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

Ivy Bytes , Alex Frey
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Book Description

Whether you're a complete investing novice or just confused about all the contradictory advice out there, A Beginner's Guide to Investing is an accessible guide to growing your money the smart and easy way.

Throw away the get-rich quick schemes that never work and turn off the financial news and it's constant noise. Whether your dream is protecting your assets in a turbulent market or growing your wealth so that you can retire in style, this book is the blueprint.

You can be a successful investor - really.

Join Ivy Bytes, an innovative start-up dedicated to creating accessible content on crucial issues, and Alex Frey, a lifelong investor and Harvard MBA, as they show you:

- How you can realistically expect to double your money every 7-10 years
- Why most investors achieve stunningly poor returns on their money - and how to avoid turning into one of them
- How to choose an investment account that you can keep for the rest of your life
- How to out-perform the vast majority of professional investors while taking less risk
- How to quickly create a portfolio of diversified ETFs (exchange traded funds)
- How to put in as few as three to five hours every year on your investing - and still beat 80% of investors
- Why you may not be properly diversified in holding the most popular index mutual funds
- How endowments like Yale university have consistently beaten the overall stock market - and what you can learn from them
- Why the vast majority of mutual funds fail to live up to their promise
- Why your financial adviser and mutual fund manager might be getting more rich than you off of your investments
- What the terms "beta" and "alpha" mean - and why understanding them is critical to retiring rich
- How to maximize your tax savings by using a 401(k) and IRA
- When and how to re-balance your portfolio
- How to have the confidence to manage your money for life
- And more.

About the Authors

Alex Frey has been engrossed in the investing world since the age of 16. He has served previously as a research analyst for a major mutual fund company. Alex has successfully passed all three Chartered Financial Analyst examinations, and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He 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 authoritative, yet accessible 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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From the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ivy Bytes; 1 edition (March 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y4JS0A
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here, then read more! March 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty much exactly what I wanted March 20, 2012
By muroo
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand January 28, 2013
By John
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Book was well written and at the right level for beginning to moderate investors. This is not a day-trading book. Good solid advice for building an overall investment portfolio. Some nice advice regarding balance between pre-tax and post tax investments and reasons for both. Overall well worth its money.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner Basics. December 8, 2013
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Very very basic, but if you are investment-challenged, like me, this gives you the foundation information you know to at least make a start towards planning out your future investments. This is exactly what I needed, written in a way I could understand. Now I feel capable of dipping my toes in the investment pool! Very good beginner book. If you know ANYTHING about investing, move up a step, as this will be too basic.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful!! May 17, 2012
By Megan
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I read this book in one sitting on my kindle. The information was clearly laid out and explained. I feel I have a much better grasp on investing. My brothers invest in the stock market, and I can now understand a lot of what they are talking about and doing. So glad I came across this book!! Best $0.99 I ever spent. I plan on reading the author's other book, "Investing in the Stock Market: A Primer" since this one was so enlightening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and helpful, but could have been more technical 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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1.0 out of 5 stars And I thought this book would be an investment
I can't believe I spent $3 on something like this. I guess compared to the cost of other books, I got what I paid for but I found it really disappointing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jinga Belle
3.0 out of 5 stars A Few Things to Know Before you Purchase
A really helpful and informative guide. It's a really great place to start if you are new to investing and want to acquaint yourself if some solid investing strategies and some... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tyler Dewald
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners
The book contains useful information for beginners to understand basic concepts. Also, it helps to build a starting plan for investments taking into account important strategies as... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cristina Trujillo
5.0 out of 5 stars very practical, easy to understand
very practical approach, easy to understand through realistic examples. I recommend this book for newbies for realistic understanding in investing.
Published 4 days ago by smart_woman
5.0 out of 5 stars he became inspired by a good professor in economics
My son has just start his career, and I hammered into his head the importance of saving money and investing for retirement. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information Well Presented
An excellent guide for the true beginner. Give great information in an understandable format that provides what you need to get into investing. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Richard E. Dahlen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to Investing
This book was a fantastic start into the world of financing. Not too long and not too wordy it was clear and concise. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by Jim X.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A clear and simple explanation of investment from someone who isn't trying to get their hand in your pocket.
Published 14 days ago by Dennis W. Willaims
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written easy to follow
Must read for all US professionals.

Excellently written easy to follow.
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