If you are more interested in reading a novel than a book about investing, then this Canadian finance book may be the one for you. Learning about personal finance can be fun, and author Robert R. Brown’s “Wealthing Like Rabbits: An Original and Occasionally Hilarious Introduction to the World of Personal Finance” proves it. The word “rabbit” did not make it into the title frivolously; Brown compares rabbits’ exponential reproduction to what can happen with your money if you are smart about investing. In 60 years, would you rather have billions of rabbits or hundreds of thousands of dollars more in your accounts? The answer is obvious.
Maintaining an accessible style and light tone in this book was very important to Brown. However, many of his friends and mentors warned him that finance should always be serious. Flouting that advice, these pages are laced with quotes from well-known celebrities and exploits of fictional characters to keep you entertained while you learn. For example, he has the Mario Brothers house shopping in one chapter. Brown’s storytelling is as good as his investment advice. Although he recounts some desperate scenarios, he then uplifts you with the practical financial wisdom needed to keep your favorite characters out of financial trouble.
Brown also informs readers about what he considers to be the most significant financial products introduced in Canada in the last hundred years. He explains how to use these products to gain the most advantages from them. A major theme is to resist temptation to buy the biggest and best things all the time so that you can invest that money. Frugality often divides the good outcomes from the bad ones in these short stories. Brown lets readers look at the consequences of financial choices before they have made the mistakes. Avoiding costly errors always makes for a good time.