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Praise for the first edition:

"Investing 101 by Kathy Kristof is a reader-friendly introduction to the basics of investing and personal finance. . . . If I had to suggest a book on investing and personal finance to an absolute beginner, it would be Investing 101." (BookPage)

"… [an] excellent primer about investing. Investors will get a clearer idea of how markets work and what you can realistically expect from your retirement funds." (The Boston Globe)

"Kristof's down-to-earth style and clear prose gives her writing a decidedly user-friendly quality. . . . The vast majority of us worker drones who haven't yet made complete sense of things will find Investing 101 an easy way to get started." (Miami Herald)

"Not only is this book more simple and straightforward than the typical book on investing, it's also more humorous and personal." (Today's Librarian)


"Investing 101 is a sensible, well-written, and comprehensive guide to investor options. I learned much from this book and am certain you can too."
Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America

Praise for the first edition:

"In Investing 101, Kathy Kristof skillfully guides the novice investor, step-by-step, along the path to investment success. It's an ideal primer for anyone who wants to enter the financial world and would like a helping hand."
Myron Kandel, Founding Financial Editor, CNN

"Too many of us give too little thought to the underpinnings of investing: how much risk to shoulder, when to sell, etc. Kathy Kristof explains these basics in language we all can understand. Investing 101 is sure to become a great reference guide for novices and longtime investors alike."
—Steve Dinnen, Personal Finance Columnist, The Des Moines Register

"Kathy Kristof knows investing inside and out. She can take even the most complicated information and make it easy to understand—and entertaining."
Ilyce R. Glink, National Syndicated Columnist, Author of 100 Questions You Should Ask about Your Personal Finances

"If you're just getting started in the investing world, this is the book you need. Kathy Kristof's smart, sensible advice demystifies the markets and shows you exactly what you need to know to achieve your financial goals. Investing 101 offers a road map to financial success without gimmicks or secret formulas—and it's a whole lot of fun to read, besides."
Liz Pulliam Weston, Personal Finance Columnist, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; Updated and Expanded Edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576603075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576603079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By John M. Lowe on October 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This review is about the updated and expanded 2008 edition of Investing 101 by Kathy Kristof, nationally syndicated Personal Finance Columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

I approached this book from two perspectives, first, as a teacher (retired) of technical subject matter and, second, as a self-reliant investor (active) who is living out of his retirement funds.

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As a teacher, I had three objectives for students who took my courses. I expected students who completed my courses to come away with: (1) an appreciation for the discipline, (2) an understanding of the subject matter, and (3) a proficiency for putting the discipline into practice. If I were teaching Investing 101, could I realistically expect my students to achieve these same objectives with Kristof's composition as their textbook? The answer is Yes, Yes, and Yes. (And, yes, I know that Investing 101 was not written as a textbook, but please bear with me for the sake of this review.)

First, I believe my Investing 101 students will come away with a positive attitude toward the discipline of do-it-yourself investing. The FUD factor (fear, uncertainty, and doubt about private investing) is more than adequately addressed by Kristof in the first chapter of her book. I am convinced that an attitude check at the beginning of my make-believe course compared with the same attitude check at the end of the course would show that anxieties toward individual investing will be allayed because of Kristof's practical advice.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tina on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reviewing Investing 101. As the title implies, this book takes a detailed look at finances (personal) but more to the point it takes a look at what is a financial market and how to invest, as an individual, without, hopefully losing your shirt.

There is a handy quiz to find out just how high (or low) your tolerance to risk is and based on this, the book continues to explain all the fundamentals about investing wisely.

This book is written for a novice and the terms used are everyday and easy to understand. This book also describes the various financial terms that are used in the market and this feature was quite helpful.

While I enjoyed this book, it focused more on families and less on singles - which is something that I was interested in. Also, this book's audience definitely is novice as there is very little in the way of intermediate financial information.

This is a great book for somebody who is starting out or who needs to polish their knowledge.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fred A on August 31, 2010
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I am a newbie when it comes to investing. Prior to reading this book, I had read The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing (great book!). I was under the impression that stocks were the main investment vehicle for those trying to maximize returns. Gee was I wrong! Investing 101 gives you a much broader view of the investing game. For those who want to know the many investment vehicles out there, this is the book to read. It covers stocks, bonds, and various types of funds (social funds, REITs, international funds, and tax-favored).

It also offers goal-oriented investing strategies. The author does a great job of explaining how to allocate assets based on your goals and the time you have to achieve them. She seperates types of goals into short, medium, and long term. She also explains types of investments to consider based on those goals: cash, income, and growth.

The book lacks in-depth discussion of each investment vehicle, but I don't think it was the author's intention to do so. Use it as an eye-opener to the several options you can put your money into. Give it a go!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on August 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this book like I always find the better books on investment- by browsing the shelves at my local library. When I found this book, I recalled the author from my many days reading the LA Times business section, in which she writes a very useful column, and on that basis, even though I am well beyond the basics, decided to give her book a quick read.

Well, as luck would have it, a 'quick read' turned into three days of note-taking, with heavy emphasis on the first few chapters. Although I am far from a beginning investor, and still consider myself to be an amateur at The Grand Game, I found that this book, while pitched at the novice, actually assisted me tremendously in re-considering the investment conundrum. Kristof is right when she says that one's investments should match one's stated goals for the future. Everything begins and ends with the goals that you have for yourself, and these goals should in turn determine what sort of investments that you should consider pursuing.

Kristof is also on the money when she says that emotional spending more often than not leads to indebtedness. I believe that her best advice in the book is non-financial in that she advocates the beginner taking control over his or her future, and by extension, actively investing is one of the means by which he or she can obtain this.

That said, I did not agree with everything that she said in the book. For example, I regard her advice on diversification to be useful only to those that have a lot of money and truly do not know what they are doing. I don't think that you have to have a hand in every little thing that's out there, from stocks to bonds to real estate to commodities (like gold).
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