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How to Invest $50-$5,000: The Small Investor's Step-By-Step Plan for Low-Risk, High-Value Investing, 9th Edition Paperback – May 1, 2007


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How to Invest $50-$5,000 has been a trusted adviser to investors for twenty years. This ninth edition has been completely revised and updated to cover the full range of small investing—from selecting a bank to saving for college and retirement to making sense of financial pages. Step-by-step instructions guide even the most inexperienced investor through the maze of stocks, bonds, treasuries, mutual funds, and more, with new sections on how to recognize a swindle or scam; what to do when fired; ten sources of instant cash; and the top 25 online financial Web sites. These low-risk, high-value tips are perfect for every investor.

About the Author

Nancy Dunnan is one of the nation’s most respected financial advisors. In addition to her regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, and Business News Network, Dunnan writes regular columns for Bottom Line Tomorrow, Family PC Magazine, TheOnlineInvestor.com, and BuyandHold.com. Dunnan is the author of numerous books on finance, including Never Call Your Broker on Monday, Never Balance Your Checkbook on Tuesday, and The Dun and Bradstreet Guide to Your Investments.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPB; 9th edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061129828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061129827
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

This book on investment is interesting and is probably worth a read.
Choong
This book is great toward beginners and teaches how to invest your money.
Mariusz Skonieczny
It gives step-by-step and easy to understand common sense information.
Sharon Michaels

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lady Tee on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Excellent read! Very informative. I read the last edition and found this to be updated. I've read several books on investing and found this to be comprehensive because it provides specific resources & websites for ease in finding additional info on areas of interest. It really will give you a jumpstart in how you can start saving and investing wisely without paying high fees. Provides investment alternatives for people with smaller funds to get a rate of return similar to those people who can invest thouosands at a time. Easy to understand and apply these concepts.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Michaels VINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
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Until I read this book, I was under the impression that you had to have a lot of money to become an investor. I knew I wanted to begin somewhere but I didn't know where.

Nancy Dunnan speaks in everyday language. I'm grateful for that. I wasn't intimidated nor did I feel overwhelmed. I felt like I could do this.

I appreciated the detailed appendices:

A. Nine Easy and Painless Ways To Save
B. Ten Steps Toward College Education
C. Scams, Swindles and Suckers
D. The Top 25 Financial Web Sites (For me, this alone was worth the price of the book)
E. If You're Fired
F. Cash in a Flash: Ten Sources of Instant Money
G. Your Next Steps

This book is great for a beginner and aimed at the small investor. It gives step-by-step and easy to understand common sense information. I now have a better grasp of investing, saving and even my own comfort level about money.

I highly recommend this book!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott McManus on November 16, 2008
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This book is an excellent primer to learn the world of finances. It gives quite a bit of first timer information, and details where to learn more about almost any subject. Highly recommended if you are in need of serious beginner information like I was. If you consider yourself relatively knowledgeable, you might want to skip this one.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 12, 2009
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People work hard for their money, but few have any idea of how to keep it. The author argues that no matter how much money people make, they don't know how to save, or even if they save, they don't know what to do with their savings. As a result, they and their money part ways.

This book is great toward beginners and teaches how to invest your money. The author recommends that the first $50 be invested in your bank's or credit union's savings account, or in a government bond. The first $500 should be invested in interest-paying checking accounts, money market mutual funds, certificates of deposit, treasury securities, or investment clubs. The first $5,000 should be invested in bonds and stocks. By showing readers where different amounts should be invested, the author is able to explain different investment vehicles available to investors. If you are new to investing, this book provides a good introduction.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Davidson on October 20, 2009
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The book has some very basic information, nothing too mind boggling, although I did get a little out of it. The biggest problem is that this book is out of date for 2009. CD and Savings rates are nothing, thus putting $100 into a savings account earning .25% a year or even the top rates of around 1.5%...yea, pretty much useless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Choong on December 29, 2011
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This book on investment is interesting and is probably worth a read. However, readers who want more detailed information would do better reading Stock Investing Simplified
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By despot on January 12, 2013
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It provides a good idea of how any normal person would invest his money. Starting from a savings account in a bank all the way to the difference between stocks and bonds
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By americanfranks on February 9, 2012
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This book is inspiring and insightful to the new investor. After reading it I felt confident and ready to take the stock market plunge and have been very pleased with the results since.

Good read for a confidence boost to get started.
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