully customized to your specific investment goals.

The authors explain exactly how ETFs fit into today’s investment universe. Even better, they present specific roadmaps, strategies, and model portfolios for a wide range of investors, from recent college graduates through retirees.

You’ll learn how to build and monitor your ETF portfolio choose among the fast-growing array of ETFs and profit from changing global market trends. The authors discuss domestic and foreign stock ETFs sector, commodity, and currency ETFs fixed income ETFs, long/short ETFs, and even “actively managed” ETFs. They preview emerging industry trends, and objectively assess the key criticisms that have recently been leveled at ETFs.

· Tomorrow’s ETF book, not yesterday’s!

Reflects the newest ETFs and strategies, and prepares you for emerging market trends

· By two of the world’s leading ETF experts...

...Tom Lydon, founder of, the nation’s #1 consumer ETF site, and John F. Wasik, global personal finance columnist

· Provides specific strategies and portfolio recommendations

Not just theory! Discover what to buy, based on your unique investment profile

· Covers every major type of ETF...

...including overseas, sector, commodity, currency, and bond ETFs...even long/short ETF strategies!

The Audacity of Help: Obama's Stimulus Plan and the Remaking of America
ISBN: 1576603563

Bloomberg Press. 2009

The United States confronts its greatest economic crisis since the1930s. President Obama has taken quick and decisive action to enactan economic stimulus package strong enough to address problems ofhistoric proportions. What does this new package mean for Americanfamilies, businesses, investors, and taxpayers?

The Audacity of Help unrolls the blueprints and offersinsights on how the economic stimulus package—as passed byCongress and signed into law by President Obama—will affecthealthcare, education, the environment, energy, taxes, and more.The book includes analysis of sectors and industries that willbenefit, as well as those that will not. Wasik's conclusions arefirmly grounded in a comprehensive and enlightening evaluation ofthe final economic package passed into law. Extensive study andinterviews with experts from each economic sector support hisanalysis.

The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream
ISBN: 1576603202

Bloomberg Press. 2009

An incisive look at the consequences of today's costly anddamaging suburban lifestyle

In The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, Bloomberg News' John Wasikexposes the economic, cultural, environmental, and health problemsunderlying life in suburbia. Wasik provides powerful insights intohow the U.S. suburban lifestyle has become unsustainable and whatcan be done to salvage it. His observations are firmly grounded inexclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders,and the latest studies and statistics. The book

  • Exposes the untold truths about suburban home ownership: greenisn't always so green, life isn't cheaper after accounting for gas,water, and taxes, and modern suburban living isn't so idyllicconsidering the toll it takes on our health
  • Includes exclusive research and analysis by experts in thefield that debunks the many myths associated with suburbanliving
  • Explores innovative solutions being developed in cities acrossthe country

The American Dream of moving further from a city to buy a biggerhouse and find better schools has become a costly nightmare. TheCul-de-Sac Syndrome examines why and what can be done.

Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from The Great Economist
ISBN: 0071815473

McGraw-Hill Education. 2013

“Mr. Wasik’s distillation of how Keynes made--and then remade--his fortune is instructive. And the principles that Keynes followed have stood the test of time. As Mr. Wasik adds, 'The object of investing is to ensure prosperity, not to become obsessed with making money.'"
The New York Times

John Maynard Keynes indelibly made his mark on global economics...

Few people know, however, that he was also a daring, steel-nerved investor who built a multimilliondollar fortune in the stock market while providing financial counsel to the likes of Winston Churchill and FDR. Now, you can learn from--and imitate--Keynes's success by examining the story of his lifeand investment strategies, masterfully told by awardwinning author John F. Wasik.

As you follow Keynes from his early years with the Bloomsbury Group, through two world wars and the Great Depression Keynes's theories and practices come to life by way of the historic and personal events that shaped them. Like today's investors, Keynes faced markets roiled by panic, inflation, deflation, widespread unemployment, and war--and he developed a core set of principles to prosper in every climate. With the individual investor in mind, this straightforward guide makes it easy for investors at all levels to implement the action-oriented strategies presented in each of the 10 chapters and start investing like Keynes today by:

  • Buying and holding quality stocks
  • Ignoring short-term news
  • Building diversified portfolios
  • Trading contrary to market momentum
  • Getting the most out of dividend stocks

Using the eloquent insight of a seasoned investment writer, author John F. Wasik digs down into what investments Keynes owned, how he bought and sold them, how his theories guided his investments, and vice versa. He illustrates why Keynes's ideas, insights, and portfolio strategies have withstood the test of time, and how they will continue to produce financial gains for dedicated investors. In a nutshell, Wasik delivers a pragmatic guide to the style of portfolio management practiced by such Keynes followers as Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and Charles Munger.

The smart money gets richer in all types of weather, and so can you by following Keynes's Way to Wealth.


"Intelligent investing ultimately depends on having an intelligent theory of the economy. This story of Keynes's life as an investor illustrates this beautifully." -- Robert Shiller, professor of Economics, Yale University New York Times columnist and author of Finance and the Good Society

"The great economist John Maynard Keynes speculated and lost big-time. Out of the ashes, he evolved some great long-term investment strategies that will work for every prudent investor. While picking up tips, you'll also find that this book is a great read." -- Jane Bryant Quinn, author of Making the Most of Your Money NOW

"I'd always heard Keynes was a talented investor but never knew any of the details. John Wasik's excellent book uncovers that story and reveals Keynes's considerable investing skills. If you enjoy studying great investors, add this book to your list." -- Joe Mansueto, founder and CEO, Morningstar, Inc.

"With the possible exception of Mark Twain, no one surpasses John Maynard Keynes as a source of pithy financial wisdom and sayings. Keynes’s Way to Wealth mines the reasoning and investment experiences behind his quotability, a bounty that will simultaneously edify, entertain, and augment your bottom line." -- William J. Bernstein, author and principal, Efficient Frontier Advisors



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The author can be contacted via email or phone - 847-223-9814.