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The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: Fifth Edition Paperback – December 24, 2012
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Every Sunday morning he sends out The Kelly Letter. It highlights the latest coin-toss forecasts being foisted on the unsuspecting by "z-vals," a shorthand introduced in 3Sig for zero-validity pundits, proven to be wrong half the time but still blathering on a regular basis. The letter also runs the original 3 percent signal plan and two permutations, providing subscribers with a clear (and usually humorous) look at financial markets. Yes, 3Sig is still running circles around the z-vals with just a single quarterly rebalance to its famous signal line, no forecasting required -- or desired.
He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 with a BA in English, but not before a professor told him that he would never succeed as an author because he "lacked a basic command of the English language." Luckily, IBM disagreed and hired Jason as a technical writer at its Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California. Once income from his freelance writing matched his income from IBM, Jason left corporate life to become a full-time freelance writer. About IBM hiring him for the only "real" job he's ever had, Jason wrote in his book "Financially Stupid People," "I keep a special smile for Big Blue because of that break. It was the only company that believed in me. I never knew the meaning of the term 'competing offer.'"
One of Jason's Japanese publishers, Shueisha, brought him to Tokyo on book tour in 1999. He took that opportunity to visit his old high school exchange student friend, and wrote a funny article about the experience. That article remains one of Jason's most widely read. It's still on his site (short link http://v.gd/12years). Japan went straight to Jason's heart, and he decided to live there. He rented out his home in California and moved to Sano, Japan in 2002 for what he thought was going to be a one-year stay. This many years later, he still lives and works there.
After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, he started Socks for Japan, a volunteer organization that hand-delivered 160,000 care packages from around the world to survivors. See photos and read reports about the effort at jasonkelly.com/helpjapan.
In addition to writing new books and The Kelly Letter, he's an investor in Red Frog Coffee in Longmont, Colorado, a delightful shop managed by his sister and business partner, Emily. It was voted Longmont's Small Business of the Year in 2014.
His website is at jasonkelly.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Kelly begins at square 1 by describing what the stock market even is, and how it functions. He discusses very basic things, such as the difference between a full-service and a self-service broker, and the way that stocks get listed on the exchanges in the first place. His tone and style are welcomed, as he neither presumes that you know anything prior to reading, nor is he paternalistic or presuming that you are incompetent.
Unique to many books, Kelly sums up the philosophy of some of the tried and true "master" investors. His list includes Ben Graham, Phil Fisher, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Will O'Neill, and Bill Miller. By examining multiple investors in the way he does, Kelly truly shows that there is more than one way to successfully invest in the stock market. Graham is the model value investor, focusing on stocks that are undervalued. Phil Fisher is a growth investor, focusing on superior companies that he expects will keep growing.Read more ›
The book begins where it should, at the beginning. It assumes the audience knows nothing about stocks and how the stock market works. It proceeds to discuss the various metrics investors use to analyze companies, how those values are derived, and why they are relevant. Next Jason discussed the great investors in recent history, how they came to be so successful and what you and I can learn from their strategies. Finally, after giving the reader a base of knowledge and background Jason lays out his strategy for success and why it works. Along the way, the book is sprinkled with great resources and references that have been invaluable to me.
Since reading the 2012 Edition of this book I have been a religious reader of Jason's newsletter found at JasonKelly.com and I look forward to it each Sunday morning with my coffee. I cannot wait to get my 2013 Edition in the mail and look forward to the updated material. Finally, I can personally attest to the Jason's strategies as I have had excellent success in the markets over the last year and greatly outperformed the S&P 500.
My two cents.
- Kelly provides a great system for categorizing and evaluating individual stocks.
- He provides the novice with plain explanations for terms and measurements that they may not have been familiar with.
- He provides references for all recommended research and describes how to find them.
- His writing style is easy to follow and occasionally humorous.
I didn't like:
- Kelly does not address taxes on gains. He provides several strategies that require selling shares on frequent occasions and compares return rates without considering the effect of taxes on those gains. Other investment advice I have read recommends not actively trading stock in this fashion because it is highly unlikely that you will keep up with the market due to your losses from taxes, timing errors, and commissions. I would like to see Kelly address this oversight in the next edition.
In making my decision in taking a more active role in my investing, I wanted to knock the dust of my financial and market knowledge (I don't use it much in my day-to-day job) and get a better understanding of what financial indicators made for good investment targets. This book did the job perfectly.
For a first-time investor, this book provides an easy to understand basis of financial analysis. It also discusses several investment strategies that are not the "get rich quick" strategies I have seen in other publications. Most of the strategies revolve around analyzing a few indicators to create a target set of companies, doing extensive research on those companies, then investing and holding on to the stock.
DISCLAIMER: If you have a financial background and are looking for a book on advanced trading schemes and options, this isn't the book for you. Don't go bashing this book for what it is - a basic understanding of how to invest in the stock market.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty concise and has covered crucial knowledge. The book is soft easy to read and carry. Highly recommend!Published 17 days ago by Anqi Wang
The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: Fifth Edition
Handy book. Probably sage advice, if you can remember it.
I found this to be the perfect beginner investing guide. It was organized very well, easy to follow, interesting...Published 24 days ago by Kelly Magnussen
Great easy to read book. Will explain all you need to begin investing .Published 2 months ago by Jonathan
This book is not going to turn you into a rich bastard. However, in the amount of pages this book contains, this book has everything you could need to get started as a beginning... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MUStudent
Very clear, concise - an excellent introduction to investing in the stock market. Mr. Kelly writes with no arrogance, and gives plenty of accounting of the volatility and dangers... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carl Peters