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Now updated! Your expert guide to building a profitable stock portfolio

Want to make money in stocks without losing your shirt? This practical guide gives you proven strategies for weathering the current economic crisis and for selecting and managing profitable investments in either a bear or bull market. You'll navigate the new economic landscape and choose the right stocks for different situations — and you'll find fresh real-world examples that show you how to maximize your returns.

  • Get started with the basics — understand stock value, assess your finances, set your investing goals, and know your investing style

  • Recognize the risks — explore different kinds of risk and weigh risk against return

  • Make informed investing decisions — research stocks, understand growth and income investing, and use basic economics to improve your stock strategy

  • Build a strong foundation for your portfolio — investigate industries, evaluate a company's financial health, and understand the effect of politics/government on stock investing

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  • Build (and hold on to) your wealth — get expert tips and tactics for utilizing brokerage orders, buying with fewer costs, and keeping the taxman at bay

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  • The differences between stock investing and trading

  • How to understand and use indexes

  • The various types of brokers and how to choose one

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  • Methods for tracking insider trading

  • Early signs of megatrends that can affect your portfolio

  • Solutions for protecting your profits

  • Investing resources and financial ratios

About the Author

Paul Mladjenovic is a well-known Certified Financial Planner and national speaker on investing and financial matters. He is the owner of PM Financial Services and www.SuperMoneyLinks.com, and he has been quoted or referenced by media outlets, publications, and financial Web sites. Mladjenovic is the author of the first two editions of Stock Investing For Dummies as well as Precious Metals Investing For Dummies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470401141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470401149
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Mladjenovic, CFP is a national speaker and the author of...

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In 1995, he published the 1st edition of "Zero-Cost Marketing" and the 2012 edition is currently available at www.zerocostmarketing.net.

In 2011, the book "The Job Hunter's Encyclopedia" became available as a Kindle ebook at Amazon.

Find out more about his programs at www.RavingCapitalist.com and www.ProsperityNetwork.net.

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As a novice investor, I wanted a book that covered all of the basics in detail. This book was exactly that! I wasn't looking for a book that was loaded with ratios and technical data; This book covered everything from determing your risk factor by analyzing your current financial situation, approach, analyzing markets and companies. The basic fundamentals were discussed in detail and also included the important technical aspects of investing with very basic and straight forward examples that were very easy to understand.

I would and have recommended this book to anyone who is looking to invest in the stock market. I liked the book so much I'm going to read it over again.

I would also recommend that seasoned investors read this book just to reinforce the basics of investing that they might have forgotten over the years. Review of the basics is very important in any industry.
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Solid, solid, solid. This book is very resourceful. I have never picked up one of these "Dummies" books before but got this one as a gift. It covers enough about investing in stocks and the securities industry in general so as to ease the befuddled neophyte. For the rudiments, start here. Then afterwards, you can move on to that other junk promising you the secrets of Wall Street.
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This book is great. It is simple and easy to understand and it brings stock investing down to my level. I have never understood anything about the stock market or investing because of the terms and varying degree of options. Now I am finding that I can some what understand what stock options and investments will be best suited for me and my financial goals.
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I found that this book is great a explaining the basics and going a bit more into detail as needed. It didn't confuse and confound as so many other books do. Each chapter is layed out and covers it's topic well enough that you actually get something useful from it. Even if you aren't going to use that particular technique yourself.
One thing in particular that I found useful was Due Diligence (being careful when you buy). I use [...] for that as well as yahoo and google and some other sites. (it's amazing what you find).
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The worst part of "Stock Investing for Dummies" is that it refers to previous sections far too often (note: you can refer to the first part of this sentence for something incredibly annoying). It's obvious the writer didn't intend for the book to be read cover-to-cover, but when you're 5 pages into a chapter and it refers you to earlier in the same chapter, it's serious overkill.

Browsing through popular stock sites such as Google/Yahoo Finance, you wind up with an alphabet soup of financial terms and ratios, such as EPS, ROA, and P/E. I was really hoping this guide would dumb-down the incredible amount of jargon, but I actually feel more confused having read this material.

This book did have one huge benefit to me: it convinced me to do a Balance Sheet and an Income Sheet for my own personal finances (after explaining what they actually were). It is so eye opening to have your expenses laid out that clear, and shows how a company is really responsible for doing the same thing, just on a larger scale.
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I've read about a dozen books on stock investing in the last 6 months or so and this is probably my favorite. It's detailed, interesting, and very easy to read. It's perfect for dummies, or those new to the stock market, but also so loaded with great info that even the "experts" would probably pick up a few things here and there. Since I just finished reading it, cover to cover, for the second time, I thought I ought to give the author a well-deserved good review.
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Like it says, it's stock investing for dummies. Not only will you get explanations for key terms that you will encounter, you also will be taught how to look at numbers on a balance sheet, and decode what story the balance sheet is telling you. The way this book is written is very novice-friendly, you won't have to worry about being lost or not being able to understand some words. I can see how the more "advanced" investors might flip through the pages going "I already know that...." But like the title says, It's for dummies. If you know nothing about investing and want to know more, this is a great start. However, If you want to take it to the next level, I recommend a successful mentor.
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I doubt that anyone would buy a "Dummies" book expecting to find an in-depth, comprehensive treatment of the topic, but instead is looking for a simple and straightforward introduction to stock investing. This book definitely serves its purpose. "Stock Investing for Dummies" provides the reader with very basic instruction on stocks and investing.

You cannot expect that it will teach you to be a solid investor, or even that you will be able to differentiate between good stocks and those that are about to crash, but it will give you the basic knowledge that you need to understand the stock market and further your financial management abilities.
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