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Investing without Wall Street: The Five Essentials of Financial Freedom Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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The secrets to growing your wealth lie far beyond just investing strategies and financial products. The options for investing are endless, and their sheer number can be overwhelming, but in Investing without Wall Street: The Five Essentials of Financial Freedom, Sheldon Jacobs, founding editor and publisher of The No-Load Fund Investor, shows how to achieve the greatest wealth with the least effort. The book focuses on what investors actually do with their investments, rather than teaching strategies that read well, but are nonetheless unessential.
Presenting clear, practical advice on market timing, vanity investments, recent advances in index fund investing, bear market strategies, growing one's income, and much more, this book is designed to help you maximize your wealth. Filled with timeless wisdom and personal anecdotes that will inform and illuminate your investment decisions for years to come, Investing without Wall Street includes:
Five essentials that investors need to concentrate on, and what they can safely ignore
How to use the media to get the best investment advice and recommendations
The case for using a market timer
Why specific security recommendations don't make the five essentials
How to achieve complete portfolio diversification with only two funds
Indispensable reading for anyone looking to make more money, from new investors just starting out to seasoned pros returning to the market after the recent downturn, this lively and accessible book includes in-depth coverage of almost twenty subjects that are rarely, if ever, found in other investing guides. Investors will learn how to use the financial advice found in the media, survive bear markets, and build a mutual fund portfolio that will pay dividends for life. The definitive guide to individual investing, Investing without Wall Street stresses the importance of taking a skeptical, clearheaded approach to investment opportunities, and teaches you exactly how to develop and implement successful money strategies.
From the Back Cover
"Sheldon Jacobs is a level-headed gentleman who is a cross between Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama, and Vanguard founder Jack Bogle and who had a solid record editing and publishing The No-Load Fund Investor financial newsletter for over a quarter-century."
"King of no-loads."
—Investor's Business Daily
"Dean of the no-load fund watchers."
"Among financial experts who are able to think with a small investor's perspective, no one is more level-headed than Sheldon Jacobs."
In July of 1993, Sheldon Jacobs was one of five nationally recognized mutual fund advisors chosen by The New York Times for a mutual fund portfolio competition. The portfolio that he selected produced the highest return of all contestants for almost seven years, and the Times quarterly publication of this contest helped him become one of the best-known mutual fund advisorsin America.
Investing without Wall Street shows investors how to achieve the greatest wealth with the least effort. It details the five essentials that even a kid could master and shows that they are all you need to be a successful investor. With this knowledge, the average investor can invest on his or her own and make $252,000 more than a person investing the same way who shares his or her profits with professionals. This book will teach you how.
Top Customer Reviews
It's very difficult to find the right balance of technical and non-technical information when discussing personal finances. Some understanding of the technical aspects of finance are necessary in order to understand even the basics sensibly but many books go one bridge too far for the reader working outside the financial sector.
This books finds the right balance, and its five basics, I entirely agree with. It is consistent with many of the fresh insights into finance, off the back of the crisis, while at the same time remaining balanced and practical. It's emphasis on risk-adjusted returns is very important and one of the important things which non-financial people need to understand. Jacobs presents this concept is an accessible way.
Some of the later sections are redundant and don't add that much to the main argument of the book. Once you've read the chapters on the five essentials, you can probably put the book down. But those five essentials really are essential, and in this book, accessible. I have bought several copies of this book to distribute to non-financial members of the family over Christmas.
Investing Without Wall Street has given me the confidence I need to manage all of this in addition to being a self-employed single parent (i.e. I don't have a lot of time on my hands). Jacobs' explanation of the Five Essentials makes perfect sense, and he provides general guidance as well as specifics where needed. He does all of this with a sense of humor and engaging writing style, to make this a very readable and enjoyable book that (best of all) is based on principles that will not become obsolete in a few years or with the next big boom or crisis. Solid, time-tested investing advice that can be adapted to different investors' needs. So thank you, Mr. Jacobs. This is just what I needed.
This is a must read investing book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read. Not much specific information about what to invest in. Some basic sound advice about investing.Published 9 months ago by Ken
Excellent analysis by seasoned individual with credible experience. Contains practical and useful information.Published 16 months ago by Carl Gilmore
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in Do-It-Yourself Investing without brokers and Financial Advisors. I highly recommend Sheldon Jacobs as the best guide.Published on February 17, 2014 by Jazzman
The book is what I excepted and helpful in my research. No problems receiving it. Book was in good condition.Published on June 15, 2013 by Marilyn Weiss
Sheldon Jacobs tells it like it is. This book provides straight forward common sense advice about investing. It is useful for all serious investors.Published on February 16, 2013 by EJH