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Jim Cramer's Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World
James Cramer
0743224892
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After telling the story of his own trading days in Confessions of a Street Addict, Cramer appeases fans hoping for advice on how to duplicate his success with their own investment portfolios. But not without some strong caveats: his approach requires devoting at least an hour a week to educating yourself about each stock you own. But since most pros are "rank amateurs themselves," anyone willing to do the work should consider getting in. Cramer breaks down the fundamentals of his investment approach, built on the twin principles of diversification and speculation: while most of your portfolio should contain reliables like oil, financials and blue-chip companies, 20% percent of your money should go toward a slightly riskier bet on a company's future ("owning a stock is a bet on the future, not the past"). He also explains...


Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing--in Only 15 Minutes a Week!
Phil Town
0307336131
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. For amateur investors who admire the incredible returns produced by Benjamin Graham–Warren Buffett–style value investing but can't figure out how to replicate these billionaires' methods at home, Town's investment guide is manna from heaven. A former river-rafting guide, Town learned how to calculate such crucial numbers as Return on Investment Capital and Equity Growth Rate from "Wolf," a wealthy rafter whom Town saved from a rapid in 1980. Under Wolf's tutelage, Town learned how to turn $1,000 into $1 million in five years, but the selection of lucrative stocks took weeks of library research. In this engaging and accessible book, Town shows readers how to replicate that sort of exhaustive market research on the Internet—and shorten the research time to just a few hours per...


How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie
0671027034
Oct 1998
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the...


Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money -- That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Robert T. Kiyosaki
0446677450
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Personal-finance author and lecturer Robert Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective through exposure to a pair of disparate influences: his own highly educated but fiscally unstable father, and the multimillionaire eighth-grade dropout father of his closest friend. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his "poor dad" (whose weekly paychecks, while respectable, were never quite sufficient to meet family needs) pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his "rich dad" (that "the poor and the middle class work for money," but "the rich have money work for them"). Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L. Lechter, lays out his the philosophy behind his relationship with money. Although Kiyosaki can take a frustratingly long time to make...


Missed Fortune 101
Douglas R. Andrew
0446576573
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Essential Finance: Investing Basics: Make Smart Decisions without Being an Expert
Marc Robinson
0789463156
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Make smart decisions without being an expert. Learning to invest intelligently can be easier than you think. Building a solid foundation of key investing concepts shouldn't take hours of reading. In Investing Basics, the information is organized into short, clear explanations to help you make sense of the crucial details. This book explains the most important concepts, breaks them down into manageable parts, and provides the insights and tools to use your money to its fullest potential while managing the risks. Smart tips help you avoid the pitfalls and take advantage of the opportunities. Taking a clear, concise approach to money management, the Dorling Kindersley Essential Finance Series provides a practical and impartial resource to guide you through important financial decisions. Useful questionnaires pinpoint...


Unconventional Success
David F. Swensen
0743228383
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Swensen, CIO of Yale University and the author of Pioneering Portfolio Management, reveals why the mutual fund industry as a whole does a disservice to the individual investor. Soft money, 12b-1 fees, overtrading, market timing, and other management practices lower performance and virtually guarantee that most mutual fund returns will fall short of their benchmark, such as the S&P 500. Furthermore, for-profit mutual fund companies have a fiduciary obligation to their stockholders, not to their investors, and this relationship "inevitably resolves in favor of the bottom line." Swensen is also highly critical of the Morningstar rating system, which only causes investors to chase hot performing funds and managers. He advises considering alternatives to the for-profit mutual fund industry, including Exchange Traded Funds and...


Standard and Poor's Guide to Money and Investing
Virginia B. Morris
0976474980
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
An all-new personal finance guide from the authors/creators of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing First in a new series based on information from Standard the leading financial information organization-; Standard Poor's Guide to Money Investing demystifies the world of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, futures, and options, empowering you to make informed investment decisions, measure your performance, and evaluate the risks and rewards. Completely up-to-date to reflect significant changes in investing due to new technologies and the Internet, this concise, easy-to-read guide explains how to understand the markets, evaluate companies, and spot trends to invest for success. Also covered are forces driving the economy and the roles of institutions from the Federal Reserve to...


Smart Women Finish Rich
David Bach
076791029X
Jan 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
David Bach's Smart Women Finish Rich is a homage to the financial wisdom of his grandmother; it's also an excellent foundation for women who are starting to get their financial lives in order. Bach's approach to money management is rooted in years of investment seminars for women and his work as senior vice president of investments at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. During that time he recognized that "people rarely know what is truly driving them emotionally when it comes to money." In response, Bach has written a guide to money management for women based on his belief that "financial planning is as much an emotional issue as it is an intellectual one." Are you considering your values in your work and investing? What part of your daily work is driven by your goals in life? Is your latte habit preventing you from accumulating...


Wall Street Journal Complete Money and Investing Guidebook
Dave Kansas
0307236994
December 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Neither a hands-on investment manual nor a basic introduction to investing, Kansas's book straddles the divide between those two extremes, but has trouble finding a comfortable spot. Kansas tries too hard to reach casual readers, as when he compares the New York Stock Exchange to a lemonade stand or a trading specialist to a traffic cop, two simple analogies that give way to a stream of jargon and technical details that may overwhelm readers unfamiliar with big finance. Luckily, Kansas never strays far from the wry humor he uses to enliven the finer points. For example, in a discussion of the high risks of venture capital, Kansas writes, "Venture capital is a lot as its name applies, though one is tempted to place 'ad' before 'venture.'" The book isn't afraid to wade into controversies such as Henry Blodgett's...


How to Make 1,000,000 in the Stock Market Automatically
Robert Lichello
0451204417
Dec 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Written in response to the stock market crash of the 1970's-and completely updated for today's equally volatile market-this bestselling classic reveals Robert Lichello's revolutionary AIM formula for earning profits in stocks and mutual funds.


Investing For Dummies
Eric Tyson
0764599127
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Investing for Dummies is a good, all-around investment guide for the rest of us. Author Eric Tyson covers all aspects of investing, from stocks and bonds to real estate and collectibles. Tyson points readers towards investments that actually work and raises warning flags about strategies you should avoid. The book also considers whether starting and running your business can be a good investment option. If you're looking for a good place to start building a secure financial future, this is it. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Revised and updated to keep up with the rapidly changing world of investing, Investing For Dummies, Fourth Edition is back and more informative than ever. A Wall Street Journal bestseller, this friendly guide has helped...


Rich Dad's Guide to Investing
Robert T. Kiyosaki
0446677469
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
The rich are different from the rest of us, if for no other reason than U.S. tax and securities laws allow them to invest in ways that keep us from catching up to them. That's why 90 percent of all corporate shares of stock are owned by 10 percent of the people. Kiyosaki believes it's possible for anyone to move up into that 10 percent, but it takes a different view of investing than most people have: it takes a plan to be a successful investor. And a plan is more than simply buying and selling, or collecting "assets" that bring in no cash and are thus more akin to liabilities. The way most people invest, "they might as well be pushing a wheelbarrow in a circle," he writes. A plan is "mechanical, automatic, and boring," a formula for success that has worked historically for most of those who've used it. Kiyosaki's "rich dad"...


Building Wealth One House at a Time
John W. Schaub
0071448357
Feb 2005
Paperback
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-Bob Bruss, Nationally Syndicated Real Estate Columnist
"On my scale of one to 10, it rates an off-the-chart 12."

Review
Real Estate Weekly : REAL ESTATE BOOK REVIEW EXPERT REVEALS HOW TO GET STARTED AND PROFIT BY INVESTING IN RENTAL HOUSES By Robert J. Bruss BUILDING WEALTH ONE HOUSE AT A TIME, By John W. Schaub (McGraw-Hill, New York), 2005, $18.95, 225 pages The reason Building Wealth One House at a Time by John W. Schaub makes such profitable reading is it is written by an expert who shares his more than 30 years of success experiences so you don't have to make the few mistakes he made. This is such an important new book, it should be read two or three times to fully benefit from Schaub's wise insights. For example, he explains why single family rental houses make the best...


The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio
William Bernstein
0071385290
May 2002
Hardcover
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Barron's; May 27, 2002
The Four Pillars of Investing offers a comprehensive, incisive and pithy treatment of the issues.

Book Description
In The Four Pillars of Investing, Dr. Bernstein explains how any independent investor can construct a superior investment portfolio by learning the four essentials...

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The Teenage Investor: How to Start Early, Invest Often, and Build Wealth
Timothy Olsen
0071416633
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
A Wall Street wiz kid teaches teens all about investing At the age of 8, when most kids look no further than baseball cards and video games, young Tim Olsen bought his first stock. Now, with a diverse portfolio in hand, this13-year-old wunderkind has written The Teenage Investor . Olson explains for teens, Gen-Xers, and their parents how to build wealth in the stock market by starting now. He then outlines a simple, step-by-step program to begin building a lifelong portfolio. Tim's fresh perspective and wisdom-beyond his-years make The Teenage Investor a welcome relief from the standard "how to get rich" investment book. Writing with knowledge and insight of a market veteran, he tells young and first-time investors: How to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds Unique wealth-building plans for young...


The Intelligent Investor REV Ed.
Benjamin Graham
0060555661
July 2003
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Among the library of investment books promising no-fail strategies for riches, Benjamin Graham's classic, The Intelligent Investor, offers no guarantees or gimmicks but overflows with the wisdom at the core of all good portfolio management.

The hallmark of Graham's philosophy is not profit maximization but loss minimization. In this respect, The Intelligent Investor is a book for true investors, not speculators or day traders. He provides, "in a form suitable for the laymen, guidance in adoption and execution of an investment policy" (1). This policy is inherently for the longer term and requires a commitment of effort. Where the speculator follows market trends, the investor uses discipline, research, and his analytical ability to make unpopular but sound investments in bargains relative to current asset value. Graham...



Smart Couples Finish Rich
David Bach
0767904842
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Like many savvy business people of the 21st century, David Bach offered his first pearls of financial wisdom to women, in his bestselling book Smart Women Finish Rich. Recognizing that these women are often accompanied by significant others and that money arguments are the number one cause of divorce in America, Bach has now broadened his scope. Presumably intended to help change this depressing statistic, Smart Couples Finish Rich is a well-written financial planning tool, packed with useful charts and information, inspiring examples, and practical advice.

For people who've been disappointed by the shallowness of some of the "quick tips" self-help books out there, the subtitle of this book is a little misleading. Bach's nine steps are not instant change techniques or chirpy little quips to recite to yourself whenever you...



Get A Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties And Thirties
Beth Kobliner
0684872617
May 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
For twentysomethings and thirtysomethings, controlling one's financial life is a challenge many times exacerbated by a lack of knowledge about how money works. Author Kobliner, herself under 30, has assembled an excellent collection of basic money management principles and has specially tailored this presentation to the particular interests of these age groups. She discusses investing in mutual funds, tax-deferred savings plans, staying away from ATMs, legal tax deductions, understanding the minimal return on bank passbook savings accounts, tearing up credit cards, 401k plans and IRAs, and other important topics. Kobliner, who narrates her own work, emphasizes the personal discipline required to implement these sound suggestions, an example of her keen insights with this targeted audience and her experience as a...

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