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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118376781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118376782
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Incorporate stocks into your investment plan
  • Ride out the highs and lows of the market
  • Balance risks and rewards to reach your goals
  • Profit from emerging megatrends and sector opportunities

Grow your stock investments in today's changing environment

This practical guide gives you proven strategies for selecting and managing profitable investments in either a bear or bull market. You'll discover how to 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.

  • Stock investing 101 — understand stock value, assess your finances, set your investing goals, and know your investing style
  • Risky business — get the 4-1-1 on risk, and understand how you can plan around it to keep your money growing
  • The more you know — discover how to stay on top of financial news, read stock tables, and work with brokers to become a more knowledgeable investor
  • Before you buy — find out how to evaluate a company's financial health; brush up on emerging sectors, industries, and megatrends; and understand the effects of politics on stocks
  • Use smart stock strategy — find tips and tactics for using brokerage orders, trying trade triggers, keeping the taxman at bay, and more

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on how to take stock of your current financial situation and goals
  • Common approaches to stock investing
  • Pointers for adding exchange-traded funds to your investing mix
  • Basic accounting methods for choosing winning stocks
  • Information on investing tactics such as brokerage orders and trade triggers
  • Considerations for when your stock portfolio is down
  • The latest resources for stock investors

About the Author

Paul Mladjenovic is a Certified Financial Planner and national speaker on investing and financial matters. He is the owner of PM Financial Services and www.RavingCapitalist.com; he is also the author of Precious Metals Investing For Dummies.


More About the Author

Paul Mladjenovic, CFP is a national speaker and the author of "Stock Investing for Dummies," "Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies," "The Unofficial Guide to Picking Stocks" and "Precious Metals Investing for Dummies" (all published by John Wiley & Sons).

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.

He is the editor of the ezine, Prosperity Alert newsletter, found at his website www.RavingCapitalist.com.

Customer Reviews

Very easy to read and understand.
Peter Allmer
This is a great book for beginners to learn about stock investing basics.
Dipti Babla
I bought this book and gave it a read through.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By MagnumMan VINE VOICE on March 2, 2013
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I've read "beginners" books in the past that have become nightmares as the authors attempt to involve advanced topics in with the basics thereby confusing the whole mess.

This book assumes you know very little or nothing about stocks and takes you through the finer points of basic stock math, how to find an appropriate broker and how to pick ETFs over mutual funds.

I also found it welcome that DIPS and DRIPS are discussed, two programs in which you can either buy stock directly from companies and have dividends reinvested or buy stock through a brokerage and use the dividends to buy fractional shares in the future. Many books dump these topics completely and many don't know there are somewhere around 100 companies that will be more than happy to sell you shares directly, often at a discount (I've owned several for years).

Another point often missed by authors in this arena is that of REITs or Real Estate Investment Trusts. A little too involved to get into here, but this is essentially buying stock in real estate development companies (malls, hospitals, etc) who then pay you high dividends because they get huge tax breaks.

Overall, a highly recommended read!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Kelleher VINE VOICE on June 1, 2013
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The "Dummies" reference in the titles is irritating, but I am a fan of this series. The key to understanding any field of knowledge is "big picture first." That's what most Dummies books give us. Not this one, though. A veteran investor will find it aimless. A beginner will find it overwhelming.

The posture is that of the investment "professional" who is receiving a novice in his office. He is leaning back in his chair, his fingers in a steeple, his tone that of condescending sufferance. He is expounding on the great difficulties of his field, not so much to enlighten the client as to demonstrate how indispensable he and his kind are.

"You have to understand economics," he wants us to know, "and accounting. Those are vital." You also have to understand politics, and the future trends of modern culture. You need to read the Wall Street Journal every day, and subscribe to Investor's Business Daily and Barron's. Oh, and you must scrutinize each company's 10-K and 10-Q SEC filings. Is he serious?

"You have to analyze risk," the author pronounces, then follows up with an astoundingly incomplete exposition of what market risk is. He falls into the trap of characterizing it as something akin to betting in a casino--that is to say, something measurable. Moving averages, crossovers, and divergences will signal it. Puts and calls and collar options will contain it. It is as if he never heard of "The Black Swan". (The Black Swan Strategy is an aggressive option play, but no beginner had better go near it.)

He instructs the novice on how to investigate a company's prospects--P/E ratio, PSR ratio, debt to revenue, growth industry, blah blah blah.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By erugifog on August 16, 2013
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I've been managing my own investments for over 15 years, but even so I learned a great deal from Paul Mladjenovic's book. Mladjenovic takes a more conservative approach to investing; he's obviously no proponent of blindly going with the flavor of the week you hear about from an investment guru on TV. He's all about doing your homework on a company before jumping in, and he educates you on how to do just that. The author cites numerous websites and published resources that can help you gather the data you need about a company so that you can make an informed investment decision. He also explains how external factors can influence a company or industry, such as actions by the federal government.

While no single book can cover in minute detail every topic addressed here, I would still call this a thorough overview of investing and a great place to start building your knowledge base. It is well suited to someone just starting out, with information on how to take stock of your personal financial position before getting started. And the book is still very worthwhile for people with more investment experience. Some of the information is specific to economic and political circumstances today, but the bulk of the book is solid information and advice that is timeless. I wish I had read this book years ago when I was starting out. This is a book I would consider gifting to one of my kids when they are of age to start managing their own investment portfolio.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. MacPhail TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2013
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It's a generally clear and helpful introduction to investing in stocks.

A vital topic for young people, and everyone. Deciding to invest, and knowing the basics may alter the course of your life. Or at least save you $10,000, $100,000 or even much more in adviser fees over the years. (Or you could lose a lot by making bad investments, let's be fair.)

He includes a chapter on sizing up your financial situation and goals.

I read it with a critical eye. My "clear, concise, completely correct" meter was up and down. My "fun, inspiring, engaged" meter was average or higher.

I'd give it 3.5 stars, but your mileage may vary. It's not a masterpiece, but it might be a super-helpful in getting you oriented. The "Look Inside" feature includes over 50 pages, so you can get a really good idea if his style is a fit.

- - - Other Titles to Consider - - -

I "looked inside" these books. I have not read them.

- A Beginner's Guide to Investing... (Basic intro)
- Investing 101 (Basic intro)
- One Up On Wall Street... (Focuses on stock picking)
- The Intelligent Investor...) (Focuses on stock picking)
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