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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 mind—rather 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 world—the 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 investing—providing you with a proven way to maximize profits and minimize losses in today's dynamic stock market.

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Praise for Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich

"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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470075015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470075012
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Y. Ramos on May 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found Charles to be thoughtful and incredibly knowledgeable. I believe his book is a must have. My significant other and I have wanted to invest for quite some time but we didn't know where to start. Charles's ability to demystify the market was brilliant - we finally got it!

"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!
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This book covers some little known rule structures which would be helpful

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.
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There are a lot of books out there that will tell you all about how to invest but its not everyday one can find a book this good.

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.
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Countless times my friends and I would repeat the phrase "If we only had stock in a particular "hot" product that we would be rich." And sadly, not one of us has ever taken the initiative to find out how to actually get into the stock market because we thought only the wealthy could afford the risk of investing.

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!
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There are lots of investing books out there, but this one not only contains useful investment information, it is written by a person who started as a very poor kid in Harlem who knew he wanted to work on Wall Street as early as age 14! Though not a book about Charles as such, the reader gains some insight into a true American success story. Working in numerous ("low-budget" to use his words) jobs from the age of 13, Charles began reading the Wall Street Journal while a high school student, served in the United States Air Force, completed his college degree and returned to make his name on Wall Street. After a time as a stock broker, he started his own company, known as Wall Street Stragegies (wstreet.com), and is now best known for his Saturday morning appearances on Fox News and his daily contributions on "Money for Breakfast" on the Fox Business Network.

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.
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