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Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich: Your Game Plan for Getting It Right in the Stock Market Hardcover – May 4, 2007
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In today's markets, there are literally thousands of stocks available to trade or invest in, and every day some of those stocks make big moves. While the reasons behind the moves may vary, the ability to position yourself for those moves can consistently enhance the profitability of your portfolio.
Nobody knows this better than author and independent Wall Street analyst Charles Payne. He understands what it takes to make it in today's financial markets, and in Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich, he'll show you how to actively invest in stocks using strategies that eliminate emotions and incorporate fundamental analysis and charting to avoid the mistakes of the crowd.
Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich demystifies the stock market in a way that will allow you to make the most informed investment decisions possible. It will not only show you how to pick stocks that are poised for big moves, but it will also help you gain a better understanding of what the overall market is doing.
Divided into three comprehensive parts, this one-of-a-kind guide will:
Explain how to use fundamental analysis along with technical analysis to discover undervalued stocks
Provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to stop emotionally sabotaging your stock market investing efforts
Show you how to assemble portfolios that are positioned to outperform the market and make you rich
Teach you how to be an investor who owns stocks for the kind of gains that buy real comfort and peace of mindrather than a trader who simply flips stocks for pennies
You won't get rich simply by putting money into a 401(k) or a bunch of mutual funds. But you will have a chance to achieve success if you take advantage of the opportunities offered by one of the best moneymaking machines in the worldthe stock market. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich weaves stories of Charles Payne's own growth and development as a top Wall Street analyst with stories of investors who exemplify the do's and don'ts of investingproviding you with a proven way to maximize profits and minimize losses in today's dynamic stock market.
From the Back Cover
"Charles Payne's book is blunt, provocative, and right on the money. This book is a lot like Charles himself: insightful and to the point. If you have time to read only one book on how to make money . . . this is the book."
—Dr. Bob Froehlich, Chairman, Investor Strategy Committee Deutsche Asset Management, and Vice Chairman, DWS Scudder
"Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich is a book for all investors from first-time stock buyers to seasoned investors. 'Be Smart' suggests you understand the fundamentals of the company you are purchasing. 'Act Fast' suggests that action must be taken if you are going to increase your wealth in the stock market. All too often we find interesting ideas to invest in but never have the confidence to act, only to watch the stock's price rise while others reap the benefits. This book is an easy read, and a must-read for all investors."
—Tom Dorsey, President, Dorsey Wright & Associates and author, Point & Figure Charting
"You should buy this book just for the super job Charles does in explaining everything you need to know about charts, graphs, and the other 'voodoo' of technical analysis that he makes so simple to understand. Charles really gives you a street fighter's education in the markets . . . I wish his book was around twenty-five years ago . . . it would have saved me millions in market mistakes I've made."
—Tobin Smith, founder and Chairman, ChangeWave Research
Top Customer Reviews
"Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich" is not a one time read. It's a guide book! Read it over and over....
Charles is speaking to the masses in his book - we are in the market whether we realize it or not. It's time that WE, the 9-5'ers, the stay at home mom's, the blue collar workers take an interest in our economy. Don't miss out!
to novice and intermediate-level investors. For instance, net income is
a function of pricing, volume changes, currency changes and acquired sales.
In addition, it is critical to do the fundamental analysis and study
important financial releases by the company. Management's mission is to
grow the top line, expand profit margins and monitor absolute trends.
The analysis of moving averages provides an important road map.
Key ticker tape components are price movements, changes in volume and
options activity. Government internet reporting services can be important
predictors about trends. i.e. bea.gov for government statistics and
bls.gov for payroll data.
The most important investment rule is to do the fundamental investment
analysis prior to pluncking down large sums of money. Sometimes,
unwary investors pick up market tips and act upon them without doing
their homework on individual stocks. If this is you, stop what you're
doing and read this book or get into a high quality mutual fund with
at least 5 years or more of double digit growth in the market.
This book is a goldmine for someone unaware as to the vagaries of the
stock market. Another good source of information is SEC filings because
these documents provide much comparative industrial data and trends
not always contained in the financial statements.
As someone who has just gotten started this year with a mutual fund I turned to searching the web for answers to some of my questions about investing but Charles Payne's book has become a far more superior resource than any site I found on the web. From reading this book I've learned there is A LOT more to understanding stocks and the market than just looking at a stock's price or its chart, and seeing if whether or not the DOW, NASDAQ, or S&P 500 were up for the day.
With catchy chapter titles and Very detailed explanations for example regarding what to look for on a company's income sheet, Payne's book makes the stock market a much more clearer picture for me to understand and I have no doubt it will allow me to become a more knowledgeable investor as time goes on.
This really is a Must have book for anyone wanting to invest.
The author, Charles V. Payne, clearly wants folks to stop making the "fat cats" richer off our spending trends and learn how the stock market works by understanding the concept, the language, and game strategies to enrich our lives and reap those benefits. He "keeps it simple" and "keeps it real" in his thoroughly written, knowledgeable, and witty book, "Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich.". It's a winner.
The only way one can get in the stock market game is to play. And why not learn from one of the truly successful men on Wall Street, who hailed from humble beginnings. Throughout his book, as one turns and reads the pages, you can feel his tenacity as he vividly describes his life when he purchased his first mutual fund at age seventeen and later started his own company.
Mr. Payne's book should be required reading for all high school and college seniors before they set out in the real world of financial dealings.
His book is not to be shelved, but used as a every day reference tool for those who delve into the stock market. It's a great gift for family and friends for the holidays, or any day.
Hindsight is 20/20 --count my friends and I in!
In the business part of the book, Charles walks the reader through such topics as the "fundamentals" of analyzing a company's financial statements and the "technicals" which involve getting some useful information from the "charts" and all those pesky ratios, statistical analysis and other obscure measurements and tools. The reader gains a lot of insight into Charles Payne's investment philosophy as well as a wealth of useful and entertaining material.
Sure, this book is now a couple of years old and one could say that it doesn't help in the current market situation--WRONG--this book still gives great insight into basic principles which help in all market situations. Also, Charles Payne's unique, entertaining and personalized writing style definitely makes this book worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will make you learn more about a company before you put any money into it. I think their are quicker and faster ways to make choices on the stocks you want to by. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wild man
The author apparently assumes you have a degree in finance and are already in the market. Very busy book and hard to follow the writing style. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William Burhans
Great book for those looking for info on how to get into the stock market. This man Charles really lays it out for you so you can understand what you need to do in order to MAKE... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jeremiah
I am not done with it yet but so far it's a pretty easy read. I wish I could say the same for some of these books on the market. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Dominick
I started listening to Charles on Varney & company on fox business news, 9:20 am.
I set up a tdameritrade account and started buying some of Charles's picks, some times I... Read more
The Payne prescription is, "Don't rely on hunches, news items, fundamentals, technicals and buzz when you pick a stock."
Q - Why? Are they bad indicators? Read more
As the author of [[[...]]], I know a thing or two about financial info-products such as what makes them good, bad, worth buying and reading or just skipping past. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Jonah Jones
Listen, in this world full of financial sharks, BS swindlers and flat out illusionists, this book is a cool fresh breeze of air. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Lanecountry