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Until recently, I believed I would never write another personal-finance book. Luck played such a huge role in The Wealthy Barber’s success that I didn’t want to tempt fate.

So what changed my mind?


After watching Canadians’ savings rates plunge, debt levels skyrocket and investment returns consistently disappoint over the last decade, I was pulling my hair out. I wondered, “How can I help?”

I’m hopeful that The Wealthy Barber Returns will answer that question.

Although it doesn’t use its predecessor’s novel format (yes, that’s a generous use of the word “novel”), this, too, is an unusual financial-planning book.

There are no checklists, no graphs and almost no charts. Heck, there’s hardly any math.

Essentially, it’s just me chatting casually about the world of money. It’s almost as though I’m in your living room except better because, well, I’m not.

I’ll admit that The Wealthy Barber Returns is certainly not comprehensive. Neither my knowledge nor a mere 200 pages would allow for that.

And by no means is it the definitive word on how to manage your finances. (Sadly, that doesn’t exist.) In fact, you might disagree with some of my opinions — I’m sure that many in the industry will.

But I’m confident that what follows will make you think differently and more wisely about your saving, spending, borrowing and investment decisions.

In a way, I’ve been writing this book for more than 20 years. I really hope you enjoy and benefit from its ideas.

Even if you don’t, though, please tell others that you did.


P.S. Yes, I know The Wealthy Barber Returns isn’t the most creative title. My daughter asked, “What’s next, Dad? The Wealthy Barber Goes to Hawaii? It’s like the old Gidget series.” I closed her RESP.

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The much anticipated follow-up to Canada’s all-time bestseller

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About the Author

David Chilton is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1985, he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. Cheating was never proven but widely suspected. In 1989, he released The Wealthy Barber. It went on to sell an astonishing two million copies in Canada. After milking his one and only good idea for years, Dave left the personal-finance field to home-school his children. His daughter escaped after a few months, but his son served out his entire sentence of three years less a day. Both children somehow overcame the experience and are now attending university. Over the years, Dave also published the bestselling cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! along with authors Janet and Greta Podleski. Adding no value but taking a third of the profits, guilt finally overwhelmed Dave and he left the sisters’ business in 2007. They just recently noticed. His true professional passion, however, remains the field of personal finance, where he tries to mix humour and common sense to help people handle their money more wisely. A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, and a much sought-after speaker, Dave lives just outside Waterloo, Ontario.