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Castles and Moats

Insurance, Investment, and Life Planning Simply Explained

Published by Forefront Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

In Castles and Moats, Brian Carden simply explains insurance and investing, unpacks all the different options, and helps us chart a course to the financial future we’ve always dreamed of and worked so hard to obtain.

Americans are confused about managing their finances, insurance needs, and overall life planning. In the past, money wasn’t the do-it-yourself project it has become today. Instead, consumers had insurance and financial professionals to help them make prudent decisions. The point-and-click, self-serve nature of the Information Age has robbed us of the personalized face-to-face relationships that once led us into good financial decisions. Today, we’re drowning in information . . . but we’re starving for unbiased education without a sales pitch attached. We need a “professional explainer” to come alongside us, unpack all the different options, and help us chart a course to the financial future we’ve always dreamed of and worked so hard to obtain.

In Castles and Moats, Brian Carden is that “explainer.” He helps you understand, prioritize, organize, strategize, and stress-test each financial product or strategy to help you create a more favorable outcome. You’ll learn how to avoid buying products or strategies that might seem good when you buy them, only to find out about the pitfalls later in your life. By recapturing those lost dollars and redeploying them towards other, more tailored solutions, you’ll increase your chance of financial independence with more predictable outcomes.

Unpacking all the ins and outs of insurance, planning, and investment strategies, Brian provides an unbiased, practical, and easy-to-understand guide for you to make better, more informed decisions. In Castles and Moats, he equips you to build your glimmering castle of wealth and surround it with a moat of protection.

About The Author

Brian Carden is a thirty-nine-year veteran of an ever-changing insurance and investment industry. He represents his clients through an exclusive alliance with Elite Insurance Solutions and with his affiliation with Stewardship Private Wealth Management. Brian began his career in the industry in 1983, after responding to a flyer placed on his apartment door by a recruiter. Over time, his new job slowly but systematically morphed into an occupation, one which led him through many changes in the insurance and investment industry.

He’s seen the economy and the investment markets rise and fall and has guided clients through the good times of a bull market and the challenging times of a bear market. Where most of his peers focus on either insurance or investments, Brian’s approach involving both domains differentiate him as a true, comprehensive advisor and planner.
Today, Brian views his career as a calling to serve and views himself as a “professional explainer,” particularly as it relates to separating fact from fiction surrounding all things insurance and investment planning.

Brian has been published in the Nashville Business Journal, Denver Business Journal, Boston Business Journal, and on He also writes a regular blog for several thousand subscribers on “all things insurance and investment.”

Product Details

  • Publisher: Forefront Books (March 8, 2022)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637630457

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