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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Second Edition edition (January 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156005603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156005609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Personal-finance guru Andrew Tobias slams online trading and praises the Roth IRA in his newly revised The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need. This investment bible remains as stimulating and meaningful as it was when it was first published 20 years ago. It's packed with ideas about stocks, living beneath your means, tax planning, retirement, and just about everything else in the financial world. And all of it is presented with Tobias's trademark brevity and ingenuity.

Last revised in 1995, the guide takes aim at a new game in town--online trading. By all means, use the Internet for buying a car or for research, Tobias says. But avoid cyberspace brokers, he says. Point and click enough and you will get slaughtered by commissions, spreads, taxes, and human nature. "It's so easy to click 'OK' a few times and make a $10,000 bet," he warns. "Look how mesmerized we become on a stool in front of a slot machine. Internet investing positively teases you to play." Tobias's favorite new entry is the Roth IRA, which allows you to withdraw your money tax-free when you retire. It's far better than a traditional IRA, he asserts. "Save yourself the trouble of agonizing over the choice and go with the Roth IRA," he writes. "Forget the worksheets." Sometimes caustic and always a skeptic, Tobias believes readers can shape their own financial futures. Just stick to the basics, he says. "By and large, you should manage your own money, via no-load mutual funds," he writes. "No one is going to care about it as much as you." It doesn't matter if it's 1978, 1998, or even 2008. The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need still is exactly that. Some things never change. --Dan Ring

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Since it first appeared two decades ago, Tobias' entertaining, commonsense guide has become required reading for the beginning investor. This is the "only . . . guide you'll ever need" because books that tout zero coupon bonds or titanium futures are too narrowly focused, and as Tobias suggests, books that promise wealth are a "fraud." Tobias last updated his guide in 1996. Little has been changed this time around, but information on inflation-adjusted bonds, education, Roth IRAs, and using the Internet to invest and to purchase goods has been added. Moreover, a 288-page, first-time, Spanish-language edition (0-15-600599-9) will also be available for $14. David Rouse

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I have a big stack that I'm already reading.
"annegold"
Tobias has a nice writing style that keeps the reader engaged.
Anthony R. Kenck
It's a great book for a beginner who wants to know more.
A. Petrotchenkov

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Lubin on May 14, 2001
Not only does Andrew Tobias suggest that readers save and invest, but also shows real ways that people can spend less (through conservation, stocking up on essentials at warehouse prices, saving money on insurance (auto, life, etc), paying yourself first, etc). Additionally, he explains investment vehicles in simple layman terms while divulging his personal opinions. All of this is done in a humorous, witty and quick read...a pleasant surprise to those of us picking up Investment Guides. Tobias truly covers it all, from savings accounts, to options and everything in between such as treasuries and annuities. He also discusses the merits of self-directed investing. It is telling that he dedicated the book "To my broker -- even if he has, from time to time, made me just that." This is a must read for those seeking entry-level knowledge of the ins and outs of investing or simply a witty read on the topic.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
Like The Millionaire Next Door, the utility of this book is that it emphasizes saving money, rather coming up with some brilliant investment to make you rich. If you don't save, you'll have nothing to invest. If you save and get a market return over a long period of time you'll amass a lot of money. Stop worrying about finding the next Microsoft, and start worrying about how to cut your expenses. And stop checking what the market is doing every ten minutes--it does you no good whatsoever.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
I have read too many books about investments and the stock market. "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need" has all the ideas I read in all books together, and more. The book has very useful investment tips, including tax strategies, IRA, life insurence, and more. However, don't buy this book first if you know nothing about the stock market. I recommend "How to Buy Stocks" by Louis Engel as a first step in learning the stock market terminologies and how it works. Then, read this book by Tobias. I beleive those two books are good enough for any first time investor
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
This reasonably short book summarizes the basics of personal finance in an easy to read witty style. It's aimed at the intelligent but beginning investor looking for practical advice and guidance on investing and money management. Although it does discuss buying options, day-trading, etc. readers looking for detailed comprehensive information and advice on these and similar topics probably should look elsewhere (or perhaps they should look here first-- after reading this book they might think twice about investing in more complicated schemes). For those looking for sound unbiased advice and information on basic investing and money management however this book will be very helpful. And as an added bonus, its actually fun and enjoyable to read.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Petrotchenkov on October 17, 2002
If you are expecting to learn everything you need to know about investments from this book, you will probably be disappointed. But this book is funny and entertaining while at the same time it is packed with sound investment advice that can benefit everyone. It was a delightful read. And now my only wish is to have some money to invest! I really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot. It's a great book for a beginner who wants to know more. If that's you, you'll be satisfied after you read it.
Some things in life are worth the money. Today I save my money for those things. One of them is peace of mind. I read the book and incorporated its basic message into my daily life. Especially important is calculation of the value of saved money: a dollar (or Russian ruble) saved is one that has escaped taxes and the demands of living. As he puts it, a penny saved is two pennies earned. I remember this message as I walk through stores in Moscow. Now most of our stores in Russia are looking absolutely the same as in Western Europe.
Enjoy the book and start enjoying saving! Informative as well as entertaining, this could be the best twelve bucks you'll ever spend. Andrew Tobias makes a good introduction reading about personal finance for everybody.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
This book is always fresh, valuable and insightful: Partly because Andy Tobias updates the book whenever new technology or financial instruments appear that require serious consideration, and partly because he uses his own advice, and has done quite well. Mr. Tobias believes that each of us can control our future to become wealthier. He also believes that it is important to keep it simple. The joy of this book is that you can do all of your financial "cooking " with one reference. He covers stocks, real estate, IRAs, and a myriad of other investments. He is also humorous, fun and easy to read. He encourages us to invest ourselves, not to be "stalled" by thinking that professionals can always do better, or investing is too complicated, or you can never make real money anyway. To read more about these bad-thinking habits that hold you back and how to overcome them, you should read a new book by Donald Mitchell, Carol Coles and Robert Metz called The 2,000 Percent Solution. You can get rid of your stalls to succeed way beyond your expectations. To succeed in investing, let Andy Tobias help you with The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need.
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