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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good introduction to the markets and how they work., March 5, 1999
This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This book provides the reader with a thorough discussion of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, futures, and options. It does a very nice job of explaining how they are traded on the market, and it uses very clear illustrations to describe some of the most common terms associated with the markets. This book is very informative. It is helpful to anyone that does not know how to look up stocks in the newspaper. Everything the reader needs to know about getting started in the stock market is explained. Both beginners and advanced investors will benefit from the book, especially the beginners.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview, May 16, 1999
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This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This book is an excellent overview of the financial markets and how they operate. This is for the novice who wants to get a general idea of how the financial markets operate.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginning CAN SLIM investors, March 6, 2004
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This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This book is actually half decent it isn't near as good as How to make money in stocks but it covers a lot of relevant information for newer investors.
The chapters cover these wonderful topics:
* Capitalism: What it is and why it works
* The stock market: Primer on what stocks are and how the market works
* Mutual funds
* Options
* Bonds
* Futures market
* Economics and economic indicators
The book reminds me of Investing Smart however Guide to the Markets is at least 10 times better and covers more topics, not to mention the writers are much better than Dhun H. Sethna.
I recommend this for beginning CAN SLIM investors.
Reed Floren
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer on Stocks, Funds, Bonds, Options, Futures, March 22, 2004
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This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This book is pure gold for investors who are just getting started in playing the market. Coupling this book with a subscription to Investor's Business Daily will help you make good decisions quickly and minimize the punishing losses that naive investors sometimes take. IBD does a good job of explaining technical issues in easy to understand language along with showing pertinent charts and graphs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful First Step, January 26, 2004
This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This book is a *primer*, and as such will likely be neither the best nor the worst book you'll ever read on the subject of investing (fwiw, I actually found the content average, and the writing style a bit like summertime in the Sahara). For me though, the book earned its fourth "star" for a single--yet *really* important--reason: its connection to the IBD newspaper. For about $25, _Guide to the Markets_ explains much of its information using the same graphs and other formats as you'll find in the company's daily. *That* is a great deal considering that IBD is one of the best, if more expensive, investment tools available. For its ability to cheaply provide access to that very powerful tool, while also providing other occasional insights, _Guide to the Markets_ is a very good value. (It's nicely indexed enough to serve as a solid reference as well).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the stock market., March 1, 2006
This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
Even a novice could learn the working of western

economics ( capitalistic ), the influence of Government

intervention, the mechanics of the stock market, and

the way to use the best investment paper today: Investor's

Business Daily. Only criticism: you should have noted

that the book is the same as the one published 10 years ago,

and not a new edition!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful material, December 3, 2003
This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This book's value is in letting you know when to be in the market and when to be out. It is very easy to read and is well written. This book will take the confusion out of hearing finacial reports, and points you towards sources of good information. I use [...] . Stock market information is covered quite thourally and it highlights what is the important information to be listening for. Highly Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an excellent book!, June 26, 2003
This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
Wow! This book is incredibly well written.
I have never read such a good instructive book on a complex subject before.
Comprehensive for all levels. It is so hard to get lost in the teachings which they give examples of real day life to what they discuss; ie: the companies you use to by getting ready for work in the morning (probably; Colgate Palm Olive)
They take you through every aspect you need to know from a-z.
After reading this, you'll confident to ride the stock market, or at lease watch the Finance Channel in the mornings - some thing they recommend.
Read this book and submerse yourself in pure financial stocks, shares and hostile takeovers. It is the best combination they suggest to becoming a savvy stock person.
Watching and reading stock market material is a subject they cover in being able to understand what it means, how it affects you as an investor and how it can effect other companies. Highly Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners, October 21, 2007
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This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
This is one of the best books on the market for beginners. It contains all things that a beginner needs to know about what a stock is, how the stock market operates, capitalism, how free markets operate and much more. It explains how to really invest and trade for profit using valuations, technical stock movements and emotional factors. It also expands into the futures and bond markets and explains options and selling short. I found the chapter that tracked all the greatest performing sectors for each year over the last century very informative. This book is just packed full of information that you will learn from and be able to profit from in the markets. The only reason I did not give it five stars was due to it needing an update, it is a 10 year old book and I would like to see the last ten years added in to an updated version of this book.

Also check out Jason Kelly's "Neatest little guide to stock market investing" for another great book for beginners.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of professional's analytic factors, April 19, 1998
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This review is from: Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets (Paperback)
If you can make it though the Capitalist dogma chapter at the beginning, you will find a good list of factors that professional traders use to evaluate stocks, mutual funds, options, etc. Defines many types of investment vehicles and suggests where they are useful.
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Investor's Business Daily Guide to the Markets by Investor's Business Daily (Paperback - October 22, 1996)
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