Napkin Finance: Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less (Hardcover)

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“An incredible, compelling read. It covers an astonishing amount of ground with basic simplicity and good humor. A masterful starting point for any investor. Tina Hay is a wizard.”—Ben Stein, economist, author, actor and commentator

A handy crash course in personal finance, Napkin Finance is the groundbreaking guide everyone needs to help them manage their money and feel more secure.

Surveys have found that two thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, and nine in ten believe personal finance should become a required high school course. Tina Hay understands the confusion. While attending Harvard Business School, she struggled to keep up with classmates–many of whom came from the banking world–when it came to understanding jargon and numbers-heavy concepts. Tina developed a visual learning strategy using sketches and infographics that helped her succeed in her studies and master even the most complex financial topics.

Since then, Tina founded Napkin Finance, a thriving company built on the concept of taking seemingly overwhelming topics—such as budgeting, investments, and retirement accounts—and turning them into simple, skimmable explanations. Now, she’s synthesized the most important content into this personal finance handbook. Napkin Finance includes dozens of individual learning modules, on topics ranging from credit scores to paying off student loans to economics and blockchain.

The first illustrated guide that makes finance fun and accessible, Napkin Finance can help even the most numbers-phobic reader learn about complex financial topics without dying of boredom. 

About the Author

Tina Hay comes from a diverse background encompassing film, technology, and finance. She is the founder of Napkin Finance (, a visual guide to money. A strong believer in financial literacy, Tina created the platform for users of all ages to learn finance in a simple and engaging way. The company is committed to helping individuals make smart financial decisions at different life stages by providing unique visual learning tools and resources. Before Napkin Finance, she was cofounder of and the editor of CityTripping Los Angeles: Your Guide to Restaurants, Nightlife, Shopping, Culture, Fitness and Hotels. She holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard University. 

Praise For…

“Better Make Room has been so fortunate to partner with Napkin Finance.
Together, we’ve developed unique, easy-to-understand content that help
students understand complex topics such as completing the FAFSA form or
learning how to save for college.” — Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room campaign

“Tina has delivered what the world of personal finance desperately needs: an accessible, responsible guide to an intimidating world in an entertaining format!” — Mihir Desai, Professor, Harvard Business and Law Schools and author of How Finance Works

“Tina Hay has put together something totally unique: a book that’s a work of art, a textbook, and a piece of comedy all in one.” — Farnoosh Torabi, bestselling financial author and host of the award-winning podcast So Money.

“I love Napkin Finance! It is the easiest way to become financially literate. Every family should have a copy and play a weekly ‘Napkin Night.’ How could money be this simple and fun?” — Nely Galán, New York Times bestselling author of Self Made

“An incredible, compelling read. It covers an astonishing amount of ground with basic simplicity and good humor. A masterful starting point for any investor. Tina Hay is a wizard.” — Ben Stein, economist, author, actor and commentator

“Everyone agrees that the lack of financial literacy is a widespread problem. By creating a foundational book that is so engaging, so easy to understand, and yet also so informative, Tina Hay may have come up with a real solution.” — Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics, New York University.

“Material is presented in a clear, concise, and visually appealing way. Overall, a nice introduction to basic finance.” — Booklist

"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." — Library Journal

"An entertaining introduction to saving and investing. This is the best personal finance primer I have read in years.” — Paul M. Brown, The New York Times

"With her recent book Napkin Finance, Tina Hay takes a decidedly more lively and lighthearted approach to this serious subject…Napkin Finance works as much because of its visuals as the words. The drawings make complicated subjects such as asset allocation, estate planning, and IPOs less imposing. There’s also an element rarely found in the finance genre: humor. And could we ever use some of that now.”
Mark Pothier, Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062915030
ISBN-10: 0062915037
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: December 30th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English