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Investing Online For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Matt Krantz
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Book Description

Straightforward advice on investing online wisely with the most updated information available

If you're eager to take control of your investments but don't want to make it your full-time job, Investing Online For Dummies, 7th Edition will put you on your way. Completely updated to cover all the newest online tools and resources, this easy-to-understand guide gets you started with investing online and growing your online portfolio using the latest tools, information, and resources available. You'll learn to pick winning stocks, find an online broker, construct a profitable portfolio, research investment data online, and what considerations to take into account when making key decisions.

  • Addresses critical issues for beginner investors, such as setting reasonable expectations, figuring out how much to invest, assessing how much risk is appropriate, and picking an online broker
  • Pinpoints a variety of Web sites, online calculators, databases, and online communities that will help you make beneficial decisions
  • Delves into using online tools to calculate returns and risk, selecting mutual funds with online databases, analyzing stocks and financial statements, and buying bonds online

You'll quickly see the profits of the straightforward and fun online investing advice contained within Investing Online For Dummies, 7th Edition!

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From the Back Cover

Research, trade, and track investments online

Take control of your investments, maximize investment knowledge, and build a profitable portfolio

The Internet brings a world of investment resources to your desktop, but how do you find your way through a dizzying array of investment possibilities? The Dummies Way, of course! This book helps you set reasonable expectations, assess your risk tolerance, choose an asset allocation, analyze and select investments, and maximize financial success.

Discover how to:

  • Determine how much you can afford to invest

  • Choose an online broker

  • Enter and execute trades

  • Measure the potential return of a stock

  • Buy bonds online

  • Understand options, commodities, and IPOs

About the Author

Matt Krantz is a financial writer and reporter who covers investments and financial markets for USA TODAY. He also answers a different reader question every weekday in his Ask Matt column at

Product Details

  • File Size: 9204 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very complete guide! July 15, 2008
The author starts out by building confidence in investing on-line. His eleven Getting Started points (Decide how much you can save and invest, Master the terms, Understand the difference between being an active and passive investor, etc.) set the tone for the entire book. He assumes you have never invested on-line and then shows you exactly how to do it. Not only does he explain how to invest at your computer but he also explains basic terminology (selling stock short, buying a call in options, shareholders' equity, etc.) so that you are never lost in his explanations. Thankfully, he reserves the deeper topics (Capital-gain distribution nightmare, stock splits, etc.) for the gray sidebars. The hundreds of internet addresses he provides are enough to fill anyone's bookmarks. This is the kind of book you read with your laptop so that you can check out the references and bookmark those which have meaning to you.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're only a Dummy if you don't check out this book! October 30, 2008
I don't know how thorough or concise the first 5 editions of this resource were, but I can tell you this edition is both. I have just recently begun educating myself on the market, and started with the most recommended texts about - or by - Buffett, Lynch, Graham and others. I read the Complete Idiot's Guide to Investing that was informative. But nothing I've read thus far puts so much useful, understandable and resourceful information at your fingertips. Like the reviewer above states, there are HUNDREDS of viable links to largely free sites that cover the full spectrum of investing; from terminology and fundamental/technical analysis, to screeners, analyst ratings, quant models, governance, taxation and how to avoid scams. As mentioned, have your computer close by to bookmark these invaluable resources. Three additional chapters to the book - available online - pick up where the book left off with more advanced concepts and strategies. I can't recommend this text highly enough.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Investing Online For Dummies February 18, 2008
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I started out on computers 15 years ago and loved the Dummies books. They made learning fun.
I have now moved into investing and enjoyed the cutting edge articles I read in this book. Much reading and learning is required in stock investing in order to prepare oneself for stepping onto Wall Street. This new 2008 edition of Online Investing is a big help.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide July 17, 2009
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I bought this book a few months back, and recently decided to get into investing online. I think it's a great book, very informative. I constantly refer to it to make sure I'm doing things right. If you're wanting to start investing online, check this book out. I'm a former US Marine Infantryman, so if I can understand it, a 5 year old can! Not too much fancy talk in there, so it's easy to follow. They should rename the book to "Investing Online for DUMMIES and MARINES".

All joking aside, if you want a good "starter" book, check this book out. Like I said, I recently decided to actually invest, and I'm enjoying it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information you didn't even know you needed February 18, 2011
By Sam
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Prior to reading this book I had done a fair bit of research into online brokers and having studied economics & accounting at university and worked in the fund management industry several years ago thought I had most of it covered. I was wrong. The thing about the internet is that all the information you need is there but if you don't know what you are looking for you won't find it. That is where this book excels. It tells you what you should be looking for AND points you in right direction to find further information as well as the tools you need for investing. Topics covered include; tracking your investments for performance results and tax purposes, the brokers and account types out there, analysis into the general workings of the stock market, asset allocation, stock screening tools, insider trading monitoring and a host of other tools and topics. The thing I really like about this book is that most of these books are written by people who have a financial interest in advising people or work for companies that do. Matt Krantz works for USA Today, yet despite the information and tools it offers, you never felt he was pushing you towards his companies site over any other. In fact if USA Today was mentioned at all, it was always after a number of other online resources which I liked.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent January 22, 2010
By Matt
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I am new to investing period. i knew that i would be doing all of it online so i purchased this book. this is a great book that really breaks down what it is you need to know as a beginner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I recently purchased this book and am very pleased with it. It is surprisingly good, comprehensive and detailed. It lists a host of useful online websites for all types of research and analysis. The book didn't elaborate much on market timing and specifically when to buy and sell and didn't speak at length about signal indicators. Still, it's an excellent book and I don't see why any beginning investor wouldn't be very pleased with it. It is written in a clear and interesting way and packed with information. It talks about fundamental and technical analysis and give overviews of trading with stocks, bonds, mutual funds and options(though the book mainly focuses on stocks). A very informative and educational book for the beginning to intermediate investor. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference
Good reference for online stocks investing. Made me confident enough to start investing online. Answers to online stocks right on your hands.
Published 4 months ago by Epidking IV
4.0 out of 5 stars great first step
I read this in about 1 week. The layout of the book is awesome allowing you to jump around as you need. Read more
Published 7 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have read smaller introductory books to investing so I thought it was time to move onto the bigger stuff. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Natalie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I enjoy learning about investing, but I just could not get into it enough to help me out so put it down.
Published 12 months ago by Elaine Grimes
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty basic
Lots of links and quite a few broken ones. Not always a lot of substance but it covers the basics. The kindle edition is terrible. The page layout is lost. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jean M Peccoud
3.0 out of 5 stars Really for beginners
Assumes you barely know how to use the internet.
It gives good pointers, but it could much more shorter and to the point.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected
The Dummies books are a great concept. They work to take complex subjects that everybody wants to know about but doesn't.
Published 16 months ago by Tim Mallett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
this is a great book for people looking forward to investing. i've read every section ,but i still may go back and look at something for reference. Read more
Published 19 months ago by svc
5.0 out of 5 stars Online Investing
The book covered the subject completely. It was easy to follow and very informative.
It gave more than I expected.
Published 19 months ago by Edmond Valenti
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money.
This book is not worth the money. The author does not seem very well informed about her subject and keeps telling her reading audience that she is not giving information but that... Read more
Published 23 months ago by jjsdad99
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More About the Author

Matt Krantz is a nationally known financial journalist who specializes in investing topics. He has been a writer for USA TODAY since 1999, where he covers financial markets and Wall Street, concentrating on developments affecting individual investors and their portfolios.

In addition to covering markets for USA TODAY, Matt writes a daily investing columns called "Ask Matt." He answers questions posed by the website's audience in an easy-to-understand manner.

Readers often tell Matt he's the only one who has been able to finally solve investing questions they've sought answers to for years.


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