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The How to Make Money in Stocks Complete Investing System: Your Ultimate Guide to Winning in Good Times and Bad Paperback – August 31, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0071752114 ISBN-10: 0071752110 Edition: 1st

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William J. O'Neil (Los Angeles, CA)
is the founder and chairman of Investor's Business Daily, one of the world's leading financial newspapers, and is internationally regarded as a foremost source of investment research and advice. He is also founder of William O'Neil + Company, a leader in equity market information and data research for more than 400 major institutional money managers worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071752110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071752114
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You will understand the CAN SLIM system after reading this book.
Steve Burns
The 4th/5th edition include several additions over the prior editions, and I highly recommend buying one of them to replace the 1st-3rd edition books.
itravel
This is his book on how to trade stocks and anyone who trades, or is thinking about trading, should read this book.
Day Trader

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136 of 137 people found the following review helpful By bobby on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. It will turn many of the conventional nuggets of wisdom about stock market on their head. It is a fairly complete book. For an individual trader it explains the investing process well. The 100 or so charts at the beginning of the book are very valuable and informative. CANSLIM is the right system to follow in my experience as well. Probably the most important piece of advice in the book is the advice to cut your losses short at 7-8% from your purchase price of a stock. Most recently 3 follow through days in the market have failed. This book however says that follow through days which mark the beginning of an uptrend in a stock market are reliable about 80% of the time. No book, no investing philosophy can be perfect, that's why one needs to cut the losses short so that one can live to fight another day.

This book with green cover is only slightly different from the one with orange cover. The differences are-
1) there is a quiz at the end to test your knowledge of CANSLIM
2) there are more recent charts of stocks which were hits and picked around March 2009 as part of William O'Neil's institutional service. These are stocks like Priceline, CERN, NFLX etc.
3) there is a CD attached to the back cover about a trial of one of their services.

All in all i don't think there is a need to get the latest book if you already have the book with orange cover.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2010
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I have read over 150 books on stock trading and investing. I have reviewed them all here on Amazon. With this book I will now have read "How to make money in stocks" three times, reading the 2nd, 3rd, and now 4th edition. I have to say after reading this book at different stages in my trading journey, and having used its principles in real investing and trading I truly believe this is the #1 stock trading/investing book out there. I myself have used the principles of this book to average over a 20% return in my 401K from 2003 to 2007 and then like some of the smart readers of O'Neil's newspaper went to cash in January 2008 completely sidestepping the financial meltdown thanks to his principles. Author William O'Neil is the modern day predecessor of the greatest trading legends, Jesse Livermore, Nicolas Darvas, Gerald Loeb, and Bernard Baruch. From the investing results of his proteges Gil Morales and Chis Kacher with their accumulative 18,000% return during the boom years that they document in "Trade like an O'Neil Disciple" he is likely the greatest living pure stock trader in the world. William O'Neil also runs O'Neil and Company and advises some of the world's top money mangers. O'Neil is also publisher of the Investor's Business Daily newspaper which he subsidizes because it is not profitable. (I think he publishes it for himself, all of his other businesses are profitable.)
At the beginning of the book you will see the price charts of the greatest winning stocks of the past 100 years. They are marked with notes to show you what proper bases look like and what a stock looks like coming out of a cup with handle formation. You will see the difference between a strong chart and a weak chart.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By itravel on March 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
William O'Neil's books are an essential part of any investor's or trader's library. Seriously, even if you don't buy into his philosophy, what he says in these books will help you since he tells you the rules of the market. I (and many other traders) have made a lot of money using his method.

The only difference between this book (basically, 5th Edition) and the 4th edition (orange cover) is the "Bonus Chapter" at the end - 45 pages of test charts and questions. In my opinion, not worth buying if you already own the 4th Edition. Yes, the DVD is also included, but it's only maybe 15 minutes long and tells you how to use their newspaper and site. Once again, not worth paying extra for... I'm sure their investor.com site has a similar video available. The 4th/5th edition include several additions over the prior editions, and I highly recommend buying one of them to replace the 1st-3rd edition books.

When I started learning O'Neil's strategy in 1993, there was only the newspaper. Then, he added one seminar ($800), which I took in 1999 and which helped me understand his system and make (and keep) 300% in 6 months (9/1999-3/2000). Today, there are so many options to learn... Investors.com, his several books, several different levels of seminars, Meetup user groups, etc. Ironically, this book pretty much covers everything that's taught through the other mediums - you just need to read it carefully and thoroughly and repeatedly. From what people have told me, the one medium which teaches skills not mentioned in the book is the Chart reading seminar ($3000), where you learn advanced chart reading skills.

Learning to trade using CANSLIM (i.e. the O'Neil method) does changes your life, but you need to be ready to spend several years to learn the skill.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Keenan on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Along with O'Neil's excellent THE SUCCESSFUL INVESTOR, this book is one of the best introductions to growth stock investing available. He proposes a method (CANSLIM) to discouver what are the best candidates for investment and measure overall market health. BOTH are required for his method to work. The fact that it encourages the use of Investor's Business Daily (IBD) is not a drawback to my mind because market and industry trends change so frequently that you need a daily source of information to keep up with possible CANSLIM candidates. That being said, readers should realize that this method requires that you familiarize yourself with charts and that you be willing to take responsibility for your choices. Not everyone is willing to spend 10-30 minutes a day reading IBD. Many too, prefer to rely on brokers or a guru to make choices because it gives them somebody to blame when there are losses. IBD is useless for such investors.

If I had to summarize the CANSLIM method in a single sentence, I would say that it is a technique that allows individual investors to piggyback on the ebb and flow of institutional money. O'Neil strongly believes that markets rise and fall because of the daily collective decisions of thousands of domestic and foreign financial institutions (mutual funds, banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, etc.) moving billions of dollars around in search of growth. Compared to these corporations, individual retail investors have no influence. Also, institutional investors are much better informed about future trends than you or I can be. It follows that we as individual investors can greatly reduce the chance element in stock selection by focussing only on institutional-quality companies currently in favour. Avoid penny stocks.
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