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Buying Stocks Without a Broker Hardcover – February, 1997

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This second edition of a classic do-it-yourself guide advocates commission-free purchasing. An expanded directory listing, pro and con ratings of all dividend reinvestment plans on the market, and new corporate profiles are just part of the expanded and enhanced information to be found in this heavily-revised guide. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-hill Inc; 2nd edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070115001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070115002
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charles B. Carlson, CFA,is CEO of Horizon Investment Services LLC, an investment advisory and money-management company. He is also CEO of Horizon Publishing, a publisher of investment newsletters. Horizon's flagship publication, Dow Theory Forecasts, has been published weekly since 1946 and is one of the oldest investment newsletters in the country. Carlson is a bestselling author and is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and Money magazine, and is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and radio, and CNN.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By James Sadler on January 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first purchased this book years ago, and I have to admit at the time it was a revelation. I was trying to buy stocks and usually failed to do so simply because I did not want to pay broker fees and I was rarely in a position to buy 100 shares at a time (if you bought less, the stock price and the broker fee both usually went up). Back then, the book was a great aid. I still own a stock list in the book that I purchased thanks to this book.
But in many ways, this book has lost a lot of relevance. Now one can go online and purchase stocks in any amount with fees of as little as $3.00. And the fact that the book has not been updated since 1996 weighs heavily against recommending it be purchased by anyone today. Perhaps Carlson has not bothered to further update because of the ease with which stocks may eb purchased on-line.
Still, for someone who is a long term investor, it provides some choices as far as investing without involving a broker. And it is definitely an option if you have no desire to use the internet to make stock purchases. Just be aware that your options are limited; most companies do not offer direct purchase of their stock or Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs) to the public at large.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a well written book about "Dividend Reinvestment Plan", and basically all what you need to start your DRIP investment. The book has a directory and ratings of about 900 companies that offer DRIPs. However, you will need to learn the basics of stock market and investment before you read this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was written before the likes of Ameritrade and E-Trade came along, and therefore is rather dated. The fees associated with most plans today and their minimum investments make DRIPs less attractive today then they were five years ago. However, for those who want to buy stock in companies and hold for ten or 20 years, they are worthwhile. Carlson writes in easy-to-understand language that a person not well-versed in Wall Street can grasp. Plenty of information on the company's listed along with telephone numbers and websites. Different kinds of portfloios are profiled so the investor can see what they can do with whatever funds they have to invest. The pros and cons of this kind of investing are listed so a person can decide if it is for them. It is a worthwhile read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karl Borum (bqmf55a@prodigy.com) on December 10, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book explains, in detail, the biggest investment secret on Wall Street- Dividend Reinvestment plans. Imagine- buying stocks without brokerage fees! This book tells you how- exactally how. Buying Stocks Without a Broker is a must for every small investor's library. This book can help you get into the stock market with a MIMIMUM of capital, as it describes companys, like IBM, with investment requirments as small as $10.00 per investment. A warning though; as some company's programs change, information in this book becomes inaccurate. Always first check with the company of interest as phone numbers and contacts are included in the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victor(ARadMacMan@aol.com) on September 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book did it all, I learned more about stocks and purchases from this one book than any other. The information in this book takes you from the first step all the way to purchases. This book is the credit for my recent stock portfolio. And for that I Thank the author for a job very well done. I am an inexperienced investor who needed a mentor and teacher, this book/author filled that need. Outstanding, I read it cover to cover several times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1996
Format: Paperback
This book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to manage his own stock investments in America's best-known companies. All the difficult-to-get information like 800 numbers, addresses, stock symbols, minimum investment amounts, etc, etc is provided in an easy-to-read format along with model portfolios for the beginner and the more experienced investor. A "must read" for anyone who wants to partake in the growth of this country for lttle or no brokerage costs
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is book is great for the small or large investor. The savings in broker commissions more than pay for the book. I highly recommend this book
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