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Investing For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) Paperback – December 6, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0764524318 ISBN-10: 0764524313 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (December 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764524313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764524318
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Eric Tyson is...helping people of all income levels to take control of their own financial future." ?James C. Collins, author of Good to Great

The Wall Street Journal bestseller ? updated for today?s market

"Tyson handily dispatches both the basic...and the more complicated." ?Lisa M. Sodders, The Capital-Journal

Get back to basics with Eric Tyson?s revised and updated guide to investing. You?ll discover how to cut through the hype to find the real deals, how to evaluate securities, how to survive in a down market, how the new tax laws affect your investments, and much more. Become your own investment advisor and start building wealth now!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor, syndicated columnist, and the author of bestselling For Dummies books on personal finance, taxes, home buying, and mutual funds.

Customer Reviews

I have never read a "Dummie" book.
David A. Spearman
Thy should have pulled the listing so I couldn't have ordered it if it wasn't available.
Dennis
This book is especially good for the person who wants a broad overview of investing.
Captain Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By B. Stallings on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Here is the best way I can describe this book: It is like a LONG encyclopedia article about investing. This book touches on all the basics but does not get in depth with any one issue. Good for an initial education but DO NOT start investing after you read it! I am not going to get in depth with this review so here is the summary: Too much what you SHOULD do. Not enough how to do it.

BDS III
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jawalla on February 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping and expecting a beginner's level introduction to the world of investing. And, for sure I got all of that. However, this book truly helped my with broader financial issues such as thinking about how much to spend on my home and planning to someday start my own business.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. Beautifully written, thorough and without bias. You can't go wrong with this one!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jbo on August 30, 2005
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I read mutual funds for dummies first and thought I'd grab this book, the book isn't bad at all, but I believe this author has much more knowledge about mutual funds than any other investment strategy. I personally am not looking to change jobs and start up my own small business and I don't consider that an investment, if so why not consider going to college to become a doctor an investment, you could do an entire chapter on that.

Basically the chapters about paper assets were pretty good, but the small business section was a waste of my time personally and if I wanted to open up my own business I wouldn't have bought this book. The real estate section wasn't that great either and I think it's because he knows mutual funds the best and other paper assets over real estate and any other investment strategy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Lowe on May 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on Monday night and finished it on Thursday. Great information on a variety of subjects. I am taking what I read and opening an account within a week of finishing this book. I recommend to anyone who is thinking of opening a brokerage account. Well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Johnson on August 12, 2005
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Feel this is a good start at understanding investments of all kinds, and then one can pursue individual needs further. Like the author's personal slants, although he was always quick to include it was his thoughts, not standard advice.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2004
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If you plan on investing, either by hiring a broker or doing it yourself, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It covers the range of potential investments, from stock and mutual funds to small business and real estate investing.
It is true that Tyson seems biased towards Vanguard's mutual funds and this book, like his other books on mutual funds and personal finance, carries that tradition forward. In this regard, Tyson is in good company: Vanguard is also highly rated by Consumer Reports and it consistently has the lowest costs. So far, Vanguard has avoided any hint of scandal that has plagued other mutual funds.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Captain Williams on October 29, 2005
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This book is especially good for the person who wants a broad overview of investing. It will give you a solid foundation to begin growing your money from. After reading, I opened a Scottrade account because they had the lowest rates ($7), and no inactivity fee. [...].
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Bivona on February 1, 2006
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A pretty good guide with a lot of useful information. However I thought the approach was a little superficial in spots.

I'd have preferred some real world example to the generalities that were offered.
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