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Financial Foghorn's Guide to Gold Perfect Paperback – December 1, 2008

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At last! Somebody else who is as irritated as I am about the manipulation in the precious metals markets. This book s excellent approach for handling today s gold and silver markets will show you how to make money with precious metals.

Bill Murphy, Co-Founder of GATA, The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committe and proprietor of the Le Metropole Cafe website.

--Le Metropole Cafe

Gold investing has been tarred by stock brokers and the financial media as only for kooks , to leave the individual without a roadmap or even a dictionary.

McGowan to the rescue! This book covers Gold's complete spectrum, including all the menu options for investing, from coins to bullion to mining shares to ETFs to Mutual Funds.

McGowan s style is entertaining, educational and yet easy to read. Guide to Gold will leave you sated . . . full of information, convinced Gold deserves a permanent role in your portfolio, and now with enough knowledge to make it happen.

John Doody, Editor, Gold Stock Analyst

This book is filled with humor, loads of investment common sense, and useful information about money, which are three good reasons to read it.


James Turk, co-author of The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It, and Founder & Chairman of the GoldMoney website.

--GoldMoney

About the Author

Michael McGowan JD, CFP®, The Financial Foghorn, (aka the author), is a fourth generation securities investor, a recovering lawyer, a former stockbroker, and a former trust department portfolio manager from Santa Barbara, California. He has been investing in securities since 1957, and teaching investor education since 1979.

Mr. McGowan does not sell investment products, only education. As a Dean Witter stockbroker, Mr. McGowan won the President s Merit Award in 1983, given to fewer than 5% of rookie stockbrokers. During his brokerage career, he wrote financial book reviews for a local newspaper, appeared on television, and answered questions on a local financial radio call in show. As a trust portfolio manager in Santa Barbara, California, Mr. McGowan managed more than $145 million dollars of other people s money.

In 1993, he began offering financial workshops for Fortune 500 companies including Goodyear, Bank of America, Money Magazine, Los Angeles Bar Association, The National Committee on Planned Giving, The Aspen Institute, and the Chautauqua Institution.

He currently offers Wall Street and gold investing workshops to CPA s and lawyers all over the United States.

Mr. McGowan wrote for his college humor magazine, his law school newspaper, his local bar association newspaper, and for the American Bar Association Journal.

He has served as a securities industry arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers since 1988. As the Director of Training for an independent broker-dealer, he helped train more than 500 financial advisors to deliver investment education to 401(k) participants.

Having graduated from Penn State as an unemployable philosophy major, Mr. McGowan moved to San Francisco to attend law school. He parlayed that advanced degree into a baccarat croupier job in Lake Tahoe (He was rookie of the year). He later found gainful legal employment as a Deputy District Attorney. He lectured overseas for the University of Maryland European and Asian Divisions for four years.

Mr. McGowan is one of fewer than a thousand lawyer/Certified Financial Planners® on earth. He is also possessed by a Lifetime Instructor Credential from the California Community Colleges.

Mr. McGowan is a co-author of the 2004 book, Terror-Proof Your Mind and Money.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Investor Education Services; First edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978735714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978735715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,033,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. E. Arensberg on February 24, 2009
What a fun read. McGowan not only takes on a timely topic well, gold, but he does it with a humorous style that is both engaging and infectious. Financial Foghorn's Guide to Gold is a must read for "Boomerus Americanus" (McGowan's term for all us baby boomers now on the verge of retirement) who have been wrongly advised about gold and silver their entire investing lives. Grab a copy soon and once read, give it to your sons and daughters for their own good. Gene Arensberg, editor of the Got Gold Report.
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By Ettesalias on October 2, 2011
I certainly wish I had read this book a decade ago! The author has provided basic understanding and invaluable information in a straightforward interesting format. In addition to the information on the value of gold I also learned about the origin of our current banking system and how it is set up to exclude the working class. As a working person and investment novice this is the only finance book that made sense to me.
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By Linda Whiteside on February 15, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed reading McGowan's guide to gold. There is a wealth of information here for those who are interested in protecting and growing their net worth in these harsh economic times. The book is loaded with humor and is fun to read. Lots of timely info here too on mining companies that will help you make wise investment decisions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cavemanf16 on July 14, 2011
Considering that Warren Buffet ([...]/) thinks investing in commodities like gold is a poor idea I think this book has little to offer the "heaven-bound gold investor wannabes". (My paraphrase of Mr. Foghorn Leghorn's subtitle) Additionally, the fact that other gold investor crazies are the ones doing the +5 ratings (all 2 of them) you may want to reconsider investing in this book. A better investment, in my opinion, would be to look into purchasing other quality products from Amazon.com like this: [...]
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