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A Beginner's Guide to Investing: How to Grow Your Money the Smart and Easy Way Kindle Edition

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A Beginner's Guide to Investing is a blueprint for achieving returns that beat more than 90% of other investors, while spending as little as 5 hours a year on your investments. If this sounds like an absurd promise, it is most assuredly not. 

Investing can be one of the most complicated topics in the world. But it can also be one of the most simple. This book will show you how to make it simpler, and dramatically improve your results in the process.  

I wrote this book because after spending time in the financial industry, I am tired of seeing hard-working savers get ripped off by the Wall Street marketing machine. While stock markets have, on average, doubled about every 7 years over the past century, the returns of individual investors have fallen woefully short of that due to high fees and bad mistakes. I will show you how to avoid both. 
I suggest that those that are relatively new to investing start by reading this book. It will give you a solid foundation and direct you to other works that you can read to continue to progress your skills. If you are still interested in reading more, you can also read my next book, Picking Stocks: A Practical Guide to Investing in the Stock Market.

About the Author

Alex Frey began his investing career at the age of 16 by pouring over annual reports and picking apart financial statements on his parents' dining room table. Since then he has served as a research analyst for a major mutual fund company, successfully passed all three Chartered Financial Analyst examinations, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Alex currently lives in San Francisco, CA. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading, investing, and doing just about anything outdoors.

Ivy Bytes is an innovative start-up building to-the-point and authoritative guides to subjects in the fields of politics, current events, economics, and finance. Ivy Bytes books are thoroughly researched and extensively fact-checked, so that you can be sure you are getting the latest in mainstream thought - not misguided conspiracy theories or reckless self-promotion.

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  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
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  • Publisher: Ivy Bytes; 1 edition (March 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2013
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  • Language: English
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223 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Tan Huynh on March 25, 2012
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I've read four investing books so far because I'm a beginning investor. I wished I had read this book first because the other ones were so dense, and starting with this book would have given me a better context of investing. "Less is more" is the author's writing style - clear and simple. It assumes that if you're a beginning investor, you'll do further research as you become more competent.

Two things I learned from this book that I didn't learn from the other four:
1. The actual number I need to save each year to meet my retirement goal. The formula is clear and immediately applicable.
2. How to create a truly diversified portfolio by investing in different types of assets. He taught me how much to purchase of each assest class and even suggested ETFs by their name.

What a deal for a $1.

Also, I emailed Alex, the author, and he wrote back with an answer. WOW! That never happened before.
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By muroo on March 20, 2012
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If you're like me and have been blissfully ignorant about retirement accounts beyond putting money in them and choosing mutual funds based on the criteria you feel like at the moment, it's a really good primer. I already knew or had a vague idea of the basics, but it was good to read about them in a short, clear, format that was easy to understand.

The (kind of dumb) metaphors worked for me (comparing different methods of saving/investing to cooking yourself, getting take out, a private chef, or a tv dinner, for example) and the best part of the book, in my opinion, is that it is short and simple. The books I've been recommended are too comprehensive for me now, since I don't have millions of dollars to place in different accounts. Plus my attention span is not-so-good. Since financial stuff can change a lot very often, in terms of the tax rates, max contributions, types of bonds (so many these days!), etc, I think I'd prefer my information to come in a little booklet rather than an in-depth book to keep on my shelf.

It might not be the best book out there, but as I was telling someone today, as long as it contains valid investing strategies, even if not the "best", it can't be worse than what I'm doing now.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2012
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As I inch closer to retirement, I am becoming painfully aware that I have not done a very good job managing my retirement accounts. Don't get me wrong - I have always seen the value and contributed to my retirement, and I have my savings and my 401(k) and my company-sponsored ESOP. But the recent recession and fluctuations in the market helped me realize I haven't really been in control. I know I have options where to put my retirement dollars, I just don't know what the best options are. I purchased A Beginner's Guide to Investing (BGI) to help educate myself about my options.

The best thing about BGI is that is is very concise. It is difficult to find a book these days that doesn't seem to have a page count in mind, and an author who doesn't just keep writing to fill up that page count, when a much shorter book could convey the same information. Frey keeps things very simple and short, explaining what various market options exist, and how and why investing in a diversified portfolio can improve your chances of coming out ahead in the game. He uses everyday analogies to explain market concepts, which will be welcomed by many novice investors.

However, the tone was a bit too familiar for my taste - I would have preferred a more technical approach - and many of the concepts introduced seemed simplistic to me (e.g., compounded interest, the difference between stocks and bonds, and how tax deferral benefits an investor). But I understand this is supposed to be a primer, and not everyone has the same knowledge, so Frey had to hit all of the basics.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By GurlyGirl3 on June 28, 2014
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I did not find this book that useful and it wasn't quite what I was looking for as it was TOO basic. This book would be good for a teen or someone who just started working, to introduce them to some of the basic concepts. An informed parent could also explain these same concepts. A google search on how to begin investing would provide similar information contained in this book.

Maybe I am simplifying this too much but this is the takeaway I got: Save early and go open an IRA and 401k and invest in ETFs.
Author goes into details of why you should save early and gives example of potential gains from saving early and being informed vs not. This book does not teach you how to invest or how to double your money except for some good details on ETFs. It tells you how your money CAN double by using the rule of 72. Basically divide 72 by % gain = years your money will double. Introduced asset classes: (basic definition) bonds, mutual funds, stocks, ETFs, inflation protected bonds (TIPS), REITs, commodities, etc. Introduced sandbox/lockbox concept and how to keep your money safe and lower overall risk by not over-trading. I found chapter 9 (Putting it into practice using ETFs) and chapter 10 (Making it bulletproof) useful. That said, if you want to be reminded of the basic concepts and more motivation and reasons to save, this book would work for you and does the job well.
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