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A Beginner's Guide to Investing: How to Grow Your Money the Smart and Easy Way Paperback – July 5, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1477463994 ISBN-10: 1477463992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477463992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477463994
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alex Frey has been an active investor since age 16, when he first began to build discounted cash flow models on his parents' dining room table. Since then, Alex has worked for one of the leading investment management firms in the world, received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and passed all of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. Alex is the author of "A Beginner's Guide to Investing", which has been acclaimed as providing a "no nonsense" guide to investing that is "seriously underpriced" and "informative even for the most knowledgeable investor." A Beginner's Guide to Investing has been listed among the top-selling investing books on amazon.com for the better part of the past year.


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I wish I had read this book then!
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It is a very good book for beginner investor who want to learn how to start investing.
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It is very easy to read and understand.
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130 of 134 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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65 of 70 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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8 of 8 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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Megan on May 17, 2012
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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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By productconnoisseur on 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John on January 28, 2013
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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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