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Standard and Poor's Guide to Money and Investing (Standard & Poor) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0976474982
ISBN-10: 0976474980
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976474980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976474982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Vasiliy Zhulin on May 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By Charles Gilbert on 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 By Carol S. on September 16, 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chad Gilmour on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Soler on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dena H. Haibi on June 27, 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl Smith on January 11, 2009
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Excellent book to learn financial investment guidelines. Anyone should understand the basics shown here. Highly recommended.
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The illustrated layout of S&P's Guide to Money and Investing is engaging and useful as an educational tool as well. The colorful layout makes the information, at least for me, easier to divide and digest. This book is filled with information along the lines of a general education in investing and what exactly makes Wall Street tick. Don't look for financial advice or any big scoops here.

Pluses:
-Clear with definitions and descriptions of financial concepts
-Colorful layout helps
-Serves as a general education on what different investments there are and how they work. You'll probably learn more here than in a years worth of financial magazines.
-Acts as good reference.

Possible minuses:
-A lot of info at a quick pace. You may have to read it more than once.
-You won't find any advice for an investment strategy. Look elsewhere if that's what you need.
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