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Standard and Poor's Guide to Money and Investing (Standard & Poor) [Paperback]

by Virginia Morris, Kenneth Morris
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 13, 2005 0976474980 978-0976474982 1

An all-new personal finance guide from the authors/creators of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing

First in a new series based on information from Standard & Poor’s—the leading financial information organization—Standard & Poor’s Guide to Money & Investing demystifies the world of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, futures, and options, empowering you to make informed investment decisions, measure your performance, and evaluate the risks and rewards. Completely up-to-date to reflect significant changes in investing due to new technologies and the Internet, this concise, easy-to-read guide explains how to understand the markets, evaluate companies, and spot trends to invest for success. Also covered are forces driving the economy and the roles of institutions from the Federal Reserve to multinational banks to the stock exchanges.

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About the Author

Virginia B. Morris, Ph.D., and Kenneth M. Morris, Ph.D., coauthors of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money & Investing, have coauthored numerous other finance and investment titles. Both authors work at Lightbulb Press. Ken is an expert in “simplified communications.” Virginia has written columns on personal finance for women for various websites and has been interviewed on CNNfn and the Fox News Channel.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976474980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976474982
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good general intro to investing May 1, 2007
This book describes the basic ways to invest your money. It covers markets and currency, stocks, bonds, indexes, mutual funds, ETFs, options, futures, and other alternative investments (briefly).

The format is very easy to read - there are lots of diagrams and pictures, which actually provides a good break from the large amount of dense information provided. One thing I liked (but that some may find annoying) is the frequency of repeating definitions. Between various sections, concepts are often defined multiple times. I found this useful, since it reminded me what a certain concept was without having to go back and find it earlier in the book.

In general, the information is pretty accurate and up-to-date. However, I noticed 1 error on the idea of fluctuation in currency value (International Investing in the Money & Markets section, p. 21), which gets the concept of a "strong dollar" during an international equity trade backwards, but then follows with an example diagram that gets it right. I was frankly surprised to see such a glaring mistake. I e-mailed the publishers, but received no response.

Another thing that I didn't like is the fact that, for some numbers in some of the diagrams, there is no mention at how the numbers were calculated/derived. I personally like to see/try all the formulas, so that was slightly annoying. But for the most part, I was able to figure out the formulas myself.

In conclusion, the book does an excellent job introducing various investment opportunities. It covers general information on each investment vehicle and describes the risks associated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best !!! June 16, 2008
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As a financial advisor I've read a lot of books about investing; Recently my little brother asked me for a book to get started. This is the one I truly recommend above all the rest. A truly professional yet simple read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic primer for any investor September 16, 2007
I have been reading a bit about investing for a decade but still felt I lacked a clear and comprehensive understanding of the previously overwhelming world of money and investing. NO MORE! I have found nothing that compares to the clear, concise and highly readable format of this book. The color coded and cearly defined sections helped me digest the well-organized and very readable material. However, the author's far exceed the abilty of most to clearly and concisely explain the most difficult and complicated of topics. This little book is a gem.
I feel like I've had a brief course in economics and investing and am now able to knowledgably and confidently discuss investing with the most savvy of finanical experts, agents, and those know it alls one often encounters. I will most certainly be looking at other Lighbulb Press materials.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Market for almost dummies December 6, 2008
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Great book, I highly recommend it. It makes sense of a very confusing topic and actually holds your attention considering the dry nature of the market system.
It's a good book for people like me that have no experience working/dealing with the market/stocks/bonds/ect. I wish it was a little more clear on some things and I wish it went into a little more detail sometimes, but I think this is a good first read, it was highly recommended to me by many financial savvy people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Success January 11, 2009
Excellent book to learn financial investment guidelines. Anyone should understand the basics shown here. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for! November 11, 2008
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For years I had heard all the buzz words and wondered what they meant. In a very easy language to read and understand, these book answered all my questions. I highly recmmend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compact Guide June 27, 2008
This book is very helpful for gaining an understanding of investing. The layout is clear and interesting, and there is a lot of useful information packed into this small guide!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect April 16, 2014
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Great condition and exactly the way I ordered it.This book is exactly what my class, Finance 434 undergrad. Thank you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Shipped in good condition & the book is too good for beginners.
Simple definitions and clear explanations.
i recommend this book.
Published 7 months ago by Aksss
5.0 out of 5 stars A place to begin
This is a must for someone who is wanting to start investing and understand the markets. It will give you the foundation you need before moving on to more advanced studies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gerald Burford, MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starter book
Easy to read and reference back to, great for people who have a few dollars to invest and don't have much knowledge of the various options out there.
Published 15 months ago by S. Vine
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have
This is probably the best encyclopedic resource for how various investments work and a thorough explanation of all money and investing terms. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by Ursa Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long to receive
I ordered 4 books at the same time on the same day, this one took 2 weeks longer than the other ones! Read more
Published on July 18, 2010 by Kevin Sloan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginners book
This is a good beginners book as an introduction to investing. However, if you already have a background knowledge, some of the details in the book may seem like a repetition. Read more
Published on May 31, 2010 by Archana Vembakam
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and thick with basic information
The illustrated layout of S&P's Guide to Money and Investing is engaging and useful as an educational tool as well. Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by mcamp
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